Agenda

9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

9:05

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

 

Don Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company

 

9:10

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

 

9:50

Questions and Discussion

10:00

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

 

  10:40

Questions and Discussion

  10:50

Refreshment Adjournment

  11:05

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

 

  11:50

Questions and Discussion

  12:00

Networking Lunch

   1:00

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

 

   1:35

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

 

   3:20

Questions and Discussion

   3:30

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

 

   4:00

Questions and Discussion

   4:10

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

 

   4:50

Questions and Discussion

   5:00

Chair's Closing Remarks - Program Concludes