The BC government recently issued two news items of note about the HST. The HST Information Office launched a new HST website “designed to put more factual information on the HST in the hands of British Columbians” prior to the upcoming referendum. The government also appointed an… more »
The provincial corporate income tax rate was reduced from 10.5 per cent to 10 per cent, effective January 1, 2011, as noted in a Ministry of Finance news release. The reduction flows from the February 2009 budget, which “reduced the general corporate income tax rate to 10.5 per cent… more »
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will begin implementation of amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act in the new year. The implementation of the amendments, which will make BC “the first province in Canada to require a thorough investigation of individuals working with vulnerable adults”, more »
Attorney General Michael de Jong, QC, recently announced that he has now received a draft version of the HST initiative question as prepared and delivered by Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James. The announcement recites the text of the question, which will be the subject of a vote… more »
The Benchers of the Law Society of BC recently approved in principle a request for changes to the Legal Profession Act. According to the announcement of September 17, the purpose of the proposed changes is to “enhance the ability of the society to regulate in the public… more »
CanLII reported on September 24 that automatically-generated Tables of Contents are now included for BC statute and regulation databases, along with those of Ontario and Quebec, and that the same soon will follow for other jurisdictions: Statutes and regulations from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec have been republished… more »
Last week the BC Attorney General announced the final round of consultations on limitations legislation reform with the issuance of a white paper inviting public comments. The current BC Limitation Act has not been changed substantially since its enactment in 1975, whereas other jurisdictions – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and,… more »
Earlier this summer we posted notice that Canada’s toughest drinking-and-driving penalties would soon come into effect in B.C. As of this past Monday, September 20, those penalties are now in place by way of Bill 14, amending the Motor Vehicle Act. Motorists now face progressively harsh penalties, depending… more »
On September 20, B.C. will have what the government describes as “Canada’s toughest impaired driving penalties.” A news release from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General outlines some of the highlights of the new penalties: Drivers who provide a failing breath sample above 0.08 per cent… more »
The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC recently released HST Law Practice FAQ, a publication it prepared to clarify the rules applicable to PST and HST on legal fees. The Law Society summarizes the interaction among the GST, HST, and PST in the following news… more »
A white paper released by the Ministry of the Attorney General on Monday, July 19th, following extensive reviews conducted about the current Family Relations Act, introduced draft legislation and policy proposals which aim at making major changes to family law in British Columbia. These proposed changes will modernize… more »
The Stream, the blog at Courthouse Libraries BC, has posted a list of frequent questions they’ve received on the new BC Supreme Court rules and forms. The post addresses five common questions ranging from where the new rules and forms can be found to retroactivity. The answers are thorough and rich with… more »
Effective July 1, the B.C. Supreme Court issued a new collection of Practice Directions and Administrative Notices. The new collection was released to coincide with the new Supreme Court Civil and Family Rules, which came into effect the same day. In general, the new collection… more »
Various bills received Royal Assent last week. Bill 10, the Veterinarians Act, repeals the old one and creates the College of Veterinarians. This body will effectively replace the former British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association. The role of the College will be to regulate the veterinary profession with powers… more »
Following up on Dye & Durham’s initial set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NEW Supreme Court Civil Rules, Part 2 of those FAQs have now been released.
The FAQs were developed in response to questions from participants in recent Dye & Durham Civil Rules webinars.