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Matt McCarthy Joins Stewart McDannold Stuart
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
April 19, 2024

Matt McCarthy has joined SMS as a litigation associate. Prior to joining us Matt worked at a leading regional firm in its Calgary office. Matt received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta, and and has recently transferred to the B.C. Bar. We are excited to have Matt join our team.



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BCSC Affirms: Good Faith Local Government Decisions to Not Enforce Bylaws Are Immune From Negligence Claims
Josh Krusell
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
April 19, 2024

In Fahr v Schnitzer Steel Canada Ltd., 2024 BCSC 296, the BC Supreme Court affirms that municipalities are not required to enforce bylaws so long as their decision to not undertake enforcement is done in good faith.This decision follows the Court’s prior decisions in Suncourt Homes (2019 BCSC 2258) and Lebourdais (2022 BCSC 281). Specifically, the Court endorsed the statement that “[m]unicipalities will be immune from liability if they contemplate [bylaw] enforcement in good faith, regardless whether action is ultimately taken.” Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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Kyle Falk-Varcoe Joins Stewart McDannold Stuart

Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
April 19, 2024

Stewart McDannold Stuart is pleased to welcome our newest associate, Kyle Falk-Varcoe. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Victoria and was called to the bar in 2022 before working at a leading national firm in Vancouver. Kyle is relocating back to Vancouver Island and will be working with our solicitors group providing services to our local government clients.



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Implications of R v. Greater Sudbury for Local Governments in BC
Thomas Haughian
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
April 19, 2024

In the recent case of R. v. Greater Sudbury (City), 2023 SCC 28 (“Sudbury”), the Supreme Court of Canada expanded the legal duties and potential liability of “employers” under occupational health and safety (“OHS”) legislation to owners of construction projects.  As a decision of the highest court in Canada, Sudbury could have significant implications for local governments nationwide.  However, it is unlikely to impact local governments in British Columbia because of differences between Ontario’s and British Columbia’s OHS legislation. Click here to continue reading at sms.bc.ca



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Season’s Greetings from Stewart McDannold Stuart
Advice and Advocacy for Local Government
April 19, 2024

A branch of rose hips covered in frost, backlit by the sun.From all 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.



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