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30 April 2020

How to issue a complaint against your Canadian bank during COVID-19

Ryan R. Lee

Many Canadians are facing financial uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which can lead to issues arising between banks and their customers. Many banks have taken measures to accommodate individuals and businesses in these challenging times by creating special programs, some of which are outlined here. Despite measures being taken by banks, individuals…

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27 March 2020

COVID-19 and the BC construction industry: Builders liens

Ryan R. Lee

On March 23 the Ontario and Quebec governments ordered that “non-essential” businesses close down, shortly followed by a list of “essential” businesses that were exempt from the mandatory closure. Quebec took a more cautious approach and ordered that all non-essential construction sites close. Ontario adopted a less restrictive approach and included the construction industry on…

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14 June 2019

Developers and stratas take note: Strata corps may not have to pay for shared facilities

Ryan R. Lee

It is common practice for developers of strata properties to enter into easement agreements granting future strata owners access to shared facilities before the stratas are actually incorporated. These agreements allow developers to structure future cost-sharing arrangements of strata projects at the early stages of a development. However, developers and strata corporations should be aware…

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1 June 2018

Onus on Railway to Ensure Safe Crossing

Ryan R. Lee

Chand v. Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited, 2018 BCCA 41 Southern Railway of British Columbia (“SRY”) is a short-line freight railway based in New Westminster that owns over 125 miles of track and operates a rail line through the Fraser Valley to Chilliwack. In this appeal SRY challenged the finding that the plaintiff was…

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