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Vol: IV  –  Issue: XI      Nov. 25, 2005


Legislative Session Ended – The fall sitting of the Legislature ended on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, and is expected to resume in February 2006.

BC Votes: Unofficial Results from the 2005 Local Government Elections – CivicInfo BC and the Union of BC Municipalities have assembled complete local government election results from across British Columbia. Details: Elections.

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Click here for:  MOTOR VEHICLE

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Petroleum and Natural Gas Royalty and Freehold Production Tax Regulation 495/92 Oct. 27, 2005 by Reg 317/2005

Forest and Environment News:

U.S. Finally Determines Canadian Softwood Not Subsidized: One Step Toward Resolution – On November 22, 2005, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has finally issued a determination on countervailing duties that supports Canada’s long-standing position that Canadian softwood lumber is not subsidized. The remand determination of 0.80 percent by the DOC was in response to the NAFTA panel’s fifth request that the DOC correct its subsidy determination—previously reduced by the DOC from 18.79 percent to 1.21 percent. Canadian exporters continue to pay an unjustified 20.15 percent duty on softwood lumber shipped to the U.S. Since 2002, some $5 billion in duties has been collected illegally. Take a look at these sites for more information: BC Lumber Trade Council; Government of Canada; Government of BC

Funding To Advance Beetle-Wood Research And Development – It was announced recently that the Province will be investing nearly $730,000 in 13 projects to develop new products and uses for mountain pine beetle-wood. The projects each determine how beetle-attacked timber can be used to its fullest potential by testing its viability in a variety of product applications such as laminated decking and flooring, structural panels and particleboard, structural beams made of laminated wood, and other products. Initial results will be reported in spring 2006. For more information, see Mountain Pine Beetle Information.

Province Launches New Tool In Battling Invasive Plants – It was recently announced that the Province has launched Canada’s first web-based tool in the battle against invasive alien plants. The Invasive Alien Plants Program is a web-based data entry system and mapping tool which will allow people working in government, industry and local weed committees to quickly and efficiently share information about where invasive plants are located, and what weed control treatments have been used. By sharing data, the agencies involved in invasive plant management will be able to prioritize work across B.C., prevent duplicated efforts and measure progress.

The Invasive Alien Plant Program Application which the public may access, is available online.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Drinking Water Protection Regulation 200/2003 Nov. 1, 2005 by Reg 300/2004
Ground Water Protection Regulation 299/2004 NEW!
Nov. 1, 2005
Reg 299/2004
Municipal Sewage Regulation 129/99 Nov. 17, 2005 Reg 332/2005
Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Telemarketer Licensing Regulation 083/2005 Oct. 27, 2005 by Reg 318/2005

Local Government News:

LoGo Notebook – Click here for Staples McDannold Stewart's LoGo Notebook which includes articles on cases about non-conforming siting and judges granting MTI convictions then lowering the fine, among others.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Electrical Safety Regulation 100/2004 Nov. 8, 2005 by Reg 327/2005
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Oct. 21, 2005 by Reg 314/2005
Gas Safety Regulation 103/2004 Nov. 8, 2005 by Reg 327/2005
Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Reg 104/2004 Nov. 8, 2005 by Reg 327/2005
Spheres of Concurrent Jurisdiction - Environment and Wildlife Regulation 144/2004 Nov. 4, 2005 by Reg 326/2005
Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Motor Carrier Act Regulation (repealed) 311/2003 Oct. 27, 2005 by Reg 322/2005
Motor Fuel Tax Act Oct. 27, 2005 by s. 2(a), 8(a) only, 2003 Bill 42 Reg 321/2005) Provincial Revenue Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2003
Motor Fuel Tax Regulation 414/85 Oct. 27, 2005 by Reg 319/2005