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Vol: XI  –  Issue: IV  –  April 2012


New Enhancements for Quickscribe Online
Quickscribe recently unveiled a number of enhancements to your site. One of the more pronounced features is the new “Proposed Changes To This Act” alert. This alert is displayed on the Table of Contents of any Act that has pending changes as a result of a recent Bill. A few important things to note about this feature:

  • In its current state, the alert is displayed from the time a new Bill (affecting the Act) is first introduced, until such time that the Bill achieves Royal Assent. Bills affecting Acts do not necessarily come into law immediately following Royal Assent and may come into force by regulation at a future date. In these cases, the Pending Changes alert will be removed even though the changes have not yet come into force. Plans are in the works to further refine this alert so as to account for this scenario.
  • The links to the Bill that affects the Act now take you directly to the section of the Bill that amends the Act. This was not the case when this feature was first made available in early April.
Finally, a significant upgrade to the Amendment Tracker tool will now display results for sections that were amended multiple times.

Bills Introduced This Month:
The following Bills were introduced since April. Please go to our Bills page for more details on these and other Bills this session. Quickscribe Teams Up with Valkyrie Law Group – Municipal Beat
We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Valkyrie Law Group LLP, who are knowledgeable in the fields of Local Government and First Nations laws, to produce a new local government news bulletin, The Municipal Beat. The new bulletin will provide commentary on recent and upcoming legislation affecting local governments. View the first inaugural bulletin.

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Energy and Mines News:

Federal Government to Consolidate, Speed Environmental Reviews
The Conservative government will significantly reduce federal environmental oversight of natural resource developments and other projects by consolidating assessments into three departments, eliminating reviews for small projects and handing more regulatory responsibility to the provinces. The government is also looking at limiting environmental groups from intervening in regulatory hearings for major natural resources projects in an effort to expedite reviews. Ottawa indicated it will also have final say on pipeline decisions in the "national interest." Industry groups lauded the changes announced Tuesday as critical to attracting investment and creating jobs, while environmental watchdogs and opposition parties attacked the plan as another example of the federal government abandoning its responsibility for protecting Canada's land, air and water. View full article posted on Canada.com.

BC Regulations to Govern First Nations Projects
The British Columbia government has introduced legislation that will permit provincial regulations to apply to commercial, industrial and residential developments on two aboriginal development projects. The move is meant to make it easier for First Nations entrepreneurs to conduct business on reserve lands, according to BC's Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Mary Polak. "This is really an historic opportunity," Polak said at a news conference shortly after introducing Bill 43, The First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act Implementation Act. "It's a huge step forward in terms of ensuring that the development that occurs on reserves is much more similar to what happens off reserves," said Polak. View the full article posted at CBC News.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation (389/93) Apr. 12/12 by Reg 33/2012
Oil and Gas Activities Act General Regulation (274/2010) Apr. 15/12 by Reg 40/2012
Petroleum and Natural Gas Royalty and Freehold Production Tax Regulation (495/92) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 91/2012

Family, Wills & Estates News:

Family Practice Direction #8 – Divorce Applications  
Chief Justice Bauman has issued FPD-8 – Divorce Applications, pursuant to which masters have jurisdiction to conduct trial management conferences. FPD-8 is issued to coincide with the coming into force of amendments to the Supreme Court Rules which amend certain forms. With the issuance of this practice direction, FPD-3 – Divorce Applications is rescinded. FPD-8 – Divorce Applications took effect on April 25, 2012.

How Does the Court Interpret an Unclear Will?
In an ideal world, all people would have a clear and unambiguous will in place at the time of their death; however, this is not always the case. In the recent case of Re Brooks Estate the BC Supreme Court faced a situation of having to interpret an incomplete and unclear will and, in doing so, set out the principles that should be followed in such cases. View full article by Michelle Tribe with Clark Wilson.

