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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 5:55 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Regulatory tribunals - Jurisdiction of board

Appeal by the City of Coquitlam from a decision by the Utilities Commission Reconsideration Panel permitting FortisBC Energy to abandon a decommissioned pipeline. In 2015, the Commission issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity that approved Fortis’s pressure system upgrade projects. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Ottawa tries to avert energy crisis by opening talks with U.S. over looming oil pipeline shutdown

With the prospect of a major energy crisis in Canada if Michigan successfully shuts down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac — which supplies much of the petroleum to Ontario and Quebec — Ottawa says it has launched talks provided for by a Canada-U.S. treaty on transit pipelines. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 @ 9:05 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

Decision shows courts will hold Crown to high standard in engaging with Indigenous nations: scholar Robert Hamilton, University of Calgary

The Federal Court of Appeal has slapped the wrists of the federal government on its engagement with Nunavik Inuit over the hunting of polar bears. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Re-elected government’s plans for immigration in 2021-22 | Colin Singer

The governing Liberal Party of Canada pledged many improvements to the immigration system on the campaign trail. The party pledged to speed up the immigration process under many programs and in particular, enact improvements to the Global Talent Stream (GTS) of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) through which Canadian work permits and visa applications are to be processed within two weeks to fill labour shortages. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

Lessons learned from Liverpool’s loss of World Heritage status Liverpool skyline

Recently, for the third time in its history, UNESCO stripped a town of World Heritage status. The decision followed a secret ballot by the UNESCO committee. This terrific tool for boosting the brand (the community) turned into a nightmare.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Bill proposes to reform Alberta’s payment, dispute resolution in construction Calgary skyline

With construction season in full swing, disputes in contracts related to construction can be weighing on the minds and wallets of those involved in disputes related to construction projects. One of the most frustrating aspects of construction can be unforeseen complications and delays that decrease productivity and increase costs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

Manidobawitigong and Lake of Everything: A feather’s journey to justice | Stephen O’Neill

The early evening sun of Aug. 9 remained stubbornly bright, 40 kilometres downstream from Fort Frances in northwestern Ontario. We stood with him and watched the Manitou Rapids as they boiled through the centre of the wide river. This was the end of day one of our six day, 240-kilometre canoe trip down the Rainy River and through Lake of the Woods and the Devil’s Gap to the Kenora Courthouse. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Animal law access to justice clinic turns one | Victoria Shroff

Access to justice for animals not only matters in theory, it matters in practice. And it’s possible. About a year ago, I wrote about how access to justice for animals in B.C. got a boost via a new pro bono clinic for animals. A year after it started, our access to justice initiative, the Animal Law Pro Bono Clinic (ALPC) at the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) in Vancouver, is thriving.  ... [read more]

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Consider access, indemnification issues when leasing condos for solar use, report says

With the growing popularity of renewable energy as a means of weaning society off fossil fuels, people across the country are turning to solar power to meet their needs and ensure a cleaner environment. But unlike someone who owns a single family home, condo dwellers need to be aware that they have extra hoops to jump through in order for them to take this step. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear s. 12 Charter attack on regulatory mandatory minimum fines

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that it will not hear an appeal from a failed Charter challenge by a Quebec project manager slapped with a mandatory minimum fine for violating the province’s Building Act. ... [read more]