New Regulations Give Some Relief Against Schlenker v Torgrimson

Conflict of Interest Exceptions Regulation, B.C. Reg 91/2016 and Conflict of Interest Exceptions Regulation (City of Vancouver) B.C. Reg 93/2016 (the “Conflict of Interest Exceptions Regs”) have been enacted to provide local government elected officials with some relief against the outcome of the decision in the Court of Appeal in Schlenker v Torgrimson, 2013 BCCA 395. (more…)

Upcoming Planning Law Presentation

On May 12, 2016 Colin Stewart will be presenting in Vancouver on the Anatomy of a Subdivision Servicing Bylaw for Continuing Legal Education.

Upper Island Safety Conference – May 31, 2016

Susan Beach will be presenting on the topic of legal issues in managing workplace performance at the Upper Island Safety Conference on May 31, 2016

Presentation at the Community Care Licensing Officers of BC Annual Conference

Kathryn Stuart will be presenting at the Community Care Licensing Officers of BC annual conference in Vancouver on April 15, 2016, on the topic of Administrative Law in the Community Care Licensing context.

Kristen Morley Moves on to New Challenge

Kristen Morley, an associate with our litigation group, is moving on to a new position. She has taken on a management role at the Capital Regional District. We are sorry to see her go, but wish her the best of luck in her new adventure.

Presentation at North Central LGMA Conference in April

Peter Johnson will be presenting at the North Central LGMA Conference on April 7, 2016, on the topic of competitive procurement requirements for local governments.

Court of Appeal Upholds Decision on Campbell River Tax Bylaw

In January 2015, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge brought by TimberWest against the 2014 City of Campbell River Tax Rates Bylaw.  See our post of January 28, 2015 entitled “City of Campbell River Successful Against Challenge to its Tax Rates Bylaw”.

In a decision given January 29, 2016, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld the Supreme Court ruling and dismissed TimberWest’s appeal. (more…)

Business Licensing Requirements May Assist in Limiting Marihuana Storefronts – Abbotsford (City) v. Weeds Glass & Gifts Ltd.

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia has reinforced the fact that municipalities are under no obligation to license illegal (albeit popular) businesses in their jurisdictions.  In the decision Abbotsford (City) v. Weeds Glass & Gifts Ltd., 2016 BCSC 135, the Court issued an order to the City of Abbotsford granting an injunction against the Respondent that prevented it from operating its business in Abbotsford on the grounds that it did not hold a valid business licence. (more…)

“New” Local Government Act – Update

Further to our post of December 7, 2015, the revision of the Local Government Act is now in force, as of January 1, 2016. The citation for the statute is R.S.B.C. 2015, c. 1.

Season’s 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 to Victoria’s Sandy Merriman House, which has been providing shelter and support for women in need since 1995.