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16 August 2021

Landowners take note: 3 month deadline to file landowner transparency report (LOTR) and avoid penalty

By Arthur Cullinan

Relevant corporations, trustees of relevant trusts, and partners of relevant partnerships which have an interest in land are required to file a transparency report under the Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) by November 30, 2021. Failure to do so could result in significant fines being levied against the corporation or other entity.  The following summarizes…

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24 June 2021

Child Support: The Supreme Court of Canada’s guide to retroactive adjustments & the forgiveness of arrears

By Laurence S. Klass and Lindsay Morgan

In a recent decision, Colucci v Colucci, 2021 SCC 24 (“Colucci”), the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) clarified the appropriate framework for applications made under s. 17 of the federal Divorce Act. Under this section, parties can apply to the court for a retroactive adjustment to child support, or for the cancellation of unpaid child…

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15 June 2021

In Memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Watson

By Watson Goepel LLP

On Friday, June 4th, 2021 Bob Watson, one of Watson Goepel LLP’s founding partners, died after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was the firm’s first managing partner, a position he held until 2006. He was pivotal in the firm’s growth, building and maintaining a successful corporate commercial practice alongside the busy trial practices of his partners.

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10 May 2021

New $500M investment fund targeting BC businesses launched by Province

By Arthur Cullinan

The government of BC has released further details regarding InBC, a $500M strategic investment fund for BC businesses, that was first announced last year.  The fund is a major initiative under StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan and Budget 2021 to position the province as a front-runner in the post-pandemic economy. The purpose of InBC is…

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3 May 2021

Announcing: Scarborough Herman Bluekens joins Watson Goepel LLP

By Watson Goepel LLP

We are pleased to announce that the law firm of Scarborough Herman Bluekens has joined the law firm of Watson Goepel LLP, effective May 03, 2021. This partnership brings together two well-established BC law firms to provide enhanced legal support to our valued clients. Established in 1984, Watson Goepel LLP is one of Vancouver’s foremost…

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