BarTalk | August 2016

  • August 01, 2016

Natural Resources and Environmental Law = Change. Each field of law has and will continue to evolve to address new data, conservation, Indigenous ecological knowledge and the ever dynamic environmental landscape. Change is apparent in this issue, be it the implications of recent decisions on interprovincial pipeline projects, the new Water Sustainability Act regulating groundwater and water use conflicts or the regulatory uncertainty that is, in part, impacting LNG projects in BC, not to mention the Trudeau government’s review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which may be the most fundamental transformation of federal environmental law in a generation!

BarTalk | June 2016

  • June 01, 2016

With the relatively recent change in our federal government and with Syrian refugees’ settling in Canada, immigration is a particularly hot subject matter. The Liberals have committed to changes in the law, which will inevitably bring with it policy shifts. Issues such as government transportation loans and income assistance are now getting attention and Canadians are assisting the government by mentoring “GARs” and exposing such refugees to the rich fabric of Canadian society. Other topics such as the impact on permanent residents when they run afoul of the law and foreign investment in Canada are also considered in this issue. Enjoy the read!

BarTalk | April 2016

  • April 01, 2016

The creation of Canada’s Specific Claims Tribunal, the Tsilhqot’in decision, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the Calls to Action resulting therefrom, along with the most recent Nenqay Deni Accord entered into by the BC government and the Tsilhqot’in Nation, all, in their own and varied ways, highlight the importance of aboriginal rights at federal and provincial levels in Canada. This issue explores some of the impacts and changes resulting from such matters and signals to the direction that each of them may take us in the future, within the field of law, education and the economy.

BarTalk | February 2016

  • February 01, 2016

The BC real estate market continues to remain topical. In this first issue of 2016, BarTalk covers some of the legal and practical issues that lawyers face when practising Real Estate and Construction law: should a client mediate or arbitrate a construction dispute, what role do architects and engineering consultants perform when disputes arise between a contractor and owner, can invalid or excessive liens be sanctioned or remedied, do in-house construction lawyers require different skills than any other construction lawyer and what should lawyers be aware of when district energy system matters land on their desk? Flip through the pages, and find out the answers.

BarTalk | December 2015

  • December 01, 2015

Technology continues to impact the manner in which businesses and professional service providers deliver their services. With the opportunities that technology brings to the practice of law, it can also create issues if certain impacts are not carefully considered. This issue of BarTalk offers different perspectives from the Bench, private practitioners, privacy commissioners and professional service providers on topics such as BYOD programs, security, website analytics, record retention, e-discovery and disclosure. The article written by The Honorable Justice David Masuhara provides insight to litigators when using technology in the courts, however, many points are also relevant to consider when preparing for a presentation outside of the courtroom.

BarTalk | October 2015

  • October 02, 2015

Intellectual property laws are applied, and must adapt, to a constantly changing landscape. A number of articles in our October issue highlight this point, as do certain amendments to the Trade-marks Act and Copyright Act that came into force on January 1, 2015. Whether it is new border enforcement measures, which may permit the owner of a Canadian trademark or copyright to block the importation of pirated and counterfeit goods into Canada or the right of a copyright owner to curtail infringement through the new Notice and Notice system available under the Copyright Act, the laws are changing and adapting. The various articles in this issue remind readers of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and address recent decisions that will assist in such process.

BarTalk | August 2015

  • August 01, 2015

Ethics and civility in law are imposed on the legal profession through: rules, laws and codes of conduct. This issue provides tips for new lawyers, insight into the investigative powers of the Law Society, considerations used by lawyers in assessing client representation, along with the dimensions of the duty and loyalty owed by lawyers to clients and also considers the complexities encountered in foreign corruption cases.

BarTalk | June 2015

  • June 01, 2015

In any demanding profession that has a customer service focus, it is just a matter of time before one’s work life balance is out of kilter.