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20 November 2015

“Home Alone” ruling upheld in BC Court of Appeal

The original ruling involving a mother and her (then) 8 year old child had the potential to define the age at which children can be left at home alone but the BC Court of Appeal was very careful to confine it’s decision to the facts of this particular case and did not rule on the…

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2 October 2015

Home alone in BC. How old is old enough?

Every parent faces this question eventually. Recent debates over free range kids and the latest decision from the BC courts put the matter front and centre for BC parents. There is still no definitive age stipulation so what are parents to do? This is the question addressed in a recent post from the Watson Goepel…

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1 October 2015

Fiona Beveridge to speak at CLE on child protection matters.

Child Protection Matters Fiona Beveridge will be speaking on “Acting as Counsel for Children in Child Protection Proceedings,” as part of the faculty for CLE BC’s course Child Protection: ABCs and Best Practices on October 16, 2015. If you are interested in attending you can find course details here

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27 August 2015

Strata owner cannot rely on Charter to avoid strata fees

By Ryan R. Lee, Associate, Commercial Litigation Group The Supreme Court of British Columbia has released its latest decision in an ongoing dispute that serves as a cautionary tale for those considering strata ownership. In Strata Plan NW 499 v. Kirk, 2015 BCSC 1487, the court considered cross-petitions by a small (17 unit) strata and an…

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17 July 2015

Foreclosure and Unconscionability

In Do v. Nichols, 2015 BCSC 1069, Ryan R. Lee of Watson Goepel LLP represented homeowners faced with an unusual foreclosure petition. The mortgage at issue was registered against the homeowners’ residential properties but arose from an agreement for sale and subdivision of two other, nearby development properties. The petitioner agreed to purchase the development…

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16 July 2015

The Listing Agreement Trap

According to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1986, a real estate agent’s listing agreement is akin to a hunting licence. It mandates an agent to find and bag a purchaser. However, in a case decided by the SCC on June 25, 2015, depending on the terms of the listing agreement a commission may or…

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16 June 2015

European Trade Policies and Seafood Business Opportunities

This past weekend Watson Goepel Lawyer, Celso A. A. Boscariol spoke at the BC Shellfish & Seafood Expo in Comox Valley.  The talk dealt with “European Trade Policies and Seafood Business Opportunities” on the new market potential created for BC shellfish producers by the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (“ CETA”) negotiated between Canada and the…

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