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The ABCs of Expropriation

Posted on 26th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a leading expropriation lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, outlines the considerations that must be made when deciding on appropriate compensation in expropriations.

The basic elements that must be considered when calculating compensation in expropriations are: a) market value; b) injurious affection or loss of value in residual or non-expropriated land; c) disturbance damages; and d) special difficulties in relocation.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more information on Stephen Waque please visit … Read More »


Community Improvement Plan a Powerful Tool in Development

Posted on 25th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who is recognized for his expertise in environmental law, highlights the importance of Community Improvement Plans in infrastructure development.

A Community Improvement Plan is an official document focused on the implementation of planning policy. It has solid statutory basis in the Planning Act and undergoes public process including public hearing before municipal Council.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more information on Stephen Waque please … Read More »


Win-Win Transactions Involve More than Just Price

Posted on 24th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waqué, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who is recognized for his expertise in expropriation law, highlights how negotiators can achieve a win-win real estate transaction for both participants.

Real estate transactions usually involve at least a transfer of some interest in land in exchange for monetary compensation. As the buyer and seller have typically voluntarily agreed on price, one presumes they both have an opportunity to feel victorious. However, when we use the term win-win, usually we mean that some other value has been achieved through the transaction other than appropriate pricing.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New … Read More »


Ontario Green Belt Raises Landowner Rights Issues

Posted on 23rd July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a practice that focuses on environmental law, highlights the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.

In order to ensure a broad vista of action for the implementation of public policy, the courts, with certain limitations, have held that the implementation of good faith down-zoning schemes, however vast, are valid and do not give rise to opportunities for compensation.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more … Read More »


Compensation Not Always Fair

Posted on 17th July, by in Articles. No Comments

As a senior partner and leading expropriation lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Stephen Waque understands how compensation to landowners is based on legal rules, not fairness.
 
Understanding and applying the fairness equation means first understanding what the legal rules are. While the legal rules are an important and necessary discipline, they are not always directive of where interest-based, win-win negotiations will take a party undertaking an assembly.
 
Further reading:
The Fairness Equation.May8, 2008
Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. … Read More »


Claiming Damages for Partial Land Takeover Not As Easy As You’d Think

Posted on 16th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner and leading expropriation lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, highlights the challenges that landowners face when trying to prove injurious affection.

Recovery of damages for injurious affection is a fundamental part of the basket of claims afforded to owners impacted by a partial taking. Conceptually, injurious affection seems straight-forward enough: the decrease in the value of remaining lands caused by a partial taking.

Further reading:

http://www.blg.com/en/home/publications/Documents/publication_3102.pdf

Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more information on … Read More »


Date Set for Launch of Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act

Posted on 10th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a practice that focuses on environmental law, highlights the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.

A Date Has Been Set! — The new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 will come into force on January 1, 2013.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For more information on Stephen Waque please visithttp://www.blg.com/en/home/our-professionals/Pages/Waque-Stephen.aspx


Changes to Pension Laws Affect Laid Off Employees

Posted on 9th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a practice that focuses on expropriation law, highlights new amendments to the Ontario Pension Benefits Act that impact grow-in benefits.

Grow-In Opt-Out for MEPPS and JSPPS — New amendments to the Ontario Pension Benefits Act, which are expected to come into effect on July 1, 2012, will require pension plans to provide grow-in benefits for members whose age plus service total at least 55.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is … Read More »


Facebook IPO

Posted on 6th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with extensive experience in expropriation law, reviews the important lessons that businesses can learn from Facebook’s recent initial public offering.

The Facebook IPO: Danier Revisited — It was hailed as the most anticipated IPO of “recent history” but quickly became, over the course of mere weeks, the subject of class actions, regulatory interest and even preliminary inquiries by congress.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation legislation and real estate law. Stephen is the author of New Law of Expropriation, a two-volume reference text that deals comprehensively with government acquisitions of real estate and business interests, and is considered an authority in Canada. For … Read More »


Finance Recommends Relieving Changes

Posted on 5th July, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with extensive experience in environmental law, highlights the Department of Finance’s recommendation to relieve changes to prohibited investment rules in the Income Tax Act as they apply to RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs.

Finance Recommends Relieving Changes to Prohibited Investment Rules for RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs. On June 12, 2012, the Department of Finance (“Finance”) sent a letter to the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, in which it agreed to recommend significant relieving changes to the prohibited investment rules in Part XI.01 of the Income Tax Act.

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Stephen Waque is a senior partner with BLG and a founding director and past president of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He has more than 30 years experience in the practice of expropriation … Read More »