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National Indigenous Peoples Day

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In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21st, Pushor Mitchell staff and lawyers enjoy a traditional taco lunch made by the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

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Pushor Mitchell Lawyer Bryan Fitzpatrick To Speak At Pushor Mitchell Westcoast Brain Injury Conference

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Bryan Fitzpatrick will be speaking at this year's Pushor Mitchell Westcoast Brain Injury Conference coordinated by BrainTrust Canada.

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Pushor Mitchell LLP – GOLD – Best Law Firm Kelowna & Brian Stephenson – SILVER – Best Lawyer

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Pushor Mitchell has been awarded Best Law Firm Kelowna GOLD and Partner Brian Stephenson has been awarded Best Lawyer Kelowna SILVER in the Best of Kelowna Awards 2022.

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Pushor Mitchell Congratulates Partner Brian Stephenson as President for Downtown Kelowna Association

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Pushor Mitchell congratulates Partner Brian Stephenson as the new President for the Kelowna Downtown Association (DKA) for a two-year term.

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Pushor Mitchell Cheque Presentation to BGC (Boys & Girls Club) Okanagan

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Members of Pushor Mitchell's fundraising committee presented a cheque for $1286.25 to BGC (Boys & Girls Club) Okanagan to support local BGC recreation programs. 

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Pushor Mitchell Team in Spelling Bee for Project Literacy

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Pushor Mitchell participated with team “Bees with Degrees” in Project Literacy Kelowna‘s Spelling Bee May 31st in support of literacy programs for children and adults.  The team included (l-r in photo) lawyers Claire MacLeod, Julia Norman, Leneigh Bosdet, Delaney Long, Rebecca Dickson, Mark Brade, Darcy Whittaker and Joni Metherell.  They tied for 3rd in the […]

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Pushor Mitchell Riders Support YMCA Strong Kids

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Pushor Mitchell was pleased to support the YMCA’s Cycle for Strong Kids in Kelowna on Sunday May 29th as a Silver Sponsor, including a high energy team of 18 cyclists on stationary bicycles riding in unison for a great cause. All funds raised support underprivileged and at-risk children from our community equal opportunity to register […]

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Delaney Long takes Barristers and Solicitors Oath at Pushor Mitchell

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome Delaney Long as their newest associate to the firm.

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Pushor Mitchell Is Pleased to Sponsor Kelowna Art Gallery “From Warhol to Banksy” Exhibition.

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to sponsor the Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition "From Warhol to Banksy".

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Pushor Mitchell Hosts Kelowna Chamber “Commerce Connex”.

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Pushor Mitchell was pleased to host for Kelowna of Commerce "Commerce Connex" event.

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Rebecca Dickson Takes Barristers and Solicitors Oath at Pushor Mitchell.

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Rebecca Dickson takes barristers and solicitors oath at Pushor Mitchell.

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Pushor Mitchell Lawyer Hosted Barbeque in support of BGC Okanagan

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Burgers were flipped and cookies were crumbled at the Pushor Mitchell Lawyer Hosted Barbeque for lawyers and staff at the firm.

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Pushor Mitchell Team in LOVE YOU Shoppers Drug Mart Run in support of CMHA Kelowna.

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Pushor Mitchell participates with a team in the LOVE YOU Shoppers Drug Mart run in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna.

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Pushor Mitchell Supports Boys & Girls Club (BGC) Okanagan

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Pushor Mitchell supports Boys & Girls Club (BGC) Okanagan and kicks off fundraising with a bake sale.

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Pushor Mitchell Pleased to Sponsor Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Outreach Event

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Pushor Mitchell was pleased to sponsor the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.'s Kelowna Member Outreach event on May 5th.

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Pushor Mitchell is Pleased to Sponsor the Kelowna Women in Business Rise Awards 2022

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to support this year's Kelowna in Women Rise Awards as the sponsor of the "Spirit Award" which honor diversity and inclusion among the Kelowna Women in Business community.

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Pushor Mitchell is Pleased to Support MS Musicfest 2022

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Pushor Mitchell supports the MS Musicfest fundraiser 2022.

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Pushor Mitchell law firm and lawyers Vanessa DeDominicis and Brian Stephenson in vote for Best of Kelowna

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Pushor Mitchell and two lawyers Vanessa DeDominicis and Brian Stephenson are in the final voting round for Best of Kelowna 2022.

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Pushor Mitchell is Pleased to Welcome New Associate Lawyer Thomas Eaves

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome civil litigation lawyer Thomas Eaves.

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Pushor Mitchell Sponsor of 2022 Business Examiner/Grant Thornton Awards

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Pushor Mitchell LLP is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the Grant Thornton LLP Thompson Okanagan Business Examiner Awards,.

