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Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

Measuring effect of changes to Occupiers’ Liability Act | Rohan Haté

Anytime a change in legislation takes place, we have an opportunity to measure its effectiveness over time by looking at the immediate, short-term and long-term impacts that follow. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 8:58 AM

New B.C. real estate regulatory changes aimed at combating fraud Ryan Klassen, Richards Buell Sutton LLP

In light of the concerns over money laundering which have plagued the province for the last few years, the B.C. government is bringing oversight of the real estate industry under the umbrella of the same body which oversees credit unions and insurance companies. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 6:15 AM

INTEREST IN LAND - Life estates - Rights of life tenant

Appeal by Fownes from a decision dismissing her claim for partition. The parties inherited a joint life interest in a large tract of largely undeveloped land. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The duty of courts to give adequate reasons Letters coming out of a pencil

Written reasons are the voice of a decision. They are the means by which a decision maker communicates the rationale for its decision. Their presence explains how and why a decision was made. Their absence creates the perception of arbitrariness in the exercise of judicial power. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:38 PM

Two new partners for Robins Appleby

Robins Appleby LLP announced that Heela Walker and Tara Welat are the newest members of the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Lawsuit alleges loss of property value due to landslides near massive B.C. Hydro development Malcolm Macpherson, Clark Wilson LLP

As British Columbia forges ahead with a controversial dam project which has attracted significant opposition from environmentalists and First Nations, it will soon be facing a battle on another front — whether the development has contributed to landslides that have devastated property values in a rural community about five kilometres east of the construction site. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 8:55 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Extinguishment of easements - Positive easements

Appeal by NBC Holdings from an order that required it to relocate an easement at its expense and the award of special costs against it. ... [read more]