Quickscribe 2.0

A better way to research, track and collaborate on legislation.

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Amendments

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Annotations

Annotation tools allow you to post annotations throughout the legislation. Annotations can be saved as private (encrypted), organizational (only readable to those in your firm) or even shared with the QS community. The choice is up to you. Quickscribe's expert legal annotators will also contribute annotations for the benefit of all users.

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Our Panel of Experts

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Quickscribe 2.0 allows you to collaborate and engage in high-level discussions on legislative topics with your peers. This tool is ideal for contributing to the overall knowledge management of your organization.

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Stay informed! QS 2.0 includes a number of timely, detailed and fully customizable notification alerts for both upcoming and recent changes to laws of your choosing. Visit Alerts to learn more.

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Stay engaged by receiving email alerts for recently added annotations to laws or sections of your choosing. You can even filter these to only receive alerts for new annotations made by fellow colleagues or our expert annotators.

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Historical Research Tools

QS 2.0 offers a number of historical legislation research tools that will save you time when researching how laws read at different points in history.

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Laws on QS are often updated weeks before any other source. Quickscribe also publishes early consolidation of certain laws as they will look when they come into force. These special consolidations are rarely found elsewhere.

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What Makes Quickscribe 2.0 Unique?

  • Most Current

    With Quickscribe, you'll never have to question whether you are accessing the most current version of a law again. QS 2.0 provides access to laws that are updated weeks before any other source. How do we do it? Our system was built with the flexibility to allow us to post changes the same day they come into law. In fact, as a convenience to our clients, Quickscribe will routinely post early consolidations of key laws prior to coming into force. These early consolidations are rarely, if ever, found elsewhere.

  • Dynamic Annotations

    Whether you want to contribute and engage in the legislative discussions or simply benefit from reading the annotations made by others, Quickscribe's annotations deliver dynamic, value-added content that will enrich your legislative research experience.

    Quickscribe's ever-growing panel of hand-selected expert annotators contributes annotations throughout the legislation for the benefit of all users.

    You may also add your own annotations and save them as private (encrypted), organizational (only readable to those in your firm) or even shared with the QS community (moderated). The choice is up to you.

  • PDF – on Demand!

    Have you ever been frustrated with the process of trying to print off individual sections or entire laws from other sites? Quickscribe's popular PDF tools make it easy to print off professional-quality PDF versions of selected sections or entire laws on demand! These PDFs can also be saved to file. Clients even have the option to print both the annotated and non-annotated versions of the law.

  • Custom Tracking/Alerts

    QS 2.0 includes a number of timely, detailed and fully customizable alerts that will notify you of both upcoming and recent changes to laws of your choosing. These popular alerts will ensure you keep informed of the very latest changes. Each alert will provide detailed information with a link to the new/proposed change. Quickscribe has gained a reputation for sending these notices sooner than any other service on the market. Visit our alerts page to learn how these alerts can work for you.

  • Historical Law Research Tools

    Access to historical legislation is important. Quickscribe excels at offering historical research tools that help you find what you are looking for quickly and efficiently.

  • Collaboration Tools

    QS 2.0 facilitates collaboration by allowing you to engage in high-level discussions with your peers on relevant legislation items. Tools such as the "follow" feature allow you to stay engaged with notifications that alert you when new annotations are posted by colleagues or experts to laws that are most relevant to you. You can reply, share or post an original annotation on an existing thread or anywhere in the legislation database. It's like having your own team of knowledgeable researchers at your disposal. Simply put, QS 2.0 will fundamentally change the way you research legislation.

  • Organizational KM Tools

    QS 2.0 allows you to share and contribute annotations and content for the benefit of others in your organization. Link building and document upload tools help to ensure annotations are dynamic and flexible enough to incorporate related documentation. Over time, these Organizational Annotations will add significant historical research value – a powerful contribution to the knowledge management of your organization.

Private Annotations

You can easily and securely create and save your own private annotations (PAs) throughout the legislation.

PAs are fully encrypted and can only be viewed by you. You can search, edit, manage and delete these as needed.

QS will even transfer your PAs over to a new account should you move to another organization. By default, all annotations are set to private.

