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Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 4:02 PM

Environmental groups sue over ‘sleeper’ oil and gas permits in B.C. Ian Miron, Ecojustice

A number of environmental groups have filed a legal challenge against the validity of 20 oil and gas permits that they say the federal government has unlawfully kept on the books for decades. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 02, 2022 @ 4:08 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Competition Bureau to host green economy summit in autumn

The Competition Bureau has announced it will host a free summit on competition and the green economy in the fall. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 28, 2022 @ 12:30 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Competition Bureau greenlights gas processing joint venture with consent agreement

The Competition Bureau has green-lit a joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and KKR’s Global Infrastructure Funds, by registering a consent agreement on July 27 with the Competition Tribunal that addresses its concerns related to the proposed formation of a gas processing joint venture. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 @ 1:10 PM

Opportunity for renewing treaty federalism, recognizing Canada’s legal pluralism, part two Canoe

Courts have ruled that Indian Act governments are subject to the Charter; however, they operate under delegated authority. The exercise of inherent power is distinct. Neither the Crown nor any of its laws — including the Constitution and Charter — are the source of inherent rights; they merely recognize them. (On the application of the Charter to Indian Act, RSC 1985, c I-5 governments, see Taypotat v. Taypotat  013 FCA 192 at para. 39.) ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 3:46 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 12:13 PM

Appeal over land contamination tossed because issue ‘wasn't raised properly at trial’: counsel Michael Hebert, Mann Lawyers LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a business found “liable in nuisance and negligence” due to the “migration of chemical contaminants from its land,” ruling that the appeal advanced “a new theory of defence which the appellant neither pleaded below nor led evidence at trial to support.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

Opportunity for renewing treaty federalism, recognizing Canada’s legal pluralism Canoe

The relationship between the individual rights to freedom and equality secured under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the recognition of the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples under s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, has long been a point of contention and uncertainty for Indigenous Peoples. The Supreme Court of Canada has the chance to resolve this conflict in a way that respects Indigenous laws, institutions and modern Crown-Indigenous treaties in the Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation case. ... [read more]

Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 3:33 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Network convergence, climate change putting networks at ‘risk,’ CRTC says to House panel

On July 25, the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Industry and Technology heard from Ian Scott, the chairperson and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), as well as the president and CEO of Rogers Communications addressing the massive network outage that impacted over 12 million Canadians on July 8. ... [read more]

Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 1:56 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ottawa announces consultation on plastics labelling, registry

Ottawa has launched two consultations as part of its plan to move towards a goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. ... [read more]

Friday, July 22, 2022 @ 11:39 AM

What an endangered bird can teach us about expert evidence piping plover

A recent case involving the disruption of a piping plover habitat at Ontario’s Sauble Beach has shed light on the issue of expert evidence and bias. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 21, 2022 @ 9:49 AM

SCC’s move to limit interveners’ counsel to Zoom in fall sparks questions, concerns within bar Eugene Meehan

The Supreme Court of Canada plans not to allow lawyers for interveners to argue cases in person in its Ottawa courtroom this fall — restricting them to the Zoom platform — while counsel for the parties are expected to be given the choice to argue virtually, or to appear in the flesh before the nine judges (COVID-19 protocols permitting). ... [read more]