Focus On

Natural Resources


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Quebec’s expansion of animal welfare laws hoof in right direction Horse

Growing public concern for animals and their welfare has prompted the government of Quebec to take action to widen its animal welfare legislation to go well beyond companion animal protection. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

B.C. to address reconciliation by implementing UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

British Columbia has pledged to bring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) into legislation, but legal experts are saying it remains to be seen if the government’s actions meet the aspirations of First Nations on self-determination and consent. The government made the pledge in its most recent throne speech, and the provincial NDP government has campaigned on the issue. In a press conference Feb. 13, Premier John Horgan said implementation of the declaration will be “more than symbolic.” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

How climate change affects insurance smokyfactory

Climate change is real and it is costing insurers a pretty penny. According to an annual report by Swiss Re., the total 2018 global insured losses from natural disasters was estimated to be US$71 billion. This was well above the 10-year average of US$63 billion but 50 per cent lower than 2017 which saw approximately US$143 billion in insured losses. This decline was due in large part to the three major hurricanes that rocked the insurance industry in 2017. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Operation of utility - Facilities - Approval

Application by several landowners for permission to appeal a decision by the Alberta Utilities Commission approving a wind farm development. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:21 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 4:01 PM

Lawyers say fisheries decision important victory for precautionary principle in resource management Jocelyn Stacey, UBC School of Law

A Federal Court justice has ordered the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to develop a new policy on farmed salmon after finding the department was deficient in not testing for a virus that may cause heart and muscle inflammation before releasing the fish into the wild. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Edmonton animals need dedicated proper protection | Victoria Shroff

Ever since the Ontario SPCA’s search and seizure powers were successfully challenged earlier this year, it seems there’s a climate of change and uncertainty starting to ripple through animal protection in Canada. In January 2019, the Ontario SPCA’s enforcement powers, which were not subject to reasonable oversight and transparency, were held to be unconstitutional.  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY - Administrative compliance - Obstructing an inspector

Appeal by the Crown from an Ontario Court of Justice decision overturning a conviction for an offence under the Environmental Protection Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Cameco tax case: A story of profit and loss at arm’s length global_transfer_sm

It was a landmark transfer pricing case. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had reassessed the taxpayer, Cameco Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of uranium, for additional income from sales of uranium to and from its foreign affiliates. If CRA had been successful in this and reassessed Cameco in the same manner for its 2003 to 2017 tax years, Cameco would have faced total taxes and penalties of around $2 billion. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

The 15th century doctrine that upholds Indigenous land dispossession | Angelique EagleWoman

All Canadian and U.S. law schools teach basic property law and a brief history of the transfer of title from the original peoples to the present-day federal government. What is often glossed over in the property law introductory lesson is the Christian formed “doctrine of discovery” that continues in full force in both countries. The roots of the doctrine stretch back in time to the Crusades (1096-1291) and the rationale for just and holy wars sanctioned by the Catholic Pope. ... [read more]