PROPERTY RIGHTS

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Ottawa Should Grant Property Rights On First Nations Reserves

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

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.
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What You Need to Know About Common-Law

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

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).
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What Your Provinces Did While You Were Out Partying

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

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

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.