Media Coverage Results
|Federal Government Passes Disclosure Law for Oil, Gas and Mining Companies
On December 16, 2014, the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, contained with the omnibus budget Bill C-43, received Royal Assent. The Act is intended to deter and detect corruption by requiring companies to report payments they make to governments in Canada and abroad. The federal government is implementing the measures as part of international efforts to improve transparency surrounding payments made by companies in the oil and gas and mining sectors to governments. This Bill has only one remaining step for it to become law, which is the Governor in Council making an Order in Council bringing the law into force. There is no timeline for the publication of such an Order in Council—although, based on previous statements by government representatives, we expect that the Act will be brought into force around June 2015.
|The pros and cons of private equity investment||02.3.15|
|Ripples on the land
In a first-ever judgment last June, the Supreme Court of Canada awarded the Tsilhqot’in First Nation aboriginal title to 1,700 square kilometres of territory in the B.C. interior. This article, published in Listed Magazine, examines what it means for mining and resource development in Canada.
|Lawyers win exemption from money-laundering law||13.2.15|
|The Peel watershed decision's broader implications,
Keith Bergner, John Olynyk and Toby Kruger wrote an article which appeared in the Northern Miner on the Yukon Supreme Court's decision to strike down Yukon government’s Peel watershed regional land use plan.
|Ritu Mahil was interviewed by CBC National on the possibility of employees being fired for racist comments made outside of the workplace||21.1.15|
|Amaan Gangi's article on CASL provisions impacting the installation of computer programs published on Techvibes
Amaan Gangji's article "New Anti-Spam Legislation Impacting the Installation of Computer Programs Now in Force" appeared in Techvibes. In this article, Amaan examines the provisions in section 8 of CASL which aim to curtail malicious software such as malware and spyware by requiring express consent for the installation of computer programs on another person's computer system and mandating enhanced disclosure if the software performs certain prescribed functions. These provisions came into force on January 15.
|Proposed changes to Canadian takeover regime would kill ‘poison pills’ in hostile acquisition attempts||16.12.14|
|Canadian mining companies face lawsuits over foreign activities
Craig Ferris spoke to the Legal Post about lawsuits faced by mining companies over foreign activities
|Forest deals pick up steam
David Allard was quoted in the National Post examining the resurgence in Western Canada’s forestry sector.
|Keith Bergner quoted in Canadian Lawyer story on land claims: "A new era of title claims"
Keith Bergner was interviewed by Canadian Lawyer's Janet Guttsman on the recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the Aboriginal law space and their potential impact on mining and other development. In the article, "A new era of title claims," Keith noted that the mining sector currently recognizes the benefits of negotiating with First Nations.
|Craig Ferris quoted by the Globe and Mail, CBC and National Post about the constitutional Issues surrounding the Bountiful, BC Polygamy case.
On August 18, 2014, Craig Ferris was interview about the constitutional issues arising out of the Bountiful, BC polygamy case.
In the interview, he discussed how the trial will differ from the reference case. "There are a number of issues that were raised in the reference case that are unlikely to be raised in [the trial]", said Ferris. "You'll get a more specific constitutional argument, which again may not answer the question on this law forever, because you will be focusing on the charges that were laid".
Along with the Globe and Mail, this interview was also published by the National Post, CBC, CTV, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Leader Post, StarPhoenix, Windsor Star, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal and many others.
|Marko Vesely was interviewed by CBC's On the Island about the Simon Whitfield twitter defamation case
Marko Vesely was recently interviewed by CBC's On the Island regarding Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield's case of defamation.
Whitfield, who is being sued by a former coach, is alleged to have defamed his former coach using the online platform, Twitter.
|Keith Bergner quoted in the National Post discussing two recent Supreme Court of Canada Aboriginal law decisions
Keith Bergner was interviewed by the National Post's Drew Hasselback about the Supreme Court of Canada’s rulings in Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows. In the article, "Aboriginal court decisions shouldn’t be dealbreakers," Keith notes that the best way to get a project built is to do a deal that secures the backing of any affected First Nations. “That’s still the preferred approach," he said. "If anything, the Tsilhqot’in decision has in my mind reinforced the wisdom of that approach.”
|Keith Bergner speaks to the National Post, Edmonton Journal and others about the Grassy Narrows Decision.
On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released an important Aboriginal law decision, Keewatin v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2014 SCC 48, confirming Ontario’s power to manage natural resources over lands in north-western Ontario reserved for Aboriginal groups pursuant to Treaty 3. Keith Bergner was interviewed by the National Post and Canadian Press about the decision, noting that it ends any uncertainty about whether a province can “take up” lands that were ceded by an agreement reached with the federal government.
The interviews were also published in the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Leader Post, Winnipeg Free Press, Windsor Star, Times Colonist and Star Phoenix.
|Keith Bergner quoted in "Tsilhqot'in case is not a template for resolving all First Nations land disputes"
Keith Bergner is quoted in Business in Vancouver article, "Tsilhqot'in case is not a template for resolving all First Nations land disputes" published on July 8, 2014.
The article examines a recent and highly anticipated Supreme Court of Canada decision that awarded Aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation. In the article, Keith notes that while the decision will give guidance for future court decisions, every case of aboriginal title will have to be decided on its own merit.
|"Defamation lawyer cautions about online allegations in stolen dog case," CKNW: The Simi Sara Show, Interview
Outrage over a dog-napping at a Vancouver tattoo parlour is leading to accusations swirling online. In this interview, Marko discusses some of the consequences of defaming someone online.
|Dog-napping video spurs argument, CTV News, Interview||21.4.14|
|"Tech startups: How law firms are getting their business", Lexpert, April 2014
In this article, Val Mann discusses how law firms should handle being approached by an early-stage entrepreneur. According to Val, when she is approached "she conducts an informal vetting process to make sure she understands the business idea, then talks to people at incubators and in the venture and angel communities."
|Nicole Skuggedal quoted in BC Business
Nicole Skuggedal quoted in BC Business article "Tracking Workers in BC" discussing the BC privacy commissioner's rulings that side with companies tracking employees through mobile and GPS devices in company vehicles. In reaching this decision, Nicole notes, the privacy commissioner would "balance the employer’s business interest with an employee’s right to privacy."