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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

First Nations hope new accord with B.C., Ottawa may ‘turn the page’ on denial of rights Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

The federal and B.C. governments have signed a new agreement with First Nations representatives in the province aimed at changing treaty negotiations, but an Indigenous rights lawyer says a lot remains to be seen if the language of respecting rights will bear fruit. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Ex-SCC judge who co-wrote Dunsmuir weighs in as counsel as top court revisits Dunsmuir’s standard of review

Ex-Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache’s participation as a counsel in three appeals the top court is using to revisit one of his most famous judgments, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, has renewed debate about what ex-judges can do when they return to legal practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

Cryptocurrency mining in Canada: Environmental and legal issues bitcoinminer_sm.jpg

In the abandoned town of Ocean Falls, B.C., the former pulp and paper mill and the dam that once powered it have found a second vocation as a site for digital coin mining. ... [read more]

Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

New opportunities and risks: How CPTPP might affect Canadian business freightharbour_sm.jpg

In the first part of this article, I advised that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) met the threshold requirements to enter into force when Australia became the sixth country to ratify the agreement on Oct. 31, 2018. As a result, the CPTPP was expected to enter into force on Dec. 30, 2018, only for the six countries that had ratified the agreement; i.e. New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Singapore. ... [read more]

Friday, November 23, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Time to start taking the CPTPP trade deal seriously shippingcontainers_sm.jpg

Government departments and stakeholders across industries in Canada are preparing for the entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). With Australia becoming the sixth country to ratify the agreement on Oct. 31, 2018, this ambitious trade agreement has met the threshold requirements to enter into force just a few days before the end of the year on Dec. 30. If Canadian businesses and stakeholders are not already attentive to the upcoming implications of the CPTPP, now is a very good time to start. ... [read more]

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Former Quebec cabinet minister joins Fasken in Montreal

Former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister David Heurtel is joining Fasken’s Environmental Law and Climate Change Practice Group in the firm’s Montreal office. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Former federal deputy minister joins Bennett Jones as senior counsel

Bennett Jones announced that Lori Sterling has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Ottawa office. Her 30 years of leadership in federal and provincial government helps businesses adapt to critical legal and policy issues. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Federal backstop carbon taxes are coming to Manitoba in 2019 Symbol of Manitoba

On Oct. 3, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba would no longer include a carbon tax in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Manitoba joined Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick as the holdouts for a carbon pricing scheme. On Oct. 23, Canada indicated that the federal “backstop” carbon tax under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act would apply in Manitoba and outlined how the backstop carbon tax would be applied. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]