New Legislation Will End Limitation Period for Claims on Arrears of Support
The provincial government introduced new legislation on April 16 to replace the Limitation Act. The proposed legislation, Bill 34, will tidy up a lot of the complexities of the current act and, along the way, repeal the limitation period presently governing actions for the enforcement of arrears of child support and spousal support. Under sections 3 (1) and 46 of the new legislation, no limitation will apply to claims for arrears accumulating under a court order, or under an agreement filed in court pursuant to sections 121 or 122 of the Family Relations Act or sections 148 or 163 of the Family Law Act; once arrears have accumulated, they can always be enforced. Payors beware! Read more at the Blog by John-Paul Boyd.
Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Child Care Subsidy Regulation (74/97) Apr. 1/12 by Reg 56/2012
Forest and Environment News:

Proposed Fisheries Act Changes Upend Cohen Commission Salmon Inquiry
The federal government's bid to make sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act has prompted an 11th-hour scramble at the $26.4-million Cohen Commission, which was created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 to study dramatic declines in the West Coast sockeye fishery. Senior commission counsel Brian Wallace sent a letter to all hearing participants – including governments, industry, First Nations, and environmentalists – late last week asking them to submit by May 14 their views on how the budget bill affects their previous positions on the state of B.C.'s top fishery. The letter was in response to the Conservative government's tabling of a 431-page omnibus budget-implementation bill that includes Fisheries Act amendments which would, according to critics, "gut'' key provisions to protect fisheries habitat. View full article posted by Post Media News.

Province Considers “Option” of Overruling Chief Forester to Secure Timber Supply for Industry
A leaked Ministry of Forests document reveals a proposal that the BC government override the top official charged with managing the province’s forests to find a timber supply for Burns Lake. The forestry-dependent town west of Prince George lost its main employer in a December fire that destroyed its sawmill and killed two workers. The April 7 document addressed to the cabinet under the name of Forests Minister Steve Thomson has come to light at a time when the government is under increasing pressure to reveal plans it has so far kept confidential to address the pending collapse of the Interior timber supply. At least 12,000 of 22,890 associated forest industry jobs are at risk, a second document briefly posted Tuesday on a government website shows. Read more.

WorkSafeBC Directive to Sawmill Employers
WorkSafeBC issued a directive order to all sawmill employers. The directive order was delivered by email or by WorkSafeBC officers to all sawmill employers in BC. All employers in this classification will have received the order by April 28.

Minister Unveils B.C. Forest Sector Strategy
Gorman Bros. Lumber Mill in Westbank was the backdrop for the provincial government's announcement of the implementation of the latest segment of its BC Jobs Plan. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, unveiled "Our Natural Advantage: Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia" at a press conference held just outside the main mill. The strategy will build on, and grow, six priorities identified by the Working Roundtable on Forestry, which convened in 2009, to chart a path to sustainable growth in the industry. Thomson says the strategy overview put forward by the roundtable includes:

  • The commitment to using wood first.
  • Growing trees, sequestering carbon, and ensuring land is available to produce a range of forest products.
  • Creating a globally competitive, market-based operating climate.
  • Embracing innovation and diversification.
  • Supporting prosperous rural forest economies.
  • First Nations becoming partners in forestry.
View full story as reported by the Working Forest Newspaper.

B.C. Coastal Loggers Violating Softwood Lumber Deal, U.S. Claims
Accusation based on fact B.C. hasn’t updated stumpage data for three years

The American lumber lobby says the B.C. government has been under-charging coastal forest companies for timber harvested on Crown lands to the tune of $70 million a year. And that throws into question the accuracy of B.C.’s market-pricing system, according to the U.S. Lumber Coalition, the American industry lobby group that opposes open access for Canadian lumber producers to the U.S. market. The charge against coastal producers comes on top of a $300-million claim against Interior producers levied by the U.S. government that is now in the final stages of a lengthy hearing process before the London Court of International Arbitration. Read more.

Proposed Changes to Forest Act Introduced
Bill 41, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012, was introduced on May 1st. The Bill proposed two amendments to the Forest Act. The first enables flexibility in the minister’s authority to delegate an authority under the act to officials in the ministry. The amendment was previously approved, but contained a minor typographical error that needs to be corrected. The second re-instates the requirement for a deposit to be made at time of application for forest tenure to prevent speculative bidding.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Angling and Scientific Collection Regulation (125/90) Apr. 1/12 by Reg 178/2011
Hunting Regulation (190/84) Apr. 1/12 by 67/2012
Municipal Sewage Regulation (129/99) REPEALED
Apr. 20/12
by Reg 87/2012
Municipal Wastewater Regulation (87/2012) NEW
Apr. 20/12
see Reg 87/2012
Waste Discharge Regulation (320/2004) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 87/2012
Wildlife Act Apr. 1/12 by 2011 Bill 19, c. 27, ss. 25, 31, 32 and 36 only (in force by Reg 67/2012), Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 3), 2011
Wildlife Act Commercial Activities Regulation (338/82) Apr. 1/12 by 67/2012
Health News:

