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Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Bill-184, payday loans: A perfect storm Hugepercentsymbol.jpg

The Ontario government recently passed new changes to the Payday Loans Act, 2008. The amendments mark the first time the government has stepped in to legislate protections for borrowers in default. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Litigation against contentious B.C. dam continues despite settlement with First Nation Tim Thielmann, Sage Legal

British Columbia has settled a legal challenge against the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam but a lawyer representing a First Nation which will be significantly affected by the project has said their litigation will continue, alleging violations of a treaty between Canada and Indigenous peoples which was signed over 100 years ago. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Social equality, climate change no longer corporate side issues crisis_opportunity_sm

For several years, corporate leaders have acknowledged that businesses should play a greater role in addressing urgent challenges such as climate change and social equity. Despite their good intentions however, executives recognized environmental, social and governance matters (ESG) as secondary for themselves and their shareholders — and while all would agree that managing for the long-term health and success of a business is important, the short-term demands of the market and quarterly results often take precedence. The urgent trumps the important. This, however, is no longer the case. ... [read more]

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]