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Natural Resources


Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 2:17 PM

N.W.T. names new regulator of oil and gas operations

The commissioner of the Northwest Territories has designated Pauline de Jong as regulator of oil and gas operations under the Oil and Gas Operations Act upon the recommendation of the territory's executive council. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:57 PM

Forging new relationships with Indigenous-led conservation in Canada NWTfromsky.jpg

Worldwide, there is a growing consensus that conservation requires the recognition of rights, respect and co-operation with Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) have emerged as a leading model for safeguarding biological diversity and the recognition of Indigenous rights and the promotion of cultural heritage. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

Opening statement at a mediation: An overview opening_statement_sm

A mediation brings collaboration to the adversarial process by shifting the focus away from an impending courtroom battle to the parties’ interests. Whether mandatory or voluntary, it is an opportunity to resolve a dispute without the high costs and delays associated with a trial. It is a rare moment when the parties have complete control over the timing and outcome of a claim. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 06, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Security requirements, proper guidelines needed for well reclamation in Alberta: lawyers Shaun Fluker, University of Calgary

Legal experts are urging Alberta to set clearer expectations for energy producers as the province begins overhauling its rules surrounding cleanup of oil and gas wells. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 10:56 AM

CBA would benefit by watching U.S. counterpart | Sam Goldstein

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is mandated by law to regulate the legal profession in the interest of the public. We lawyers, therefore, have no choice but to be members of the LSO. This is different from voluntary professional organizations, such as the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) or the American Bar Association (ABA), whose agenda is focused on their members, lawyers, and is why their members can join and leave at will. If the agenda of a voluntary organization is co-opted by some who want to advance what they perceive as a social good, then only the members are affected. That is not so with a regulatory body like the LSO. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Improving infrastructure delivery by alliance contracting cooperative_alliance_sm

Complex infrastructure projects face a number of challenges — chief among them is the effective and efficient management of cost in light of quality and schedule requirements. There is a way for owners, designers and contractors to overcome some inherent risk management problems, by forming a truly co-ordinated team using the alliance contracting model. This approach has been shown to produce significantly better outcomes than more traditional construction agreements in Australia, the U.K. and other jurisdictions. For alliance projects to succeed, emphasis has to be placed on the following: ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 10:43 AM

Future of business in outer space Cartoonspace

Part one of this article outlined international jurisdictions in outer space. The U.S. federal courts will be a critical part of future commercial space activities, whether between private parties or other parties functioning under the authority and jurisdiction of different states. The question will become how disputes will be resolved, but more importantly, how a decision will be enforced and not in an international organization or construct, but the U.S. federal system.                 ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Legal organization seeks pause of ‘anti-Alberta’ energy inquiry Devon Page, Ecojustice

An environmental law group challenging a public inquiry into supposed “anti-Alberta” energy campaigns has filed an injunction to have it put on hold, arguing such a move is necessary because a hearing on their challenge was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is concerned the inquiry may finish its work before it has had its day in court. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Justice and the pandemic: What has to change Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the last of a five-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

More oil, less environmental law wrong recipe for post-COVID-19 Canada | David Israelson

As Canada and the world contend with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic turmoil it has brought, many people have ideas on how to bring back growth and jobs. There’s no shortage of thought — unfortunately, some of it is, well, not quite thoughtful enough for what we need to emerge from this mess in better shape. ... [read more]