Tip of the MonthThe BC Court of Appeal has recently concluded that local governments do not owe a constitutional duty to consult with First Nations on matters such as rezoning, development permits, and other permits and approvals, except on certain occasions where provincial or federal approvals are also required. Statutory consultation requirements, such as for OCPs, will continue to apply.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
CASE COMMENT Catalyst Paper Corporation v. North Cowichan (District) 2012 SCC 2 The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has, in its decision of January 20, 2012 affirmed the findings of the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal in … Continue reading
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? Conflict of Interest under the Community Charter and Common Law Given the recent civic elections this past November, conflict of interest rules may be a topic on the radar of many local government elected officials. As such, … Continue reading
IP for LGs – If you don’t think intellectual property law affects local governments, think again. The term “intellectual property” usually brings to mind stories about big pharmaceutical companies, cutting-edge tech firms, or powerful Hollywood studios battling to prevent unauthorized … Continue reading