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Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Pipeline decision raises key issues needing clarification from SCC: B.C. attorney general B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The government of British Columbia has pledged to fight a ruling by the provincial Court of Appeal that it did not have jurisdiction to enact legislation regulating the flow of oil in the province, and a legal expert is saying it is long overdue for the Supreme Court to look at the issue of constitutional limits on environmental regulations. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Canada’s carbon pricing system demystified: Taxes vs. regulatory charges 3 oil barrels

Recently, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled, in a majority decision of 3 – 2, that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act  was constitutional. Somewhat more surprisingly, given the political issues surrounding “carbon tax,”  the majority disagreed among themselves about whether the charges under the Act were even “taxes” at all, at least in the constitutional sense of the term. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Garbage wars: May the trash be with you | Marcel Strigberger

Is Canada going to war soon? Rubbish. That’s what it’s all about. About five years ago Canada shipped over 100 containers that allegedly contained plastic recyclables to the Philippines. After these “goods” arrived, inspectors found that more than half of the bins actually contained waste including household garbage and soiled adult diapers. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change | Beverley McLachlin

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Legal observers divided over constitutionality of Alberta energy export law Eric Adams, University of Alberta faculty of law

Although many eyes have turned their attention to the national fight over carbon taxes, a smaller disagreement is brewing in the western part of the country over the right to control the flow of natural resources between provinces. ... [read more]

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 3:15 PM

Powering a low-carbon future hyrdodam

Ontario’s mission to power a low-carbon future is on the rise and it should continue. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Boards’ fiduciary duty to keep informed on global issues progressive_board_sm

Is a board that cannot articulate the most material ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues in breach of their fiduciary duty? ... [read more]

Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

New counsel for Fasken’s Calgary real estate group

Fasken announced that Ken Stewart has joined the firm as counsel to the real estate group. He will be based in the Calgary office.   ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Decline of environmental law, public oversight in Ontario’s North Northernmap.jpg

Ontario is witnessing a swift and disturbing de-evolution of its key environmental laws. The province has proposed to further add to the already expansive list of projects exempt from the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) and amend rather than fully implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

Ex-Miller Thomson counsel named deputy minister of Alberta Ministry of Energy

Miller Thomson announced that its former associate counsel Grant Sprague has been named deputy minister of the Alberta Ministry of Energy. ... [read more]