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Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Boundaries of power: Courts’ critical role in 21st century federalism | Bo Kruk

Politics is complex. A brief glimpse at recent news conferences is sufficient to recognize how frequently resolution of an issue is left at the feet of the federal government. Back in January, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney held a news conference calling on the federal government to impose trade sanctions on the U.S. if an agreement could not be reached about the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. More recently, through the Council of the Federation, the provincial governments have called upon the federal government to increase federal spending on the Canada Health Transfer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Live animal export en route to slaughter inhumane Boats in the suez canal

Inhumane live animal export en route to slaughter over long distances is a global issue of concern. Over the past half century, global trade in live animal export has grown in leaps and bounds. Animals are exported exhaustingly long distances in various live states, often enduring hardship or death along the way. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 12:47 PM

Report urges insurance companies to start thinking about climate change now Janis Sarra, UBC School of Law

Climate change has been called an existential threat to our planet, with scientists saying rising temperatures are causing more frequent and severe weather-related events such as flooding and wildfires. And now a group of legal experts is saying the time has come for insurance companies in Canada to start thinking about how to manage climate-related risk because of the unique challenges they face. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Expertise of appraisers Three people at table talking about real estate

When navigating the expropriation process, regardless of whether one chooses to voluntarily convey their land to the government (Expropriating Authority) for its public works project or one decides to proceed via an involuntary taking involving delayed compensation, it is essential for landowners to retain their own appraisers and valuators to accurately assess what their taken property is worth. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 8:57 AM

Riparian rights no clear-cut exemption from municipal regulations River running through a farm

We often hear about erosion and flooding as a side effect of climate change. Owners of waterfront properties may be required to or want to undertake flood and erosion control work to mitigate the impacts of high water levels and shoreline flooding. This type of work is usually subject to land use planning controls and conservation authority regulations. These governmental regulations can restrict or prevent property owners from undertaking certain erosion controls to protect their property. Understandably, property owners may object to these restrictions and want to assert their riparian right to protect their property. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 11:37 AM

Ramifications of Supreme Court’s carbon pricing decision Canadian weather map

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA). The Supreme Court held that the GGPPA was constitutional (Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act 2021 SCC 11). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

Enbridge Line 5 dispute may lead to interstate arbitration Oil pipeline maze

Since 1953, Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has shipped western Canadian crude oil and other products from Superior, Wis., across Michigan, to refineries in Sarnia, Ont. It carries about 540,000 barrels of oil every day. From Sarnia, refined oil is shipped east through the Line 9 pipeline, which not only supplies all the jet fuel consumed at Toronto’s Pearson airport but also, among other things, two-thirds of all crude oil consumed in Quebec. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 8:04 AM

New Brunswick must compensate First Nations for carbon tax, court rules Nick Kennedy, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Governments cannot use legislative amendments to get around fulfilling their contractual obligations, says a lawyer after a court in New Brunswick found that the province must share its carbon tax revenue with a group of First Nations communities. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 2:03 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Offers, voluntary conveyances Little house on a person's hand

When the government (Expropriating Authority) decides to take your land in order to complete a public works project, you may be apprehensive about negotiating for additional compensation. After all, it is natural to be afraid of a large, incorporeal entity that is entitled to take your land by statute. Nonetheless, right from the outset of the process, you will need to make important decisions in order to bolster your negotiation position. Initially, these choices will depend largely on whether you are willing to voluntarily give up your land or not. ... [read more]