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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]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Gowling WLG adds three partners to Calgary office

Gowling WLG announced the addition of three new partners to its Calgary office: Caireen Hanert, Josh Jantzi and Jonathan (Jay) Lalach. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

Trans Mountain decision proves Canada a G7 country at war with itself Protesters_sm.jpg

It would appear that lightning does strike twice! ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

CJC to appeal Federal Court’s ruling that judicial council subject to judicial review; discipline body alleges errors, appearance of bias Simon Noel

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is appealing an important jurisdictional decision in which the presiding Federal Court judge accuses the leadership of the council of 39 chief justices of disrespecting his court and making poor litigation choices, and also “questions” whether CJC responses to queries from The Lawyer’s Daily amounted to “pressuring” federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to fire a Quebec judge “without regard for the judicial [review] proceedings that are legitimately before this [Federal] Court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Crown consultation on Trans Mountain: Size does not equal substance transmountain_sm.jpg

Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 FCA 153 provokes a strong sense of déjà vu. A pipeline connecting the oil sands to the Pacific. A challenge to the Federal Court of Appeal by a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. Justice Eleanor Dawson writing that Canada’s consultation “fell well short of the mark”. Hasn’t this happened before? ... [read more]

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

Quebec’s $3 billion sustainable mobility investment quebecblue_sm.jpg

On April 17, 2018, Quebec unveiled its Sustainable Mobility Policy – 2030 Transporting Québec Towards Modernity, as well as its Action Plan 2018-2023. The action plan will represent an investment of nearly $3 billion over a period of five. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 11:50 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns Dwight Newman, University of Saskatchewan College of Law

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the federal government’s approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline project, saying the National Energy Board (NEB)’s review of the project was flawed and that Canada did not properly consult with Indigenous peoples who would be affected by the project. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Tesla victory in Ontario explains how Ford targeted the carmaker Tesla

In a decision released on Aug. 27, Tesla scored a significant victory over the new Ontario government. The court quashed and set aside the province’s “unlawful exercises of discretion” contained in its announced wind-down of Ontario’s subsidies program for electric vehicle purchases — a wind down from which only Tesla and its customers had been excluded. ... [read more]