Seminar Papers 2023

November 2023

24Nov
2023

DRIPA and Local Governments

In November 2019, the provincial government adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People’s Act (“DRIPA”). Aimed at...

24Nov
2023

Managing the Employment Relationship

This paper addresses risks that can arise during various stages of an employment relationship from hiring through to the ending of...

24Nov
2023

Speak Up or Shut Up? - Free Speech

Freedom of expression is one of the hallmarks of a free and democratic society. Since 1982 it has been formally enshrined in the Canadian...

24Nov
2023

Downzoning - Panacea or a Dirty Word?

Within the suite of authorities granted to local governments by the province, land use regulation is perhaps the most important. And...

24Nov
2023

Tax Sales

The power of municipalities under the Local Government Act (the “LGA”) to sell private properties for the non-payment of property taxes is...

24Nov
2023

Litigation - Do's and Don'ts

Local governments often find themselves in situations in which there are conflicts and in which there is a dispute with other parties. When...

24Nov
2023

FOI & Privacy Law Update

The legal landscape around freedom of information (“FOI”) and privacy in British Columbia was altered significantly in late 2021. The...

24Nov
2023

Caselaw Update

This paper examines 6 recent court decisions of particular interest to local governments: (i) a B.C. Supreme Court decision on in camera...

24Nov
2023

Local Government and the Provincial Housing Agenda (updated)

The provincial government’s April 2023 “Homes for People” housing strategy identified 9 separate actions, most of which (highlighted below)...

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