Areas of

Natural Resources


Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Licensee, stakeholder feedback leads LSO to extend virtual verification policy exemption Michael Lesage, LSO bencher

After receiving feedback from the profession, benchers and stakeholders, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has extended its “temporary pandemic measure of allowing virtual verification without authentication until January 1, 2024.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 1:04 PM

Justice for all is justice we should aspire to | Chris Bentley

My colleague, Guy Pratte, questions whether virtual justice is “real justice’’ in his recent opinion piece (The Lawyer’s Daily, Oct. 26, 2022). He argues that a return to the in-person proceeding is essential for “real justice,” with anything else apparently being of lesser worth. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 4:01 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ontario launches $5-million fund for critical minerals supply chain

Ontario will allocate $5 million over two years to a New Critical Minerals Fund that will support innovation, economic growth and the supply chain for clean technologies, the Ministry of Mines announced on Nov. 24. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 2:28 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court confirms dismissal of coal energy producers’ application for review of ‘unfair’ enactments

Several Western energy producers have lost their bid to apply for judicial review of legislation that affected the municipal tax assessments of their coal-fired electricity plants. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 11:39 AM

Quebec court decision shows municipality’s bylaws must not be ‘unreasonable,’ lawyer says Isabelle Landry

Quebec municipalities will likely have to review their firearms and hunting bylaws after a farmer who received a fine for shooting a deer on his property waged a successful legal battle that prompted Quebec Superior Court to strike down a municipal bylaw that prohibits hunting as it ran afoul of provincial and federal legislation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 @ 2:55 PM

Ottawa unveils federal pollution pricing for Canada for 2023 to 2030, along with household rebates Steven Guilbeault

Newly disclosed federal carbon pricing plans aimed at reducing Canadians’ fossil fuel use and industrial emissions of carbon across the country from 2023 to 2030 indicate that all provincial and territorial jurisdictions except Manitoba have proposed carbon pollution pricing systems for large industries that meet the more rigorous minimum benchmark that Ottawa revealed last August. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 1:17 PM

The worst people to run law firms are lawyers | Murray Gottheil

I was the managing partner of a law firm once. I came to the job with little aptitude for management and even less experience and training. Of course, I was qualified to be the managing partner because I had high personal billings and a whole whack of originating credits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 6:27 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY - Administrative compliance - Fairness - Contaminated land - Site remediation

Application for leave to appeal by the City of Winnipeg from a decision of The Clean Environment Commission (CEC), upholding The Province of Manitoba’s (Director's) designation of the City as a potentially responsible person (PRP) for remediation of an impacted site. The City argued that the CEC breached its duty of fairness and applied the wrong legal test in concluding Winnipeg was a potential PRP. ... [read more]

Friday, November 18, 2022 @ 5:01 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court rules unjust enrichment claim presents ‘no reasonable prospect of success’ in class action

The Alberta Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in part, brought by natural resources companies, of the certification of a class action by a group of employees, in denying the claim for unjust enrichment as a common issue. ... [read more]

Friday, November 18, 2022 @ 10:09 AM

Next up for Civil Rules Committee | Michael Lesage

There was a big day recently at the Ontario Superior Court. Belatedly, the Civil Rules Committee recognized what other jurisdictions (and tribunals within Ontario) have long since known, that lawyers are capable, all by themselves, of both serving and filing documents with the court without assistance. As such, starting Jan. 30, 2023, Rule 16.09 will be amended, and it will no longer be a two-person job to serve and file a document. At long last, common sense has prevailed. ... [read more]