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Natural Resources


Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

POWERS OF MUNICIPALITY - Regulation of property and activities - Environmental

Appeal by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association from the dismissal of its judicial review application that challenged the respondent City of Victoria’s bylaw that prohibited businesses from providing or selling plastic bags. ... [read more]

Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 6:34 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Provincial boards, tribunals and commissions

Application by Equs for leave to appeal a decision of the Alberta Utilities Commission. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Consultation in fisheries case requires meaningful two-way dialogue: Federal Court of Appeal Lisa Glowacki, Ratcliff & Company LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a decision denying a B.C. First Nation’s attempt to get its allocation of sockeye salmon substantially increased, saying a lower court misinterpreted its request and incorrectly found the government’s need to engage with the nation was on the lower end of the consultation spectrum. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Lawyers on access to justice Day of Action multiracialcrowd

Access to justice has two different but intersecting meanings. The first focuses on ensuring that a person who interacts with the justice system can do so with the legal and expert assistance they need to navigate a complex, and often perplexing, system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Securities commission encourages pre-filing reviews of mining disclosure undergroundmine.jpg

On June 6, 2019, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published OSC Staff Notice 43-706 — Pre-filing Review of Mining Technical Disclosure. In this staff notice, the OSC encouraged mining issuers to request reviews from OSC staff of their scientific and technical disclosure prior to filing a preliminary short form prospectus. This recommendation for pre-filing reviews stems from consultations held as part of the OSC’s burden reduction task force launched in January 2019. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa names chair of advisory panel for Trans Mountain Expansion project

Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Aug. 9 announced the launch of an engagement process with Indigenous communities aimed at determining how they can potentially participate economically — such as through equity and revenue sharing — in the Trans Mountain Expansion project (TMX project). ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Action in tort against third party new legal tool for First Nations dam_river_sm

In 2011, the Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations (the First Nations) commenced an action in tort against Rio Tinto Alcan (Alcan) for nuisance caused by the Kenney dam to the Nechako River system, to their adjacent reserves and to lands to which they assert Aboriginal title. The First Nations claim was unique to the extent that it was a claim for damages against a private defendant for alleged harm to proprietary interests based on a claim of asserted, but unproven, Aboriginal rights and title. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 8:17 AM


Reference to determine whether the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is unconstitutional, in whole or in part. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

Climate-related financial disclosure in spotlight Industrialpollution.jpg

Many companies in various sectors consider the potential revenue from climate-related opportunities to be higher than the financial impacts of climate-related risks, which are likely to emerge within five years. This is one of the conclusions drawn from the Global Climate Analysis published in June by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Of mice and mens rea | Marcel Strigberger

An interesting story surfaced from our courts recently. Giant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are apparently selling mouse and rat traps that contain glue. Toronto lawyer Sandra Schnurr, founder of a group known as Canadians for Animal Protection, filed a notice of application to ban these retailers and others, such as Canadian Tire, from selling these traps, arguing they are abusive in that they result in an agonizing and prolonged death to the animals. ... [read more]