Organizational Annotations

Organizational annotations (OAs) will help to facilitate collaborative discussion and awareness about legislative issues and cases that may be of interest to others in your organization.

OAs are fully encrypted and can only be read or shared by others in your organization. For larger organizations, OAs can be filtered and saved to subgroups. You can follow OAs posted by colleagues and reply to or share OAs within your organization at any time. Document upload and link-building tools make it easy to contribute to the Knowledge Management for your organization.

To save an annotation as an Organizational annotation, select "My Organization" when you go to save the annotation. The default is set to save annotations as Private.

Community Annotations

Quickscribe Community Annotations are posted for the benefit of all Quickscribe users. Saving your annotation as a QS Community (public) Annotation (QSCA) is a great way to share and contribute to the ever-growing, collaborative knowledge base that comprises all users.

For example, your research may have uncovered a valuable tip or reference to a case that might be of interest to others using Quickscribe. Other users may want to initiate a discussion relating to the interpretation of a vague reference in a proposed law. The Community annotations are intended to facilitate this type of content/discussion for the benefit of all users.

All QSCAs are moderated and reviewed prior to publishing. Portions of QS Community annotations may also be published to various public sites.

To save an annotation as an Organizational annotation, select "QS Community" when you go to save the annotation. The default is set to save annotations as Private.

What is an annotation?

Traditionally, an annotated law will include information about the application and intent behind the sections in a law. While many of the QS Community and Expert annotations will include these types of annotations, we have broadened the definition to also include references to:

By broadening the definition of an annotation, we can deliver a more dynamic, flexible and relevant research tool that will evolve over time and as laws change.

Types of Annotations

Quickscribe 2.0 offers you the ability to make and save annotations as Private (only readable by you) or Organizational (accessible to only those in your organization); both are encrypted. Annotations can also be posted to the Quickscribe Community. These are moderated and some restrictions apply. Quickscribe's Expert Annotators will contribute annotations for the benefit of all users.

In summary, an annotation is any note that offers additional substantive value for our users.

Annotations from our Quickscribe Experts

A pecuniary interest, whether direct or indirect, cannot be inferred from the mere existence of a family relationship. In Fairbrass v. Hansma, 2010 BCCA 319, the court refused to find an indirect pecuniary interest on the part of the mayor in a vote on a rezoning bylaw. The ma...

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Michael Hargraves, Stewart McDannold Stuart on COMMUNITY CHARTER

Effective August 1, 2017, the prescribed special projects will be specified in Section 9 of the Petroleum and Natural Gas General Regulation.

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Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau on PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT

This is a very useful provision for treaty First Nations, because it confirms that these types of dedications do not operate to convey title to the Crown - title to the dedicated land remains vested in the First Nation.

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John Doolan, Miller Thomson LLP on LAND TITLE ACT

The exceptions to a free miner's activity contained in s. 11(2) do not apply to a recorded holder under s. 14(1).

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Robin Longe, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP on MINERAL TENURE ACT

When considering whether an offer was beat at trial the Rules do not allow for a present value calculation to be applied to the offer.

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Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company on SUPREME COURT CIVIL RULES (B.C. Reg. 168/2009)

The exceptions to a free miner's activity contained in s. 11(2) do not apply to a recorded holder under s. 14(1).

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Robin Longe, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP on MINERAL TENURE ACT

The Owners, Strata Plan KAS3549 v. 0738039 B.C. Ltd., 2015 BCSC 2273, was upheld on appeal (2016 BCCA 370). These decisions provide a crucial interpretation of section 17 because the Courts have found that parts (a) and (b) of section 17 are to be read conjunctively, not disj...

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Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation on STRATA PROPERTY ACT

The term "migration" appears throughout the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Site Regulation. However, interestingly, the term is not defined in either legislation. The issue of whether there has been migration of contaminants from one property to another is usual...

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Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP on ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT

In the recent decision of Marchant v. Morrow, 2017 BCSC 1138, the defendant sought to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim by way of a summary trial under Rule 9-7 of the BC Supreme Court Civil Rules. The plaintiff commenced a cost recovery claim under the Environmental Management ...

