PROW AGM – Wednesday May 22, 2019

2019 AGM focuses on Legal Rights of Waterfront Owners

PROW’s 2019 Annual General Meeting was held at the Mary Winspear Centre on May 22. Nearly 60 members and guests attended, including North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr and Councillors Heather Gartshore, Patricia Pearson, Brett Smyth, Celia Stock and Murray Weisenberger.

The new executive was acclaimed:

President – David Tonken

Treasurer – Steve Heddle

Secretary – Peter Kerr

Membership – Ted Izard

Directors at Large – Brian Goodman, Dorothy Hartshorne, Alex Hyndman, Keith Routely, Carolyn Stout

After the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports, and an update from Brian Goodman on Firesmart activities, featured speaker Del Elgersma of Beacon Law spoke on the topic of “The legal right of waterfront owners to protect their properties from erosion.” Del reviewed the 2018 court case “Fonseca vs Islands Trust” which upheld riparian rights to construct seawalls in BC.

A summary of this case, and its implications for waterfront owners, is available here:

The Common Law Right to Protect Waterfront Land from Erosion 


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