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Natural Resources


Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature | Angelique EagleWoman

Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the earth as “Mother Earth” and regard her as providing sustenance for all life. When you observe the material objects that surround you on a daily basis, it becomes quite apparent that everything we touch, own, wear, travel in and use as human beings is derived from the earth’s resources. Thus, in a prayer from my Dakota Nation culture, we call upon the earth “who sustains all life and provides for all that lives.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 1:46 PM

Unbalanced interests in Ontario’s Far North Act Northern Ontario Map

Ontario’s Far North Act was former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s government’s attempt at balancing the three big factors that are seemingly never in alignment, anywhere, on Canada’s road to resources: resource development, environmental protection and Indigenous peoples’ rights. With the amount of resource gridlock that the country is experiencing, it’s getting harder to get the balance right. ... [read more]

Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 7:01 AM

OIL AND GAS - Environmental impact

Application by the Fort McKay Métis Community Association for permission to appeal a decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator approving an oil sands project proposed by Prosper Petroleum. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Ex-AG alleges PM, senior officials tried to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case; Trudeau ‘completely disagrees’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

In an accusation strenuously denied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould alleged that before he removed her as attorney general of Canada last month, she and her then-chief of staff experienced sustained “very inappropriate” political interference and escalating “extraordinary” pressure from senior government officials, including the prime minister and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, to reverse her decision last fall not to shelve the criminal bribery prosecution of Montreal-based construction giant SNC-Lavalin in favour of a negotiated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). ... [read more]

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]