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  • Recently Updated

    by lesley dobin | Aug 23, 2016

    British Columbia Environmental Management Legislation & Commentary

    4th ed., updated to 2016

    A practical guide to the law of contaminated sites management in B.C.
    This unique publication explains the legal principles that govern contaminated sites management in British Columbia, and includes an overview of the British Columbia Environmental Management Act, the Contaminated Sites Regulation and key compliance and practice issues.

    The fourth edition includes discussion of pertinent issues, including:

    • New and important case law dealing with cost recovery actions under the Act
    • Detailed overview of Part 4 (Contaminated Site Remediation) of the Act
    • Contaminated Sites Redevelopment
    • Pollution prevention and abatement orders
    • Approvals in Principle and Certificates of compliance
    • Wide Area Sites
    • Overview of environmental torts in the context of contaminated sites
  • Exploring Electronic Resources - O'Brien's Forms

    by lesley dobin | Aug 18, 2016

    This is the weekly look at the valuable online legal information resources available at the Courthouse Libraries of BC.  When you are next in the library performing research or borrowing material, don’t forget to also use the computers and explore electronic resources, like  O’Brien’s Forms.

    O'Brien's Forms is a comprehensive collection of forms and precedents covering a broad range of legal subjects. It provides access to thousands of documents which can be easily customized to suit your individual needs. Each topical division includes authored commentary.

    Updated to June 2016, O'Brien's at the Courthouse includes over 2,500 up-to-date general law practice forms and precedents.

    Areas covered include:

    • Advertising and Promotion
    • Agreements
    • Arbitration and Mediation
    • Author and Publisher
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
    • Building Contracts
    • Clubs and Associations
    • Employment
    • Franchises
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Transactions
    • Joint Ventures
    • Leasing
    • Partnerships
    • Pensions
    • Television and Motion Pictures

    Know the form number you’re looking for? Enter it into Form Finder for fast results. You can also browse the Table of Contents to locate the chapter or form you are interested in, or perform a precise search for a topic of interest using the Boolean search box.

    Check back every week, to learn more about the electronic resources available on-site at any location of Courthouse Libraries BC.
  • Recently Updated!

    by lesley dobin | Aug 16, 2016

    Directors' Duties in Canada

    6th edition, updated to 2016

    This updated and enhanced edition offers current, practical advice on what directors' duties are; best practices in discharging those duties; and how directors can avoid embarrassment and liability.

    Topics include:

    • Risk management, including financial and operational, information technology, cyber security, privacy, intellectual property, insolvency, environmental, and social media risks
    • Directors' duties with respect to employment laws, pensions plans, and mutual funds
    • Proxy contests, including why they begin, how to avoid them, and how to fight them to win
    • How to build a great board, and what a director candidate should consider before accepting an invitation to join a board
    • Shareholder rights plans (poison pills) and other defensive tactics, and directors' responsibilities generally in the context of hostile takeover bids
    • Special committees and how to operate them effectively
    • Director-level considerations in corporate finance
    • What corporate social responsibility means for directors today
    • Internal investigations and how to conduct them
    • The roles of the corporate secretary and of minutes in the governance and director protection process
    • Actionable precedents, including sample board and committee mandates, key governance policies, and board evaluation templates
    • Best practices for directors in determining to join or resign from a board, in obtaining satisfactory indemnification, and directors' and officers' insurance
    • Coverage of legislative updates since the last edition
    • Recent reform initiatives driven by legislators, regulators, and shareholder activist groups, focusing attention on:
      • Gender (i.e. diversity in board composition)
      • Board tenure limits and turnover
      • Director qualifications and demonstrated commitment (by attendance)
      • Board and individual director evaluation
      • Individual voting for directors
      • Engagement with stakeholders
      • Enhanced transparency of disclosure
      • "Say on pay" voting
      • Procedural fairness in proxy contests

    Available to borrow now!


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