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26Nov
2021

Workplace Caselaw Update

Local governments have been grappling with unprecedented change in 2021, as the pandemic continues and we move to a “new normal” in our...

26Nov
2021

What’s the Problem with Bias?

Elected officials, by the nature of their position, are required to take strong and vocal stances on a myriad of issues. There is however a...

26Nov
2021

What’s New in the World of Freedom of Information?

The law and procedure surrounding freedom of information (“FOI”) is in a constant state of flux. Its state of play continues to be altered...

26Nov
2021

Official Community Plans

If you like watching paint dry, or getting a root canal, or having your eyes poked out, you might also enjoy perusing some of the...

26Nov
2021

Caselaw Update

This paper examines 4 recent court decisions of particular interest to local government: (i) a Supreme Court of Canada decision on snow...

25Nov
2021

Indigenous Relations: Challenges, Possibilities, and the Future of Collaborative Governance

On June 3, 2021, the federal government passed Bill C-5, making September 30th a federal statutory holiday known as the National Day for...

25Nov
2021

Vavilov Update

Last seminar we discussed Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65 in detail, where the Supreme Court of...

25Nov
2021

Local Government Contracting: Common Pitfalls

One of the key powers granted to local governments under the Community Charter and the Local Government Act is the power to contract....

25Nov
2021

Meetings: Selected Topics

At the most fundamental level, the powers, duties, and functions of a municipality are to be exercised and performed by the elected...

27Nov
2020

Municipal and Provincial Conflicts: Inconsistency or Concurrent Authority?

How far can a local government go before it intrudes on the Province’s jurisdiction? This session delves into the often-litigated and...

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