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A Railway, a City, and the Public Regulation of Private Property

CPR v City of Vancouver

From: Property on Trial


Examination of a 2006 Supreme Court of Canada case arising from the Canadian Pacific Railway’s challenge to a City of Vancouver development plan, and what it reveals about the boundary between public regulation and private property.



Douglas C Harris

Douglas C. Harris (PhD) is the Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History and the Associate Dean Graduate Studies & Research in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He writes and teaches in the areas of property law, legal history, fisheries law, and Aboriginal law. Professor Harris is the author of Fish, Law, and Colonialism: The Legal Capture of Salmon in British Columbia (University of Toronto Press, 2001) and Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925 (University of British Columbia Press, 2008), which received the John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History in 2011. He is also a co-author of the leading property law casebook in Canada, A Property Law Reader: Cases, Questions, Commentary (Carswell, 2012), now in its third edition.