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Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

The 15th century doctrine that upholds Indigenous land dispossession | Angelique EagleWoman

All Canadian and U.S. law schools teach basic property law and a brief history of the transfer of title from the original peoples to the present-day federal government. What is often glossed over in the property law introductory lesson is the Christian formed “doctrine of discovery” that continues in full force in both countries. The roots of the doctrine stretch back in time to the Crusades (1096-1291) and the rationale for just and holy wars sanctioned by the Catholic Pope. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

FORESTRY AND TIMBER - Sale of forest products

Appeal by the Southern New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board from a decision by a Panel of the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission setting aside a Marketing Order. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Tenancy in common offers oil and gas joint ventures little protection oilandgas_business_sm

Oil and gas contracts in the joint venture context often provide that parties own assets as “tenants in common” (see for example the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen Operating Agreements). In addition, the default position under the Law of Property Act, RSA 2000, c L-7 is that co-owners of property hold their interests as tenants in common (s. 8), unless the parties vary the relationship by contract. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 5:18 PM

SCC rules bankrupt oil firm’s assets must meet provincial cleanup obligations ahead of paying secured creditors  Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-2 that the trustee of a bankrupt Alberta oil and gas company must first use the money in the bankrupt’s estate to satisfy provincial requirements to remediate the company’s disowned non-producing oil and gas assets, ahead of making payments to the company’s creditors in line with the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

PROCEEDINGS - Constitutional issues - Federal v. provincial jurisdiction

Appeal by Orphan Well Association and the Alberta Energy Regulator (Regulator) from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal affirming a decision that found an operational conflict between s. 14.06 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Alberta legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM

Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY - Water environmental offence - Discharge of pollutant

Appeal by the Crown from a $5,000 fine imposed for impairing the water quality under the Ontario Water Resources Act. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

The end of big iron factory exterior

The levelized cost of energy for wind and solar has now dropped below that of hydro. Data on U.S. state electricity generation no longer shows the percentage generated by hydro predicts lower ratepayer prices. It was not so long ago when wind and solar were expensive means of generating electricity. How did this change so quickly? The answer is wind and solar have an inherent industrial advantage over hydropower. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Seeking justice for the sake of Justice Horse

One hundred thousand dollars in U.S. funds. That is the amount of money that an 8-year-old horse and his new guardian have sued for in Oregon. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Nova Scotia: Cap and trade your GHG emissions Halifax

In October 2017, Nova Scotia amended the Environment Act (Nova Scotia) to allow the province to implement a cap-and-trade program. The impact of this program will be felt intensely within the Nova Scotia business community and in particular the energy sector, as the following types of companies must report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, get them verified by a third party and participate in the cap-and-trade program: ... [read more]