Stewart McDannold Stuart
Cancellation of the COVID-19 State of Emergency – Transition from the COVID-19 Related Measures Act and the new Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act, 2021
Jessica Eastwood
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
July 23, 2021

As of the end of the day on June 30, 2021, the COVID-19 State of Emergency, as previously declared under the Emergency Program Act (British Columbia), was cancelled. The Province is now in a period of transition under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, SBC 2020, c. 8. The COVID-19 Related Measures Act was adopted to enact as statute law various Ministerial Orders that had been made under the Emergency Program Act (“COVID-19 Orders”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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Claiming Privilege Over Records of Closed Meetings of Council
David Giroday
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
July 23, 2021

In McGraw v. Southgate (Township), 2021 ONSC 2785 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered the appropriateness of disclosing a recording of a closed council meeting. The disclosure was sought in a wrongful dismissal suit brought by a former employee of the Township and the recording contained discussions related to the Township’s decision to terminate the Plaintiff’s employment. The Township opposed the disclosure of the recording on a number of grounds of privilege. The judge assessed the merits of each claim of privilege over the recording before ultimately ordering the disclosure of a part of the recording.

This decision is a good reminder to local governments that even discussions which occur during closed meetings may not remain confidential in all circumstances. As such, it is important to remain conscious that any recordings or notes of the closed meeting may one day be put before a Court. It is therefore prudent on local governments to maintain appropriate record-keeping practices in order to preserve as much confidentiality as possible. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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SMS YouTube Channel
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
July 23, 2021

Stewart McDannold Stuart has created a video channel, where we will periodically post videos on topics of interest to our local government clients. You can access our channel here. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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2021 LGMA Annual Conference
Peter Johnson
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
July 23, 2021

Stewart McDannold Stuart is glad to be participating in this year’s virtual Annual LGMA Conference: Harnessing Momentum, Steering Through Change. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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Municipal Liability for Negligent Building Inspection and How to Manage Risk
Josh Krusell
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
July 23, 2021

A decision of the Ontario Superior Court from January 2021 highlights the serious financial risk to municipalities that regulate building construction and provides an opportunity for re-visiting best practices for managing such risk. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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