News & Publications Results

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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.

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Transition Disclosure Update

Issuers filing financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the financial year ending December 31, 2009 are required to provide disclosure on their progress towards IFRS adoption. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published pertinent advice on IFRS-related disclosure expectations for forthcoming MD&A.

Canadian Freestyle Ski Association Olympic Success

Lawson Lundell is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. We offer our congratulations to Alexandre Bilodeau and Jennifer Heil on their medal winning moguls performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Canadian Mining Law

This paper provides a general sense of how hard rock mining law works in Canada by examining topics such as the Canadian legal and political structure; foreign investment; aboriginal title and rights; environmental law; the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and British Columbia. It was presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Mining Law Short Course.

Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations

This paper discusses five types of for-profit unincorporated business organizations: general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and unlimited liability companies. It was presented at Insight's 2010 Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference.

Climate Change Newsletter: New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations

As of January 1, 2010, “single facility operations” and “linear facilities operations”, located in British Columbia and emitting 10,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gases (GHGs) per year will be required to register with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), collect emissions data, and report their GHG emissions.

Winner of the 2009 Lawson Lundell LLP Prize in Aboriginal Law Announced

Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce that Orlagh O'Kelly is the 2009 winner of the annual Lawson Lundell LLP Prize in Aboriginal Law.

Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: British Columbia Bans Use of Electronic Devices While Driving

Upon proclamation of amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, the use of handheld electronic devices while driving or operating a motor vehicle will be prohibited in British Columbia effective January 1, 2010.

Employers should ensure that their employees are informed of the new legislation and required to comply with the law when operating any motor vehicle for business purposes, whether the vehicle is personally owned or provided by the employer.

Pension and Employee Benefits Law Briefing Note: R. v. Christophe (2009 ONCJ 586)

Trustees Convicted of Regulatory Offence

In a decision that stands as a cautionary note to trustees of pension and benefit plans, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has found the Trustees of the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan guilty of breaching the investment rules applicable to pension plans in Ontario.

Purchase and Sale Agreements

Presentation made to the 10th Annual Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference hosted by Federated Press in Vancouver, BC on November 2-3, 2009.

Labour and Employment Law Update: A Cautionary Tale About Temporary Layoffs

A recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, Besse v. Dr. A.S. Mechner Inc., 2009 BCSC 1316, serves as a reminder that employers do not have the right to lay off employees temporarily (and without severance) unless this right is specified in the employment agreement.

Pension and Employee Benefits Bulletin: Pension Reforms Announced by the Minister of Finance

On October 27, 2009 the Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty announced a number of proposed changes to the pension framework in Canada. Most of the proposed changes will be made to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (Canada) (the “PBSA”), which governs federally regulated pension plans.