2015 Annual Municipal Law Seminars

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Central Seminar – Edmonton

Our 30th Annual Central Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, February 20th in Edmonton. Our program will run from 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM with a reception to follow. Doors open at 7:45 AM. The cost to attend is $100 per person (no GST) and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, a reception, and a materials booklet to take home. Please note advance registration is required.

Southern Seminar – Airdrie

Our 7th Annual Southern Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, February 27th in Airdrie. Our program will run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Doors open at 8:30 AM. The cost to attend is $75 per person (no GST) and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and a materials booklet to take home. Please note advance registration is required.

Northern Seminar – Grande Prairie

Our 20th Annual Northern Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, March 13th in Grande Prairie. Our program will run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Doors open at 8:30 AM. The cost to attend is $75 per person (no GST) and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and a materials booklet to take home. Please note advance registration is required.

This year’s topics will include:

Intuitive Vs. Deliberative Decision Making (Edmonton Location Only)

Are you an intuitive or a deliberative decision maker? Learn about the two styles of decision making and the situations where they are most applicable. How do the courts review municipal council decisions, and what are the differences when the court reviews tribunal decisions?

Composite Assessment Review Boards: How Are They Doing? Lessons from the Courts (Edmonton Location Only)

Recent leave to appeal decisions will be addressed. See how the Courts have been reviewing Board decisions from across Alberta. Has the Court been upholding or overturning the Composite Assessment Review Board?

Construction Contracting and Environmental Liabilities

This session will provide some guidance in preparing and reviewing construction contracts to deal with a number of issues commonly faced by municipalities in the course of construction projects. It will also address the new Canadian Public Sector Accounting Board direction PSAB 3260- Liability for Contaminated Sites, and its impacts on municipalities in Alberta.

Council Conduct and Good Governance: Can’t We All Just Get Along

An effective council exercising good governance is the goal of every municipality. We will discuss the movement towards implementing Councillor Codes of Conduct, what can (and can’t) be done when councils are not operating effectively and what remedies are available when individual councillors are not fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. We will also discuss what good governance means and how your council can successfully forge ahead. Internet defamation and options available to councilors will also be discussed.

Staying On-Side With Off-Site Levies

Is your Off-Site Levy (OSL) Bylaw valid and enforceable? Unfortunately a number of municipalities have found out through court challenges that their OSL Bylaw was not valid, and that levies could not be enforced. In some cases levies had to be refunded. This session is designed to help municipalities understand OSL Bylaws, and make them enforceable.

Navigating the Employee Jungle: Employer Beware

This session will provide an update of recent and topical developments in employment law of interest to municipalities.

A more detailed agenda, which will include the times of each session, will be sent to those who register.