<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-16LE"> <title>QUICKSCRIBE REPORTER</title> <style> <!-- body { background: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 90% } td { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 80% } td.cell1 { background: #7e2b18; color: white; font-weight: bold; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 90% } td.cell2 { background: #a1a1a1; color: #7e2b18; font-weight: bold; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 80% } .style1 { width: 107px; } .style2 { width: 421px; } .style3 { height: 593px; } --> </style> </head> <body> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="70%"> <img alt="Quickscribe Services Ltd." src="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/bills/Reporter2008/Reporter-header-new.jpg"></td> <td align="right" width="30%" valign="top"><font face="arial" size="1"><br> Toll Free: 1-877-727-6978<br> Phone: 1-250-727-6978<br> Fax: 1-250-727-6699<br> <br> Email: info@quickscribe.bc.ca<br> <br> Website: www.quickscribe.bc.ca</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <hr size="4" color="black"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center"><font size="5"> Vol: XIII&#160; &#8211; &#160;Issue: V&#160; &#8211; &#160;May 2014</font></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <hr size="4" color="black"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" valign="top"> <p align="center"><b>QUICKSCRIBE NEWS:</b></p> <p><b>Legislature Adjourned<br> </b> The BC legislative session came to an end on May 29<sup>th</sup>. A total of 27 Government Bills were introduced, all of them achieving royal assent with the exception of <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d4c02e0fcd63f99a0058a24a7a54ca78&amp;anchor=">Bill 25</a>, <i>Port Metro Vancouver Container Trucking Services Continuation Act</i>. None of the 14 Members' Bills moved beyond 1<sup>st</sup> reading. </p> <p align="left"><b>Quickscribe Welcomes New Contributors</b><br> Quickscribe is thrilled to announce that the following lawyers will soon be contributing annotations to the new version of Quickscribe 2.0:</p> <p align="left"> <a href="http://www.jpboyd.com/">John-Paul Boyd</a>, one of the most recognizable and well-respected advocates of family law in BC, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator for family law. John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for thirteen years before becoming executive director of the <a href="http://www.crilf.ca/">Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family</a> at the University of Alberta. John-Paul has particular interests in legislation and law reform, the conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues generally, heuristics and decision-making processes, children's rights and involvement in the justice system, and the psychology of separation and divorce. John-Paul is the founding author of the public legal education wikibook <i>JP Boyd on Family Law</i> and its syndicated companion <a href="http://bcfamilylawresource.blogspot.com/">blog</a>. He is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on family law topics. </p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.fasken.com/william-duvall/">William Duvall</a>, a partner at the Vancouver law firm Fasken Martineau, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator for occupational health and safety legislation. Bill provides strategic advice and litigation representation on all aspects of employment issues in both union and non-union workplaces. Bill has significant experience in occupational health and safety legislation matters at both the provincial and federal levels &#8211; assisting clients in compensation, cost relief, and related regulatory matters. He also frequently gives speeches at client seminars, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and other industry events. </p> <p align="left"> <a href="http://www.fasken.com/lawyers/detail.aspx?professional=2726f9ec-6127-4880-98c0-89256957f516&amp;tabId=overview">Paul Wilson</a>, a partner with the firm Fasken Martineau, will act as Quickscribe's expert annotator in the area of energy law. Paul chairs the firm's Energy group and deals with a range of energy projects, project agreements, joint ventures and other arrangements for energy projects, as well as environmental assessment, permitting and approvals, including natural gas facilities and pipelines, and power generation and transmission projects. Paul is a published author and co-authored the publication <i>Annotated Climate Change Statutes and Regulations in Canada</i>. Paul is recognized for his expertise in various legal ranking guides including <i>Chambers Global</i>, <i>Best Lawyers in Canada</i>, <i>Who's Who Legal</i> and <i>Lexpert</i>. </p> <p align="left">To learn more about our expert annotators for the new Quickscribe 2.0&#160;site, click <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/annotations/">here</a>.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <hr size="2" color="black"></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p align="center"><b>Tip: Log in to Quickscribe Online prior to clicking Reporter links.</b></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <hr size="2" color="black"></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="3" rowspan="1" valign="top"><b>FEDERAL LEGISLATION</b> &#8212; For notification of federal amendments, we recommend you use our <a href="http://quickscribe.bc.ca/rsssignup/" target="_blank">RSS feed</a>.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <hr size="2" color="black"></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="center"><a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/bills/Reporter-archives.html" target="_blank">[ Previous Reporters ]</a><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <hr size="2" color="black"></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="center"><b>CATEGORIES </b><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" width="49%" valign="top"> <a href="#company">COMPANY &amp; FINANCE</a><br> <a href="#energy">ENERGY &amp; MINES</a><br> <a href="#family" style="text-align: right">FAMILY &amp; CHILDREN</a><br> <a href="#forest">FOREST &amp; ENVIRONMENT</a><br> <a href="#health">HEALTH </a><br> <a href="#labour">LABOUR &amp; EMPLOYMENT</a><br> </td> <td width="2%">&#160; </td> <td align="left" width="49%" valign="top"> <a href="#government">LOCAL GOVERNMENT</a><br> <a href="#misc">MISCELLANEOUS</a><br> <a href="#motor">MOTOR VEHICLE &amp; TRAFFIC</a><br> <a href="#estate">PROPERTY &amp; REAL ESTATE </a><br> <a href="#wills">WILLS &amp; ESTATES </a><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <hr size="2" color="black"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div> <table style="width: 100%;" cellpadding="10" bordercolor="black" border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="company"></a><b>COMPANY &amp; FINANCE</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p valign="top" align="center"><b>Company and Finance News:</b></p> <p><b>BCSC Allows Shareholder Rights Plan to <br> Survive almost 160 Days</b> <br> On May 2, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) ruled on an application by HudBay Minerals Inc. to cease-trade Augusta Resource Corporation's shareholder rights plan (the Pill). While the BCSC panel granted an order cease-trading the Pill as at 5:00 pm Vancouver time on July 15, 2014, the decision is a clear victory for Augusta, providing Augusta with nearly 160 days (from the date on which HudBay commenced its hostile bid) to find a competing offer. Prior to this decision, you would have been hard-pressed to find a securities lawyer that would have bet that a poison pill could survive for more than 90 days in the face of a hostile bid. Read the <a href="http://www.canadiansecuritieslaw.com/2014/05/articles/mergers-acquisitions/bcsc-allows-shareholder-rights-plan-to-survive-almost-160-days/#more">full article</a> by <a href="http://stikeman.com/cps/rde/xchg/se-en/hs.xsl/Profile.htm?ProfileID=16541">John Anderson</a> published the Canadian Securities Law publication by Stikeman Elliot.&#160; </p> <p><b>Share Structures and Rollovers</b> <br> <i>from CLEBC</i><br> The topic of share structures and rollovers is a very broad and expansive area which cannot be covered in the scope of a single paper of this type. As such, this paper is intended only to be a brief general overview of share structures and rollovers. It focuses on some basic principles and discusses some of the more practical considerations ("tips and traps") that commercial practitioners may want to note and be cautious of when dealing with these issues in their practice. This paper also assumes that the audience has some level of general knowledge and experience with corporate law and corporate planning. Read the <a href="http://www.cle.bc.ca/PracticePoints/TAX/14-ShareStructuresRollovers.html"> paper</a> prepared by Annie H. Chen of Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver, BC, for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, May 2014.