Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chair's Welcome and Introduction


Don Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company



Case Law and Legislative Update


Tom Zworski    

City of Victoria


  • A review of recent important cases in commercial leasing
  • Highlights of legislative changes impacting on local governments
  • Upcoming cases and issues to watch out for



Questions and Discussion


The Building Act: The New Legislation


Amber Hieb

Government of British Columbia

David Tupper

Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia


Don Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company


  • A review of the new Building Act's changes to the authority of local governments to set technical building requirements by bylaw, and its establishment of qualification requirements



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Housing Policy: Inclusionary Zoning, Affordable Housing and the Homeless


James G. Yardley

Murdy McAllister


  • An exploration of the merits and the challenges of inclusionary zoning within the context of the Local Government Act as a tool for advancing affordable housing policies
  • An exploration of affordable housing policies that advance the continuum of housing under the "Housing First model", recognized as a best practice to address the challenges of housing the homeless



Questions and Discussion


Networking Lunch


Local Government Expropriation


Kathleen T. Higgins

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


  • A review of relevant case law and authorities regarding government expropriations
  • The current process for government expropriations and the issues therin



Questions and Discussion

   1:45 Employment Law: Issues in the Twtterverse
  Marisa L. Cruickshank

Lidstone & Company


  • Can you discipline employees for their off-duty conduct on social media (or as captured by social media)?
  • Can you review a prospective employee's social media profiles to make a hiring decision?
  • Can you monitor an employee's social media usage and/or search their work computer and email?


   2:20 Questions and Discussion
   2:30 Refreshment Adjournment
   2:45 Liability & Risk Management

Lindsay Nilsson

Twining Short & Haakonson


Lori H. Leung

Twining Short & Haakonson


  • A review of the policy defence available to local governments in the context of liability and risk management
  • A review of legal developments in relation to that defence and what local government staff can do on a day to day basis to ensure the defence is available to them if and when a claim arises



Questions and Discussion


Governance: Committees, Commissions, and Advisory Groups


Olga Rivkin

Lidstone & Company


  • Delegating and sub-delegating authority and proceedings
  • Reconsideration of delegate decisions
  • Using standing and select committees, committees of inquiry, municipal commissions and advisory bodies



Questions and Discussion


Procurement: Compliance with AIT, NWPTA, TILMA, NAFTA, TPP, CETA and the Statuses


Karen Martin

Dentons Canada LLP


Ryan R. Chalmers

Dentons Canada LLP


  • Principles to live by
  • Be wary of the traps
  • Gnashing of the teeth - the new Bid Protest Mechanism



Questions and Discussion


Chair's Closing Remarks - Program Concludes