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Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

Jones Act, offshore wind projects, implications for Nova Scotian ports Offshore windmills

A piece of United States federal legislation may provide Nova Scotia’s ports with inadvertent economic benefits. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

Company directors must look at legal duties through a fresh climate lens: report Cynthia Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School

The time has come for company directors to start paying close attention to the legal risks of climate change, according to a multijurisdictional report which also says the incidence of climate-related litigation is likely to increase. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Codes of conduct: Guiding principles for corporate governance Code of ethics checklist

Adopting a corporate Code of Conduct (code) is an important method for companies to mitigate legal and reputational risk by promoting ethical and responsible conduct of their employees. Codes also offer an opportunity to define a company’s mission, its values and core principles concerning the conduct of its business. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Time for boards to stop greenwashing, get serious about net-zero carbon Carbon Neutral stamp

Companies and countries all over the world are committing to net-zero goals and pledges to diversity, equity and inclusion, human rights — the list goes on. In fact, we are in the middle of the biggest commitment to a green future in history. ... [read more]

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 3:30 PM

Climate change, mental health, reconciliation high on new Governor General’s agenda Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

On the day of her installation as Canada’s 30th Governor General, Mary Simon said she is “honoured, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:46 AM

Canada finally has climate accountability framework | Alan Andrews

Canadians (and generations of Canadians to come) require action from the leaders of today to blunt the climate crisis already unfolding around us. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 9:01 AM

Rethinking degree of proof required in Indigenous legal actions | Stephen O’Neill

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”           James Baldwin ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 10:52 AM

Environmental justice in nuclear age Three barrels of nuclear waste

With climate change and environmental degradation one of the world’s most pressing issues, many are on a valiant quest to produce greener and more efficient energy. A particularly poignant case study is nuclear power, which is often presented and discussed as a clean form of energy. However, the entire life cycle of nuclear energy production — from uranium mining to radioactive waste storage — must be considered. There are health risks and costs along the way, and vulnerable and exploited people risk continue to risk bearing them under the status quo. ... [read more]

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]