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Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 5:07 PM

Crown’s fiduciary duty to First Nations informs how equitable compensation can be assessed: SCC Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has ruled that $30 million in compensation for a northern Ontario First Nation due to flooding on its reserve lands was not adequate, saying Canada’s fiduciary obligations required it to ensure the highest compensation possible. ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 12:13 PM

B.C. Supreme Court scheduling system broken, has been for a long time | Kyla Lee

On the second Tuesday of every month, alarm clocks across the province go off early. Lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals and self-represented individuals get out of bed early, make a big cup of coffee and start to engage in finger stretching exercises. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 6:21 AM

MINES AND MINERALS - Regulation of mining activities - Environmental impact

Appeal by the Highlands District Community Association (HDCA), from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of a decision of a Mines Inspector issuing a permit to the respondent OKI to operate a rock quarry. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Wellness: Five money lessons every young lawyer should know | Darryl Singer

Like it or not, money factors into so many parts of our careers as lawyers. As a mentor to countless students and juniors over the years, I have come up with a number of pieces of financial wisdom which I now routinely pass along to all of them. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

‘Time is now’ to change approach to land use after B.C. treaty ruling, lawyer says Lisa Glowacki, Ratcliff & Co.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled against the province in a case alleging widespread and long-standing violation of a First Nation’s treaty rights, a decision which could have implications far beyond the province’s borders. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

Federal government reveals greenhouse gas emissions target, increase in carbon pricing Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

The government of Canada has revealed its new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, telling the United Nations it plans to cut emission levels by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

Top legal tech trends to watch for in 2021  Lawyer looking into future with telescope

Digitization continues to change the world at a fast pace. Digital technology has played a significant role in every aspect across businesses and industries, influencing time management, productivity, costs, etc. If we talk about the legal sector, legal professionals are becoming more open to and comfortable with technology. They recognize the benefits of streamlining time-consuming tasks and increasing work efficiency using various legal software programs. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Insight from U.S. studies on privatization of Native American lands Sketch of house

In contrast to Canadian studies on modern treaties, studies on the effect of private ownership of Indigenous lands in the U.S. have also shown mixed results. In Christian Dippel’s 2020 study, the authors analyzed the impact of non-transferable property rights on land development of communally owned tribal lands, allotted-trust lands (most comparable to Canada’s certificates of possession) and fee simple Native American lands. Their research showed that land-use efficiency for communally owned tribal lands, although lower than fee simple lands, was higher than allotted trust. ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 1:19 PM

Judge’s review of county’s control of hazardous waste disposal ‘overly narrow’: Appeal Court

A Nova Scotia court’s decision to side with a local government wanting to deny a disposal company permission to deal in hazardous waste reinforces the notion that municipalities require “a fulsome regime of authority,” says a lawyer.   ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

Ontario amends Drainage Act to ‘streamline’ approval process, province says

On July 8, the Ontario government announced amendments to the Drainage Act to “reduce regulatory burden and streamline approvals for farmers, rural landowners and municipalities undertaking drainage projects.” According to a government release, the Drainage Act “is one of the oldest pieces of legislation in Ontario, passed in 1859,” and the most recent changes “mark the first significant amendments made to the legislation since 1975.” ... [read more]