&#160; </p> <p> <b>BC Securities &#8211; Policies &amp; Instruments</b><br> The following policies and instruments were published on the BCSC website in the month of May: </p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/policy.aspx?id=19592&amp;cat=3%20-%20Registration%20Requirements%20and%20Related%20Matters">31-338</a> &#8211; CSA Staff Notice 31-338 Guidance on Dispute Resolution Services Client Disclosure for Registered Dealers and Advisers that are not members of a Self-Regulatory Organization </li> <li><a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/Securities_Law/Policies/Policy2/23-101_Trading_Rules__NI_Amendment_Proposed_%281%29/">23-101</a> &#8211; CSA Notice and Request for Comment &#8211; Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 23-101 <i>Trading Rule</i> regarding order protection </li> <li><a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/Securities_Law/Policies/Policy5/51-102_Continuous_Disclosure_Obligations__NI_and_F_Amendment_Proposed_/">51-102</a> &#8211; CSA Notice and Request for Comment &#8211; Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 51-102 <i>Continuous Disclosure Obligations</i>, National Instrument 41-101 <i>General Prospectus Requirements</i> and National Instrument 52-110 <i>Audit Committees</i> </li> <li><a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/Securities_Law/Policies/Policy3/31-339_Omnibus/Blanket_Orders_Exempting_IIROC_and_MFDA_Registrants_from_Certain_Provisions_of_National_Instrument_31-103_CSA_Staff_Notice_/">31-339</a> &#8211; CSA Staff Notice 31-339 Omnibus/Blanket Orders Exempting IIROC and MFDA Registrants from Certain Provisions of National Instrument 31-103 <i>Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations</i> </li> <li><a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/Marketplaces/SRO/MFDA/Notice_of_BCSC_Non-Objection_to_Proposed_Amendments_to_MFDA_Rule_2_2_5_Rule_2_4_4_and_Rule_5_4_2/">MFDA</a> &#8211; Notice of BCSC Non-Objection to Proposed Amendments to MFDA Rule 2.2.5 (Relationship Disclosure), Rule 2.4.4 (Transaction Fees or Charges) and Rule 5.4.2 (Trade Confirmations &#8211; Automatic Payment Plans) </li> </ul> <p> For more information visit the BC Securities <a href="http://www.bcsc.bc.ca/default.asp">website</a>.&#160; </p> <p> <b>PST Bulletins</b> <br> The following PST bulletins and notices were issued in the month of May: </p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/ctb_003.pdf"> Bulletin CTB 003</a>, <i>Audits</i> </li> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/mft_004.pdf"> Bulletin MFT 004</a>, <i>Fuel Tax Refund for Persons with Disabilities</i> </li> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/gen_001.pdf"> Bulletin GEN 001</a><i>, <i>Collecting Overdue Taxes</i> </i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_134.pdf"> Bulletin PST 134</a><i>, <i>Aircraft</i> </i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_311.pdf"> Bulletin PST 311</a><i>, <i>Promotional Materials and Special Offers</i> </i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_316.pdf"> Bulletin PST 316</a><i>, <i>Bundled Sales and Leases </i></i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_132.pdf"> Bulletin PST 132</a><i>, <i>Building and Home Improvement Stores</i> </i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_307.pdf">Bulletin PST 307</a><i>, <i>Goods Brought Into BC for Temporary Use</i> </i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_129.pdf">Bulletin PST 129</a><i>, <i>Florists</i></i></li> <i> </i> <li><a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_506.pdf">Bulletin PST 506</a><i>, <i>Real Property Situated Outside BC</i> </i></li> <i> </i> </ul> <i> <p> For more information, visit the Consumer Taxes <a href="http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/msbr/whats_new/consumer_taxes/whatsnew.htm">website</a>. </p> </i></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="center" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center" width="75"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2" width="300"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Accountants (Certified General) Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">Sept. 20/13<br> <b>RETRO</b><br> from May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 1, 2 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s1"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Accountants (Chartered) Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">Sept. 18/13<br> <b>RETRO</b><br> from May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 3, 4 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s3"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Accountants (Management) Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">Nov. 9/13<br> <b>RETRO</b><br> from May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 5 to 7 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s5"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Designated Accommodation Area Tax Regulation (93/2013)</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=b0660ad04648100c34cc79e95a5f51be&amp;anchor="> Reg 99/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">National Instrument 31-103: <i>Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations</i> (226A/2009)</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 1/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=36eaa06b67f90c65dd883cf5afd68a88&amp;anchor="> Reg 73/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Securities Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by 2011 Bill 17, c. 29, sections 120, 135 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3aaf306ee37fccffd4c71129266dbe9f&amp;anchor="> Reg 91/2014</a>) and sections 121, 122 (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3aaf306ee37fccffd4c71129266dbe9f&amp;anchor="> Reg 92/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/repository_redirect.php?document=7d72026fc2b804397cd8c25989c2ba0d&amp;anchor=s119"> Finance Statutes Amendment Act, 2011</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Securities Regulation (196/97)</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3aaf306ee37fccffd4c71129266dbe9f&amp;anchor="> Reg 91/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Special Accounts Appropriation and Control Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">Apr. 1/14<br> <b>RETRO</b><br> from May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 49 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s49"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="energy"></a><b>ENERGY &amp; MINES</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p valign="top" align="center"><b>Energy and Mines News:</b></p> <p><b>BC LNG Plans Need First Nations' <br> Input Now: Government </b><br> The BC government is trying to bring First Nations on board to its ambitious natural gas venture by asking for their input on environmental issues at the early stages of each project. Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said [May 23] the initiative marks a new way of dealing with First Nations, companies and government with respect to an industry that the provincial government said could be worth billions. "The goal is to build an environmental stewardship initiative that addresses our collective conservation and development interests," said Rustad. Minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation John Rustad says the government's goal is to engage BC First Nations in the early stages of LNG development plans. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) "We're actually going to go out and bring First Nation input and industry input together with the province to develop this as opposed to coming out with an idea and asking for comment." However, Rustad said the goal is to create agreements between government and First Nations, not change laws. Read CBC <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-lng-plans-need-first-nations-input-now-government-1.2647059">article</a>. </p> <p><b>The Crown's Duty to Consult and the <br> Role of the Energy Regulator</b><br> Today, for many Energy Regulators, project proponents, Aboriginal groups and intervenors, issues surrounding Aboriginal rights and title and the Crown's duty to consult Aboriginal peoples have become a critical focus in the regulatory approval processes for major (and not-so-major) projects. In his article, "<a href="http://www.energyregulationquarterly.ca/articles/the-crowns-duty-to-consult-and-the-role-of-the-energy-regulator">The Crown's Duty to Consult and the Role of the Energy Regulator</a>," published in <i>Energy Regulation Quarterly</i>, Keith Bergner examines the role of the Energy Regulatory in respect of the Crown's duty to consult. Source: <a href="http://www.lawsonlundell.com/resources-news-690.html">Lawson Lundell</a>.