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Richard Bereti, Harper Grey LLP on ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT

This section is not limited to private property owners. It can also apply to public lands. See: District of West Vancouver (Corporation of) v. Liu, 2016 BCCA 96, para. 82.

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Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP on PROPERTY LAW ACT

This section was applied by the court in the case of Al-Sabah Estate, 2015 BCSC 1781. In that case a grant of administration had issued to an administrator who was found to have failed to give proper notice to the beneficiaries and to have failed to advise the court of the he...

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Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

This subsection was applied in Bach Estate, 2017 BCSC 548, to give effect to the gift of the residue of the will-maker's estate to one of his sisters, despite the fact that one of the witnesses was the beneficiary's spouse. Mr. Justice Kelleher considered the jurisprudence und...

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Stanley Rule, Sabey Rule LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

The scope for appellate review in the courts of findings of fact made by the commission is limited to those situations where an appellant is able to establish that there was no evidence to support the finding, relevant evidence was not considered, irrelevant evidence was consi...

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Jeff Waatainen, DLA Piper LLP on FOREST AND RANGE PRACTICES ACT

Section 473(1)(f) requires each official community plan to contain policy statements and map designations respecting the approximate location and type of present and proposed public facilities, including parks. Section 510(2)(b) tracks this wording very closely in relation to ...

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Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson on LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT

Assam Co. India Ltd. v. Canoro Resources Ltd., 2014 BCSC 370 at para. 42

Principles under this provision include that:

1. Broad deference and respect is to be accorded to international arbitration tribunals;

2. This Court is generally not empowered to scrutinize the arb...

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Joe McArthur, BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP on INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION ACT

A plain reading of this provision suggests that if the "face value" of an NCP's accrued DB benefits are not being changed on a conversion of those benefits to target benefits, no consent from a trade union is required. However, FICOM has recently confirmed that any conversion...

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Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP on PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT

In Order P17-03 involving a complaint against Surrey Creep Catcher, the Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner considered whether Surrey Creep Catcher was authorized under section 12(1)(c), 15(1) (c )and 18(1)(c) of PIPA to collect, use and disclose personal information o...

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Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership on PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION ACT

It is not clear if the limitation period on distributing the estate applies when no application has been made, or will ever be made, for a representation grant.

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Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

In Re BCE Inc., 2008 SCC 69, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the cornerstone of the oppression action is the reasonable expectations of the claimant. A court must determine whether the expectations alleged by the complainant to have been breached were reasonably held; a...

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Debby Cumberford, Deborah M. Cumberford on BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT

As Rob Miller has correctly pointed out, there appears to be an issue with the wording in this section. The sentence likely should include "of the" between "portion" and "highway".

Because this wording is also reflected in the official source, the change may need to be made l...

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Michael Pasta, Quickscribe Services Ltd. on MOTOR VEHICLE ACT REGULATIONS 26/58

Effective August 1, 2017, the prescribed special projects will be specified in Section 9 of the Petroleum and Natural Gas General Regulation.

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Paul Wilson, Fasken Martineau on PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ACT

A voir dire in the trial of Dimitrijevic v Pavlovich addressed the admissibiilty of a "critique report" on the purported deficiencies of a parenting assessment. The law in British Columbia on rebuttal reports has been distinctly unfavourable since the 2010 decision of Burnyeat...

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John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family on FAMILY LAW ACT

Section 48 was applied in Forbes v. Millard Estate, 2017 BCSC 361, to provide the beneficiary of the will-maker's residence with the proceeds of the sale. The will-maker's attorneys acting under an enduring power of attorney had sold the residence after the will-maker had lost...

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Stanley Rule, Sabey Rule LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

CE International Resources Holdings LLC v. Yeap, 2013 BCSC 1804 at paras. 19, 35-39,

A high degree of deference is to be given to decisions of arbitrators in international arbitrations.

"Party" may include a non-signatory through mechanisms such as estoppel and piercing t...

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Joe McArthur, BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON LLP on INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION ACT

Under s. 27(1)(c) of the Human Rights Code, the Human Rights Tribunal must assess both parties’ evidence, not just the evidence led to support the complaint, to determine if there is a reasonable prospect the complaint will succeed: Francescutti v. Vancouver (City), 2017 BCC...

