Category: Legislation

More HST Referendum Details From AG

The Ministry of the Attorney General of BC released more details about the voting process for the upcoming HST referendum. Here’s what British Columbians need to know about the timeline, procedure, and requirements:
Key Dates:

Monday, June 13 – Elections BC starts mailing out referendum ballots for the HST

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HST Referendum Date Moved Up

Late last week the Attorney General announced that the referendum on the HST has been rescheduled to an earlier date than was previously set. An order-in-council will finalize details, but the government expects the referendum to take place June 24.
The text of the question has not changed from

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CanLII Upgrades Legislation Navigation

Thanks to Courthouse Libraries BC for the heads-up about CanLII upgrades to help users find and link to legislation. As they did a few months ago for a few jurisdictions including BC, CanLII has added tables of contents and linking capability for other jurisdictions. From the Courthouse news item:
Navigating

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Incapacity Legislative Provisions in Force September 2011

Attorney General Barry Penner recently announced that new legislative provisions dealing with incapacity planning options will come into force this September. These provisions are part of the phased-in implementation of the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007…:
Incapacity (or personal) planning provisions are part of the Adult

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HST Information and Referendum Updates from BC Government

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 independent panel… charged

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BC Corporate Income Tax Rate Reduced Effective Jan. 1

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

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Implementation of BC Criminal Records Review Act Amendments Begins Jan 1

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”, will begin …

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Draft HST Referendum Question Text Released

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 by British

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Law Society Proposes Changes to Legal Profession Act

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 interest.”

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BC Legislation Tables of Contents Now on CanLII

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 with automatically

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AG Begins Final Limitations Act Reform Consultations

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, most

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New Impaired Driving Law Now in Effect

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

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Strengthened Impaired Driving Penalties to Take Effect in September

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 blood-alcohol

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CLEBC Releases Practice FAQ on HST and Legal Fees

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 release about CLEBC’s Practice

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Ministry of Attorney General to Reform Family Legislation

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 legislation

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