Annual Report 2016/2017

  • August 16, 2017

Submitted by Section Co-Chair, Mario Rubio

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 6

October 3, 2016
Guest Speaker: Mark Bussanich, Discipline Counsel, Law Society of BC
Meeting Title/Topic: Presentation from the BC Law Society on Juricert, Undertakings and Discipline
Synopsis: Mark spoke on issues relating to Juricert (particularly the new audit programme), as well as undertakings and related Law Society discipline issues.

November 23, 2016
Guest Speakers: Beverly G. Ellingson, Terra Law and Noah M. Sarna, Thorsteinssons
Meeting Title/Topic: Legislative Activity in an Overheated Real Estate Market: The Additional Property Transfer Tax and the Vacancy Tax
Synopsis: Beverly and Noah summarized the key provisions of the additional PTT and the City of Vancouver's new vacancy tax and addressed issues with respect to interpreting and applying same.

February 23, 2017
Guest Speaker: Carlos MacDonald - Registrar of Titles
Meeting Title/Topic: LTSA - Project Ace
Synopsis: Carlos discussed the LTSA's Project ACE, a three year project to improve its customers' user experience which will replace the Electronic Filing System (EFS) with the Web Filing System.

May 1, 2017
Guest Speakers: Brett Horton, Counsel of Commercial Business Development Western Canada, Stewart Title Co., and Amanda Magee, Director of Business Development Western Canada, Stewart Title Co.
Meeting Title/Topic: An Interactive Update on Commercial and Residential Title Insurance
Synopsis: Brett and Amanda gave the section an update on the commercial and residential title insurance options, policies and issues.

June 6, 2017
Guest Speaker: Ron Usher, General Counsel for the Society of Notaries Public of BC
Meeting Title/Topic:Is the Vendor a Non-Resident - A reasonable inquiry into what is "reasonable inquiry" following Mao v. Liu 2017 BCSC 226 (CanLii)
Synopsis: Ron discussed the ramifications of Mao v. Liu on determining what the legal standard for "reasonable inquiry" in respect of non-resident vendors.

July 18, 2017
Guest Speaker: N/A
Meeting Title/Topic: Vancouver Canadians Base Game!
Synopsis: The section booked a portion of the Hey Y'All Porch at Nat Bailey Stadium and invited section members and their families for food, drinks and baseball. All ticket proceeds are being donated to Landesa, an organization dedicated to promoting land rights reform in the developing world as a means to empower people, improve their lives and decrease poverty.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

We hosted a very diverse series of meetings this year on a variety of topics that affect real estate lawyers. Not only did we cover changes to the law (i.e. the presentations on the new additional PTT and vacancy tax and on the BCSC case Mao v. Liu), but also changes to how real estate lawyers practice in British Columbia (i.e. the presentation on Project Ace).
We also hosted the first social event during my tenure as a section executive, hosting section members and their families at a Vancouver Canadians baseball game. All of the ticket proceeds are being donated to Landesa, a non-profit organization that promotes land rights in the developing world.
I look forward to working with current and new section executives to plan an interesting schedule of meetings and events in the year to come.