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OnPoint Legal Research, Onpoint Legal Research Law Corporation on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia v. Henderson, 2017 BCSC 917: A person who is not registered under the Veterinarians Act must not perform, offer to perform, or imply that the person is entitled to perform any of the acts described in the definition of “veteri...

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Kimberly Jakeman, Harper Grey LLP on VETERINARIANS ACT

Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 180: Section 35 of the Health Professions Act permits an inquiry committee to impose limits or conditions on the practice of the designated health profession by the registrant or suspend the registration of ...

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Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP on HEALTH PROFESSIONS ACT

The winding up provisions for strata corporations are examined in an article entitled "Sale of Strata Land" by Ronald Wilson in the September 2016 issue of The Advocate.

Wilson, R., "Sale of Strata Land" (2016) 74 Advocate 663

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Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould on STRATA PROPERTY ACT

When considering whether an offer was beat at trial the Rules do not allow for a present value calculation to be applied to the offer.

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Erik Magraken, MacIsaac & Company on SUPREME COURT CIVIL RULES (B.C. Reg. 168/2009)

The test for discrimination in services proceeds in two steps.

First, a complainant must prove a case of prima facie discrimination, namely that:

(1) they have a characteristic protected by the Human Rights Code;

(2) they experienced an adverse impact with respect to the s...

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Devyn Cousineau, Human Rights Tribunal on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

This section was applied by the court in the case of Al-Sabah Estate, 2015 BCSC 1781. In that case a grant of administration had issued to an administrator who was found to have failed to give proper notice to the beneficiaries and to have failed to advise the court of the he...

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Genevieve Taylor, Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

Political belief: The Tribunal has considered the meaning of political belief in several cases, including: Jamieson v. Victoria Native Friendship Centre (1994), 22 C.H.R.R. D/250 (B.C.C.H.R.); Wali v. Jace Holdings, 2012 BCHRT 389; Potter and Benson v. College of Physicians an...

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Katherine Hardie, Human Rights Tribunal on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

Presch v. Alma Mater Society of UBC 2017 BCSC 963 appears to be the first decision considering section 105 (and 104) of the Act. In this case, the court found no irregularity and thus did not make a ruling regarding the impugned referendum process. The judge reiterated a fai...

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Margaret Mason, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP on SOCIETIES ACT

The Court, in The Owners, Strata Plan LMS1495 v. 0753874 B.C. Ltd., 2015 BCSC 2124, found that all subsequent purchasers of the owner developer inherit the obligations of the “owner developer” under Part 13 of the Act (Phased Strata Plans) including the owner developer obl...

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Mary Brunton, Reed Pope Law Corporation on STRATA PROPERTY ACT

The oppression action has been commonly referenced as a remedy intended to cure “fraud on the minority”. However, an oppression remedy is not precluded by reason of the fact the claimant may be an equal or majority shareholder. The court must look at all the circumstances...

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Debby Cumberford, Deborah M. Cumberford on BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT

Rent-to-income ratios and minimum income criteria in selecting prospective tenants may discriminate based on source of income: Birchall v. Guardian Properties Ltd., 2000 BCHRT 36.

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Katherine Hardie, Human Rights Tribunal on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia v. Henderson, 2017 BCSC 917: The College of Veterinarians is responsible to protect the public interest in respect of matters covered within veterinary medicine. The College may apply to the Supreme Court for an injunction to re...

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Kimberly Jakeman, Harper Grey LLP on VETERINARIANS ACT

The Wildfire Act and this regulation mandate a proactive approach to the prevention of wildfires, and requires an active presence at each site of dangerous activity contemplated in Section 6(3). A person carrying out a high risk activity may rely upon a single firewatcher to ...

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Jeff Waatainen, DLA Piper LLP on WILDFIRE REGULATION 38/2005

In Order P17-03 involving a complaint against Surrey Creep Catcher, the Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner considered whether Surrey Creep Catcher was authorized under section 12(1)(c), 15(1) (c )and 18(1)(c) of PIPA to collect, use and disclose personal information o...