Proposed Changes to Health Professions Act
Bill 41, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012, was introduced on May 1st. This bill includes minor amendments to the Health Professions Act and the Labour Mobility Act to ensure that all nurse practitioners wishing to enter practice in B.C. in the future have passed the same rigorous clinical practice exam before being permitted to practise autonomously and to the full extent of the nurse practitioner scope of practice under BC legislation.

Legislation to Allow B.C. Emergency Workers Access to
Blood Samples When Potentially Exposed to Illness

Emergency workers will be able to know for sure if they’ve been put at risk of contracting a serious disease if legislation introduced Monday by Minister of Labour Margaret MacDiarmid is passed. The legislation would allow emergency workers and Good Samaritans to get a court order for a bodily fluid sample if someone they contact on the job refuses to give one voluntarily. "First responders put their lives on the line every day to keep the people of British Columbia safe, so it's important we support them in every way we can,” said MacDiarmid in a news release. "This legislation will give workers and their families the peace of mind they deserve." Read full article in The Vancouver Sun.

It Will Take a Year to Lower Generic Drug Prices, Says BC Health Minister
British Columbia introduced legislation this week aimed at lowering the price of generic drugs, but Health Minister Michael de Jong said it will realistically be a year before those savings are realized. NDP Leader Adrian Dix said the province's delay has already been costly. "I want us to have at least the certainty of having the most competitive generic drug prices in Canada," said de Jong. In 2010 Ontario legislated it would pay 25 percent of the brand name price for generic drugs. This week, Canada's most populated province said for the ten most prescribed generics it will drop the price to 20 percent. Click here to read more.

New Pharmaceutical Services Act Introduced
Bill 35, the Pharmaceutical Services Act, was introduced on April 24 and proposes to:

  • provide clear authorization for, and a legislative framework to govern, the provincial drug program commonly known as "PharmaCare",
  • move provisions respecting PharmaNet, which are necessary to support the provincial drug program, from the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act to this Bill,
  • streamline provisions respecting the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, and the recording of information in, and access to information in, prescribed information management technology, and
  • repeal, for consistency with this Bill, provisions from the former Pharmacists, Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act (now the Veterinary Drugs Act) and the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act respecting disclosure directives, and repeals provisions of those Acts that cannot be brought into force because they are inoperative.
Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Hospital District Act Apr. 1/12 by 2011 Bill 11, c. 11, ss. 26-29, 32(b) and (c) and 33 only (in force by Reg 73/2012), Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act
Labour, Company and Finance News:

The Limits to Averaging Agreements
The Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) allows some flexibility in hours of work without overtime pay through the use of averaging agreements.
Unfortunately, the requirements for an enforceable averaging agreement are often impractical. An averaging agreement must:

  • be agreed, in writing, with each employee;
  • specify the start and end dates;
  • be signed by both parties;
  • specify the hours for each day;
  • specify the length, which must be one, two, three or four weeks unless varied by the Director of Employment Standards;
  • specify the number of times the agreement may be repeated;
  • not average more than 40 hours per week;
  • use “weeks” which run Sunday through Saturday; and
  • not require hours of work which average more than 40 hours per week over the period of the agreement.

Read the full article by Christopher McHardy published in the British Columbia Employer Advisor, by McCarthy Tetrault.

Proposed Changes to the Public Sector Pensions Plan Act
Bill 41, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012, was introduced on May 1st. Proposed amendments will streamline the Public Sector Pensions Plant Act by removing provisions no longer necessary and clarifying language to simplify it and reduce regulatory requirements. It will also create a separate joint-trust agreement for the College Pension Plan that will create consistency with similar public sector pension plans such as the Public Service Pension Plan. Orders in Council will no longer be required for each change made to the plan rules or joint trust arrangements.

