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Amendments to Strata Property Act affect Developers

November 24th, 2009 | Legislation, Strata

December 10 update: sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (b), 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20 to 24, 26, 28, 29, 32, 33 (b), 35 and 36 of the Strata Property Amendment Act have been brought into force. (SeeOrder in Council No. 707). Following consultation with industry organizations and law firms, […]

Green Buildings – Moving to the Mainstream

July 23rd, 2009 | Environment

Ask around the development community and most of its members can tell you something about green buildings. Terms like LEED, BOMA BESt and geothermal heating and cooling systemsare becoming part of the real estate lexicon. As yesterday’s environmentalist has become today’s clean-tech engineer, the green building industry is no longer the development industry’s offbeat […]

2009 Vancouver Real Estate Forum

April 24th, 2009 | Industry Events

Introduction The 2009 Vancouver Real Estate Forum was held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the spectacular new Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. As in past years, the Clark Wilson Commercial Real Estate Group was in attendance and has prepared a recap of the proceedings. While the mood at the […]

Leases, Insurance Covenants and Subrogated Claims

April 23rd, 2009 | Leasing

In the following article, Brock Johnston explores the mysteries of subrogated claims and the risk of getting the insurance provisions of the standard commercial lease wrong. This important area leads to much confusion in the drafting of leases and to surprising results when the parties have not thought through the allocation of […]

Phased Development Agreements and the Future of Metro Vancouver

March 26th, 2009 | Legislation

As a lawyer whose practice focuses on private sector dealings with government, I am constantly presented with examples of how the system that the Province has put in place for regulating land use and development impacts the community in which we live. In Metro Vancouver, the system has yielded substantial […]


February 6th, 2009 | Uncategorized

In an attempt to reduce the risk that lawyers’ trust accounts may be used for money laundering and terrorist financing, the Law Society of British Columbia (“LSBC”) now requires lawyers to collect certain information about their clients before providing legal services. The LSBC’s rules are similar to the rules developed […]

ICSC WHISTLER 2009 – A Look at the Horizon

January 14th, 2009 | Industry Events

ICSC Whistler started in 1998 with something like 100 registrants. Today, it overwhelms the resort, flooding the Village streets, restaurants and bars with the dealmakers of the nation’s retail development industry (as chronicled in my colleague James Speakman‘s report on last year’s affair). I was anxious this year to hear the conference […]