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Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

Canada has constitutional duty to reach climate targets, First Nations argue in lawsuit Richard Overstall

Two hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suw’eten Nation have launched a court challenge saying the federal government has violated their peoples’ constitutional rights by continually failing to reach its climate change targets, a case their lawyer says will continue even if the standoff over the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline ends. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 4:42 PM - Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

SCC affirms First Nations can sue in Quebec for alleged harms to lands straddling N.L., Quebec Richard Wagner

In a groundbreaking private international law judgment concerning the adjudication of constitutionally protected s. 35 Aboriginal rights, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that the Quebec Superior Court does have jurisdiction to decide all the claims brought against two Montreal-based mining companies for alleged harms committed in the traditional territories of two Innu First Nations — even though some of the Innu’s claims relate to land in Newfoundland and Labrador. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Humour in the practice of law: Seriously | Marcel Strigberger

Are you sometimes overstressed practising law? Is your sense of humour dormant or even worse, muzzled? Of course not, but if it is … ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Indigenous resistance to for-profit energy pipelines | Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWinyan)

There are basic concepts that permeate Indigenous law among First Nations and the Indigenous peoples of North America. These concepts include the following principles: Mother Earth and human beings are in a reciprocal relationship; water is life and sacred for use in religious ceremonies; collective promises and responsibilities are to be kept and passed on from generation to generation; and there is a responsibility to steward natural resources for the next seven generations to come. These are legal principles and encapsulated in the teachings, oral histories and, in recent decades, written laws of Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere.  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 3:28 PM

Dealing with orphan oil and gas wells both a political and legal problem, experts say Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary

A potential crisis looms over Alberta’s energy sector, which is largely separate from the fallout if major projects such as Trans Mountain expansion do not go forward. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

New Calgary partner for McMillan

Adam C. Maerov, office management partner of McMillan LLP’s Calgary office, announced that Jody L. Wivcharuk has joined the firm as a partner in the oil and gas group. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8:15 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From orphan wells to Vavilov trilogy top_ten_sm

As the second in our two-part series listing the Top 10 business decisions of 2019, here are the five cases that lead the class, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 10:22 AM

OIL AND GAS - Surface access - Surface leases - Compensation

Appeal by Neufeld and other owners from a decision of the Surface Rights Arbitration Board. The respondent held right of entry orders for land owned by the appellants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Canada’s non-conventional fuel sources 2020leaf

With the increases in energy demand, Canada and other countries will consider unconventional alternate fuel sources: tar sand bitumen/oil sands, coal, shale oil and gas, gas hydrates, biomass and bioalcohols.  ... [read more]