Posts from June 2011.
Posted in Real Estate

A West Vancouver homeowner was recently dinged with a civil judgment for $97,000 for cutting down ten trees on his neighbour’s property.  This included a $35,000 award for punitive damages, one of the largest such awards in many years. 

The punitive damages were awarded because the defendant was reckless in determining the location of his property line.  He made no inquiry of ...


On December 19, 2010. I blogged about the decision in Bentley et al. v. Anglican Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster et al.  In this case, the British Columbia Court of Appeal found that parish assets are held by the Anglican parish corporations in trust for the purpose of “Anglican ministry”.  Specifically, the trust to is to further Anglican ministry in accordance with ...


In April 2006, B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Act (“CFA”) came into force.  Seven Canadian provinces now have similar legislation. 

The CFA provides a mechanism for the government, through the Director of the Civil Forfeiture Office, to seek the forfeiture of the “proceeds of unlawful activity”.  Forfeiture is ordered by the Court when it is proven that property is ...


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