Significant Changes to the Canadian
Thin Capitalization Rules in the 2012 Budget

The thin capitalization rules are designed to protect the Canadian tax base from erosion through excessive interest deductions in respect of debt owing by Canadian taxpayers to certain non-resident shareholders. The rules discourage non-resident shareholders from capitalizing a Canadian corporation with what is perceived to be too much debt and extracting pre-tax earnings of the corporation in the form of interest rather than after-tax dividends. View the full article by Michelle Chang and Shane Onufrechuk with Davis LLP.

New BC Minimum Wage Takes Effect May 1st
BC’s minimum wage jumps to $10.25 an hour on May 1, matching Ontario's as the second highest in Canada. The 75-cent hike is the last stage of a three-stage increase announced by Premier Christy Clark after she was sworn in March of 2011. The wage had been frozen at $8 for nearly a decade prior to the increase. Former premier Gordon Campbell had opposed raising the wage, saying it would cost the province thousands of jobs. Clark said in her original announcement that raising the wage in three 75-cent increments between May 2011 and May 2012 would help businesses cope with the change. View full story as reported by CBC.

New Pension Benefits Standards Act Introduced
The Province has introduced legislation to modernize the Pension Benefits Standards Act and allow the private sector to offer a wider choice of pension-plan options so that more British Columbians can have access to pension income during their retirement years. Bill 38 brings improvements to pension legislation by reducing administrative costs and enhancing the rights of pension plan members, including immediate entitlement to employer-paid contributions and more information about how a plan is operating. The bill will extend the same right to receive plan information to retired members. In addition, it establishes a framework that will give former pension plan members the option of withdrawing “locked-in” funds in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan or life income fund in cases of financial hardship. View government news release.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
College Pension Plan Regulation (95/2000) RETROACTIVE
to Mar. 20/12
by Reg 77/2012
Education Services Collective Agreement Act Apr. 14/12 by 2012 Bill 22, c. 3, s. 8 only (in force by Royal Assent), Education Improvement Act 
Employment and Assistance Regulation (263/2002) May 1/12 by Reg 83/2012, Reg 84/2012 and Reg 85/2012
Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation (265/2002) May 1/12 by Reg 83/2012, Reg 84/2012, Reg 85/2012 and Reg 86/2012
Employment Standards Regulation (396/95) May 1/12 by Reg 67/2011
Forms Regulation (315/2005) REPEALED
May 1/12
by Reg 95/2012
Forms Regulation (95/2012) NEW
May 1/12
see Reg 95/2012
Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (58/2008) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 78/2012
National Instrument 25-101 Designated Rating Organizations (78/2012) NEW
Apr. 20/12
see Reg 78/2012
National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (59/2008) Apr. 20/.12 by Reg 78/2012
National Instrument 44-101: Short Form Prospectus Distributions (370/2005) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 78/2012
National Instrument 51-102: Continuous Disclosure Obligations (110/2004) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 78/2012
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (296/97) Apr. 15/12 by Reg 230/2011
Public Education Labour Relations Act Apr. 14/12 by 2012 Bill 22, c. 3, s. 10 only (in force by Royal Assent), Education Improvement Act
Public Service Labour Relations Act Apr. 25/12 by 2011 Bill 20, c. 5, s. 39 only (in force by Reg 94/2012), Auditor General for Local Government Act
School Act Apr. 14/12 by 2012 Bill 22, c. 3, ss. 13, 17, 18 and 21 only (in force by Royal Assent), Education Improvement Act
Securities Act Apr. 20/12 by 2010 Bill 6, c. 4, ss. 54, 59, 60 and 62 to 64 only (in force by Reg 61/2012), Finance Statutes Amendment Act, 2010
Social Service Tax Act Regulations (84/58) Apr. 1/12 s. 3.37(4) repeals s. 3.37(1)(b)
Society Act Apr. 30/12 by 2011 Bill 17, c. 29, ss. 136-141 only (in force by Reg 88/2012), Finance Statutes Amendment Act, 2011
Society Act Regulations (4/78) Apr. 30/12 by Reg 93/2012
Training Tax Credit Regulation (243/2007) RETROACTIVE
to Jan. 1/11
by Reg 54/2012
to Jan. 1/12

Local Government News:

Quickscribe Teams Up with Valkyrie Law Group – Municipal Beat
Quickscribe is teaming up with Valkyrie Law Group LLP, who are knowledgeable in the fields of Local Government and First Nations law, to produce a new local government news bulletin, The Municipal Beat. The new bulletin will focus on recent and upcoming legislation affecting local governments. View the first inaugural bulletin.

