2018 Municipal Law Seminar Registration Now Open

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

Central Seminar (Edmonton): Friday, February 16th, 2018

Our 33rd Annual Central Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, February 16th in Edmonton. Our program will run from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM with a casual reception to follow. Doors open at 7:45 AM. The cost to attend is $125 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, post-program reception, and a materials booklet to take home. Please note advance registration is required.

Northern Seminar (Grande Prairie): Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Our 23rd Annual Northern Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, February 23rd 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 $100 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, post- program reception, and a materials booklet to take home. Please note advance registration is required.

Southern Seminar (Airdrie): Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Our 10th Annual Southern Municipal Law Seminar will take place on Friday, March 2nd in Airdrie. Our program will run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Doors open at 8:30 AM. The cost to attend is $100 per person 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:

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement is Here: How is it Changing Things? (Edmonton Location Only)

Since the introduction of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement in July 2017, the rules governing procurement by municipalities have changed. This session will discuss the current rules as they affect municipalities and the impact of these changes.

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks: Ways to Make These Work (Edmonton Location Only)

ICF’s are now mandatory. Many municipalities have a history of addressing matters which now will form part of an ACF. Our panel, chaired by Sheila McNaughtan, will discuss approaches that have worked in achieving agreements, things that may hinder reaching agreement and whether existing agreements will satisfy the new statutory requirements. This session will also consider what can be learned from the result of a recent intermunicipal dispute regarding shared services.

What the Courts Tell Us About Municipalities (Edmonton Location Only)

In the last 18 months, there have been several court decisions which provide guidance on the interpretation of the exercise of powers and duties given to municipalities by the Municipal Government Act. This session will look at a number of these decisions and how they are relevant to every municipality.

The “Due” in Due Diligence: Changes To Minimum Employment Standards in 2018 Means Municipalities Have To Do a Lot More (Edmonton Location Only)

A discussion of changes to employment standards laws.

Assessment 101

Learn the basics of your property assessment which forms the lion’s share of municipal revenue and get caught up on the changes coming in force in 2018.

Employers Get Hit by the Swinging Pendulum of Change to Safety Laws in 2018: Municipalities Have More Obligations, Employees Have More Rights

Changes to safety laws are reviewed including prohibited harassment / bullying and discriminatory actions, prime contractor / contractor and other responsibilities, joint worksite safety committees, refusing unsafe work, and appeals of orders to the Labour Relations Board.

It’s a Joint Effort: Municipalities’ Roles in Regulating Recreational Cannabis Use

The pending legalization of cannabis for recreational use raises challenging planning and development questions. This session will explore some of these questions. Do municipalities have the ability to prohibit cannabis related uses within their boundaries? What tools does a municipality have to restrict, regulate, and place conditions on cannabis related uses? What do municipalities need to do to prepare for the Cannabis Act coming into force? Topics of discussion will include creating and defining use classes and land use districts, the risk of lawful non-conforming uses, and the relationship between municipal and provincial jurisdiction over cannabis.

Heightened Scrutiny: Mandatory Codes of Conduct and the Meaning of Harassment

Members of Council are obliged by law to comply with mandatory codes of conduct under the Municipal Government Act, which include complaint mechanisms and sanctions. This section examines what is required for codes of conduct and tips for best practices. It also looks at the evolving definition of “harassment” from a legal perspective, and standards of conduct in an environment of heightened sensitivity regarding sexual and gender-based misconduct.

The Bear Pit

During the course of our seminar registrants will have the opportunity to submit legal questions on matters affecting municipalities, for discussion by our panel of lawyers.