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Natural Resources


Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Environmental, social ratings and the lawyer’s role in advising corporations environmental_profits_sm

As millennials continue to enter the workforce, pay off debt, and gain disposable income, there is a potential likelihood that first-time investors will be looking to invest in companies and index funds that are aligned with their values of social responsibility. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 8:59 AM

Flood lawsuit example of shift in thinking on responsibility for natural disasters: law prof Jocelyn Stacey, UBC School of Law

Residents of a B.C. town have launched a class action against the provincial government and a number of forestry companies arguing negligent logging caused devastating floods in 2018, and a legal observer is saying more and more cases like it are to be expected because such events are consistent with a changing climate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

How a First Nation can secure agreement for municipal services Chess pieces on question mark

There has been a long-standing and common challenge faced among Indigenous Nations in accessing municipal services from adjacent municipalities. These Indigenous Nations have heard repeated demands that services will only be provided if they apply municipalities’ laws, zoning, fees and approval processes on Indigenous lands, even where there is an active jurisdiction held by the First Nation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:55 PM

Dentons partner named co-head of Calgary energy group

Dentons announced the appointment of partner Courtney Burton as co-head of the firm’s energy group in Calgary. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

U.S. appeals WTO panel report on softwood lumber

The federal government is expressing its disappointment at a decision by the United States to appeal a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision declaring Washington failed to provide adequate explanations for its measures against Canadian softwood lumber. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Ambitious throne speech agenda requires concrete action on part of government, observers say Michael Lynk, Western University faculty of law

The Trudeau government’s ambitious throne speech has set out a broad agenda for Ottawa to follow as it continues in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but observers are saying the plan largely avoids specifics and swift action is needed to follow up on what the Liberals are promising. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

A personal reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Beverley McLachlin

It is autumn. I am in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa. The leaves are red and gold, and the views spectacular. The occasion is lunch in a country restaurant called Les Fougères. Across the table sits John Roberts, chief justice of the United States. To my left is a small woman with dark, pulled-back hair and an intense gaze — Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

I spy with my little eye: Monitoring employee computers shockedcomputeruser_Sm.jpg

It makes sense, if you think about it. An employer hires someone to do a certain job. The employer wants to make sure that the employee is, in fact, doing the very work that they were hired to do. The easiest way to monitor employees’ use of time and employer resources is to monitor them — either overtly or covertly. Many employers have implemented computer monitoring software that logs information such as the websites visited by employees and the length of time on the websites. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

Where administrative law meets electricity market electricalpoles

Rayonier A.M. Canada Enterprises Inc. v.  Independent Electricity System Operator [2020] O.J. No. 3879 is an examination of the intersection of administrative law with the rules that govern the Ontario electricity market. This motion to quash looks at whether the Independent Electricity System Operation (IESO) can implement and administer a dispute resolution process.     ... [read more]