Josh Krusell Joins Stewart McDannold Stuart

We are pleased to announce that Josh Krusell has joined Stewart McDannold Stuart as an associate. Josh will be working with our litigation practice group, acting for our local government clients.









MIABC Webinar – Wu v. Vancouver (City)

The Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia is providing members of BC local governments with access to a free 45 minute webinar on the recent BC Supreme Court decision in Wu v. Vancouver (City), on February 20 at 10:00 am. Jeff Locke and Peter Johnson will be sharing their insights about this case, its implications for local governments, and risk management tips that local government planning and building officials should consider. More information about this webinar is available on MIABC’s website:

CAO Forum February 20-22

Colin Stewart and Kathryn Stuart are pleased to have been invited to participate as part of the Knowledge Cafe at the CAO Forum being held in Victoria on February 20-22, 2018.

Seasons Greetings from Stewart McDannold Stuart

From all of the lawyers and support staff at Stewart McDannold Stuart, we wish you all the best for the holiday season, and a happy and prosperous New Year.

In lieu of sending greeting cards this year, we have made a donation support of Victoria’s Sandy Merriman House, which has been providing shelter and support for women in need since 1995.

Local Governments May Owe a Duty of Care to Process Development Applications in a Timely Way

In Wu v. Vancouver (City) 2017 BCSC 2072, Madam Justice Murray of the BC Supreme Court held that the City of Vancouver owed a duty of care to the plaintiffs, the purchasers of a home in the Shaughnessy area, who had applied for a development permit for the demolition of an existing house and construction of a new house. According to the decision, the City owed the plaintiffs a duty to make a final decision on their permit application, in accordance with the applicable statutory framework, within a reasonable time. Madam Justice Murray concluded that the City was negligent in this case since it acted in bad faith and failed to conduct itself in accordance with the standard of a reasonably competent municipality when dealing with the plaintiffs’ application. (more…)

Capilano University Course

Kathryn Stuart will be teaching a session on administrative law on November 17, as part of Capilano University’s Local Government Law Course.

Upcoming CLEBC Course on Planning and Development Law

The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is presenting a one day course on planning and development law on November 23, at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Peter Johnson will be participating, and will present a session on Practice Management and Ethics Issues in the Planning and Development Process.

New Articled Student

We are pleased to announce that Andie Britton-Foster, a graduate of the University of Victoria Law School, has joined us for her year of articles.

The Annual Tax Sale Approaches!

Here is a link to our post from last year concerning the annual municipal tax sale:

The Annual Tax Sale Approaches!

New Building Act Regulations

The Building Act General Regulation was amended in February of this year and again in April, and the changes further clarify the impact that the Building Act will have on local government jurisdiction. (more…)