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Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 3:45 PM

Bank of Canada, federal regulator launch pilot project on climate change risks

The Bank of Canada and the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) have announced plans for a pilot project to use climate-change scenarios to better understand the risks to the financial system related to a transition to a low-carbon economy. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

What boardrooms can expect from Biden administration corporate_boardroom_sm

For the first time, the U.S. has a president-elect who plans to make combating climate change a top priority from the onset. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to begin his administration by rejoining the Paris climate agreement, followed by launching a $2-trillion climate plan focused on clean energy, climate resilience, environmental justice and economic growth. He has also set a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 8:02 AM

Despite setback, plaintiffs in climate constitutional challenge plan to move forward Chris Tollefson, Tollefson Law Corp.

Plaintiffs in a landmark case alleging the federal government’s response to greenhouse gases is a violation of their Charter rights are pledging to continue the fight despite a court loss which said their claim did not disclose a reasonable cause of action. In La Rose v. Canada 2020 FC 1008, Federal Court Justice Michael Manson granted the federal government’s motion to strike the statement of claim, writing that “there are some questions that are so political that the courts are incapable or unsuited to deal with them.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 4:51 PM

SCC rules in favour of Hydro-Québec, allows second power line on people’s property Justice Suzanne Côté

Canada’s top court has found nothing prevents Hydro-Québec from relying on servitude agreements from the 1970s to build an additional powerline on people’s property between two of its transformer stations, shooting down the landowners’ argument the utility was limited to one line. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 3:43 PM

New Yellowknife associate for McLennan Ross

McLennan Ross announced that Jeremy Dixon has joined the firm’s corporate commercial securities, Northern and municipal groups as an associate in its Yellowknife office. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Facilities - Construction - Easements and rights of way - Electricity - Transmission lines

Appeal by Hydro-Quebec from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal that set aside the injunction granted in its favour. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Municipal conflict of interest report calls for expanded role for integrity commissioners Stephen D'Agostino sm

It could be years before the Ontario government implements sweeping recommendations by a senior judge aimed at preventing municipal conflict of interest and enhancing the role of integrity commissioners, says a municipal law expert. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see change — I just don’t think we’re going to see it quickly because in municipal matters we tend not to,” said Stephen D’Agostino, a managing partner with Toronto-based Thomson Rogers Lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

More of same, just nicer: International trade under Biden U.S._trade_sm

With the election is the United States being called by all major U.S. news organizations, President-Elect Joe Biden should take over the highest executive office in January 2021. While a deadly novel coronavirus and global warming may initially take precedence, matters of international trade will soon be on the agenda as the new president and his cabinet look to pull the U.S. economy out of the pandemic recession. It will be important for Canadian companies selling into the U.S. or exporting elsewhere in the world to understand how the Biden administration will treat international trade matters.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Ontario exotic dancers deserve right to twerk | Sean O’Donnell

Work Safe Twerk Safe (WSTS) is a Toronto-based, peer-to-peer advocacy group that represents the interests of strippers throughout Ontario and strives to protect the dignity, safety, livelihood and autonomy of strippers in the province. On Oct. 26, 2020, WSTS brought an application for judicial review in response to Ontario’s decision to enact legislation closing strip clubs in September and October due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 4:58 PM

Biden administration still holds challenges for Canada, say former politicians Christy Clark sm

A Joe Biden presidency in the United States will present a strategic opportunity for Canada to reset its most important international relationship, but Ottawa will be challenged by issues such as the likely demise of the Keystone XL pipeline and a rekindled competition for top international talent, said a panel of former high-profile Canadian politicians. ... [read more]