No Duty to Consult with First Nations
Before Issuing Development Permits

A new BC Supreme Court decision holds that local governments do not have a legal or constitutional duty to consult with First Nations before issuing development permits. For more information read Stewart McDannold Stuart's Client Bulletin.

Province Names Audit Council Members
Five British Columbians have been named to the Audit Council overseeing the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG), ensuring the independence of the office, announced Ida Chong, minister of Community, Sport and Culture. The council is comprised of a broad mix of professionals from different parts of British Columbia with backgrounds in accounting, law, finance, business and local government. The five members appointed on April 25th were Anthony Ariganello (chair), J. Richard Heney, Donalda MacDonald, Lisa Payne and Timothy J. Wood. The new Auditor General For Local Government Act came into force on April 25th, 2012. Click here to read the full government news release.

Upcoming Changes to the Local Government Act
The new Bill 41, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012, introduced on May 1st changes the Local Government Act in that it attempts to clarify government’s authority to incorporate a mountain resort municipality whether or not there are residents in the area at the time of incorporation. This legislation is consistent with existing government policy in the area of mountain resort development and will ensure that all forms of governance are available for consideration.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Audit Council Regulation (94/2012) NEW
Apr. 25/12
see Reg 94/2012
Auditor General for Local Government Act NEW
Apr. 25/12
c. 5 (SBC 2012) 2011 Bill 20 (whole act in force by Reg 94/2012)
Community Charter Apr. 25/12 2011 Bill 20, c. 5, s. 36 only (in force by Reg 94/2012), Auditor General for Local Government Act
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Apr. 25/12 by 2011 Bill 20, c. 5, ss. 37 and 38 only (in force by Reg 94/2012), Auditor General for Local Government Act
Learning Improvement Fund Regulation (53/2012) NEW
Apr. 14/12
see Reg 53/2012
Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation (244/2002) Apr. 11/12 by Reg 79/2012
School Regulation (265/89) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 92/2012
South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act Apr. 1/12 by 2011 Bill 11, c. 16, s. 1 only (in force by Reg 11/2012), Greater Vancouver Transit Enhancement Act
Taxation (Rural Area) Act Regulation (387/82) May 1/12 by Reg 99/2012
Vancouver Charter Apr. 25/12 by 2011 Bill 20, c. 5, s. 40 only (in force by Reg 94/2012), Auditor General for Local Government Act
Miscellaneous News:

BC Schools Could Adopt Year-Round Schedules:
Districts could end traditional September to June semesters in 2013-2014 school year

Many students around BC may have their last long summer vacation next year, under new legislation that will allow school boards to scrap the traditional calendar. The BC government introduced the amendments to the School Act on Thursday that will allow local school districts to set their schedules, provided they meet a minimum number of teaching hours, starting in the 2013-2014 school year. Read more by CBC.

Proposed Amendments to the Society Act
The Society Act has not been substantially revised since 1977. In December 2009, the Ministry of Finance (“Ministry”) commenced a review of the Act by asking for suggestions from stakeholders. The Ministry used this input to publish the Society Act Review Discussion Paper (“Discussion Paper”) in December 2011. The Discussion Paper puts forward a number of proposed changes to regulation of societies that attempt to balance the comments of the stakeholders and the desire for a modern legal framework with the need for a simple and accessible set of laws for not-for-profits. The Discussion Paper invited further comments on reform to the Society Act, which were to be received by April 30, 2012. Legislation to amend or replace the Act is targeted for 2013 at the earliest.

It is important to note that the proposals in the Discussion Paper are intended to stimulate discussion and further input, and do not reflect government policy or the views of the Ministry or the Legislature. The Discussion Paper raises two fundamental framework issues. The first concerns what corporate law provisions ought to apply to societies. In this regard, the Discussion Paper suggests that select provisions of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act (BCA) ought to be imported into the current Society Act framework. The second issue is the extent to which the Society Act should contain regulatory provisions that constrain the operation of societies. Read the full article by Linda Parsons with Davis LLP.

