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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

How Ontario regulates the prevention and containment of forest fires forestfire_sm.jpg

Forest fires in Northern Ontario have been cause for alarm this past month, with residents in multiple communities being forced to evacuate their homes. The Parry Sound and Sudbury Districts have been particularly affected by “Parry Sound 33,” which remained uncontrolled for over two weeks and has burned over 100 square kilometres since July 18, 2018. Parry Sound 33 is now under control but continues to span 11,362 hectares approximately five kilometres west of Highway 69. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Legal experts mixed on chances of success for provincial challenges to federal carbon tax Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Ottawa and a number of provinces will soon be facing off in court regarding the federal carbon tax. But experts are divided on who has the best legal leg to stand on. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

MUNICIPAL BOARDS AND TRIBUNALS - Jurisdiction

Motion by the plaintiff for leave to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board decision that it had jurisdiction to direct it to contribute to the maintenance of a haul route. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

MINES AND MINERALS - Exploration - Permit

Petition by Canada for an injunction enjoining a company from doing mining-related work. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

CONSERVATION - Conservation authorities - Wildlife management

Appeal by the petitioners from a judicial review judgment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

It’s getting easier to be green: Hydrogen technology developments and legal issues Hydrogencar

While the transportation industry has been abuzz recently over new electric vehicle technology, talk and focus may eventually turn to cars that emit nothing but water vapour, thanks to recent developments in hydrogen fuel cells and other hydrogen energy applications. Initiatives in Canada and abroad are providing industry, and lawyers, with exciting opportunities. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

Lobster captains may be liable for bait infractions by crews, says lawyer

Maritime fishing skippers must be aware they could be held responsible for regulation infractions by their crew members, says a lawyer after a lobster captain was pinched for illegally using female crabs as bait. At the centre of the July 19 Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal decision in Griffin v. R. 2018 PECA 21 sat Kenneth Griffin, a licensed lobster fisherman convicted of using female rock crabs as bait, thus breaking rules laid out in the Atlantic Fisheries Regulations and the Fisheries Act. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Decision in fracking suit shows importance of assessing general knowledge in patent cases: lawyer Jenna Wilson, Wilson Lue LLP

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that overturned a lower court patent infringement ruling is being called illustrative of how a mistake in determining the common general knowledge of a person of an ordinary skill of the art (POSITA) in patent cases can have a “cascading effect” on other parts of the decision. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

What B.C.’s doing to strengthen orphan well restoration oldoilwell

On May 17, 2018, new legislation that aims to strengthen B.C.’s orphaned well restoration and prevention regime received royal assent and came into force. The Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 will result in additional requirements for those seeking to develop oil and gas in B.C. through amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

The implications of capping Hydro One salaries and cancelling a wind farm powergrid_sm.jpg

On July 16, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 2, the Urgent Priorities Act. This bill targets two energy companies to cause two very specific actions: 1) To give the province significant authority over executive compensation at Hydro One; and 2) To terminate the White Pines Wind Project. (The third part of the bill relates to ending the strike at York University which I do not discuss in this article.) ... [read more]