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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

B.C. Court of Appeal delivers split decision in water rate case Geoffrey Cowper of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has delivered a split decision on whether a provincial board erred in interpreting who was the legal owner of a number of power plants for the purpose of determining water rates, a decision the appellant's lawyer is calling an “interesting application” of the reasonableness standard. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Dentons adds energy group partner for Calgary office

Dentons LLP announced that Hazel Saffery has joined the firm as a partner in the energy group.   ... [read more]

Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Bill C-69 aims to expand and speed federal reviews but lawyers doubt process will be faster or cheaper Catherine McKenna

Lawyers are dubious that a proposed major overhaul of the federal environmental review and regulation processes will deliver more predictable timelines and speedier reviews to proponents of major projects, as vowed by the Trudeau government. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Accountability, safety guide N.L. Appeal Court in case of pot-carrying oil worker Ian_Wallace_sm

“Individual accountability” and workplace safety sit at the heart of an East Coast appeal decision involving an offshore oil worker fired after being found with pot in his pocket. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

B.C. oil spill consultation process raises issues of jurisdiction, delay: experts Alan Ross, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The government of British Columbia is undertaking a series of public consultations on new regulations for oil spills in light of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project, a situation that observers are saying may raise legal questions on jurisdiction and delay of infrastructure projects. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

Fisheries Act sea change aims for conservation, clarity but Bill C-68 includes plenty of work for regulatory lawyers Jean Piette

Proposed Fisheries Act amendments will roll back industry-driven reforms from 2012 that were condemned by marine scientists, restore the broad protection of fish and fish habitat sought by environmentalists, enhance Indigenous powers over fisheries and add more regulatory teeth and tools to enforce the law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Feds release draft legislation for carbon pricing backstop carbon_tax_sm

Following the October 2016 announcement by the federal government that it would be introducing a pan-Canadian price on carbon starting at $10/tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2019 (increasing by $10 per year until it reaches $50/tonne of CO2e by 2022), most provinces initiated efforts to implement a carbon pricing mechanism that will meet federal benchmark criteria. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

SCC restores Specific Claims Tribunal’s decision that First Nation’s historic claims against Canada are valid

In a boost for historic First Nations claims and the largely unheralded work of the Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT), a divided Supreme Court of Canada has restored the tribunal’s ruling that the Colony of British Columbia breached its fiduciary obligation to preserve the lands of the Williams Lake Indian Band from white settlement before Confederation — and that the federal Crown is responsible for that breach, as well as for Ottawa’s own failure to meet its obligations to the band after B.C. joined Confederation in 1871. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 7:47 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Operation of utility - Facilities - Costs - Cost sharing between municipality and utility

Appeal by Union Gas Limited (Union) from a decision of an application judge requiring the appellant to assume the entire cost of relocating parts of a gas pipeline. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

McCarthy Tétrault announces 18 new partners

Eighteen new members have been added to the ranks of partnership at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. ... [read more]