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|“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide”||Annual, to date|
|Law Society Practice Checklists – Examination in Aid of Execution||Annual, to date|
|Canada Chapter: The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mining Law 2017
Senior Mining Partners, Karen MacMillan and Khaled Abdel-Barr have written the Canadian chapter of this year's International Comparative Legal Guide: Mining Law. Read the full chapter about their projections of the industry for 2017.
|Lisa A. Peters elected as chair of The BCLI
Congratulations to Lisa A. Peters, who was elected Chair of The British Columbia Law Institute during its AGM on Wednesday, August 31st.
For the full press release please visit: http://www.bcli.org/bcli-holds-agm-elects-new-officers
|"Why Independent Regional"
Our Managing Partner, Clifford Proudfoot has penned an article in Lexpert about the need for independent regional law firms in a world of globalization that is seeing Canadian firms merge across borders to become international. Read Cliff's discussionhere.
|Congratulations to our ever-expanding bench of “Best Lawyers.”||10.8.16|
|BC Human Rights Code Amended to Include "Gender Identity and Expression"
The BC Government has passed a bill (Bill 27 – 2016: Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016) to add "gender identity and expression" as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Code. The amendment adds a prohibition against discrimination on the basis of "gender identity and expression" in addition to the existing grounds of “sex” and “sexual orientation”.
For the full article please see the above pdf.
|New Property Tax for Foreign Buyers
The provincial government announced earlier today, July 25, 2016, that foreign buyers of residential real estate in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (excluding Tsawwassen First Nation lands) will be subject to an additional property transfer tax (The “Additional PTT”) of 15% of the fair market value of a foreign entity's proportionate share of property. For a more detailed overview of this new tax, please refer to the Ministry of Finance Tax Information Sheet.
In summary, the Additional PTT:
1. Is effective on August 2, 2016, regardless of when the applicable contract of purchase and sale was entered into.
2. Is in addition to the general property transfer tax payable on applicable real estate transfers registered with the Land Title Office.
3. Applies to "residential property" which includes, but is not limited to, single family residences, duplexes, multifamily residences, apartments, condominiums and nursing homes.
4. Applies to "foreign entities", being:
a) foreign nationals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents; b) foreign corporations that were either not incorporated in Canada or incorporated in Canada but controlled in whole or in part by a foreign national or other foreign corporation (unless the shares of the corporation are listed on a Canadian stock exchange); and c) taxable trusts, being foreign national or foreign corporations or a beneficiary of a trust that is a foreign national or foreign corporation.
5. Applies to any applicable residential property transfer, even if the transaction would normally be exempt from property transfer tax, for example a transaction between related individuals or a transfer resulting from an amalgamation.
6. Does not apply to non-residential property.
7. Requires that foreign entities registering a transfer arrange to have an Additional Property Transfer Tax Return form filed at the time the property transfer is filed with the Land Title Office.
The Additional PTT is being introduced through Bill 28-2016 Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016 [add link], which passed first reading at the provincial legislature today. This legislation is aimed at creating new measures to help make home ownership in the Lower Mainland more affordable. In addition to amendments to the Property Transfer Tax Act, Bill 28-2016 also includes proposed changes to the Real Estate Services Act to end self-regulation of the real estate industry and to the Vancouver Charter to grant the City of Vancouver the power to implement and administer a tax on vacant houses.
|Lawson Lundell Lawyers Recognized for Their Outstanding Contributions to CLEBC
We are pleased to announce that three lawyers and one alumnus from Lawson Lundell LLP have been recognized by the Continuing Legal Education Society for British Columbia (“CLEBC”) for their outstanding contributions. Partners Edward Wilson, David Allard, James Fraser and former partner Paul Bradley were recognized among CLEBC’s list of the most prolific volunteers from 1996-2016. According to CLEBC, this list “counts each time a volunteer has chaired or co-chaired a course, presented at a course, authored or updated a book chapter or course paper, reviewed a book as a member of an editorial board, or contributed to CLEBC in other specific ways, between 1996 and 2016.” The work that the volunteers have undertaken has included contributions to legal education and analysis as well as refining professional ethics and fostering diverse perspectives in the profession. CLEBC volunteers include lawyers, judges, academics, paralegals, legal support staff and other experts from across BC, Canada and the US. Please join us in congratulating Ed, David, Jim and Paul on this tremendous achievement.
|Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Federal Employees are Protected from Arbitrary Dismissal||14.7.16|
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