&#160; </p> <p><b>Canada Revamps Pipeline Safety Rules <br> ahead of New Projects</b> <br> Canada unveiled new rules [in May] to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada's energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on safety and the authority to step in to lead spill response if a company is unwilling or unable to do so. Companies will also now be held liable, up to C$1 billion ($917 million), for all spills or incidents on their lines, whether or not they are at-fault or negligent, putting the onus on owners to ensure safe operations. Read the <a href="http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCABREA4D0WV20140514">full article</a> published by Reuters Canada.&#160; </p> <p><b>Joint Review Panel Finds that Site C Will Have Significant <br> Environmental and Aboriginal Impacts</b> <br> In their assessment of the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C), the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) considered the potential impact of Site C on Aboriginal rights and treaty rights, along with the possible effects of the project on the cultural and economic well-being of First Nations. It identified 24 groups claiming an interest in the Local Assessment Area, as well as 6 other Aboriginal groups with potential interests who did not participate in the review process. Overall, the Panel determined that Site C would likely cause significant adverse effects on fishing opportunities and practices and on hunting and non-tenured trapping for various First Nation groups, and these effects cannot be mitigated. Read the <a href="http://www.canadianenergylawblog.com/2014/05/21/joint-review-panel-finds-that-site-c-will-have-significant-environmental-and-aboriginal-impacts-2/">full article</a> by <a href="http://mccarthy.ca/lawyer_detail.aspx?id=8308">Selina Lee-Andersen</a> and Jean-Olivier Lambert with McCarthy Tetrault.&#160; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Clean Energy Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 18, c. 15, section 145 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=875a1403d2cda701cf108ac27b046436&amp;anchor=s144"> Water Sustainability Act</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="family"></a><b>FAMILY &amp; CHILDREN </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p style="text-align: center" align="left"><b>Family and Children News:</b></p> <p> <b>Shared Custody Bill Defeated on Second Reading <br> [<i>Divorce Act</i> Amendment]</b><i><br> </i> <a href="http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&amp;Mode=1&amp;DocId=6375891">Bill C-560</a>, a bill to amend the <i><a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=3177">Divorce Act</a></i> tabled by Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott, was defeated by a whopping 80 to 174 at second reading on 28 May 2014. If successful, the courts would have been required to impose a regime of shared custody &#8211; an equal distribution of children's time between their divorcing parents &#8211; except "if it is established that the best interests of the child would be substantially enhanced by allocating parenting time or parental responsibility other than equally." This presumption would have applied to all new parenting orders made under the <i>Divorce Act</i>, as well as to all orders previously made under the unamended act. Read the <a href="http://bcfamilylawresource.blogspot.ca/2014/06/shared-custody-bill-defeated-on-second.html">full article</a> by <a href="http://www.jpboyd.com/">John-Paul Boyd</a> and published on <i>the Blog.</i> </p> <p> <b><i>Family Law Act</i> Amendments</b> <br> Sections of Bill 14, <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=289a55ad4b6c7020bd8d0ef04c18f82d&amp;anchor="> Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a>,</i> amending the <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=4032"><i>Family Law Act</i></a>, came into force on May 26 by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=578080520cb69a8278b95de1f34cb590&amp;anchor="> B.C. Reg. 96/2014</a>. Among other changes, the amendments clarify sections that deal with dividing property held in trust at the end of a relationship, and sections related to choosing the appropriate jurisdiction, law and court to determine property division. </p> <p><b>Family Matters: Accommodating for <br> Child Care Needs as Family Status</b><br> The Federal Court of Canada recently released companion decisions that give some helpful guidance to employers in handling requests for work accommodations for child care. These cases help to highlight the unique and challenging issues employees and employers face in trying to balance employment and family duties and obligations. </p> <blockquote><b>Refusal of fixed full time shifts to accommodate child care</b><br> In the first case, <i> <a href="http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fca/doc/2014/2014fca110/2014fca110.html">Canada v. Johnstone 2014 FCA 110</a>,</i> the Federal Court upheld prior decisions that a border services officer had been discriminated against on the basis of family status because her requests for fixed full-time shifts to accommodate her child care needs were refused. Full-time employees were assigned rotating irregular shifts, with five days on, three days off. The employer had an unwritten policy that full-time hours would not be provided to employees requesting accommodation on the basis of child-rearing responsibilities. Those sorts of accommodations were provided to employees for medical or religious reasons.</blockquote> Read the <a href="http://www.bht.com/resources/family-matters-accommodating-child-care-needs-family-status">full article</a> published on the Bull Housser website. &#160;</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Adoption Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 8 to 19, 133 to 135 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s8"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Adoption Regulation (291/96)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 30/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d317ebb90cd6b2d64496cee7ba55aba8&amp;anchor="> Reg 102/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Child Care Subsidy Regulation (74/97)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=f0700f0c8167460d115a73d211db2e17&amp;anchor="> Reg 89/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Child, Family and Community Service Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 20 to 26 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s20"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">June 1/14</td> <td align="left">by 2013 Bill 8, c. 12, sections 1, 2 (a) and (c) only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=f989e49123b847e93fe33b108286c516&amp;anchor="> Reg 82/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/repository_redirect.php?document=c9f3505cbd1dae873bed9be0027821a0&amp;anchor=s1"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2013</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Child, Family &amp; Community Service Regulation (527/95)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">June 1/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=f989e49123b847e93fe33b108286c516&amp;anchor="> Reg 82/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Family Law Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 14, c. 9, sections 10 to 20, 22 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=578080520cb69a8278b95de1f34cb590&amp;anchor="> Reg 96/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=289a55ad4b6c7020bd8d0ef04c18f82d&amp;anchor=s10"> Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 137 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s137"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Family Maintenance Enforcement Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 14, c. 9, sections 24 to 26 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=578080520cb69a8278b95de1f34cb590&amp;anchor="> Reg 96/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=289a55ad4b6c7020bd8d0ef04c18f82d&amp;anchor=s24"> Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Marriage Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 82 to 85 