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Pushor Mitchell Is Pleased To Welcome New Associate Lawyer Darcy Whittaker

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome Darcy Whittaker to the firm as an associate lawyer.

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Pushor Mitchell Lawyer Vanessa DeDominicis nominated Best Lawyer along with Pushor Mitchell as Best Law Firm

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Pushor Mitchell lawyer Vanessa DeDominicis has been nominated in the category of Best Lawyer for the Best of Kelowna 2022 Awards.

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Pushor Mitchell and Lawyer Brian Stephenson nominated for Best of Kelowna 2022

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Pushor Mitchell has been nominated in the category of Best Law Firm, and lawyer Brian Stephenson has been nominated in the category of Best Lawyer for the Best of Kelowna 2022 Awards. 

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Pushor Mitchell presents Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Indigenous Business of the Year Award.

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Pushor Mitchell was very pleased to sponsor the inaugural Indigenous Business of the Year award for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

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Patrick Bobyn Re-Elected on Kelowna Chamber Board of Directors

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Patrick Bobyn Re-Elected on Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Greater Westside Board of Trade Award presented by Bryan Fitzpatrick.

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Bryan Fitzpatrick presents Large Business Award at Greater Westside Board of Trade Key Business Awards.

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome new associate Mark Brade

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome new associate Mark Brade.

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International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias

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March 8th marks International Women's Day and their campaign this year is #BreakTheBias.

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Colin Edstrom recognized by Kelowna Chamber and BDO as Top 40 under 40

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Colin Edstrom recognized by Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and BDO for their Top 40 under 40 program.

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Random Act of Kindness Day

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Today is Random Act of Kindness Day and Pushor Mitchell set up a “kindness board” where employees could add notes about acts of kindness or appreciation of others.

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Theresa Arsenault creates UBCO Indigenous Award

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to recognize Theresa Arsenault who created the Theresa Arsenault Aboriginal Access Studies Award at UBCO.

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Colin Edstrom to the Firm

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome new partner Colin Edstrom to the firm.

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Bryan Fitzpatrick to the Firm

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome new partner Bryan Fitzpatrick to the firm.

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Our Top 10 Articles in 2021

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Our ten most popular Pushor Mitchell articles in 2021

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2022!

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Our hours of operation over the holiday season:

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Pushor Mitchell Okanagan College Scholarship

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Pushor Mitchell LLP acknowledges outstanding students with awards at Okanagan College with scholarship awards.

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Mark Danielson Elected to Board of Directors of Canadian Home Builders’ Association (Central Okanagan)

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Mark Danielson, a partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Canadian Home Builders’ Association (Central Okanagan).

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Magda Kapp Joins Pushor Mitchell as Manager of Business Development and Marketing

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Magda Kapp joins Pushor Mitchell LLP as Manager of Business Development and Marketing.   She will be supporting the firm in areas including business development, profile building activities, event management, marketing and communications.

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Online Complaints, Defamation and the Application of the Protection of Public Participation Act

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As I have written about earlier, the Protection of Public Participation Act is aimed at combating strategy lawsuits against public participation and to guard against the vulnerability of the legal system to SLAPPs being used to censor public opinion, intimidate people and silence critics.

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Retirement Congratulations to Susan Connaghan

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The lawyers and staff at Pushor Mitchell LLP want to share that after 30 years as an invaluable member of the team, their longtime partner, Susan Connaghan has decided to retire.

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Oral Contracts and Agency: Working out Who Owes What

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For a host of reasons, folks often enter contracts through verbal agreement either not fully appreciating that they are entering into a binding contractual relationship or because one or more parties has refused to agree to reduce the contract to writing.

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Pushor Mitchell BRAINx 2021 Symposium on Brain Injury

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We are excited to announce that the Pushor Mitchell BRAINx 2021 Symposium on Brain Injury will be held on September 30th, 2021.

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UBCO Student Rebecca Chadney Recipient of $10,000 Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership Prize

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Rebecca Chadney celebrates the end of her undergraduate career as the recipient of the Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize:

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Expanding the Scope of Work: Renegotiate, Capitulate or Litigate

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It is an unfortunately common story in construction litigation: parties agree on a scope of work and price, the scope of work changes and the parties don’t go back to the bargaining table to reach an agreement on the new scope of work.

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Definitive Authority on Derivative Actions in BC

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Intra-company disputes often involve two broad categories of remedies: oppression: where a minority shareholder claims they are being disadvantaged by the majority in some fashion and seek to have the court exercise its broad statutory discretion to correct the issue; and derivative actions: where a shareholder or director seeks to have the court compel a […]

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Pushor Mitchell is Pleased to Welcome New Associate Shaun Campbell

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome Shaun Campbell to the firm as an associate lawyer.

