A closer look at the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas: Should all strata plans require the approval of an approving officer?
18 July 2019 This post is the part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas. For other entries in the series, click here. Brief description of the issue Even though the deposit of a strata plan is considered to be a subdivision of land, the Strata […] Read More
15 July 2019 Overview In BC, there is currently a private member’s bill, the Safe Care Act, 2019, in the legislature which proposes to create a form of secure care for children and youth who are experiencing substance use or are being sexually exploited. This bill would allow for the child to be apprehended pending a hearing on […] Read More
12 July 2019 The Ministry of Finance for British Columbia has just begun a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Societies Act. A message (PDF) from the deputy minister of finance explains why the ministry is contemplating amendments to the Societies Act: The purpose of these proposed amendments is to ensure the Act remains and becomes even more user-friendly. […] Read More
10 July 2019 Staff Lawyer Greg Blue, QC, provided an overview of the Employment Standards Act Reform project for the BC Notaries Association‘s summer issue of The Scrivener (Volume 28 Number 2 Summer 2019). Click on the image below to access the full article. Read More
5 July 2019 BCLI has recently drawn the Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two to a close. Here are some statistics that measure activity in and public engagement with the project. project term: 6 years (July 2013 to June 2019) number of reports published: 5 number of consultation papers published: 5 number of recommendations for reform made: 206 number […] Read More
A closer look at the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas: Should the Strata Property Act provide that a lease of a fixture that is common property or of a common asset entered into by the owner-developer may not exceed five years?
4 July 2019 This post is the first of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas. For other entries in the series, click here. Brief description of the issue Despite general provisions imposing duties and restrictions on owner-developers, there are still specific concerns about transactions involving common property. […] Read More
Pension Division Review Project Committee continues examination of commuted-value transfer, tackles private annuities at June 2019 meeting
26 June 2019 At this month’s meeting, the Pension Division Review Project Committee continued its review of commuted-value transfer and began to examine private annuities. Section 115 of the Family Law Act applies to division of a pension with benefits determined under a defined-benefit-formula provision, if the pension is a “local plan” and it “has not commenced.” The […] Read More
BCLI recommends reforms to the Strata Property Act’s legal framework for common property, land titles, and fundamental changes
18 June 2019 In the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas, the British Columbia Law Institute’s Strata Property Law Project Committee recommends amending the Strata Property Act and the Strata Property Regulation to shore up three key areas that help to define strata properties as interests in land. Strata plans are at the […] Read More
12 June 2019 On behalf of the staff and board at the BCLI, I am proud to announce that BCLI joins with 51 justice organizations today to sign the Access to Justice Triple Aim, committing to a common goal to improve access to justice in BC and to action to pursue that goal. The Access to Justice Triple Aim […] Read More
BC Court of Appeal remits matter of spouse’s entitlement to pension’s survivorship benefits back to trial judge
11 June 2019 In a decision released last week, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia held that an earlier decision of the Supreme Court for British Columbia had failed to consider statutory and case authority in deciding not to reopen a family-law proceeding that had purported to establish separating spouses’ entitlement to pension benefits. The court remitted […] Read More