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Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Duty to Accommodate

On July 17, 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada in Hydro-Québec v. Syndicat des employé-e-s de techniques professionelles et de bureau d'Hydro-Québec, 2008 SCC 43 clarified that there are limits to the employer's duty to accommodate.

Labour and Employment Law Newsletter - Summer 2008

Newsletter from the Labour and Employment Law Group.

Supreme Court of Canada Issues Landmark Employment Law Decision in Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.

On June 27, 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Keays v. Honda Canada Inc. and overturned the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal and narrowed the scope of Wallace damages for the "bad faith" manner of dismissal.

Real Estate - Special Topics: Expropriation from the Property Owner’s Perspective"

The development of transportation infrastructure in the Lower Mainland depends on expropriation of private property. Practitioners should have a basic understanding of the process to answer typical questions clients ask when faced with the loss of property rights.

Pollution Exclusion Clauses: An Analysis of the Canadian Jurisprudence

This paper addresses a number of issues with respect to the pollution exclusion clauses commonly contained in Commercial General Liability insurance policies. In particular, this paper considers how Canadian courts have interpreted and applied the standard wording of pollution exclusion clauses, and how they have decided coverage disputes involving pollution exclusion clauses.

Aboriginal Issues Related to Heavy Oil Refining

Presentation given at Insight Information's 2nd Annual Conference on Heavy Oil Refining - Business Case and Environmental Sustainability, held in Edmonton, Alberta on May 30, 2008.

Mining Law Update - Spring 2008

This is Lawson Lundell's web-based publication dedicated to keeping readers informed about developments in Canadian mining law.

Equitable Classification and Exemption

A hallmark of the assessment and taxation of property in B.C. is the principle of equity: taxing authorities must deal even-handedly with all taxpayers in a municipality or rural area, and all taxpayers within a class must be treated in the same way. That is, properties with identifiable, similar attributes within a class should be assessed for taxation, e.g., classified, valued and subject to exemptions from assessment and taxation consistently, within a municipality or rural area.

Mining Law Update - Winter 2008

A discussion of three recent decisions in the Yukon Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and their impact on the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples; the environmental assessment of a proposed mining project; and Aboriginal title and rights.

Pension and Employee Benefit Class Actions - The Defence Perspective

Pension and benefit plan administrators are becoming increasingly familiar with litigation and in particular, class proceedings. We have seen a tremendous increase in both the number of pension and the breadth of issues raised in those actions. What are some winning strategies for defendants in pension class actions?

Energy Law Newsletter - Winter 2008

Energy Law Newsletter with a Feature Article on the Mackenzie Gas Project: Federal Court of Appeal Dismisses Appeal in Dene Tha' Case.

British Columbia Update

An overview of key legislative changes and legal developments relating to property tax in British Columbia in 2007, prepared for the National Valuation and Legal Symposium Cross-Canada Legal Panel.

No Mandatory Retirement in B.C. Commencing January 1, 2008

On January 1, 2008, amendments to the B.C. Human Rights Code came into force which prohibit discrimination against persons age 65 or older. One of the primary effects of these changes is that mandatory retirement in B.C. is no longer permitted.

The Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia Case: What it Means and What it Doesn't Mean

After 339 days of hearings over five years, and at a cost of almost $30 million, a court in British Columbia has expressed its opinion that the Tsilhqot'in Nation has aboriginal title to approximately 2,000 square kilometres of land, but stopped short of making that opinion legally binding by granting a declaration of aboriginal title.

The Implied Undertaking Rule

The implied undertaking rule has been established as a part of the common law across Canada and in some provinces has been codified as a part of the rules of court. Despite the prevalence and prominence of the implied undertaking rule, interesting questions remain as to its rationale, scope, and implementation in practice. This paper will attempt to explore some of those issues.

Aboriginal Title Declaration Dismissed, For Now: Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia

On November 21, 2007, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released the decision of Mr. Justice Vickers in Tsilhqot'in v. British Columbia.

Energy Law Newsletter - Fall 2007

Energy Law Newsletter with a Feature Article on Residential Natural Gas Unbundling in BC.

Asset & Share Purchase Agreements

Presentation at The Canadian Institute’s Course Series on Negotiating & Drafting Key Business Agreements.

Understanding Arbitration Clauses in Class Actions: Have the Sands Shifted Once Again?

This paper will first review the history of the conflict between class proceedings and arbitration in Canada, and then address whether Union des consommateurs v. Dell Computer Corp. has provided guidance that arbitration agreements should, in general, be respected and that class proceeding legislation should not be regarded as providing a substantive ground to negate an arbitrator’s jurisdiction.

Energy Law Newsletter - Summer 2007

This edition of the Energy Law Newsletter has stories from British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.