BCLI Blog

  • Minister of national revenue and CRA open consultations on charities’ political activities

    30 September 2016—Earlier this week the minister of national revenue announced the opening of “public consultations to clarify the rules regarding the involvement of registered charities in political activities.” The first component of this consultation is an online consultation hosted by the Canada Revenue Agency. This consultation is asking for public comment in the following three broad […]   Read More

  • Susan Mercer joins the Strata Property Law (Phase Two) Project Committee

    29 September 2016—Susan Mercer has joined the project committee for BCLI’s Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two. Susan is a notary public based in Sidney, BC. She has been in practice since 1986. Her practice has specialized in real-estate transactions, including many strata properties. Susan is also a graduate of the UBC Urban Land Economics Diploma […]   Read More

  • BC Court of Appeal upholds decision not to penalize owner-developer for failing to hold strata corporation’s first AGM

    23 September 2016—In The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 3549 v 0738039 B.C. Ltd, 2016 BCCA 370, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia affirmed a decision made in chambers in The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 3549 v 0738039 B.C. Ltd, 2015 BCSC 2273. The case involved the interpretation of section 17 of the Strata Property Act. […]   Read More

  • BCLI Announces Re-Appointment of Rosario (Tino) Di Bella to Board of Directors

    21 September 2016–The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Justice has re-appointed Rosario (Tino) Di Bella to our Board of Directors. Mr Di Bella practices law in Victoria with Jawl Bundon LLP. He brings expertise in law and aging, personal planning, land use, finance, and governance. He has […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on sections: Should sections have authority over common property?

    21 September 2016—BCLI is running a public consultation on complex stratas. It is asking for public input into proposed changes to the law governing sections, types, and phases. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two webpage. This post is part of a series that spotlights […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on sections: Qualifying conditions to create a section

    15 September 2016—BCLI is running a public consultation on complex stratas. It is asking for public input into proposed changes to the law governing sections, types, and phases. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two webpage. This post is part of a series that spotlights […]   Read More

  • BC Human Rights Tribunal considers application of new service-dog law to strata bylaws, dismisses complaint alleging discrimination in accommodation based on a disability

    7 September 2016—In an application decided in late July, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal had to consider the intersection of strata bylaws, the Human Rights Code, and the new Guide Dog and Service Dog Act. The tribunal dismissed a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability, which had its foundation in a strata […]   Read More

  • What is a residential strata lot?

    2 September 2016—In a somewhat circular definition, the Strata Property Act defines “residential strata lot” to mean “a strata lot designed or intended to be used primarily as a residence.” The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently considered this definition in ruling on a dispute over a strata corporation’s “governance of a phased strata development that […]   Read More

  • BCLI holds AGM, elects new officers

    1 September 2016—The British Columbia Law Institute held its annual general meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and elected its officers for the coming year: Chair: Lisa A. Peters Vice Chair: Thomas L. Spraggs Treasurer: Professor Joost Blom, Q.C. Secretary: Kevin Zakreski “I wish to thank Professor Joost Blom, Q.C. for his service to the […]   Read More

  • BCLI opens public consultation on complex stratas

    1 September 2016—With the publication today of its Consultation Paper on Complex Stratas, the British Columbia Law Institute’s Strata Property Law Project Committee is asking the public for its views on proposed reforms to the Strata Property Act and the Strata Property Regulation concerning sections, types, and phases. “Sections and types allow a strata corporation […]   Read More

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