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s82"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Name Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 86 to 92 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s86"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Personal Property Security Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 158 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s158"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Supreme Court Civil Rules (168/2009)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=861549d9de7429aff701d3ee34a2f1e3&amp;anchor="> Reg 90/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Supreme Court Family Rules (169/2009)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=861549d9de7429aff701d3ee34a2f1e3&amp;anchor="> Reg 90/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Vital Statistics Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 93 to 131 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s93"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Youth Justice Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 145 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s145"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="forest"></a> <b>FOREST &amp; ENVIRONMENT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <div> <b> </b> <p align="center"><b>Forest and Environment News:</b> </p> </div> <p><b>Judge Dismisses Environmental Groups' Application that <br> BC Failed to Protect Endangered Trees </b> <br> A BC Supreme Court judge has dismissed an application by environmental groups claiming the province fails to adhere to its own laws in protecting endangered coastal Douglas fir trees. Justice Gordon Weatherill sided with the government in ruling that the application for judicial review filed by the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions Society was premature. Weatherill said in a <a href="http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/08/2014BCSC0808.htm">decision</a> released [May 9] that the groups should have first applied to the Forest Practices Board, which conducts independent audits and investigations to determine if the province is complying with laws to protect endangered forests. Read the <i>Province</i> <a href="http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Judge+dismisses+environmental+groups+application+that+failed+protect+endangered+trees/9823866/story.html">article</a>.&#160; </p> <p> <b>BC Amends Recycling Regulation <br> to Help Small Producers </b><br> Coinciding with the new recycling program, which began in most BC communities [in late May], BC has updated the Province's <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=879">Recycling Regulation</a> to ensure small producers of packaging and printed paper are exempt. This means the vast majority of businesses and organizations that put packaging and printed paper into the residential waste stream are exempt from any reporting or recycling costs associated with the program. An exemption is granted if any one of the following four criteria is met: </p> <ul> <li>Under one million dollars in annual revenues. </li> <li>Under one tonne of packaging and printed paper supplied to BC residents. </li> <li>Operate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied by or operated as part of franchise, a chain or under a banner. </li> <li>Is a registered charity. </li> </ul> Read government <a href="http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014ENV0037-000702.htm">news release</a>.&#160; <p> <b>Environmental Appeal Board Decisions</b><br> There was one Environmental Appeal Board decision released in the month of May:</p> <ul> <li><i><a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=204">Wildlife Act</a></i> &#8211; <i> <a href="http://www.eab.gov.bc.ca/wildlife/2013wil026a.pdf">Stewart Fraser v. Regional Manager, Recreational Fisheries and Wildlife Program (Cariboo Region) (British Columbia Wildlife Federation, Participant)</a></i> [Final Decision &#8211; Appeal Dismissed with Recommendation] </li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Cut Control Regulation (578/2004)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3df97a7e884b52409a48a835a2291d30&amp;anchor="> Reg 93/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Forest Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by 2013 Bill 8, c. 12, section 24 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3df97a7e884b52409a48a835a2291d30&amp;anchor="> Reg 93/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/repository_redirect.php?document=c9f3505cbd1dae873bed9be0027821a0&amp;anchor=s19"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2013</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Recycling Regulation (449/2004)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 23/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=4e78c5cf36cffe5358ff1c8e7b4e8cda&amp;anchor="> Reg 88/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Wildlife Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 140 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s140"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Wildlife Act Commercial Activities Regulation (338/82)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=223ee38cb2cb96f86eab2ae785818cdd&amp;anchor="> Reg 100/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="health"></a><b>HEALTH</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <div> <b> </b> <p align="center"><b>Health News:</b></p> </div> <p align="left"><b>All BC Adults Should be Tested for HIV <br> Every Five Years: New Guidelines </b><br> BC's provincial health officer is recommending all British Columbians get tested for HIV/AIDS every five years. The new guidelines are the first of their kind in Canada. It's now recommended that all adults in BC, aged 18 to 70 years old, be tested for HIV every five years. People who are more at risk of HIV infection should be tested every year. Adults who have an unknown HIV status, and are 70 years old or older, should be tested once. The province hopes the new guidelines will help catch new HIV infections earlier, and get people the treatment they need. Read the Global News <a href="http://globalnews.ca/news/1326084/all-b-c-adults-should-be-tested-for-hiv-every-five-years-new-guidelines/">article</a>.&#160; </p> <p align="left"><b>Watering Gardens with Lead, BPA <br> and Phthalates (Not Regulated) </b><br> Garden hoses are a hot commodity these days as gardeners get their vegetables and flowers in the ground, but should we drink from them? Kevin Hurst is assistant manager of a Lee Valley Tools in Halifax, Nova Scotia, [and] he said most people don't read the fine print when they pick out a hose. "On the back here, [there's] a warning, 'this product contains one or more chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects'." "I certainly wouldn't let my kid, or any kid that I knew drink from a hose; it's a completely unnecessary risk," said Gideon Foreman, the Toronto, Ontario based executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. "One of the concerns certainly around the garden hose is they are not meant to go into a child's mouth," he explained. "They're not meant to be drunk from ... they're not regulated, and there is some danger that the chemicals in the hose, just like other plastics, can leach." Read the CBC <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/watering-gardens-with-lead-bpa-and-phthalates-1.2659884">article</a>.&#160; </p> <p align="left"><b>Health Canada's Modernization Makeover: An Update <br> on the New Food Safety Regulations</b> <br> On May 27, 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA") released an Overview of the proposed regulations under the <i>Safe Food for Canadians Act</i> (the "SFCA"). This is the latest deliverable in Health Canada's modernization makeover, and sets the stage for ongoing consultation on what will become Canada's new food safety regime. The February bulletin on this issue previewed some of the proposed changes, and included information on the motivation behind Health Canada's modernization efforts. This latest document follows the June 2013 discussion paper entitled "Proposed Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection" (the "Proposed Framework") which marked the first step in the CFIA's regulatory transformation process under the SFCA. Consultation on the Proposed Framework was broad: the CFIA consulted with over 2,000 stakeholders and received over 75 written submissions from trade associations, individuals and other governments. Read the <a href="http://www.davis.ca/en/publication/health-canada-modernization-update-on-new-food-safety-regulations/">article</a> by <a href="http://www.davis.ca/en/lawyer/Sara-Zborovski/">Sara Zborovski</a> with Davis LLP.&#160; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation (210/2010)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 1/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=fb1fb4d62aa572f9ce3d801a96152c5c&amp;anchor="> Reg 76/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Hospital Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 81 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s81"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="labour"></a><b>LABOUR &amp; EMPLOYMENT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <div> <b></b> <p align="center"><b>Labour and Employment News:</b></p> </div> <p align="left"><b>Labour, Industry Agree No Need to Change <br> WorkSafeBC Enforcement Model<br> <i>Special administrator examining <br> systems in other jurisdictions</i> <br> </b> When provincial Labour Minister Shirley Bond apologized recently after Crown counsel rejected charges in the deadly 2012 Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion, she promised improvements in safety enforcement and better execution of complex investigations. Bond appointed a special administrator, former senior BC bureaucrat Gord Macatee, who is tasked with examining WorkSafeBC's structure to see if enforcement should be separated from prevention as is done in many provinces in Canada. Macatee must deliver a plan by July 1. Although labour and corporate views often differ, on this they agree: Rewriting WorkSafeBC's model would be a mistake. The organization is responsible for all areas of workplace safety and benefits: It provides workers' insurance in the case of injury or death, and is responsible for education, prevention, inspection and enforcement. That includes carrying out investigations into serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Read the <i>Vancouver Sun</i> <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Labour+industry+agree+need+change+WorkSafeBC+enforcement+model/9889556/story.html#ixzz33cCkMIho%20;%20">article</a>. </p> <p align="left"><b>BC Legislation Creates Challenges for <br> Benefits Administration &#8211; <i>WESA</i></b> <br> Not long ago, Canadian pension blogs were ringing the death knell and warning plan administrators about the collapse of the "spouse-in-the-house" rule arising from the unexpected decision in <i>Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate</i>. Flash forward 18 months and new BC legislation is creating additional challenges for benefits administrators attempting to pay death benefits to a deceased's intended beneficiary. In <i>Carrigan</i>, the pension plan administrator had been grappling with death benefit claims from competing spouses. Contrary to prevailing industry expectations, the Ontario Court of Appeal denied payment of the death benefit to the common-law spouse of a deceased plan member because the member was legally married to another person at his death. It concluded the benefit should be paid to the designated beneficiary instead, who happened to be the married spouse (and her two daughters) and, hence, the common-law spouse, who had been living with the plan member at time of death, was denied the death benefit. </p> <p align="left"><i>Carrigan</i> highlights the death-related challenges facing benefits administrators and the importance of keeping beneficiary designations up to date. Beneficiary designation provisions in BC's new <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=4073">Wills, Estates and Succession Act</a></i> (<i>WESA</i>) apply to myriad benefits plans, including pension and retirement plans, welfare or profit-sharing funds and any trust, scheme, contract or arrangement created for the benefit of BC employees. The new provisions permit participants to designate beneficiaries in a variety of written instruments. They apply regardless of whether the benefit plan grants the right to designate a beneficiary and override inconsistent plan provisions. However, they do not override plan provisions or beneficiary designations authorized by another statute of BC or Canada. Read the <a href="http://www.benefitscanada.com/pensions/governance-law/b-c-legislation-creates-challenges-for-benefits-administration-53038">full article</a> by Claude Marchessault published with Harris &amp; Company LLP in Vancouver and published on the Benefits Canada website.&#160; </p> <p align="left"><b>If You Use E-Mail, Your World Is About To Change!</b><br> On July 1, 2014, most sections of Canada's new anti-spam legislation ("CASL") will come into effect. Among other things, there are important new requirements for continuing to use e-mail and other electronic messages for "commercial" purposes. In most cases, businesses and other persons disseminating such "commercial electronic messages" will need the consent of the recipient. You may already have seen messages from many organizations that send you electronic messages requesting your express consent in order to continue to send you such messages. Businesses that fail to obtain the consent of recipients of their commercial electronic messages or otherwise violate the CASL can be exposed to very substantial administrative monetary penalties (up to $1 million per offence for individuals and $10 Million for businesses). Read the <a href="http://pushormitchell.com/law-library/article/if-you-use-e-mail-your-world-about-change">full article</a> by <a href="http://pushormitchell.com/lawyer/blair-forrest">Blair Forrest</a> with Pushor Mitchell LLP.&#160; </p> <p align="left"><b>The Risks of Downloading Data in the Workplace</b><br> If an employee is transferring data outside the workplace or is downloading questionable material from the internet, there are a number of concerns that arise. Even if the intent is innocent, the risk for employers is real. Employers should monitor these activities and implement appropriate company policies to address this issue. Typically, downloading occurs when data is transferred to a disk, USB key or information is sent to the employee's personal email address. Sometimes the downloading is innocent &#8211; the employee is simply taking work home. The downloading may also be for an improper purpose, such as a precursor to the employee departing. Often downloading of information is the employer's confidential business information. The information may have proprietary value and may include items such as marketing plans, client lists, financial data, pricing information, etc. Read the <a href="http://www.davis.ca/en/publication/the-risks-of-downloading-sensitive-data-in-the-workplace/?utm_source=nl&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=ELMay28"> full article</a> by <a href="http://www.davis.ca/en/lawyer/Michael-D-A-Ford-QC/"> Michael D. A. Ford, Q.C. </a>with Davis LLP.&#160; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Workers Compensation Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 149, 150 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s149"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="government"></a><b>LOCAL GOVERNMENT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p valign="top" align="center"> <b>Local Government News:</b></p> <p align="left"><b>Court Casts Doubt on Right of Way Clauses</b><br> The BC Supreme Court recently released its judgment in the case of <i>Atco Lumber Ltd. v. Kootenay Boundary (Regional District)</i>, 2014 BCSC 524, and the Court's decision should prompt every local government in the province to examine its standard statutory right of way documents. The Regional District expropriated a pair of rights of way, one for a water line, and one for the use of an access road. The case turned mainly on the Court's interpretation of certain clauses in the access right of way. The Court noted the principle, well-established in law, that an easement cannot impose positive covenants on the owner of the servient lands. In other words, an easement cannot require the owner of the servient lands to do something (as opposed to refraining from doing something) or, perhaps more to the point, spend money. Statutory rights of way are a form of easement, so the principle applies to them with equal force. Read the <a href="http://www.sms.bc.ca/bulletin_item/?id=2189">full article</a> by Michael Hargraves of Stewart McDannold Stuart.&#160; </p> <p> <b>Auditor General for Local Government Announces Local Government <br> Auditees and Newest Audit Topics</b><br> <i>by Auditor General for Local Government</i><br> Basia Ruta, British Columbia's Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG), has identified the local governments selected for audit under the previously announced planned performance audit topics four and five. These topics relate to the management of key risks to local governments and are expected to be reported during fiscal year 2015/16. "At this time last year I announced five performance audit topics as well as the 18 local governments selected for audits under the first three topics," said Ms. Ruta. "While our focus continues to be on audits related to topics one through three, which relate to cost containment, I'm pleased to share that work will begin in the fall for audit topics four and five, which pertain to managing key risks. My office is looking forward to working closely with the selected local government auditees during the audit process." There will be one individual report for each local government selected for audit. Click <a href="http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/302n.asp?newsid=5793&amp;r=5793&amp;r=5792&amp;r=5791#.U45NOWdOWUk"> here</a> to view the full article posted on CivicInfo.&#160; </p> <p> <b>Community Poverty Reduction Strategy Report </b> <br> The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), in partnership with UBCM, has released <a href="http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/pdf/community_poverty_reduction.pdf">a report</a> on their joint Community Poverty Reduction Strategy. MCFD, with UBCM support, has been working for approximately 2 years in seven communities across BC to help families and develop community strategies to address poverty. MCFD Family Consultants have been working on half-time in seven BC communities basis to connect with families living in poverty and help them access provincial and community-based resources. The seven pilot project communities are Cranbrook, Kamloops, New Westminster, Port Hardy, Prince George, Stewart and Surrey. The Family Consultants have also been working with community partners to strategize on poverty initiatives. Findings from the report include a need to work with local government partners in ways tailored to each community, that the basics of food, health and housing continue to be the most important needs for families in poverty, and the need to standardize data collection while respecting families' privacy. Read <a href="http://www.ubcm.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archive/2014-archive/community-poverty-reduction-strategy-report.html">full article</a> on the UBCM website.&#160; &#160; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Athletic Commissioner Regulation (170/2013)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 1/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=08dfb3fa20e3f0eb11537e973d2124ad&amp;anchor="> Reg 75/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Bylaw Notice Enforcement Regulation (175/2004)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=82a692504308013243c75859304e1aeb&amp;anchor="> Reg 97/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Community Charter</td> <td class="style1" rowspan="2" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 27 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s27"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, sections 1 to 17 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s1"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Electoral Boundaries Commission Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14 </td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 2, c. 24, sections 1 to 4 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=c3f25b54d707c03cd7cefa6ec9d8dd01&amp;anchor=s1"> Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Home Owner Grant Regulation (100/2002)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=0a2f9bd896bea903f405433133dd2aa1&amp;anchor="> Reg 94/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Islands Trust Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, section 18 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s18"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Liquor Control and Licensing Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 15, c. 13, sections 1(c), (e), (h), (i), (k), 2, 6, 8 to 10, 19 (a), 25, 30, 31(d), 32 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=86a91d74644e2e5461926dd8c9de54c4&amp;anchor=s1"> Liquor Control and Licensing Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Liquor Distribution Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 15, c. 13, sections 37 (b), (f) to (h), (j), 38, 40, 43 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=86a91d74644e2e5461926dd8c9de54c4&amp;anchor=s37"> Liquor Control and Licensing Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Local Elections Campaign Financing Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle"><b>NEW</b><br> May 29/14</td> <td align="left">c. 18 [SBC 2014], <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=ec74e3b1a17aa5fa95ddec53b1284504&amp;anchor=s1"> 2014 Bill 20</a> (whole act in force by Royal Assent)</td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="3" valign="middle">Local Government Act</td> <td class="style1" rowspan="3" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 28 to 46 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s28"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 18, c. 15, section 176 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=875a1403d2cda701cf108ac27b046436&amp;anchor=s176"> Water Sustainability Act</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, sections 19 to 92 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s19"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">School Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, sections 93 to 110 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s93"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">The Cultus Lake Park Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, section 111 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s111"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Vancouver Charter</td> <td class="style1" rowspan="2" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 47, 48 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s47"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 21, c. 19, sections 112 to 173 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=288c4ec84ab766453abd3338222cd788&amp;anchor=s111"> Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="misc"></a><b>MISCELLANEOUS </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p align="center"> <b>Miscellaneous News:</b></p> <p align="left"><b><i>Electoral Boundaries Commission Act</i> Amendments </b><br> On May 7, 2014, amendments to the <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=1076">Electoral Boundaries Commission Act</a></i> were passed by the B.C. Legislature. The amendments ensure that the existing number of northern and rural electoral districts will be maintained through the next boundary revision process, while also permitting the independent Electoral Boundaries Commission the discretion to propose up to 87 electoral districts provincewide. British Columbia's demographics have changed significantly since the act was first passed almost 25 years ago, and recent boundaries commissions have found it challenging to balance population growth with the need to ensure effective representation for northern and rural British Columbians. Source: Ministry of Justice <a href="http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/legislation/ebca/amend.htm"> website</a>&#160; </p> <p align="left"><b>2014 Hunting Regulations Synopsis Now Available</b> <br> The 2014-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis is now online, and will soon be available in hard copy at Service BC centres and local hunting licence vendors across the province. The Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis is published every two years, and is a summary of the BC hunting and trapping regulations made under the <i><a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=204">Wildlife Act</a></i>, prepared for the convenience of hunters and trappers. Hunters should note that the 2014-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis is effective from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016; the 2012-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis remains in effect until June 30, 2014. This year's cover photo depicts an outdoorsman looking out on one of the many amazing vistas in BC's northeast. For any shutterbugs that want to be similarly immortalized, a second contest is still underway for the cover of the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. Photos submitted must be relevant to freshwater angling in British Columbia, and there is no limit to the number of submissions that can be made. Read the government <a href="http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014FLNR0069-000627.htm">news release</a>.