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Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:28 PM

Top court rules Yukon improperly tried to alter land use plan Andromache KARAKATSANIS

The Yukon government’s unsuccessful attempt to sidestep a collaborative land use planning process established by a modern treaty doesn’t give it the right to a restart, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

McKercher partner appointed to federal bench

Paul Favel, who is a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, has been named as the newest addition to the Federal Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

Law firms acted in historic First Nations business deal

Two First Nations communities are now significant shareholders in a major bitumen project. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

A report card on Canada’s new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act Mining

Canada has pledged to become a leader in the international movement to promote ethical business practices and fight corruption. ESTMA is the result of a commitment made at the 2013 G8 leaders’ summit, where it was announced that action would be taken to enhance the transparency of payments to governments made by Canadian extractive companies. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

Osler partner Fraser joins board of Lithium America

Lithium America has named Jean M. Fraser as an independent director on its board of directors. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Lawyers address use of precautionary principle at Yellowknife Geoscience Forum Charles Birchall sm

The 45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum, held Nov. 14-16, brought together representatives from the mining industry, academia and government to share information on mineral and petroleum exploration, mining and geoscience research in Canada’s North. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal rules judge erred in applying fraud test in well drilling case Sydney Black, Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled a lower court judge did not properly apply the test for fraud in a case surrounding liability over the botched drilling of an oil well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

A U-turn on the road to reconciliation | Lynda Collins and Natasha Bakht

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the landmark case of Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia marks the first time the court has considered whether environmental harm can violate a Charter right. It's also a regressive ruling for Indigenous freedom of religion. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:53 PM

Canadian challenge to softwood lumber duties shows importance of NAFTA: experts Lawrence Herman

A recent decision by the United States to impose duties on Canadian softwood lumber is heading to a binational panel of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to decide whether or not Canada is unfairly subsidizing lumber producers. Legal experts are saying it is too early to determine if Canada will be successful in this challenge as it has been in the past, but it does highlight the importance of keeping the dispute mechanism provisions of NAFTA in place as the agreement faces renegotiation. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Reducing emissions: A cross-Canada primer on where the provinces stand greenhouse_gas_sm

With the recent announcement by the Manitoba government that it will implement a carbon price of $25/tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent — joining four other provinces that have already implemented such systems — Canada’s carbon pricing landscape is slowly taking shape. ... [read more]