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How a snow clearing lawsuit and a Supreme Court ruling now impact municipal policy-making

  • 3 Feb 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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In 2015, a resident of Nelson, British Columbia injured her leg after attempting to walk over a snowbank that was left by municipal employees after a large snowfall. The resident sued the City of Nelson for negligence. In October 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the City was not able to prove that the snow clearing schedule for that day was a core policy decision, and therefore, the City was not immune from negligence liability. To support future legal decisions regarding liability, the Supreme Court of Canada has now provided four factors to consider when assessing whether a government decision is a true policy decision or an operational decision.

What does this mean for your municipality? Register for this free one-hour webinar where Marny S. Paul of Brownlee LLP will provide an overview of the Supreme Court’s decision and the factors to consider when developing policies on matters that may attract liability.

This webinar is open to members and non-members. 

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