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  • The occupation and use of rural land in Alberta is impacted, to some extent, by the proximity to a source of water for potable and irrigation use. This paper discusses the interplay of water law and rural property transactions in Alberta. It reviews the Water Act, RSA 2000, c W-3, and in that context, highlights topics including: deemed licenses, new licenses, and transfers and assignments. It also discusses the Irrigation Districts Act, RSA 2000, c I-11, with a particular focus on terminable water agreements, household purposes agreements, rural water use agreements, remote delivery agreements, alternate parcel irrigation agreements, and transfer of irrigation rights. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Family Farm Issues in Red Deer on October 27, 2017 and in Lethbridge on November 3, 2017.
  • This paper discusses issues in drainage and wetlands law. The first part of the paper examines the law relating to water rights, with an emphasis on drainage and wetlands. The second part of the paper considers how lawyers can utilize demonstrative evidence as aids in litigation and regulatory matters relating to land and the environment. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Rural Property Issues for Alberta Lawyers program in Red Deer on June 2, 2017.
  • Review the substantive and procedural issues involved in the foreclosure process. Understand foreclosure proceeding priorities, foreclosure orders, and strategic options; review strategies for dealing with self-represented litigants in the foreclosure context, including when to offer advice; review the types of foreclosure remedies we seek and why; and more. This on-demand program was originally presented as an in-person program in May 2017. Total running time is 5 hours, 4 minutes.
  • This paper provides an overview of some landlord considerations when drafting the terms of a lease agreement. In particular, it discusses the rent arbitration clause, including pitfalls to avoid and tips for drafting strong arbitration clauses. It also discusses rent restructuring, with a focus on ways to restructure rent and tips for drafting forbearance agreements. The paper includes a draft arbitration clause and a sample lease forbearance agreement. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Commercial Leasing Challenges seminar in Edmonton on June 6, 2017 and in Calgary on June 8, 2017.  
  • This paper addresses a number of topics related to commercial lease transfers, including the hybrid nature of leases, assignments, subleases, change of control, wrap-around leases, and non-disturbance agreements. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Commercial Leasing Challenges seminar in Edmonton on June 6, 2017 and in Calgary on June 8, 2017.