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Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Challenges expected to federal amendments for increased protection of fish fisheries_act_sm

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic Leblanc tabled Bill C-68 on Feb. 6, 2018, proposing amendments to the Fisheries Act which are designed to achieve better protection of fish and fisheries throughout Canada. It should be noted that the Fisheries Act is one of Canada’s major pieces of federal environmental legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:32 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:25 PM

SCC says general contractor had fiduciary duty to notify subcontractor of existence of payment bond Chris Moore

In an important construction law ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a general contractor who was the obligee/trustee under a labour and material payment bond for a construction project in the Alberta oil sands had a fiduciary obligation to timely notify a subcontractor stuck with unpaid bills from that project of the existence of the bond. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

Corporate responsibility: What happens abroad doesn’t stay there global_eye_sm

Two recent developments portend a rapidly changing environment for Canadian companies doing business abroad. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

CBA in midst of revamp; downsizing expected at national office TLD Exclusive

Unbeknownst to most of its rank-and-file members, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is poised for a dramatic retooling this year that could cut its fees, pare down its national staff and “non-core” national activities and redirect more cash and delivery of member services to its provincial and territorial branches, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

B.C. Court of Appeal delivers split decision in water rate case Geoffrey Cowper of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has delivered a split decision on whether a provincial board erred in interpreting who was the legal owner of a number of power plants for the purpose of determining water rates, a decision the appellant's lawyer is calling an “interesting application” of the reasonableness standard. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Dentons adds energy group partner for Calgary office

Dentons LLP announced that Hazel Saffery has joined the firm as a partner in the energy group.   ... [read more]

Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Bill C-69 aims to expand and speed federal reviews but lawyers doubt process will be faster or cheaper Catherine McKenna

Lawyers are dubious that a proposed major overhaul of the federal environmental review and regulation processes will deliver more predictable timelines and speedier reviews to proponents of major projects, as vowed by the Trudeau government. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Accountability, safety guide N.L. Appeal Court in case of pot-carrying oil worker Ian_Wallace_sm

“Individual accountability” and workplace safety sit at the heart of an East Coast appeal decision involving an offshore oil worker fired after being found with pot in his pocket. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

B.C. oil spill consultation process raises issues of jurisdiction, delay: experts Alan Ross, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The government of British Columbia is undertaking a series of public consultations on new regulations for oil spills in light of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project, a situation that observers are saying may raise legal questions on jurisdiction and delay of infrastructure projects. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

Fisheries Act sea change aims for conservation, clarity but Bill C-68 includes plenty of work for regulatory lawyers Jean Piette

Proposed Fisheries Act amendments will roll back industry-driven reforms from 2012 that were condemned by marine scientists, restore the broad protection of fish and fish habitat sought by environmentalists, enhance Indigenous powers over fisheries and add more regulatory teeth and tools to enforce the law. ... [read more]