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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]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 2:57 PM

Justin Trudeau’s new federal carbon tax explained smokingfactory_sm.jpg

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, Canada committed to take steps to maintain global warming at no more than two degrees Celsius than pre-industrial levels, and to aim for a target of 1.5C. As a result, the federal government and the provinces in consultation with First Nations developed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to, among other things, price and reduce carbon emissions. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Electricity - Generation - Rates

Appeal by Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. (CFLCo) from a judgment of the Québec Court of Appeal affirming a decision of the Québec Superior Court. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

Law against legal values | Harry Glasbeek

A man brandishing a weapon confronts a passer-by: “Your money or your life.” He has committed a crime. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 10:32 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

N.L.’s bid to overturn Churchill Falls power contract out of time, unjustified under Quebec civil law: SCC Clément Gascon

In an important civil law judgment on the concepts of good faith and equity in contract law, the Supreme Court of Canada has 7-1 dismissed Newfoundland’s bid to reopen a 65-year contract obliging that province to sell power from its Churchill Falls power station to Hydro-Quebec at prices drastically below market rates. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Auditor general report critical of Canadian environmental agency Labbottles_sm.jpg

The Canadian commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development has audited the inspection and enforcement program of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for regulating toxic substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Secrets of the carbon tax carbontax_business_sm

Coming soon to a province near you, unless it is felled by a constitutional challenge, is a new hidden tax designed to combat global warming. Veteran tax practitioners, and Canadian manufacturers, remember with no affection whatsoever the old federal sales tax which was replaced with the GST regime by Prime Minister Mulroney. One of its main criticisms was the fact that it was levied on third parties (manufacturers) to be passed on to the ultimate consumers who have no way of knowing what taxes they were paying. ... [read more]