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Appraisal Industry a Growing Field

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

Stephen Waque, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who specializes in expropriation law, outlines how the appraisal industry is changing and how its professionals can embrace their role in the Creative Class.

In the winter of 1938, near the end of the Great Depression, Western rural appraisers founded the Appraisal Institute of Canada. The hard lessons of the Depression and, indeed, recent financial crises have reinforced a culture within the profession that supports report writing. The founders intended that the Institute would have two roles: information gathering and sharing and developing appraisal theories and common terms.

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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 … Read More »


Changes to Toronto Zoning Bylaws Impact all Landowners

Posted on 22nd October, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a leading environmental lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, outlines the changes made recently to Toronto’s zoning bylaws and how they impact property owners in the city.

The City of Toronto has released a proposed new zoning by-law for the entire city, and is now engaging in public consultations. The by-law has implications for all property owners in the city: The zoning for a site prescribes permitted uses, height, setbacks, maximum density, and other standards that directly govern development rights and, accordingly, property values. Changes to the zoning by-law can affect existing developments by restricting uses or altering redevelopment potential.

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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 … Read More »


Expropriation for Urban Renewal Not Cut and Dry

Posted on 1st October, by in Articles. No Comments

Stephen Waque, a senior partner and leading environmental lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, highlights the challenges that municipalities face when expropriating land for urban intensification purposes.

Urban intensification produces a diversity of densely packaged, highly valued economic interests in real estate in terms of fee simple interests, limited partnerships, ground leases, retail leases, joint ventures, mortgages, et cetera. One of the pervading challenges of urban renewal is to assemble real estate.

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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 … Read More »