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Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:23 PM

Freehold mineral owners in Saskatchewan may face taxation changes Crystals

The Mineral Taxation Act, 1983 (Taxation Act) applies to approximately 40,000 freehold mineral titles in Saskatchewan. It sets out the principles for determining the extent of freehold mineral ownership and provides for taxation of freehold mineral titles in rural Saskatchewan. The government of Saskatchewan is now considering amendments to the Taxation Act through Bill No. 181. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 11:54 AM

McInnes Cooper adds four new partners

McInnes Cooper announced that the following four lawyers have been admitted to the partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2020.  ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Alberta bill to boost Indigenous access to investment capital money_access_sm

Bill 14, the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation Act, represents the first attempt in Canada to set up a permanent structure that will facilitate investment and access to capital by Indigenous groups in natural resource projects and related infrastructure. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Federal Court of Appeal ruling leaves legal status of environmental reports in question Martin Olszynski

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in a long-running legal battle over a proposed B.C. mine could mark a significant change in direction by denying direct judicial review of environmental assessment reports, says a University of Calgary environmental law professor. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 1:32 PM

My letter to Santa Claws | Victoria Shroff

Dear Animal Santy or equivalent for St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yalda, Christmas, Omisoka: ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Environmental law 2020: Looking down the road highwaytohorizon

As the new year approaches, numerous environmental issues will continue to command the attention of litigators and legislators across Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Will carbon majors have to pay for climate damage? Earth melting to water

The climate crisis is already causing large financial losses and much more is ahead. Most of the fossil fuels that are driving this crisis have been produced and sold by 103 companies, the major fossil fuel producing companies (carbon majors). Can they be made to pay for it? ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

Future may be bright: Climate change forecast effect on businesses, adaptation strategies Businessenvironment_sm.jpg

Climate change is an issue that is increasingly on the radar of businesses, consumers and governmental agencies. The prevalence of climate change in business agendas is largely a result of the potential substantial risk that it presents, making risk mitigation and adaption strategies a priority. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Standard of review post-Dunsmuir: Reasonable or incorrect? | Heather MacIvor

In spring 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada signalled a seismic change in its jurisprudence on administrative law. It granted leave to hear three appeals — two of which were later merged into one — and invited submissions on the standard of review. The appeals were heard in December 2018, and the decisions finally issued on Dec. 19, 2019, (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65, and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66). ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 2:37 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

SCC rewrites standard of review framework for administrative law in landmark trilogy Aubin Calvert

In a bid to enhance clarity, predictability and access to justice in a muddled area of law that impacts many Canadians, seven of nine judges of the Supreme Court of Canada have collaborated to devise a new standard of review framework which emphasizes that courts should presumptively exercise deference when overseeing administrative decision makers, while also retaining “limited” scope for correctness review. ... [read more]