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Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

Asset sale without formal procedure: Greenfire Oil & Gas insolvency part two Arrow pointing down

The first article in this series discussed the recent insolvency proceedings of Greenfire Oil and Gas Ltd. and Greenfire Hangingstone Operating Corporation (collectively, Greenfire), and the Alberta Court of Appeal’s revisit and comment in Athabasca Workforce Solutions Inc. v. Greenfire Oil & Gas Ltd. 2021 ABCA 66 upon the steps taken by Greenfire and its trustee under its bankruptcy proposal, Alvarez & Marsal Canada Inc. This included an application before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta seeking the approval of an approval and vesting order (AVO) and the interim financing order and interim financing charge order. On Dec. 17, 2020, Justice D. Blair Nixon approved and granted the orders. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Lawsuit alleges loss of property value due to landslides near massive B.C. Hydro development Malcolm Macpherson, Clark Wilson LLP

As British Columbia forges ahead with a controversial dam project which has attracted significant opposition from environmentalists and First Nations, it will soon be facing a battle on another front — whether the development has contributed to landslides that have devastated property values in a rural community about five kilometres east of the construction site. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Asset sale without formal procedure: Greenfire Oil & Gas insolvency part one Stock market arrow crashing down

In Canadian insolvency proceedings, the balancing of competing interests is an ever-present part of the process. Not all stakeholders will be content with every decision of a debtor company or its advisers. In a situation whether the insolvent debtor cannot, by definition, satisfy all of its creditors’ claims, and time is the enemy of all, there can be opportunity for creative solutions even despite the objection of substantially all affected parties. You can please some parties sometimes, but you cannot please all of the parties all of the time. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 11:35 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 3:40 PM

Moving away from animals as commodities, one pet at a time | Victoria Shroff

It would not occur to most people that their furry family member, their companion animal, their pet, could be seen as a consumer product, a good. However, another area of law where it has been starkly held that animals are property, involves animal breeders and purchasers of companion animals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Northwest Territories moving to address unauthorized use of public land Larry Innes, partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Yellowknife, NWT

The government of the Northwest Territories could face a challenging legal landscape as it moves ahead to tackle a 50-year-old problem of squatting on public land, says a lawyer close to the issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

Texas deep freeze shows us why climate change is justice issue Man sleeping on snowy bench

Every day, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities trap more heat energy in the global climate system, disrupting the climate and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. The Texas deep freeze illustrates the implications of these trends for justice actors. In short, Texas helps to show us why climate change is a justice issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 9:44 AM

Ontario lawyers’ groups monitoring judge selection process as new law looms, leaders say Charlene Theodore, president, Ontario Bar Association

Ontario’s two largest lawyers’ associations will be watching carefully to assess what impact new legislation from Queen’s Park will have on the impartiality of the province’s judicial appointments process, their leaders say. Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, is currently before the legislature and is expected to pass later this month. ... [read more]