Annual Report 2011/2012

  • August 15, 2012

Submitted by Susan Grabovac and Sharon MacMillan

Summary of Activities

Number of Meetings Held: 7

September 27, 2011
Guest Speaker: D. Scott Lamb, RBS
Builders Liens filed at Land Title Office - discussed what to look for to determine whether the filed lien has merit, summary procedures and ethical and liability issues for solicitors.

October 18, 2011
Guest Speaker: Gregory Blue, Q.C., BC Law Institute
BC Law Institute's Real Property Reform Project - discussed the project and recent proposals for changes relating to restrictive covenants, the Partition of Property Act, joint tenancy, and rights of accounting and contribution between co-owners.

November 22, 2011
Guest Speaker: David Christian, Thorsteinssons LLP
Nominee Ownership: Tax Issues - discussed common tax issues regarding nominee ownership, including valuation, 
application of property transfer tax, hybrid transactions and sales of beneficial interests.

January 19, 2012
Guest Speaker: Larry Blaschuk, Registrar of Land Titles
LTO Tour and Q&A: Private, behind the scenes tour of the New Westminster Land Title Office. Demonstrated how forms are reviewed and inputted and showed where old documents are kept.

Feburary 28, 2012
Guest Speaker: Gordon G. Plottel, Miller Thomson LLP
Insolvency issues for landlords, tenants and real estate practitioners - focus in the context of leasing relationships from both the landlord and tenant perspective.

April 23, 2012
Guest Speakers: Virginia Wigmore and Jordanna Cytrynbaum, McCathy Tetrault LLP
REDMA: Developers' Disclosure Obligations - update on the current position of courts with respect to developers' disclosure obligations under REDMA.

July 11, 2012
Guest Speakers: Riley Burr and Alexander Fane, Bull Housser LLP
HST Transitional Issues - overview of the transitional rules for real property in BC as we revert from HST back to GST.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

We believe it is valuable because it provides short, educational sessions for members and provides an opportunity to get to know other lawyers in the area.