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Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

First Nations say SCC refusal to hear pipeline appeal undermines consultation, reconciliation Eugence Kung sm

Three British Columbia First Nations opposed to Ottawa’s $12.6-billion expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline say the Supreme Court of Canada has dealt a lasting blow to reconciliation by refusing to hear their challenge to a February Federal Court of Appeal decision that cleared the way for the project. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Feds name new CEO of energy regulator agency

Natural Resources Canada announced on July 2 the governor-in-council appointment of Gitane De Silva as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER), following an open and transparent competitive process that was launched in January 2020. De Silva is appointed for a term of five years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Tips for safe, legal videoconferencing Maskwearingcomputeruser.jpg

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we now have no better alternative to videoconferencing. It has essentially become the new default for meetings, but this has brought about a very serious question as to whether Zoom or other videoconferences are safe for lawyers, doctors, government organizations and others to use.  ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Ontario greenhouse gas emissions targets violate Charter, lawsuit argues Dayna Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School

A group of nine young people have taken the Ontario government to court, arguing its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets are inadequate to meet the challenges associated with climate change and violate their constitutional rights. The focus of the lawsuit, which has been filed in the Superior Court of Justice, is the GHG emission reduction set by the Ford government in the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 and later articulated in its “made in Ontario” environmental plan, which aims to reduce GHG emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

Companion animal rules trump condo bylaws dogpawandhand.jpg

In part one of this article on emotional support animals in stratas, I outlined the basic analysis undertaken by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in making its decision in Daughter by Parent v. The Owners, A Strata 2020 BCHRT 105. The adjudicator held that the strata corporation in question needed to make room for the child’s dog because the child needed the dog for her health and to be without her emotional support dog, the child would suffer an adverse effect. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 3:36 PM

First Nations water authority set to take control of service to Atlantic reserves

Ottawa has signed a “milestone” agreement that puts a First Nations water authority on the path to controlling water services for reservations in Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Alberta and Ontario courts warm to videoconferencing zoom_screen_sm

Despite differences in the applicable court rules, recent cases from Ontario and Alberta in the context of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions demonstrate a similar willingness to use videoconferencing to facilitate cross-examinations on affidavits and questioning for discovery. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Alberta bills focus on business, public health as province seeks to emerge from pandemic

As Alberta begins the process of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government has introduced legislation which it says will improve the business climate in the province by removing red tape and allowing some pandemic response efforts to continue. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

Boardroom spotlight on new global standards global_spotlight_sm

Environment, social and governance (ESG) factors have become key strategic boardroom concerns. A recent round table discussion, Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism — ESG, Metrics & the Board’s Role, featured global leaders discussing international efforts to harmonize ESG standards.  ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]