Province Shortens Time to File Civil Lawsuits
People will have less time to file civil lawsuits under legislation introduced Monday by Justice Minister and Attorney-General Shirley Bond. "British Columbia is out of step and it's time we brought a more modern approach," said Bond, adding the new legislation will bring B.C. into line with many other provinces. "This will help to ensure that British Columbia businesses are competitive and subject to similar rules as their counterparts in other provinces." The proposed legislation would reduce to two years the time that people have to sue once they are aware of a specific damage. Limits now range from two to 10 years, depending on the nature of the case. The legislation does include some limited exemptions, such as the enforcement of monetary judgments, which will have a 10-year limitation period. Read the full article by Jonathan Fowlie, The Vancouver Sun.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Supreme Court Civil Rules (168/2009) Apr. 25/12 by Reg 58/2012
Supreme Court Family Rules (169/2009) Apr. 25/12 by Reg 58/2012
Motor Vehicle News:

BC’s New Motorbike Helmet Regulations
Will Effectively Stamp Out Novelty Headgear

Motorcyclists in BC will no longer be able to wear skull caps or beanies while on the road, following the unveiling Monday of new government regulations that will effectively stamp out novelty helmets. With an ultimate goal of reducing motorcycle deaths, Justice Minister Shirley Bond said effective June 1, all motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets that meet industry safety standards. Included in the new regulations, added Bond, is a provision requiring all passengers, including children, to have their feet secured on either the motorcycle’s foot pegs or floorboard for the duration of the journey. “While BC already has mandatory helmet and seating laws, these new standards provide even more guidance to help riders — who are more vulnerable to injury and death than other road users — enjoy a safe journey,” Bond said in a statement. Read more.

Automobile Insurance – Court Rules on Claim for Coverage Entitlement
A plaintiff was successful in seeking a declaration that she was entitled to coverage on the basis that her motor vehicle insurer had not established she was impaired at the time of the accident and she was awarded punitive damages for the insurer’s bad faith conduct with respect to the claim. Read the full case review published by Emily M. Williamson of Harper Grey LLP.

Justice Minister Considers Public Driving Records
Justice Minister Shirley Bond has once again mused about making driving records public in this province, a move that, if it happened, could potentially lift the veil of current secrecy over everything from speeding tickets to drunk-driving prohibitions. Bond said her minister will review the idea, in the wake of the case of a motorcycle clocked at 300 km/h on a Greater Victoria highway. If the idea of public driving records sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Former Attorney General Mike de Jong mused about it in 2010. But the Times Colonist unveiled, a year and a half later, the government had done almost nothing to actually explore the issue. Currently, the driving record of a B.C. citizen, including speeding tickets, Motor Vehicle Act infractions and drunk-driving roadside prohibitions, aren’t public. You can’t figure out whether your child’s school bus driver has had numerous license suspensions for excessive speed, whether your local MLA has been caught texting and driving, or whether, in the case of the Esquimalt Fire Department, an assistant chief had lost his license as part of an impaired-driving prohibition and didn’t tell taxpayers. Ontario is the only province in Canada were driving records are public. View full article by Rob Shaw posted in the Times Colonist.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
Motor Fuel Tax Regulation (414/85) Apr. 1/12 by Reg 26/2012
Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (26/58) Apr. 20/12 by Reg 90/2012
Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Act Apr. 1/12 by 2011 Bill 11, c. 16, ss. 3-6 only (in force by Reg 11/2012), Greater Vancouver Transit Enhancement Act
Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation (89/97) Apr. 1/12 by Reg 177/2011
by Reg 68/2012
Real Estate & Builders Lien News:

Judge Supports Owners of Condos Who Don't Want Complex to be Sold
(Re: Strata Property Act)

A BC Supreme Court judge has rejected a bid by a group of owners in an aging North Vancouver housing complex to force the sale of their property against the wishes of other owners who want to remain in the complex. The president of a condo homeowners' association said while the property is co-owned, not a strata-titled condominium complex, the case raises questions about what will happen to thousands of older condominium buildings in BC that are becoming costly to maintain and are on land ripe for redevelopment. Read more.

Proposed Changes to Land Title Act
Bill 41, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012, was introduced on May 1st. The amendments will ensure that party wall agreements transfer with the sale of property. Owners sharing a wall, such as in row-house construction, will now have greater certainty regarding their joint interests in the wall and any agreements on wall maintenance will transfer with the sale of property.

Act or Regulation Affected Effective Date Amendment Information
There were no amendments this month.
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