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Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:46 AM

Canada finally has climate accountability framework | Alan Andrews

Canadians (and generations of Canadians to come) require action from the leaders of today to blunt the climate crisis already unfolding around us. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 9:01 AM

Rethinking degree of proof required in Indigenous legal actions | Stephen O’Neill

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”           James Baldwin ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 10:52 AM

Environmental justice in nuclear age Three barrels of nuclear waste

With climate change and environmental degradation one of the world’s most pressing issues, many are on a valiant quest to produce greener and more efficient energy. A particularly poignant case study is nuclear power, which is often presented and discussed as a clean form of energy. However, the entire life cycle of nuclear energy production — from uranium mining to radioactive waste storage — must be considered. There are health risks and costs along the way, and vulnerable and exploited people risk continue to risk bearing them under the status quo. ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 5:07 PM

Crown’s fiduciary duty to First Nations informs how equitable compensation can be assessed: SCC Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has ruled that $30 million in compensation for a northern Ontario First Nation due to flooding on its reserve lands was not adequate, saying Canada’s fiduciary obligations required it to ensure the highest compensation possible. ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 12:13 PM

B.C. Supreme Court scheduling system broken, has been for a long time | Kyla Lee

On the second Tuesday of every month, alarm clocks across the province go off early. Lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals and self-represented individuals get out of bed early, make a big cup of coffee and start to engage in finger stretching exercises. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 6:21 AM

MINES AND MINERALS - Regulation of mining activities - Environmental impact

Appeal by the Highlands District Community Association (HDCA), from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of a decision of a Mines Inspector issuing a permit to the respondent OKI to operate a rock quarry. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Wellness: Five money lessons every young lawyer should know | Darryl Singer

Like it or not, money factors into so many parts of our careers as lawyers. As a mentor to countless students and juniors over the years, I have come up with a number of pieces of financial wisdom which I now routinely pass along to all of them. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

‘Time is now’ to change approach to land use after B.C. treaty ruling, lawyer says Lisa Glowacki, Ratcliff & Co.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled against the province in a case alleging widespread and long-standing violation of a First Nation’s treaty rights, a decision which could have implications far beyond the province’s borders. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

Federal government reveals greenhouse gas emissions target, increase in carbon pricing Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

The government of Canada has revealed its new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, telling the United Nations it plans to cut emission levels by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

Top legal tech trends to watch for in 2021  Lawyer looking into future with telescope

Digitization continues to change the world at a fast pace. Digital technology has played a significant role in every aspect across businesses and industries, influencing time management, productivity, costs, etc. If we talk about the legal sector, legal professionals are becoming more open to and comfortable with technology. They recognize the benefits of streamlining time-consuming tasks and increasing work efficiency using various legal software programs. ... [read more]