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Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

Court must balance rules of evidence while recognizing Indigenous traditions, B.C. judge rules Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

In a ruling being characterized as a first in Canada, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled an Indigenous elder can present evidence as part of a panel during depositions in a land claims case, which the First Nation’s counsel is describing as “righting a historical wrong” and providing a method for evidence to be as reliable and meaningful as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 6:24 AM


Application by TransAlta Generation Partnership (TransAlta) to strike the Balancing Pool’s application. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Stikeman Elliott’s co-head of global mining group returns to Aussie roots

Quentin Markin returned his practice in Stikeman Elliott’s Sydney office to continue to service and grow the firm’s international initiatives in Australasia.   ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Ontario opens for business but forgets Walkerton lessons moneyforwater.jpg

Ontario’s Bill 66 (Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018) will likely trigger intense second reading debate when the provincial legislature resumes sitting in February. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

Feds toughen, expand list of integrity regime offences | Julius Melnitzer

The federal government’s changes to the integrity regime, which came into force on Jan. 1, 2019 to help ensure it does business with ethical suppliers in Canada and abroad, could well be a wake-up call for business. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

MINES AND MINERALS - Royalties and rents - Contracts - Remedies

Appeal by Teck Resources from an order granting the respondent leave to appeal an arbitral award on a question of law alone. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:40 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

First law school officially endorsed for Newfoundland and Labrador

When Memorial College, now Memorial University, was founded in Newfoundland and Labrador almost a century ago, plans to build a law school were built into the charter. Those plans are now coming to fruition. “People have been waiting for this for a long time,” Mark Gruchy, head of the criminal law practice group with Gittens & Associates in St. John’s, said in response to the Memorial University (MUN) announcement that its senate has officially endorsed a proposal to establish a faculty of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Ontario axes independent environmental watchdog Ontario map

The Ontario government recently passed Bill 57 (Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018), which is omnibus legislation intended to implement the government’s 2018 fall economic statement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 6:45 AM

P.E.I.’s Water Act something to watch, lawyer says Lisa_Mitchell_sm

Prince Edward Island is on the cusp of having new water protection laws in force — and the rest of Canada should take heed, says an environmental lawyer. With P.E.I.’s new Water Act having received royal assent, public consultation and review and approval of the Act's regulations is now all that stands in the way of it governing how water is managed on the island province ... [read more]

Monday, January 07, 2019 @ 10:28 AM

Indigenous empowerment and Canadian economy oilpipelines_sm.jpg

We’ve witnessed the climax of Indigenous empowerment in Canada and with it the far-reaching implications both on the national economy and national cohesion. The west is now alienated over pipeline gridlock, triggered by a second Indigenous legal win voiding yet another bitumen pipeline. ... [read more]