Emerging Trends in Municipal Law

Emerging Trends in Municipal Law


November 23, 2023 - 8:00 am – 12:30 pm


Exclusively for SUMA members, on Thursday November 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. join us for a morning focused on legal considerations for municipalities.

This workshop will be presented by Partners and Associates from Brownlee LLP. This event is free to all SUMA member municipalities.

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Workshop Agenda

Constructive Taking: The Impact of Annapolis on Municipal Regulation of Land Use

Presented by: Derek King (partner) and Marlena (Marny) Paul (associate) Derek and Marny will examine the impact of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Annapolis on the ability of municipalities to regulate land use without triggering a constructive taking and compensation obligations. The discussion will also explore the application of Annapolis in the lower courts, including the recent decision involving the City of Chestermere.


Regional Partnerships and Collaborations in Providing Municipal Services

Presented by John McDonnell (partner)

An exploration of the mechanisms available to Saskatchewan municipalities to pool resources and work collaboratively with one another to provide services on a regional basis. Both the opportunities set out in legislation, and those made possible through contractual agreement, will be examined to give a comprehensive overview of the ways and means to facilitate inter-municipal cooperation in delivering services to residents.


LA[FOIP] Confidential: A need to know of the LAFOIP Act and recent OIPC decisions

Presented by Lorne Randa (partner) and James Work (associate)

Lorne and James will review the key principles of the Local Authorities Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as notable recent decisions from the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. The presentation will touch on the subjects of the FOIP request process, including the duty to assist, fee estimates, and exemptions from disclosure, as well as dealing with difficult or potentially frivolous and vexatious requests.


Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Tools for Effective Management and Accommodation of Mental Illness in the Workplace

Presented by Yvon Prefontaine (partner) and Jenelle R. Butler (partner)

Yvon and Jenelle will provide an overview of the duty to accommodate, viewed through the lens of mental illness.  This will include a discussion of identification of mental illness in the workplace, an update on the status of the duty to inquire, and advice for seeking and obtaining medical information for effective management of the leave and return to work process.


Bearpit: Various practice group leaders and associates will be available during this session to answer questions about the presentations or general municipal law matters.



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