Agenda - April 18th, 2018


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chair's Welcome and Introduction


Donald Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company



Case Law and Legislative Update


James G. Yardley

Murdy & McAllister


  • New case law impacting local governments
  • Survey of recent legislation and regulations



Questions and Discussion


Emergency Preparedness: How Municipalities are Planning Ahead


Pam Jefcoat

Civic Legal LLP


  • Climate change, floods, earthquakes and fires
  • Local government liability, including duties and standards of care
  • Local government planning, prevention, resilience and responses



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Municipalities and Marijuana Regulation


Sara Dubinsky

Lidstone & Company


  • Municipal bylaws relating to marijuana retailers and wholesalers
  • The federal and provincial interface
  • Regulatory and enforcement issues



Questions and Discussion

  12:00 Networking Lunch

Aboriginal Title - Implications for Municipal Property 


Donald Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company


  • Future of municipal services to treaty settlement lands and reserves
  • Local government leverage
  • Economic development partnership opportunities



Questions and Discussion


Regulating for the Environment


Una Radoja

Harper Grey LLP


  • Municipal powers to regulate for protection of the natural environment
  • Sustainability measures
  • Bylaws under health, municipal works, environment, land use and other powers



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Bylaw Enforcement Options


Tom Zworski

City of Victoria


  • How bylaw drafting is driven by enforcement
  • Recent decisions of the courts
  • How to select an enforcement tool


   3:50 Questions and Discussion
   4:00 Planning and Land Use: Addressing Housing Issues

Kathleen T. Higgins

Young Anderson Barristers & Solicitors


  • Inclusionary zoning
  • Housing agreements
  • Proactive legal tools


   4:45 Questions and Discussion
   4:55 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Program Concludes