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CBA Municipal Law Section articles are published under the banner Town Hall. Members interested in posting articles are encouraged to send them to the Section’s editor.

Editor: Michael Gunther


Finding sustainable institutional reform for municipal lobbyist registration in Canada

  • February 13, 2017
  • Patrick J. Smith

Democratic transparency has moved to a new waterfront over the past few decades. The public’s right to know — and accountability to that public — has become a broader expectation. It has expanded to the regulation of lobbying of those involved in more senior levels of governing, and this wave of reform continues, increasingly, into local governing. This article offers some lessons from Canadian provinces on how to set up a municipal lobbying regulation regime.

Municipal Law

Assessor of Area #01 – Capital et al. v Nav Canada

  • June 14, 2016
  • Sukhbir Manhas

Sukhbir Manhas of Young, Anderson summarizes the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision in the Assessor of Area #01 – Capital et al. v. Nav Canada, which he says represents a significant victory for local government in relation to the assessment of land and improvements.

Did Catalyst (2012) really signal a break from Dunsmuir?

  • July 08, 2015
  • Edward Brook

Did the Supreme Court ruling in Catalyst Paper Corp v. North Cowichan (District) signal a special standard of review for municipalities? Some say it did, but Edward Brook would beg to differ…

Municipal Law

Term limits for municipal council members

  • July 08, 2014
  • Leo F. Longo

In this paper, presented at the International Municipal Lawyers Association in San Francisco last fall, Municipal Law Section chair Leo Longo, of Aird & Berlis, points out that no Canadian municipalities have set…

Municipal Law

Prosecution of offences under the Municipal Elections Act

  • July 08, 2014
  • David Reiter and Jody E. Johnson

David Reiter and Jody E. Johnson were recently involved in what they understand to have been the only completed prosecution under the Ontario Municipal Elections Act related to election campaign financing issues…

Municipal Law