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Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

Nunavut sound to become Canada's largest protected area Signa Daum Shanks

The federal government is making a Nunavut sound the largest protected area in the country. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

A tale of two consultations: Top court bolsters Indigenous rights | Richard Pound

Recently there were two “companion” cases in which the Supreme Court of Canada considered whether the constitutional duty on the part of the Crown to consult with Aboriginal groups whose Aboriginal property and other rights might be infringed or affected by proposed usage, in these cases, of acknowledged or treaty rights, had been adequately discharged. In unanimous judgments, issued on the same day, the court held that in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc. 2017 SCC 41, the duty to consult was adequately discharged, whereas in the case of  Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. 2017 SCC 40, it was not. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 03, 2017 @ 7:07 AM

Suit against environment minister won’t be dropped until report on caribou released

A recently released government action plan on the woodland caribou is not enough for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to drop its legal action against Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 2:06 PM

ABORIGINAL LANDS - Aboriginal and treaty rights - Duties of the Crown - Fair dealing and reconciliation - Consultation and accommodation

Appeal by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Chippewas) from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal affirming a decision of the National Energy Board (NEB). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 1:58 PM

ABORIGINAL TREATY RIGHTS - Duties of the Crown - Fair dealing and reconciliation - Consultation and accommodation

Appeal by the Hamlet of Clyde River, the Nammautaq Hunters & Trappers Organization and Natanine, former mayor of Clyde River, from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal affirming a decision of the National Energy Board (NEB). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

Bennett Jones backs effort to raise Avro Arrow models from lake

Bennett Jones LLP is the pro bono counsel to the Raising the Avro Arrow project, whose goal is the search and recovery of nine Avro Arrow free-flight models launched over Lake Ontario in a series of tests from 1954-57. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Updated: Supreme Court clarifies duty to consult Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court of Canada has shed new light on the Crown’s duty to consult with Indigenous groups prior to the National Energy Board (NEB), or other regulatory agency, approving resource developments that could affect treaty or Indigenous rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Federal Court sides with B.C. man in appeal over pipeline assessment

An environmentally minded British Columbia man has won a federal appeal in his fight to have the National Energy Board regulate a planned B.C. pipeline after a judge found the board erred in insisting the resident had no case in calling for federal assessment of the project. ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Industry report calls out Ontario for lack of regulation of organic foods Glenford Jameson

A lobby organization for Canada’s fast-growing organic sector is labelling Ontario a laggard when it comes to standards for organic foods, but an industry expert says adopting a more stringent regulatory framework may be problematic. ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

Ontario breached its duty to consult before approving quarry licence: Divisional Court Cathy Guirguis

The Ontario government failed to carry out its duty to consult a First Nation on numerous occasions before approving a licence for a limestone quarry, the province’s Divisional Court has ruled, setting aside the licence and ordering adequate consultations on the project. ... [read more]