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Eileen Vanderburgh, AHBL Management Limited Partnership on PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION ACT

It is not clear if the limitation period on distributing the estate applies when no application has been made, or will ever be made, for a representation grant.

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Emma McArthur, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP on WILLS, ESTATES AND SUCCESSION ACT

For this section to apply the individual must be an employee. To determine whether the individual is an employee refer to the definitions of “employee” “employer” and “work” contained in Part 1 of the Act. Precedents from the courts can aid in determining whether o...

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Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP on EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT

The relevant factors to consider in determining whether to grant an extension of time for the filing and service of a notice of appeal are set out in Davies v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (1987), 15 BCLR (2d) 256 (C.A) at 259-260. The factors for consideration are:

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Michael Bain, Hamilton Howell Bain & Gould on COURT OF APPEAL ACT

This is a very useful provision for treaty First Nations, because it confirms that these types of dedications do not operate to convey title to the Crown - title to the dedicated land remains vested in the First Nation.

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John Doolan, Miller Thomson LLP on LAND TITLE ACT

As Rob Miller has correctly pointed out, there appears to be an issue with the wording in this section. The sentence likely should include "of the" between "portion" and "highway".

Because this wording is also reflected in the official source, the change may need to be made l...

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Michael Pasta, Quickscribe Services Ltd. on MOTOR VEHICLE ACT REGULATIONS 26/58

The recent Kamloops decision of Grewal v. Sikh Cultural Society 2017 BCSC 936 is of interest with respect to the right of a member to inspect the Register of Members. Although decided upon the provisions of the Society Act, there are nuggets to consider in any proceeding on s...

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Margaret Mason, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP on SOCIETIES ACT

Section 197 of the Community Charter, and particularly subsection (3), reflects the common law principle of equal taxation, and effectively prohibits discrimination within property tax classes. However, exceptions may be made where lands are added to the municipal tax base thr...

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Michael Hargraves, Stewart McDannold Stuart on COMMUNITY CHARTER

The Building Act General Regulation B.C. Reg. 131/2016 under the Building Act prescribes as an "unrestricted matter" for the purposes of s. 5 of the Act, "setback from a watercourse, body of water or dike of any landfill or structural support required to elevate a floor syste...

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Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson on LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT

Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 180: Section 35 of the Health Professions Act permits an inquiry committee to impose limits or conditions on the practice of the designated health profession by the registrant or suspend the registration of ...

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Guy Brown, Harper Grey LLP on HEALTH PROFESSIONS ACT

“Occupational association” is defined in s. 1 of the Code to mean “an organization, other than a trade union or employers’ organization, in which membership is a prerequisite to carrying on a trade, occupation or profession”.

The Human Rights Tribunal has found the...

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Devyn Cousineau, Human Rights Tribunal on HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

In C.S.M. v W.S.L., a case between and adult child and a payor father, the Provincial Court determined that an RESP fund is property rather than a special expenses, and as such is "an asset to be dealt with under the division of property in the respective parts of the FLA," ov...

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John-Paul Boyd, Canadian Research Institute For Law And The Family on FAMILY LAW ACT

A right of first refusal can create an interest in land. See: Alim Holdings Ltd. v. Tom Howe Holdings Ltd., 2016 BCCA 84, para. 38.

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Peter Roberts, Lawson Lundell LLP on PROPERTY LAW ACT

A plain reading of this provision is that if the "face value" of an NCP's accrued DB benefits are not being changed on a conversion of those benefits to target benefits, no consent from a trade union is required. That is, converting what were DB benefits in an NCP into TB ben...

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Murray Campbell, Lawson Lundell LLP on PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT

The disgorgement provision at s. 161(1)(g) of the Securities Act is neither punitive nor compensatory in nature. It merely deters contravention of the Act by ensuring that people do not retain the benefit of their wrongdoing: Poonian v. British Columbia Securities Commission, ...

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OnPoint Legal Research, Onpoint Legal Research Law Corporation on SECURITIES ACT

As with the definition of Employee, the definition of Employer will be accorded a liberal interpretation. The use of the word “includes” rather than “means” in its definition in the Employment Standards Act demonstrates that the Legislature has intentionally left this ...

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Daniel Sorensen, Sorensen Smith LLP on EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT