A San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reportedly ruled that Google Earth's GPS coordinates in respect of the location of the device user is not hearsay and is admissable evidence. Instead, admissability should be determined on the basis of the rules of authentication, considering reliability and accuracy.
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On June 15, 2015, the Province amended the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation, 171/2002, expanding the permitted uses of the Agricultural Land Reserve (the "ALR"). In particular, the amendment has the following effects:
In Northern Construction Enterprises Inc. v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), 2015 NSCA 44, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal recently considered the extent to which a municipality can regulate activities related to a quarry.
Over the past year, Canada Post has been phasing out door-to-door mail delivery and converting to community mailboxes.
The March 2015 progress report issued by Canada Post states that Canada Post intends to “work with municipal officials to find the safest, most convenient locations for each neighbourhood, leveraging existing street lighting and sidewalks where feasible.”
The outcome of a current dispute between Canada Post and the City of Hamilton may shed some light over how much say local governments have over the placement of super-mailboxes on their streets.
Local governments which operate airports should take note of recent funding announced by the Province. On June 1, the Province announced that it plans to invest $24 million over the next three years in the new B.C. Air Access Program to support B.C.
Ponemon Institute has issued its 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, sponsored by IBM. For the first time, it included Canadian results.
Of interest, the Study reports that the average cost of a data breach in Canada is $207 per record. The average organizational cost of a data breach, measured over three years, in Canadian samples is $4.4 million.
On April 23, 2015, the B.C. Court of Appeal announced that it would reverse the decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, 2015 BCSC 117, and allow the City and developer’s appeal. On May 21, in a very clear judgment, Chief Justice Bauman provided the unanimous Court’s reasons 2015 BCCA 227
The Province has announced on May 21 that it intends to review and update the guidelines for the preparation of regional solid waste management plans. The news release can be found at the following link: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/changes-coming-to-solid-waste-management-planning-process.
We will be following this development closely and will report on its evolution.