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Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 5:18 PM

SCC rules bankrupt oil firm’s assets must meet provincial cleanup obligations ahead of paying secured creditors  Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-2 that the trustee of a bankrupt Alberta oil and gas company must first use the money in the bankrupt’s estate to satisfy provincial requirements to remediate the company’s disowned non-producing oil and gas assets, ahead of making payments to the company’s creditors in line with the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

PROCEEDINGS - Constitutional issues - Federal v. provincial jurisdiction

Appeal by Orphan Well Association and the Alberta Energy Regulator (Regulator) from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal affirming a decision that found an operational conflict between s. 14.06 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Alberta legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM

Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY - Water environmental offence - Discharge of pollutant

Appeal by the Crown from a $5,000 fine imposed for impairing the water quality under the Ontario Water Resources Act. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

The end of big iron factory exterior

The levelized cost of energy for wind and solar has now dropped below that of hydro. Data on U.S. state electricity generation no longer shows the percentage generated by hydro predicts lower ratepayer prices. It was not so long ago when wind and solar were expensive means of generating electricity. How did this change so quickly? The answer is wind and solar have an inherent industrial advantage over hydropower. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Seeking justice for the sake of Justice Horse

One hundred thousand dollars in U.S. funds. That is the amount of money that an 8-year-old horse and his new guardian have sued for in Oregon. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Nova Scotia: Cap and trade your GHG emissions Halifax

In October 2017, Nova Scotia amended the Environment Act (Nova Scotia) to allow the province to implement a cap-and-trade program. The impact of this program will be felt intensely within the Nova Scotia business community and in particular the energy sector, as the following types of companies must report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, get them verified by a third party and participate in the cap-and-trade program: ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

Pesticides and products liability: American success, Canadian challenge Cropduster.jpg

In August 2018, a verdict of a California jury in Johnson v. Monsanto found Monsanto liable to a groundskeeper who said the company’s weedkiller, Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate), caused his cancer. The jury awarded DeWayne Johnson US$289 million in damages, later reduced to US$78 million by the judge on an appeal by the company. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

The end of big hydro hydro dam

From the Tennessee to the Columbia rivers, hydroelectric dams have played a decisive role in making cheap electricity widely distributed throughout the North American economy. From declining fish populations to flooded land, some Canadians and Americans have had to pay a higher price to make hydro power possible. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 10:29 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

Ottawa’s public directive on litigation in Indigenous cases aims to hold Crown to account on reconciliation: DOJ Karenna_Williams

​​​Indigenous law practitioners say the Attorney General of Canada’s recently unveiled directive to federal Crown lawyers mandating a “significant shift” in Indigenous litigation could assist their clients — especially if judges push Department of Justice (DOJ) counsel to walk Ottawa’s talk. ... [read more]