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Board of Variance Re-Appointment

Proud to be reappointed to the Salt Spring Island Board of Variance. The board is an independent body, established to adjudicate appeals for minor variances to Salt Spring Island Zoning Bylaw No. 355 as set out in Section 889 of the Local Government Act. Click on the image to download a PDF:

Native Law Updates – May 2015

May 10, 2015: Additions to Native Law, Sixties Scoop class action, etc. Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interest or Rights Act. The “provisional” rules came into force for virtually all First Nations in Canada on December 16, 2014, and made very significant changes to the property interests of spouses on reserves. Even non-Indian spouses […]

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Native Law Updates – March 2015

Six times a year I update the loose leaf version of Native Law. Here is the March 22, 2015 update: Highlights for Native Law Release 2015 #1 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act. Despite its expansive name, this new federal statute does not, in fact, replace the Indian Act. But as of December 16, 2014 when this statute […]

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Video: Lead lawyer explains Tsilhqot’in case, aboriginal title and rights

The Common Sense Canadian, July 4, 2014: In early 2008, on the heels of BC Supreme Court Justice David Vickers’ initial ruling in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s Williams case, I interviewed the plaintiff’s lead lawyer, Jack Woodward at his office in Victoria. Throughout this in-depth discussion, Woodward details the case itself, the intersection of aboriginal […]

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National Post: Jack Woodward lawyer: The real anniversary of Canada’s founding

National Post, October 7, 2013: No government in Canada plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of our country. On Oct. 7, 2013, one of the oldest continuous written constitutions on the planet reaches a quarter of a millennium. The Royal Proclamation of 1763 — Canada’s founding document — stands for four enduring principles: […]

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