Publication, Staff | |

Effective February 2021: New Rules May Apply for Local Government Approvals for Zoning, Subdivision, and Development or Building Permits

Amendments to the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation

Changes to the Environmental Management Act (Bill 17) and Stage 13 Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) amendments came into force on Monday, February 1, 2021.

As published in Northern Construction Connection February 2021 Newsletter.

Read Full Article

Publication, Staff | |

The Operating Principle of “Good Faith” in Construction Contracts – Part II

SCC Judgment: C.M. Callow Inc. v Zollinger – The Exercise of Termination Clauses

As published in Northern Construction Connection January 2021 Newsletter – Part II of The Operating Principle of “Good Faith” in Construction Contracts

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its judgment in the case of C.M. Callow Inc. v Zollinger on December 18, 2020.

Read Full Article

Article, Students | |

Requesting ID – Bylaw Enforcement Officers’ Scope of Authority

At one time, it was widely believed in the local government bylaw enforcement community that bylaw enforcement officers did not have the power to require identification. Although identification is often necessary to issue a violation ticket, there remained uncertainty around whether individuals were obligated to provide such information. Refusals were commonplace. However, bylaw enforcement officers are in fact empowered to request identification and such refusals may be contrary to law. We discuss the scope of bylaw enforcement officers’ authority to request identification below…

Read Full Article

Article, Staff | |

COVID – 19: Can B.C. Local Governments Hold Meetings Online?

March 26, 2020 UPDATE

For the duration of the provincial state of emergency (which means it is retroactive), local governments are not required to have the public attend and do not need to comply with the Community Charter or Local Government Act requirements for electronic meetings or participation by Council or Board members by electronic means…..

 

Read Full Article