&#160; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">BC Online Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">June 1/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 154 to 157 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s154"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">BC Online Regulation (103/2014)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle"><b>NEW</b><br> June 1/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">see <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=66033a11df8bdfc454b9563fd8ba1a5e&amp;anchor="> Reg 103/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Coroners Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 135 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s135"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">2014 Bill 2, c. 24, sections 1 to 4 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=c3f25b54d707c03cd7cefa6ec9d8dd01&amp;anchor=s1"> Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Operators' Agreement Regulation (131/99)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle"><b>REPEALED</b><br> June 1/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=66033a11df8bdfc454b9563fd8ba1a5e&amp;anchor="> Reg 103/2014</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Tla'amin Final Agreement Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 21/14</td> <td class="style2" valign="middle">by 2013 Bill 4, c. 2, sections 11 and 12 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=3a3999fac0937677bf9504a16e5579b9&amp;anchor="> Reg 83/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/repository_redirect.php?document=f26476ff8920e1ba1047087d2b5ef3bf&amp;anchor="> Tla'amin Final Agreement Act</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="motor"></a><b>MOTOR VEHICLE &amp; TRAFFIC </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <div style="text-align: center"> <b>Motor Vehicle and Traffic News:</b> </div> <p align="left"> <b>BC Appeal Court Reinstates Driving Ban on <br> Drinking Driver Who Blew a "Warn"</b><br> The BC Court of Appeal has overturned a BC Supreme Court ruling last year that threw out a three-day prohibition issued [to] a driver who was stopped at a road check and blew a "warn" on an approved roadside screening device. The decision released [May 30] cited the case of Lee Michael Wilson, whose initial prohibition was subsequently dismissed by Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley, who concluded that the "warn" signal &#8211; an indication of blood-alcohol content between .05 and .06 &#8211; wasn't enough to justify an immediate driving prohibition because police must also have evidence of impairment. Dley threw out the prohibition issued last year despite Wilson admitting drinking four beers and blowing a "warn" on two separate screening devices. Dley maintained that if the legislature intended the "warn" reading alone to trigger an immediate prohibition, it would have said so. However, in the ruling released [in May], Court of Appeal Justice David Harris upheld an appeal of Dley's decision by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, saying the judge incorrectly applied the "reasonableness" standard of review. Read the <i>Vancouver Sun</i> <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Appeal+Court+reinstates+driving+drinking+driver+blew+warn/9893405/story.html">article</a>. </p> <p align="left"> <b> Port Mann Ice Bombs Lawsuit Details Horrifying Experience</b><br> A Delta, BC woman, who claims she was hit in the head hard enough to make it bleed by ice chunks falling from the Port Mann Bridge in 2012, has launched a lawsuit against the company in charge of the project. In her claim filed in BC Supreme Court, Caryl-Lee Obrecht says her husband was driving across the bridge and she was in the passenger seat of their 2002 Ford Focus when large chunks of ice began to fall. Her lawyer, Veronica Milne-Medved, told CBC News the Obrechts had just started across the bridge when the ice began falling. Read CBC <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/port-mann-ice-bombs-lawsuit-details-horrifying-experience-1.2651654?cmp=rss">article</a>.&#160; </p> <p align="left"> <b>Why You Shouldn't "Steal" and Burn Your Own Car</b> <br> It should go without saying that stealing and burning your own vehicle with a view to making an insurance claim is not a good idea. Reasons for judgement were released last week by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, dealing with a vehicle theft/fire claim. In last week's case (<i><a href="http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/07/2014BCSC0797.htm">Singh v. ICBC</a></i> ) the Plaintiff purchased a 2007 E-350 Mercedes. On October 24, 2009 the vehicle was found some 15 minutes from the Plaintiff's home and "had just been ignited with fire" with flames "shooting ten to twenty feet in the air". The luxury vehicle was rendered a total loss. The Plaintiff made a claim to ICBC to recover damages for loss of the vehicle but they were suspicious of the circumstances and denied the claim. The Plaintiff sued for damages seeking over $94,000 in replacement cost coverage. In denying the claim the Court found that the Plaintiff "made a key set available to someone so the Mercedes could be driven to the scene of the fire" and further that the Plaintiff conspired in the destruction of the vehicle, with Madam Justice Hyslop finding that "he knew in advance what would happen to the Mercedes." Read the <a href="http://bc-injury-law.com/blog/steal-burn-car">full article</a> by Erik Magraken on his blog <i>BC Injury Law</i>.&#160; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Motor Vehicle Fees Regulation (334/91)</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 1/14</td> <td rowspan="2" class="style2" valign="middle">by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=68e8d316ed37a317bf2c67e5657d00e5&amp;anchor="> Reg 260/2013</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">June 1/14</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="estate"></a><b>PROPERTY &amp; REAL ESTATE</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p valign="top" align="center"> <b>Property and Real Estate News:</b></p> <p align="left"> <b>BC Law Institute Seeks Public's View on Rules for Terminating Strata</b> <br> The British Columbia Law Institute is asking the public for its opinion on proposals to reform how the <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=255">Strata Property Act</a></i> deals with the termination of a strata. In its just-published <i>Consultation Paper on Terminating a Strata</i>, BCLI examines the development of what the <i>Strata Property Act</i> calls cancellation of a strata plan and winding up of a strata corporation and makes 21 tentative recommendations designed to improve this province's legal framework for terminating a strata. "Termination is likely going to become an important issue for stratas, as strata buildings age and as the strata sector in British Columbia continues to evolve," noted Strata Property Law Project Committee Chair Patrick Williams. "This consultation will give people an opportunity to have their say on how to strike the best balance in the rules applying to termination." Read the <a href="http://www.bcli.org/bcli-seeks-publics-views-on-rules-for-terminating-a-strata">full article</a> on the BCLI website.&#160; </p> <p align="left"> <b>Leaky Condo Crisis Rears Its Head Again in BC<br> <i>Buildings that weren't fixed earlier now face even costlier repairs </i> </b><i><br> </i>Evidence of a second wave in British Columbia's leaky-condo crisis is beginning to emerge, 15 years after the first one subsided. It is becoming more apparent as condo strata corporations prepare mandated depreciation reports on their buildings. That process is forcing them to own up to the condition of their properties and the shortcomings of maintenance programs for structures that weren't fixed in the first wave of repairs. Some are buildings that haven't started leaking until recently, or that owners patched over instead of repairing their underlying defects. There are still potentially thousands of faulty units that were built during the so-called "leaky-condo" period &#8211; from 1982-99 &#8211; which were never repaired, but figures on how many have been fixed are difficult to come by. Read the <i> <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Leaky+condo+crisis+rears+head+again/9871711/story.html"> Vancouver Sun</a></i> article.