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Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP Annual Municipal Law Seminars

Registration is now open for RMRF's 33rd Annual Municipal Law Seminars:

  • February 16, 2018 - Edmonton ($125/person)
  • February 23, 2018 - Grande Prairie ($100/person)
  • March 2, 2018 - Airdrie ($100/person)

A detailed agenda, which will include the seminar locations and the times of each session, will be sent to those who register.

Payment can be made online by credit card at Please reference “Seminar2018” when prompted to provide a Statement Number. 

Feb 16 - Mar 2, 2018
To Register: 

To register, complete this form and email to or register by phone to Colleen Gilliam at 780-497-3365 or toll free 1-800-661-7673

This year’s topics will include:

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement is Here: How is it Changing Things? (Edmonton Location Only)

Since the introduction of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement in July 2017, the rules governing procurement by municipalities have changed. This session will discuss the current rules as they affect municipalities and the impact of these changes.

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks: Ways to Make These Work (Edmonton Location Only)

ICF’s are now mandatory. Many municipalities have a history of addressing matters which now will form part of an ACF. Our panel, chaired by Sheila McNaughtan, will discuss approaches that have worked in achieving agreements, things that may hinder reaching agreement and whether existing agreements will satisfy the new statutory requirements. This session will also consider what can be learned from the result of a recent intermunicipal dispute regarding shared services.

What the Courts Tell Us About Municipalities (Edmonton Location Only)

In the last 18 months, there have been several court decisions which provide guidance on the interpretation of the exercise of powers and duties given to municipalities by the Municipal Government Act. This session will look at a number of these decisions and how they are relevant to every municipality.

Assessment 101

Learn the basics of your property assessment which forms the lion’s share of municipal revenue and get caught up on the changes coming in force in 2018.

The “Due” in Due Diligence: Changes To Minimum Employment Standards & Safety in 2018 Means Municipalities Have To Do a Lot More

A discussion of changes to employment standards and safety laws.

It’s a Joint Effort: Municipalities’ Roles in Regulating Recreational Cannabis Use

The pending legalization of cannabis for recreational use raises challenging planning and development questions. This session will explore some of these questions. Do municipalities have the ability to prohibit cannabis related uses within their boundaries? What tools does a municipality have to restrict, regulate, and place conditions on cannabis-related uses? What do municipalities need to do to prepare for the Cannabis Act coming into force? Topics of discussion will include creating and defining use classes and land use districts, the risk of lawful non-conforming uses, and the relationship between municipal and provincial jurisdiction over cannabis.

Heightened Scrutiny: Mandatory Codes of Conduct and the Meaning of Harassment

Members of Council are obliged by law to comply with mandatory codes of conduct under the Municipal Government Act, which include complaint mechanisms and sanctions. This section examines what is required for codes of conduct and tips for best practices. It also looks at the evolving definition of “harassment” from a legal perspective, and standards of conduct in an environment of heightened sensitivity regarding sexual and gender-based misconduct.

The Bear Pit

During the course of our seminar registrants will have the opportunity to submit legal questions on matters affecting municipalities, for discussion by our panel of lawyers.

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