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  • Outdoor Skating Rinks – On Thin Ice?

    Apr 27, 2016
    Many of the MIABC’s members are involved in providing outdoor skating facilities in their communities. While these efforts can do much to foster a sense of community and recreation, outdoor skating rinks can pose liability issues if they are not properly operated.
  • The Risks of Communicating with the Public

    Apr 27, 2016
    Elected local government officials know a thing or two about communicating. It is likely they would not have made it into their role without an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses Complaint

    Apr 27, 2016
    In a decision released last month, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal dismissed a human rights complaint against the Victoria Police Department which alleged discrimination on the basis of ancestry, race, colour, sex, and disability.
  • Office of the Fire Commissioner Publishes “Playbook”

    Apr 27, 2016
    In September 2014, the Office of the Fire Commissioner published the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook. The Playbook was established under the Fire Services Act. Its purpose is to set minimum levels of training and competency for firefighters, with the requirements for training explicitly linked to the level of service provided.
  • Creating a Successful Sidewalk Maintenance Policy: The MIABC Sidewalk Project

    Apr 27, 2016
    A policy is a local government’s best defence to any claim. The courts will not find a local government liable for damage resulting from a trip and fall if the local government can demonstrate that it had a policy in place that was being followed at the time of the accident.
  • Waiver Limitiations: A Public Policy Exception to an Enforceable Release of Liability

    Apr 27, 2016
    Liability waivers for adventure sports have received appellate-level support in recent years; however, a new Court of Appeal decision identifies a limit to the enforceability of such waivers.
  • How to Draft a Waiver

    Apr 27, 2016
    A brief primer on how to draft a waiver.
  • Unintended E-mail Disclosure

    Apr 27, 2016
    As legal counsel, we are often privy to the confidential e-mail exchanges of our clients, whether those exchanges are via intra-office e-mails, e-mails between agencies or e-mails between clients and other lawyers.
  • Employees Named in Lawsuit

    Apr 27, 2016
    One of our municipal employees has been personally named as a defendant in a lawsuit. What now?
  • BC’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program

    Apr 27, 2016
    The threat of a natural disaster, such as a flood, fire, or catastrophic earthquake, is a concern for all local governments. Part of the solution is BC’s Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Program, which provides local governments and others with financial compensation for damage arising out of disasters.