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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Fossil fuels still major part of Canadian energy mix in 2050 unless change accelerated: report

Canada’s energy regulator is saying fossil fuels will still make up more than 60 per cent of Canada’s fuel mix in 2050 unless the move towards other energy sources is accelerated. The finding comes as part of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER)’s energy future series outlook report, which explores how new technologies and climate policy will impact Canadian energy consumption and production trends over the next 30 years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Sitting upstage: How Canadian application of international law remains relevant global_law_sm

Alberta’s absence from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial human rights ministers meeting last week did not go unnoticed. In its Nov. 12, 2020, news release, Amnesty International stated that: “The government of Alberta did not participate because it considers that the province is not bound to report on or engage with international instruments or mechanisms to which it is not a Party ...” While groups expressed shock by this claim, provincial responsibility for abiding by international law is misunderstood by many. This article hopes to shed light on how international law becomes part of Canadian law and how there have been limited exceptions of contradictions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 8:49 AM

Canada’s proposed Modern Slavery Act and Nevsun: Implications, opportunities slave_labour_sm

On Feb. 28, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya 2020 SCC 5. Subject to significant legal commentary in the months since its release, Nevsun has been heralded as a step forward to recognize the liability of Canadian corporations for human and labour rights violations under their watch abroad. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

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The legal industry lacks diversity. The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has indicated that since 2014, the number of women and racialized lawyers becomes greatly reduced in partner and senior leader roles in our industry. Yet in many instances it is senior members of the legal profession who act as advocates and ultimate decision makers for the lives of a very diverse populace. The legal profession may thus be incapable of accounting for post-colonial trauma that emerges for many individuals by virtue of merely being in a courtroom. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

Fasken launches hydrogen energy team

In response to North America’s growing demand for hydrogen fuel, Fasken announced that it has launched a new hydrogen energy advisory team (H2EAT). ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 7:36 AM

New federal climate legislation lays out road map to achieve ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa has introduced legislation which will require policymakers to set out a framework to achieve “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, following up on a key promise the government made during the last federal election. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Going low-carbon mining may satisfy investors but have little measurable impact mining pollution

Whilst more and more mining companies announce their commitment to go “carbon-neutral,” electrify their fleets and install renewable energy power sources at their mine sites, their lack of action on fundamental environmental, social and goverment (ESG) impacts is striking in contrast. The results of the Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2020 reveal that 63 per cent of assessed large-scale mining companies have not identified and reported on the potential implications of climate-exacerbated impacts of mining on communities, workers and the environment. (See chart.)  ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Dentons adds construction and litigation partner to Vancouver office

Dentons announced that it has strengthened its construction and litigation and dispute resolution groups in Canada with the addition of partner Alim Khamis. Based in Vancouver, Khamis joins from Dentons’ Dubai office where he spent six years in the construction and dispute resolution practices. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:33 PM

Victory for Ontario animal access to justice | Victoria Shroff

We had great access to justice news in B.C. in October 2020 with the launch of the groundbreaking new student run animal law pro bono clinic (ALPC) in Vancouver. (Please see: New student-run pro bono animal law clinic victory for access to justice.) ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7:35 AM

Former Ontario environmental commissioner named Green Party deputy leader

The Green Party of Ontario announced that Ontario’s environmental commissioner from 2015 to 2019, Dianne Saxe, has been appointed as deputy leader. ... [read more]