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A Collapsing Construction Project without a Contract: Sorting out the Parties’ Rights

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Whenever parties fail to fully document the contractual agreement between them, the risk of litigation is heightened given the lack of prescribed remedies and consequences in addition to a wide spectrum of issues.

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They Used my Money to Buy that Property. Can’t Encumber it?

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It is a common question: when you lend someone money, they use that money to purchase land and the money is not paid back, can you somehow secure repayment by encumbering title to the land?

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Congratulations to Theresa Arsenault, Q.C. on receiving an Honorary Degree from UBCO!

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Theresa is being honored for her remarkable contributions with an Honorary Degree from UBCO.

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Pushor Mitchell Sponsors United Way PPE Day of Caring

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Pushor Mitchell sponsored the PPE Day of Caring which provided equipment to more than 50 charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.

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Patrick Bobyn Elected to Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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Associate Patrick Bobyn has been elected to a one year term on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Obligations of Residential Property Owners to Remove Hazards from Municipally Owned Sidewalks

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Most people are aware that they are supposed to shovel the sidewalk in front of their house after a snowfall. Many people are aware of what time their municipality expects them to do so.

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Pink Shirt Day

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Some of our lovely staff promoting Pushor Mitchell’s Pink Shirt Day!

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Practical Application of the Protection of Public Participation Act

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In my earlier article, Defamation, the Protection of Public Participation Act and Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, I wrote about the Protection of Public Participation Act (the “PPPA”), a piece of legislation aimed at combating strategy lawsuits against public participation (“SLAPPs”).

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Paul Tonita

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We are pleased to announce that Paul has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2021.

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Bryan Fitzpatrick Elected to Greater Westside Board of Trade

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Associate Counsel Bryan Fitzpatrick has been elected to a two year term on the Greater Westside Board of Trade.

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Leneigh Bosdet

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We are pleased to announce that Leneigh has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2021.

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Builders Liens: Can you Lien for Planned Work?

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Under the Builders Lien Act, a statutory right is created to filed builders liens for work performed and/or materials supplied to an improvement.

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Brian Stephenson

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We are pleased to announce that Brian has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2021.

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Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Mark Danielson

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We are pleased to announce that Mark has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2021.

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Tom Fellhauer Appointed Queen’s Counsel

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Pushor Mitchell partner Tom Fellhauer has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

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Time to Sue: COVID-19 Accommodations Ending

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As discussed in my previous article, COVID-19, Builders Liens and Limitation Periods, since March 26, 2020, limitation periods in BC were suspended. This suspension was listed as of April 15, 2020 for builders lien issues.

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Builders Liens: Abuse of Process, 21-Day Notices and Strict Compliance

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As discussed in my previous articles, the Builders Lien Act creates extraordinary remedies and, as such, requires extraordinary attention be paid to complying with its requirements.

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2021!

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We wish you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

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Whether a Strata Can or Cannot Recover Legal Fees in Enforcement Efforts

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When a strata issues fines or fees against owners, it often seeks legal assistance in doing so. A recent decision reviews when a strata is or is not entitled to recover part or all of those legal fees.

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Only BC Courts Can Adjudicate on Real Property in BC

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There is frequent need for parties who obtain judgments in jurisdictions outside of BC to come to BC seeking to enforce their judgments against assets of judgment creditors held in BC.

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Contract Law Largely Explored in One Case

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Often times parties to a contract have a less than clear understanding of many of the principles of contractual law.

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Pushor Mitchell Advises Choom Holdings on Strategic Acquisition

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On September 16, 2020, Choom Holdings Inc., a fast-expanding retail cannabis company that has established one of the largest store networks in Canada completed an acquisition of Phivida Holdings Inc.

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Extending Temporary COVID-19 Layoffs Beyond August 30, 2020

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On June 25, 2020, the province introduced regulatory amendments to allow temporary layoffs to continue for up to 24 weeks, or until August 30th, whichever comes first.

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Brian Stephenson Nominated for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40

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Brian Stephenson, an associate lawyer at Pushor Mitchell, has been nominated for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40.

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Pushor Mitchell is Pleased to Welcome Claire MacLeod

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Pushor Mitchell is pleased to welcome Claire MacLeod to the firm as an associate lawyer. Born and raised in Kelowna, Claire is excited to now be practicing in her home town. Claire completed her articles at Pushor Mitchell in 2020 after attending law school at the University of Ottawa. Her practice includes civil litigation and […]

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Layoffs, Recalls and Terminations – The Aftermath of COVID-19

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On March 17, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, declared a public health emergency.  The following day, March 18, 2020, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, declared a provincial state of emergency to support a province wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This signaled the closing of many BC business and the resulting layoff of employees.

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UBCO Science Student Teagan MacDougall Recipient of $10,000 Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership Prize

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Teagan MacDougall, an aspiring pediatrician, graduated this week with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology.

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