Property Rights

Over-Regulation Of Airbnb A Stumble Down Slippery Slope

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Robertson's vacancy and Airbnb taxes are a significant stumble down a slippery slope. If these new taxes don't raise the vacancy rate high enough, will he go after unoccupied suites in homes? Empty bedrooms? If private housing is now a social good, with its use essentially controlled through tax and regulation, what's to stop these next steps?

Ottawa Should Grant Property Rights On First Nations Reserves

Ravina Bains | Posted 04.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

A First Nations person on reserve does not enjoy fee simple ownership and does not have the same property rights as all other Canadians who live off reserve. According to the Indian Act, First Nations reserve land is held in trust for on-reserve members by the federal government -- essentially making on-reserve First Nations people wards of the state.

Property Rights on the Prairie

Mark Milke | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Once budget matters fade from the news, population growth, oil and gas exploration, agricultural demands, recreational use, and an increasing ecological sensitivity will likely again swirl around land use issues--private property included.

Why The World Should Watch Hong Kong And China

Mark Milke | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

With the recent Russian-inspired tragedies in eastern Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, much of the world is understandably focused on those regions. But another continent, Asia, is worth watching, particularly Chinese government action vis-à-vis Hong Kong.

Why Property Rights Should Be Part of the Charter

Mark Milke | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

While one can only theorize about the positive impact of including property rights in the Charter, the effect of excluding property rights are demonstrable -- and demonstrably harmful.

What You Need to Know About Common-Law

Joshua Slayen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Business
Joshua Slayen

How do you enter into a common-law relationships in the first place and when do various rights vest? For those of you living with a partner or considering doing so (or if you have adult children considering same), I suggest that you grab a cup of coffee, sit down and read the following paragraphs a few of times over.

You Don't Fight Nazis by Becoming a Nazi Yourself

Karen Selick | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

A Canadian court is being asked to adopt Nazi-like tactics: namely, to authorize the theft of property merely because it is slated to be delivered to an owner who is despised on the basis of ideology. The property at stake is a collection of rare coins and artifacts belonging to the estate of Robert McCorkell (sometimes written McCorkill).

What Your Provinces Did While You Were Out Partying

Mark Milke | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are often derided because they treat the public with disdain, such as when governments try to bury bad news by releasing it when they hope no one pays attention -- say, at the end of a day close to the first long weekend of summer. This happened twice in just the past two weeks.

B.C.'s Archaeological Quirks Are Digs At Private Property Rights

Mark Milke | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Milke

The government has acted illegally. In British Columbia, the provincial branch of the government continually demands owners of property designated as archaeologically significant pay for archaeological work before any redevelopment can proceed. It's a government arm that deems archaeological finds as publicly significant and should not burden private property owners.

Is It Open Season On Private Property In B.C.?

Mark Milke | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Milke

The federal and B.C. governments have always claimed that native land claims would never affect private property, that First Nations governments would never have veto power over private land. Tell that to a retired 70-something couple who face a Caledonia-like entanglement with their land. Their property in Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood, which was in their family for almost five decades, has just been frozen due to the discovery of assumed aboriginal bones.

It Turns Out We Do Have the Freedom to Celebrate Freedom

Peter Jaworski | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada
Peter Jaworski

This upcoming weekend will mark the eleventh annual Liberty Summer Seminar, held on my parents' property in the municipality of Clarington. A year ago...

Landowners Group: Get Land Grant Papers To Protect Property

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - A property rights' group in Ontario is urging landowners across the country to get a piece of paper from the governmen...