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Client Bulletins 2021

December 2021

01Dec
2021

BC Introduces 5 day Paid Sick Leave Program

The Province recently amended the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) to provide for 5 days of paid sick leave for all employees. This...

November 2021

30Nov
2021

Update on Significant Amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Significant changes to British Columbia’s freedom of information and privacy law came into force on November 25, 2021. As our previous...

19Nov
2021

Enforceability of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies: Guidance from recent decisions

Many employers, including governments and governmental organizations, have implemented mandatory vaccine policies for their employees....

08Nov
2021

Bill Buholzer and Julia Tikhonova published in International Municipal Lawyer Journal

The International Municipal Lawyer journal recently published an article written by Bill Buholzer and Julia Tikhonova. In their article,...

October 2021

29Oct
2021

New Gatherings and Events Public Health Order

On October 25, the Provincial Health Officer issued a new Order under the Public Heath Act of BC concerning Gatherings and Events (the...

27Oct
2021

Significant Amendments to Local Government Legislation Proposed in Bill 26

The provincial legislature tabled Bill 26 – Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2021 on October 26, 2021. The proposed...

25Oct
2021

Supreme Court Attempts to Clarify Policy/Operational Analysis

The Supreme Court of Canada has released its highly anticipated reasons for judgement in Nelson (City) v. Marchi. The Marchi case stems...

20Oct
2021

Records of Employment and Mandatory Vaccine Policies

Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESD Canada”) has updated their website with information on how to code an ROE for employees...

19Oct
2021

Government Tables Significant Updates to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The provincial government has revealed the most significant changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) in...

19Oct
2021

Gatherings and Events COVID Order for the eastern Northern Health Authority

On October 15, the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Northern Health Authority issued a a second Order under the Public Heath Act of BC...

04Oct
2021

Gatherings and Events COVID Order for the Eastern Fraser Health Authority

On September 28, the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Fraser Health Authority issued an Order under the Public Heath Act of BC...

September 2021

29Sep
2021

Approving Officer Liability and Section 219 Releases

Local governments, and the Province as well, will welcome two recent Court of Appeal decisions arising from the approval of a subdivision...

28Sep
2021

Gathering and Events COVID-19 Order for the Northern Health Region

On September 7, the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Northern Health Authority issued an Order under the Public Heath Act of BC...

28Sep
2021

New COVID-19 Order for the Interior Health Region

On September 13, 2021, the Chief Medical Health Officer (Interim) for the Interior Health Authority issued a new Order regarding COVID-19,...

22Sep
2021

Timeline for Upcoming Changes to Electronic Meetings

Next week, two important dates will come up for local governments in relation to the holding of meetings through electronic means. On...

20Sep
2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Young, Anderson’s office will be closed on September 30th in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. In June, the federal...

15Sep
2021

New Events and Gatherings Order Includes Vaccine Card Requirements

On September 10, the Provincial Health Officer issued a new Order under the Public Heath Act of BC concerning Gatherings and Events (the...

02Sep
2021

New Mask Order Issued from the PHO: September 2, 2021

The Provincial Health Officer issued a new order today in respect of the provincial mask mandate (the “Order”). The Order states that it...

August 2021

26Aug
2021

Mandatory Vaccines: Guidance for Employers

The provincial and federal governments, as well as several private corporations, have recently announced new requirements for masks,...

10Aug
2021

Local Governments Get Ability To Regulate Single-use Plastics

On July 26, 2021, the Province made Ministerial Order No. M309, which amends the Spheres of Concurrent Jurisdiction - Environment and...

July 2021

21Jul
2021

BC Human Rights Commissioner Issues Guidance on Proof of Vaccination Requirements

As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase and BC has entered Step 3 of its re-start plan, the BC Human Rights Commissioner has...

06Jul
2021

Phase 3 Restart – Transitioning Away from COVID-19 Safety Plans

As part of Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, employers are being encouraged to begin transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to developing...

June 2021

11Jun
2021

BC Court of Appeal Restores the City’s Decisions Regarding Expiration of Building Permits

On June 9, 2021, the BC Court of Appeal released reasons for judgment in Yu v. Richmond (City), 2021 BCCA 226. In this case, the Court...

10Jun
2021

National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Federal workplaces, and workplaces that observe federal holidays, now have a new statutory holiday. On June 3, 2021, Royal Assent was given...

May 2021

13May
2021

Bill 13-2021: Paid Sick Leave

On May 11, 2021, Bill 13-2021, which amends the Employment Standard Act, RSBC 1996 c 113, received its first reading. Bill 13-2021...

06May
2021

BC Court of Appeal Upholds New Westminster’s Renoviction Bylaw

In 1193652 B.C. Ltd. v. New Westminster (City), 2021 BCCA 176 the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the provisions of New...

April 2021

29Apr
2021

Court Upholds City’s Censure of Councillor

On April 21, 2021, the BC Supreme Court released reasons for judgment in Dupont v. Port Coquitlam (City). Councillor Dupont had commenced a...

23Apr
2021

BC Introduces Employer Paid Leave for COVID Vaccine

The BC government has introduced a bill (Bill 3) to amend the Employment Standards Act. It has not been passed, but once passed, its effect...

15Apr
2021

Anti-Maskers and Human Rights: Does the Code Protect Me?

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has received a significant number of complaints since October 2020 alleging...

15Apr
2021

COVID-19 Employee Vaccinations Leave Added to the Employment Standards Act

In our March 24, 2020 blog post titled “Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis”, we summarized the...

March 2021

31Mar
2021

Severance Agreements Withheld on Basis of Settlement Privilege

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC”) recently released a decision confirming that...

30Mar
2021

Residential Rental Tenure Zoning Bylaw Upheld by BC Supreme Court

In reasons released March 30, 2021, indexed as V.I.T. Estates Ltd. v. New Westminster (City), 2021 BCSC 573, Mr. Justice Saunders of the BC...

26Mar
2021

COVID Vaccine Update: Employee Groups Prioritized for Vaccine

Following completion of our recent Newsletter article regarding COVID vaccines, the Provincial government announced it would be providing...

February 2021

23Feb
2021

Bill C-21: Municipal Bylaws and Regulation of Firearms

Gun violence is a significant issue. Currently, pursuant to section 8(5) of the Community Charter, a municipal council may, by bylaw,...

17Feb
2021

Site Disclosure Statements – Issues for Local Governments

The amendments to the contaminated site identification and remediation provisions in the Environmental Management Act (EMA) that came into...

January 2021

25Jan
2021

Changes to Contaminated Sites Legislation come into effect on February 1st, 2021

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (the “Ministry”) has made changes to the site identification...

21Jan
2021

Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Protective Measures (COVID-19) Order

On January 8, 2021, the Province made Ministerial Order No. M012/2021 – Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Ministerial Order No. M013/2021...

12Jan
2021

Campaign Contributions, In-Stream Development Applications and Conflicts

In Allan v. Froese, 2021 BCSC 28, released on January 11, 2021, the BC Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the removal of the mayor...

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