There are many reasons for employers to celebrate inclusion this week. A notable development is the amendments made by the Province of British Columbia on July 25th to the BC Human Rights Code to add “gender identity or expression” as a prohibited ground of discrimination. These amendments provide an opportunity to reflect on inclusiveness in the workplace.
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On July 28, 2016, amendments to the Strata Property Act (the “Act”) included in the Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2015 came into force, revising the requirements under the Act for authorizing the winding up of a strata corporation and cancellation of a strata plan. These changes create new opportunities for the redevelopment of aging strata housing stock in British Columbia.
The government of British Columbia has introduced Bill 28 – 2016 Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016 (“Bill 28”) which will amend the Property Transfer Tax Act (British Columbia) (the “Act”) to require that foreign nationals, foreign-controlled corporations and certain trustees, pay an additional 15% property transfer tax (the “Additional Transfer Tax”) when purchasing residential property in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Charities are widely perceived as organizations that provide assistance to those in need and aim to make the world a better place. However, the word “charitable” has a different meaning at law.
Two recent decisions highlight unexpected liabilities that can arise for employers regarding health benefits plans. These two cases demonstrate the importance of clarity in communications with employees about plan coverage and in the plans themselves.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that the copyright in deposited survey plans belongs not to the land surveyor who prepared the plan but to the Province: Keatley Surveying v. Teranet.
On June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) rendered two decisions that affirmed the paramountcy of solicitor-client privilege: Canada (A.G.) v. Chambre des notaires du Québec (2016 SCC 20) and Canada (National Revenue) v. Thompson (2016 SCC 21).
On May 19, 2016, the Province of British Columbia amended the Environmental Management Act (the “EMA”) to adopt the new spill preparedness and response regime (the “Regime”). The amendments are not yet in force and will be brought into force by regulation at a later date.