On April 24, 2013, WorkSafeBC announced the approval of new Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies, which come into effect on November 1, 2013.
Policy D3011502, titled Employer Duties –…more
March saw the annual migration of B.C.-based mining companies to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference and trade show, the world's leading mining convention.
The event, now in its…more
The new Family Law Act (“FLA”) came into force today, March 18, 2013. It replaces and repeals the Family Relations Act (“FRA”). The FLA carries forward the basic structure established under the FRA, with some fine tuning to…more
Typically an alliance agreement is entered into by the parties to define the purpose & governance of the alliance, to set forth the terms and conditions for ongoing funding of exploration and to specify the rights of the parties…more
It is International Women's Day today, March 8 – an opportunity to bring the challenges women face in the workplace to the fore.
Laws to protect women being discriminated against in the workplace because of their "family…more
The mining sector is affected by constant changes in the market, along with exploration results and discoveries. The fast pace of this change results in trends developing on a micro or macro scale, and one of the re-emerging…more
In a decision released on February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers. The majority of the SCC upheld the priority of charges…more
Bare trusts are increasingly being used when investors acquire investment properties as they provide a number of significant advantages. Anyone considering purchasing an apartment building should fully examine the potential use…more
Running to court when a seller fails to make good on a contract may no longer be your first line of defense if you're a developer.
A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision addressed a number of thorny issues relevant to…more
On October 24, 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). If enacted, REDA will establish a single energy regulator and create a new regulatory framework for energy…more
Recent amendments to the BC Utilities Commission Act give the Commission significant new powers to issue “administrative penalties” and remedial orders.
The Commission’s new powers include the authority to:
This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders and legislative developments that are relevant to lawyers engaged in contract drafting…more
The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Cole, 2012 SCC 53 may have a significant impact on how employers manage the use of digital devices in the workplace. While a constitutional and criminal decision at its core, the case…more
The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (“LARP”) came into effect on September 1, 2012 and is the first of seven regional plans to be released under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The LARP establishes the new cumulative effects…more
In Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378, BCLRB No. B143/2012, the Union applied under sections 11 and 47 of the Labour Relations Code that ICBC had failed to…more
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