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Natural Resources


Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa names chair of advisory panel for Trans Mountain Expansion project

Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Aug. 9 announced the launch of an engagement process with Indigenous communities aimed at determining how they can potentially participate economically — such as through equity and revenue sharing — in the Trans Mountain Expansion project (TMX project). ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Action in tort against third party new legal tool for First Nations dam_river_sm

In 2011, the Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations (the First Nations) commenced an action in tort against Rio Tinto Alcan (Alcan) for nuisance caused by the Kenney dam to the Nechako River system, to their adjacent reserves and to lands to which they assert Aboriginal title. The First Nations claim was unique to the extent that it was a claim for damages against a private defendant for alleged harm to proprietary interests based on a claim of asserted, but unproven, Aboriginal rights and title. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 8:17 AM


Reference to determine whether the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is unconstitutional, in whole or in part. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

Climate-related financial disclosure in spotlight Industrialpollution.jpg

Many companies in various sectors consider the potential revenue from climate-related opportunities to be higher than the financial impacts of climate-related risks, which are likely to emerge within five years. This is one of the conclusions drawn from the Global Climate Analysis published in June by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Of mice and mens rea | Marcel Strigberger

An interesting story surfaced from our courts recently. Giant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are apparently selling mouse and rat traps that contain glue. Toronto lawyer Sandra Schnurr, founder of a group known as Canadians for Animal Protection, filed a notice of application to ban these retailers and others, such as Canadian Tire, from selling these traps, arguing they are abusive in that they result in an agonizing and prolonged death to the animals. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Change needed to laws on mining disaster cleanup: B.C. First Nations group

An organization representing First Nations in British Columbia’s natural resources sector is calling for the provincial government to beef up its laws to ensure mining companies contribute financially to the cleanup of environmental disasters. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Summer prep time for animal law teacher teaching owl

Summertime. The word evokes bucolic carefree days of feeling the sand under your toes, capped off with warm nights under twinkly stars gathering to socialize with friends and family. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Aquaculture in other jurisdictions silhouettefishing

Globally, Norway has exhibited leadership in developing offshore aquaculture. The legislation in Norway is not dissimilar to Nova Scotia, with provisions about environmental standards, licensing, site allocation, etc. However, the Norwegian government has made reduction of red tape within aquaculture establishment its priority by promoting increased cooperation between the various departments that are stakeholders in the process. Notably, their routine licensing process used to take over a year, and it now less than a six month period. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Merger challenge shows Competition Bureau focus on digital economy | Julius Melnitzer

Canada’s new Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, appointed just four months ago, has taken little time to make his mark as a man of his word. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Judges lead cross-border commercial courts co-operation international_law_sm

Important developments in cross-border co-operation among commercial courts have been taking place over at least the past four years, largely under the radar of many lawyers and judges. ... [read more]