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Energy Law Bulletin: What Does the ERCB’s Decision in Kallisto Mean for Hydraulic Fracturing?

In a recent contest before the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board between the operator of a natural gas storage reservoir and a producer seeking to drill and frack a Basal Quartz vertical oil well in the vicinity of the storage reservoir, the ERCB granted the producer its well licence, subject to conditions. While not specifically addressing any of the potential issues relating to hydraulic fracturing in tight oil reservoirs, there are interesting and useful inferences that can be drawn from the ERCB’s approach to an adjoining mineral owner’s objection to a fracking operation.

Project Law Bulletin: Environmental Assessment Streamlining Federal Government Initiatives

On April 17, 2012 the federal government announced its Plan For Responsible Resource Development, setting out further details on steps to implement proposals for streamlining the federal environmental assessment (“EA”) process. This Plan follows on the heels of the federal budget and the Statutory Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which both suggested that these streamlining reforms would be forthcoming.

William Everett, QC Receives a UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Award

William Everett, QC received an Alumni Award of Distinction by the UBC Faculty of Law Alumni Association at the 2012 Law Alumni Acheivement Awards held on April 12, 2012.

2012 Federal Budget: Changes to the thin-capitalization rules

On March 29, 2012, Canadian Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the government’s 2012 federal budget (the “Budget”). As is typical in Canada, the Budget contained interesting tax policy changes. This article briefly highlights the three most important proposed changes to the thin-cap rules that apply to in-bound Canadian investments.

Project Law Bulletin: Environmental Assessment – Improving the Process

On March 13, 2012, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issued recommendations for improving the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) process.

Lawson Lundell Recognized in Chambers Global 2012

Chambers Global 2012 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the following practice areas: Aboriginal Law, Environment, Mining, Projects: Mining (Latin America-wide), Pension & Benefits, Employment & Labour, Energy: Power (Regulatory) and Real Estate. 

Employee Life and Health Trusts and Health and Welfare Trusts

This paper reviews the basic features of Employee Life and Health Trusts (ELHT), considers  the most recent statements of the CRA and compares the tax and other advantages and disadvantages of using an ELHT versus a Health and Welfare Trust (HWT).

Canadian Tax Rates, Not Quite a Tax Haven

This article provides a brief overview of the taxes incurred by a corporation subject to tax in Canada.

Finding a Connection: Jurisdiction and the Refinement of the “Real and Substantial Connection” Test 18.2.12
Employees who Resign Retain Rights to Sue for Wrongful Dismissal

In the recent decision the Court of Appeal for British Columbia held that an employee who quit his job after being given working notice of termination of employment was nevertheless entitled to sue for damages for wrongful dismissal for the period of reasonable notice in excess of the notice given.

Structured Private Equity Fund Investments: More Demonstrable Governance, Please

This paper aims to shine a light on moderately to highly structured limited partnership investments (or, sometimes, a limited liability company or corporate investment vehicle), where the investment target is often in an indirect subsidiary or portfolio company one or more levels below.

Cross Canada Legal Panel: British Columbia Equity Overview / Legal Update

This paper covers the burden of proof and equity in British Columbia and several recent cases on assessment and taxation principles (including the just-released decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Catalyst Paper Corporation’s challenge of municipal tax rates).

Lawson Lundell Names New Partners

Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Chamzuk, Randall Chatwin, Christine Kowbel and Justin Young into the partnership.

Supreme Court of Yukon Considers Duty to Consult and “Free Entry” Mining System

On November 15, 2011, the Supreme Court of Yukon released its decision in Ross River Dena Council v. Government of Yukon, 2011 YKSC 84. The case is important as it is the first court decision to consider the issue of whether the Government of Yukon has a duty to consult with First Nations when recording quartz mineral claims under the Quartz Mining Act (the “Act”).  It is also somewhat unique as the recording of a quartz mineral claim by the Mining Recorder is not a discretionary act under the “free entry” system established by the Act.

How to craft computer policies on personal emails and surfing

This article, published in the December 2011 issue of Small Business Profit Guide, discusses employee privacy rights for information stored on work computers and the importance of adopting a well-conceived policy on computer usage.

The best way to protect your company from being found in violation of employee privacy is to adopt a well-conceived policy on computer usage and enforce it consistently.

Valerie Mann named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ by Women's Executive Network

Valerie Mann was one of 10 women recognized in the Professionals category by Women’s Executive Network as one of the 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™. Winners of the Top 100 Awards are selected by an independent advisory board and recognize high-achieving women in private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Peter Tolensky recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Peter Tolensky on being named by Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. This award further confirms Peter’s place among Canada’s leading real estate counsel. His reputation as a dealmaker makes him top choice for many players in the Canadian real estate industry. Peter is a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP and Chair of its Commercial Real Estate and Development group.

Reverse Break Fees - Breaking up is hard (and expensive) to do

Valerie Mann discusses reverse break fees in the article, "Breaking up is hard (and expensive) to do", published in the November 22, 2011 issue of Business in Vancouver.

Environmental Law: Managing Risk - 'I Done What He Told Me To' - What to Do (and Not to Do) When the Regulator Calls

This paper examines the scope of a regulator’s authority to conduct inspections and investigations across a number of common regulatory contexts.

Legal Challenges for Mining Companies New to Canada’s North

Mining companies investing for the first time in Canada’s North may find the experience unlike any other. This holds true not only for foreign corporations, but also for companies familiar with mining in the Canadian south. This article provides an orientation around some of these unique challenges.