Agenda - March 5th, 2021


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Marisa Cruickshank

Lidstone & Company


Don Lidstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company



Legislation and Case Law Update


Anthony Capuccinello Iraci

City of Richmond


  • Recent cases of interest to local governments
  • Legislative and regulatory developments affecting local governments
  • Advice and recommendations arising from recent changes in the law



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


Aboriginal Title and Rights Claims Over Municipal Property


Kathleen Higgins

Young Anderson Barristers & Solicitors


  • The nature of an Aboriginal title claim over parks, public work yards or other municipal land
  • Aboriginal traditional rights, and local government procedures respecting heritage, archeology and other matters
  • Steps local governments can take



Questions and Discussion


Freedom of Information


Marisa Cruickshank

Lidstone & Company 


  • Discussion of common FOI requests including building permit files, bylaw enforcement matters, and severance records
  • Settlement privilege as basis to withhold records from disclosure



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


Imminent Challenges for Local Governments


Peter Johnson

Stewart McDannold Stuart Barristers & Solicitors


  • Shifts in areas such as technology, tourism, pandemic planning, WFH, GHG restrictions, flooding and wildfire incidence
  • Prioritizing and optimizing municipal decisions in urban areas facing a reduced need for roadways, parking and offices and an increased need for affordable housing, alternative transportation, social services and economic development
  • Official plans, zoning, parking and subdivision rules to reconsider, infrastructure to re-imagine and new services to consider or prioritize



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


Planning and Land Use


Don LIdstone, Q.C.

Lidstone & Company


  • Climate and energy action: energy and reduced GHG emissions for new and retrofitted buildings; community amenities for climate action and adaptation; new landscaping, afforestation and horticulture rules; water conservation; nature based solutions; drainage design and stormwater management; urban infill; social and economic inequalities; solo dwelling occupancy; funding the local orders of governments' compliance with Canada's commitment



Questions and Discussion


Council Integrity

Philip Huynh

City of Surrey


  • Overview of Council Codes of Conduct and role of Ethics or Integrity Commissioners, including regulating ethical and respectful conduct, complaint and investigation processes, sanctions such as motions of censure or other appropriate measures, and other relevant considerations
  • Best practices for a Code of Conduct and related procedures


   4:15 Questions and Discussion
   4:20 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Program Concludes