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Tuesday, October 09, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

OIL AND GAS - Surface leases - Compensation

Appeal by Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) from a decision by the Saskatchewan Surface Rights Board of Arbitration in favour of the respondents, the Campbells, and their family-owned farming corporation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 03, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Iacobucci to lead ‘meaningful consultation’ with Indigenous groups affected by Trans Mountain expansion Frank_Iacobucci

Ottawa has appointed former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci as its federal representative to help create, and oversee, a new process of “meaningful consultation” featuring “specific and focused” dialogue with the 117 Indigenous groups that would be affected by the stalled Trans Mountain expansion project. ... [read more]

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

What Ontario conservation might look like under Bill 34 Windmill power

Bill 34, the Green Energy Repeal Act, received most of its attention as the bill that would undo the Green Energy Act. Importantly, however, this bill also contains provisions indicating the new government’s policy direction for energy conservation and demand management (CDM). In this article, I briefly outline the history of conservation in Ontario, where we are now and what conservation might look like under Bill 34. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

B.C.’s proposed ‘B-Corps’ offer both economic and social benefits benefits_corporation_sm

Building on a trend sweeping across the U.S., British Columbia is on the verge of becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit the incorporation of “benefits corporations” or “B-Corps.” B-Corps are a novel form of corporate structure for entrepreneurs looking to pursue social or environmental benefits rather than the conventional approach of maximizing shareholder profit. ... [read more]

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

Ontario faces ‘uphill battle’ in fight against carbon tax: experts Eric Adams, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

The Ontario government has followed Saskatchewan’s lead in bringing a challenge to its provincial Court of Appeal on the federal government’s carbon tax, arguing the scheme is not within Ottawa’s powers to do so. But constitutional and tax experts are saying both provinces will most likely have a difficult time convincing courts to rule against Ottawa. ... [read more]

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Clients, counsel walking on sunshine after court clarifies Interest Act in Solar decision solarpower_sm.jpg

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Solar Power Network Inc. v. ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp. 2018 ONCA 727. Previously, an application judge found that the use of an annualizing formula (a widely accepted mechanism in commercial agreements) failed to satisfy s. 4 of the Interest Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 2:29 PM

Lippes Mathias opens office in Washington, D.C.

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced on Sept. 18 the opening of its office in Washington, D.C., with the addition of Michael G. Rossetti and Ian A. Shavitz as partners. Both attorneys join the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. ... [read more]

Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

It's up to Indigenous, environmental groups to protect public interest | Pamela Palmater

Despite objections from some of the Indigenous groups about the consultation process, the Federal Court of Appeal (in Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 FCA 153) held that Canada acted in good faith and that the consultation framework it used was appropriate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Killer whales, Trans Mountain pipeline and the public interest | Pamela Palmater

Tahlequah’s “tour of grief” which saw one of the female southern resident killer whales (referred to by scientists as J-35) carry her deceased calf for 17 days was an unprecedented show of grief for the death of her calf. It is also a sad reminder of the fact that these endangered whales have had no successful births for three years. Her visible mourning tore at the heartstrings of many Americans, Canadians and especially Indigenous peoples who know all too well the pain of losing their children. While it is not uncommon for a killer whale to hold her deceased calf for a few hours or a day, this show of extended grief was the first time observed by scientists. ... [read more]

Friday, September 07, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT - Zoning regulations - Bylaws - Land use

Appeal by the plaintiff from trial judgment dismissing its action for declaratory relief regarding the appellant’s subsurface mining rights in a lot. ... [read more]