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Trees and the Law in Canada

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Julian Dunster CEUs: 6

The workshop starts by understanding terms and legal principles and how these drive professional practice and possible advice to clients. This will include:

  • Duty of care
  • Standard of care
  • Negligence
  • Liability
  • Damages and penalties

With the use of case studies and reviews of court decisions, we will see why the courts favour or disapprove of certain actions, and that will then help to inform us about why professional practice requires certain set actions and processes that help to keep companies and clients better organized.

Various forms of damage will be reviewed including trespass, and personal and property damage, and the implications of these for the plaintiff and the defendant. The use of evidence and reports will be discussed to show how these can make or break a case.

The course will be suitable for anyone in the industry including tree care companies, municipal, utility, certified and consulting arborists.

Julian Dunster is the lead author of Arboriculture and the Law in Canada (now out of print). Julian has testified in court cases and served as an expert witness at inquests in Canada and Hong Kong. He regularly writes about trees and legal issues in Tree Service Canada.

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Royal Roads. Arbutus 113
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2 Canada
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