News & Publications Results
|BC Oil and Gas Activities Act in Force
On October 4, 2010, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Activities Act ("OGAA") came into force. The OGAA represents a significant change to the legal regime for oil and gas activities in British Columbia, and will have immediate consequences for conventional oil and gas producers, shale gas producers, and other operators of oil and gas facilities in the province. This newsletter provides a brief overview of key aspects of the new OGAA regime.
|Lawson Lundell Launches the Western Canada Business Litigation Blog
Lawson Lundell is pleased to announce the launch of the Western Canada Business Litigation Blog. This blog will follow new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities.
|Lawson Lundell remembers John Lundell, Q.C.
We were saddened to learn of the death of our former Partner John Lundell, Q.C. John practiced with the firm from 1965 to 2005, following his father Oscar Lundell Q.C., one of the founders of our firm.
We extend our sincere condolences to Marie and John’s children.
|Pension and Employee Benefits Law Briefing Note: Changes to Investment Rules
A recent change to the federal investment rules in the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 (Canada) came into effect on July 1, 2010. In addition to federally regulated pension plans, this change will impact sponsors of provincially regulated pension plans in provinces where the federal investment rules have been incorporated into the provincial pension legislation. These provinces include, among others, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
|Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: Negligent Infliction of Mental Suffering in the Employment Context
This summary provides an update of a case reviewed at our recent client seminar. The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court's decision awarding damages for the negligent infliction of mental suffering in employment. Contrary to the trial level judgment, the court found that an employer does not have a duty to protect employees throughout the course of their employment from actions which might cause them mental distress.
|Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: Pre-employment Credit Check Breached Privacy Rights
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has recently found that an employer who conducted pre-employment credit checks of applicants for the position of retail sales associate had breached the requirements of the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA").
|Recent Changes Involving the GST and Pension Plans
A discussion of two 2009 fairly significant Goods and Services Tax ("GST")-related developments: GST on Pension Costs Generally, and GST on Investment Management Fees Specifically. This article was published by Federated Press in Pension Planning, Vol XV, No. 3.
|Climate Change Bulletin - Provincial and Federal Legislative & Policy Initiatives: Selected Updates
Concerns over global climate change have sparked a series of legislative and policy responses on the provincial, federal, regional, and international levels. Governments have invoked a number of different policy tools to respond and adapt to these concerns. This bulletin provides a brief update on current legislative and policy initiatives in selected jurisdictions.
|Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects
The Canadian Securities Administrators are requesting comments on proposed amendments to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
|Lawson Lundell welcomes Justin Young
Lawson Lundell is pleased to welcome Justin Young to the Firm. Justin joins our Corporate Finance and Securities Group.
|Mining Law Update - Spring 2010
This is Lawson Lundell's web-based publication dedicated to keeping readers informed about developments in Canadian mining law.
|Lawson Lundell represents Concord Pacific on its first renewable energy project
On April 21, 2010 Concord Pacific completed the financing for its Red Lily Wind Energy Project located in south-eastern Saskatchewan.
|Doing Deals in Canada 2010
This is an overview of the Canadian business environment and a summary of the general commercial laws that apply in Canada. It has been prepared to assist anyone who is considering establishing a business in Canada.
|Self Storage Property Tax Issues in British Columbia
Paper presented to the Canadian Self Storage Association 4th Annual (2010 Western Regional) Conference and Tradeshow. Property taxes are an increasingly important fixed cost and bottom line item that businesses have to pay close attention to, in order to remain competitive.
|New Conspiracy / Cartel Law in Effect
The Federal Government introduced the most sweeping changes to the Competition Act in 25 years in March of 2009. One of the most significant amendments made was to the conspiracy law provisions. The introduction of the new conspiracy enforcement regime was delayed one year, to March 12, 2010, and is now in effect.
|Real Estate Development Insolvencies, a British Columbia Perspective
A review of some of the more interesting experiences, as well as legal and practical issues, arising from a variety of real estate development insolvencies. This paper was presented at the 7th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference in February 2010.
|Lawson Lundell represents BC Hydro in the $825 million purchase of a 1/3 interest in the 493 megawatt Waneta Dam from Teck Metals Ltd.
On March 5, 2010, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority closed the $825 million purchase from Teck Metals Ltd. of a 1/3 interest in Teck’s 493 megawatt Waneta Dam in south-eastern British Columbia.
|Federal Budget 2010 Taxation Measures of Interest to Technology Companies, Private Equity and Venture Capital
The March 4, 2010 Federal Budget introduced some targeted measures of interest to companies in the technology industry, as well as private equity and venture capital funds investing in technology companies.
|Brad Armstrong, Q.C. successful in Supreme Court of Canada Decision
Lawson Lundell partner Brad Armstrong, Q.C. successfully represented Red Chris Development Co. Ltd. in a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the environmental assessment of the Red Chris mine under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
|National Valuation and Legal Symposium, Cross-Canada Legal Panel: British Columbia Update
"Is the tax system becoming more or less equitable and transparent?" - paper presented at the Canadian Property Tax Association Ontario Chapter, 5th National Valuation and Legal Symposium.