Unlike the courts, administrative decision makers, such as local governments, do not have to follow their previous decisions. This has caused inconsistency amongst decisions and courts have criticized such unpredictability.
British Columbia’s arbitration legislation had not undergone major revisions in over 30 years. However, the new Arbitration Act1 (the ‘Act’) and Arbitration Regulation2 (the ‘Regulation’) came into force on September 1, 2020, at which time the previous act and regulation were repealed.
It is common for natural resource professions to be overseen by self-governing associations of fellow professionals. However, the recently enacted Professional Governance Act (PGA) will change this arrangement for at least five professional regulatory bodies. The five formerly self-governing professions to be brought within the PGA are…..
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…
On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of British Columbia considered two actions against the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (“RDOS”) regarding a downzoning of a property on Osoyoos Lake (“Property”) to correct an error.
Mr. Grelish, a sophisticated land and property developer, was the directing mind of both corporate Plaintiffs. Since 2002, Mr. Grelish had made several fruitless attempts to have the zoning of the Property changed from Large Holdings (“LH”) to RM1, to increase the Property value. In 2005, an RDOS staff member accidentally entered the zoning designation for the Property into the database as RM1…
March 26, 2020 UPDATE
On March 26, 2020, the Province ordered that, for the duration of the provincial State of Emergency, every mandatory limitation period and any other mandatory time period that is established in an enactment or law of British Columbia within which a civil or family action, proceeding, claim or appeal must be commenced in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal is suspended…..
As published in Northern Construction Connection February 2020 Newsletter
There are three fundamental elements of a construction contract: price, scope, and time. Contractors and owners rely on the terms of the contract to inform them of the work that is required to be performed; the price for that work; and the time frame during which the work, or other various aspects of it, are to be completed. As a result, a change to either price, scope, or time may have a significant impact on the parties’ performance under the contract….
The B.C. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Skene v. Ucluelet (District), 2019 BCSC 2051 is a helpful reminder on what factors the courts will take into consideration when determining the validity of a statutory right of way….
As published in Northern Construction Connection December 2019 Newsletter
During the development of a project it may be unfeasible to contain all aspects of construction within the boundaries of the land that is being developed. A frequent example involves the use of construction cranes, where the boom of a crane will swing into the area above neighboring properties. The law affecting the rights and remedies of landowners of these neighboring properties has been changing…
Procurement disputes are becoming more commonplace. This guide summarizes what owners and proponents should know about procurement, focusing on the tender and the RFP processes…