&#160; </p> <p align="left"> <b>Bill 17: New Amendments to REDMA (Now in Force)</b> <br> The real estate market in British Columbia has long been a driver of our province's economy and, in 2005, the province enacted the <i><a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=898">Real Estate Development Marketing Act</a></i> ("REDMA") to more heavily regulate this market. While the consumer protection aspect of this legislation has been lauded by some, the practical implementation of REDMA has not always resulted in the efficient and profitable operation of the real estate development sector. In response to these criticisms, the province has amended REDMA, effective May 29, 2014, to address some of the shortcomings of this legislation. Read the <a href="http://www.bcrelinks.com/articles/swj2.htm?utm_source=BCRELinks+Bulletin&amp;utm_campaign=39ea62024d-BCRELinks_Bulletin_2014_06_02&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_46ead72a7b-39ea62024d-344165977">full article</a> by <a href="http://www.cwilson.com/profiles/swj">Sarah Jones</a> and <a href="http://www.cwilson.com/profiles/rxg">Robby Goodrich</a> with Clark Wilson LLP.&#160; </p> <p align="left"> <b>Depreciation Reports &#8211; Strata Presidents <br> Share Recent Experience</b> <br> The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association (VISOA) conducted a survey of 155 strata council presidents during the spring of 2014 to obtain data about their strata corporation's recent experience with new requirements for a depreciation report. Highlights from survey results are: </p> <ul> <li> 64% had completed a depreciation report </li> <li> of those that have not completed a depreciation report, 50% had passed a resolution to waive the requirement </li> <li> of those that have completed a depreciation report, 94% said that prospective purchasers had requested a copy of a deprecation report </li> <li> 59% of completed reports were done by an engineering firm or consulting engineer </li> <li> 68% of those with depreciation reports said they would be increasing contributions to the CRF </li> <li> 82% were satisfied or very satisfied with the cash funding scenarios in their depreciation reports </li> </ul> <p align="left"> Click here to read the <a href="http://www.visoa.bc.ca/?p=4556%20Source:%20VISOA">full article</a> and survey results.&#160; Source: VISOA</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Real Estate Development Marketing Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 56 to 63 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s56"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014 </a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Personal Property Security Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td class="style2">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 158 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s158"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014 </a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell1" colspan="3" valign="top"><a name="wills"></a>WILLS<b> &amp; ESTATES</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" class="style3"> <p valign="top" align="center"> <b>Wills and Estates News:</b></p> <p align="left"> <b>BC Seeks Public Input on Proposed <br> New Trustee Law</b><br> The British Columbia government is seeking input on recommendations that could form the basis of a new trustee act. Designed to replace the current, dated trustee statute, a new trustee act would provide an updated set of comprehensive rules governing the duties and powers of trustees, the administration of trusts and powers of the court to intervene in a trust. The law of trusts is important in many areas of life and law, such as: </p> <ul> <li> Wills and estates. </li> <li> Protecting the property of children or vulnerable persons. </li> <li> The sale and purchase of real property. </li> <li> Commercial transactions. </li> <li> Investing. </li> <li> Managing pension funds. </li> <li> Charities and other not-for-profit purposes. </li> </ul> <p align="left"> A new trustee act would be based on the <i> <a href="http://www.ulcc.ca/en/uniform-acts-new-order/current-uniform-acts/633-trusts/trustee-act/1255-uniform-trustee-act">Uniform Trustee Act</a></i>, developed by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), after the many years of consultation that preceded it. Read the government <a href="http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014JAG0129-000653.htm">news release</a>. </p> <p align="left"> <b>Wills Variation &#8211; Estrangement Does Not <br> Necessarily Negate Moral Duties</b><br> The British Columbia Supreme Court recently handed down a <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=580">Wills Variation Act</a></i> (<i>"WVA"</i>) decision in <i>McEwan v. McEwan</i>, 2014 BCSC 916. This case involved a grandfather ("Angus") who left his entire estate (the "Estate") to his two granddaughters, overlooking his only son ("Malcolm"). The Court varied Angus' Will and awarded Malcolm a portion of the Estate. This case was decided under the old <i>WVA</i>, but the relevant sections remain unchanged in the new <i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=4073">Wills, Estates and Succession Act</a></i>. As with any WVA case, the Court considered whether to use its discretion to vary the Will and make a provision that is adequate, just and equitable in the circumstances for the spouse or child. In this case, the Court made a variation in favour of the son. Despite years of estrangement between Angus and Malcolm and Angus' clear intention to exclude Malcolm from his Will, the Court ordered that Angus' Estate be divided with 50% going to Malcolm and 25% each to the two granddaughters. Read the <a href="http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/317740/wills+intestacy+estate+planning/Wills+Variation+Estrangement+Does+Not+Necessarily+Negate+Moral+Duties">full article</a> by Gordon Behan with Clark Wilson LLP. </p> <p align="left"> <b> <i> Wills, Estates and Succession Act </i> Amendments</b><i><br> </i> On<i> </i> May 26<i>, </i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=759bed971d7ece9eaa87d4638822d6bb&amp;anchor="> B.C. Reg 101/2014</a> brought into force sections 18.1 to 18.3 of the<i> <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/document_toc.html?doc_id=4073">Wills, Estates and Succession Act</a>, </i> as enacted by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca/secure/repository_redirect.php?document=61062aa975c93e52d5ae28901d26a45e&amp;anchor=s11"> 2011 Bill 10</a>, <i>Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2011</i>. Covered by these sections are guidelines for the Nis<u>g</u>a'a Lisims Government, Nis<u>g</u>a'a Village Government or a treaty first nation with regard to applying for a court order to dispose of a parcel of land located on Nis<u>g</u>a'a Lands or treaty lands after the death of a deceased person. Clarification is also provided on a person's ownership in or rights of possession to a parcel of land under a provision of the Act in relation to Nis<u>g</u>a'a law or the laws of a treaty first nation.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" align="left" width="200"><b>Act or Regulation Affected</b></td> <td class="cell2" align="center"><b>Effective Date</b></td> <td class="cell2"><b>Amendment Information </b></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle">Presumption of Death Act</td> <td class="style1" align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, section 139 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s139"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014 </a></td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" valign="middle">Wills, Estates and Succession Act</td> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 26/14</td> <td align="left">by 2009 Bill 4, c. 13, sections 18.1 to 18.3 only (in force by <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=759bed971d7ece9eaa87d4638822d6bb&amp;anchor=">Reg 101/2014</a>), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=7f5fa95f4c6d151e741ce09002e437b8&amp;anchor=">Wills, Estates and Succession Act</a>, as amended by 2011 Bill 10, c. 6, section 11 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=61062aa975c93e52d5ae28901d26a45e&amp;anchor=s11"> Wills, Estates and Succession Amendment Act, 2011</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle">May 29/14</td> <td align="left">by 2014 Bill 17, c. 14, sections 142, 143 only (in force by Royal Assent), <a href="http://www.quickscribe.bc.ca//secure/repository_redirect.php?document=d790bb7e3ffaa492aac1471b00c077e7&amp;anchor=s142"> Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014 </a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell2" colspan="3" style="text-align: center" align="center"><font font="" size="2" color="#FF0000"> <i style="text-align: center">The content of this document is intended for client use only. 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