Real Property, Land Use Regulation & Development
Email: lms@murdymcallister.com
Email: stokes@lidstone.ca
Direct: 604-689-5263
Phone: 604-899-2269
Toll Free: 1-877-339-2199
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Lynda Stokes

Real Property, Land Use Regulation & Development
Email: lms@murdymcallister.com
Email: stokes@lidstone.ca
Direct: 604-689-5263
Phone: 604-899-2269
Toll Free: 1-877-339-2199
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Lynda’s practice consists predominantly of solicitor and advisory work with an emphasis on real property, land use regulation and development, municipal services and environmental issues. Since 2014, she has served on the executive of the Municipal Law Subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. She also serves on the board of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (the “Cultch”) and is a past board member of the Public Dreams Society and MovEnt, a contemporary, Vancouver-based dance organization.

Lynda joined Lidstone and Company as part of its merger with Murdy & McAllister. She began practising at Murdy & McAllister in 2011 after spending five years as in-house legal counsel with the Metro Vancouver Regional District. Before working at Metro Vancouver, Lynda spent several years with the federal Department of Justice where she provided advice on a range of First Nations’ matters to the Specific Claims Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She began her career articling and working in private practice with large corporate law firms, first in Edmonton and then in Vancouver. Lynda was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1999 and in British Columbia in 2000.

 

Education
  • LL.B, University Alberta, 1997
  • B.A., Canadian History Major, Women’s Studies Minor, McGill University, 1993
Representative work includes advising on, negotiating & drafting:
  • Railway crossing agreements
  • First Nation service agreements and MOUs
  • Transfers/grants of interests in Indian Act reserve and other First Nation lands
  • Escheat claims
  • Road closures
  • Land exchanges and sales
  • Residential tenancy agreements and disputes for municipal social housing corporations and with respect to municipal employee housing
  • Economic development corporations
  • RFPs, tenders, standing offer agreements
  • Public art procurement
  • Covenants, easements and rights of way
  • Leases and licences
  • Agricultural land reserve and Right to Farm Act issues
  • Heritage Conservation Act requirements
  • Societies Act matters
  • Expropriations
  • Dike ownership and risk management
Recent Cases
  • Canadian Transportation Agency, Decision No. 42-R-2018
Recent Papers and Presentations
  • “Easements, Statutory Rights of Way and Covenants within the Subdivision Process”, Subdivision Regulation and Discretion, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver, May 12, 2016
  • “The 411 on 420: Local Government and Marihuana Regulation”, Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments Conference, Kimberley, April 28, 2016
  • “The Use of Employee Monitoring Software,” Exchange, LGMA, Winter 2016
  • “Responsibility, Remediation and Cost Recovery under the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation”,  B.C. Municipal Risk Management Meeting, UBC, November 7, 2014
  • “The 411 on 420: Local Government and Medical Marihuana Regulation”, Local Government Law 2014, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Vancouver, October 17, 2014
  • “Negotiating Utility and Road Crossings of Railways”, LGMA Conference, Kelowna, June 13, 2013
  • “Local Governments and First Nations:  Services, Consultation and so on”, Municipal Law Section, British Columbia Branch, Canadian Bar Association, February 23, 2011