Municipalities’ pre-emptive rights

January 26, 2023

The adoption on June 9, 2022 of the Act to amend various legislative provisions mainly with respect to housing gave the cities and municipalities as well as the public transit corporations and intermunicipal authorities of the province of Québec the power to grant a pre-emptive right in their favour to certain immovable properties within their territory; the Act amends the Charter of Ville de Montréal, metropolis of Québec, the Cities and Towns Act, the Municipal Code of Québec and the Act respecting public transit authorities, among others, accordingly. It should be noted that, until the adoption of this Act, the City of Montréal was the only city in Québec to have such a power.

The importance of board chair succession planning: the board chairs of professional bodies are guardians of the legitimacy and credibility of their boards

January 26, 2023

Chairing the board of directors of a professional body (also known as a “professional order” in Quebec) entails much more than just directing its work. Board chairs exercise legal, strategic and political roles and responsibilities. The board chair’s crucial role in maintaining an effective board makes succession planning an essential part of good governance for any professional body.

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