On June 17, 2021, a Joint Review Panel (the “Panel”) acting in its capacity as the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) denied approval of the Grassy Mountain Steelmaking Coal Project (the “Project”), a proposed open-pit coal mine, on the basis that the Project would likely result in significant adverse environmental effects. On January 28, 2022, the Alberta Court of ...

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While the term “bitcoin” is a hot topic in Alberta in recent weeks, the physical operations, infrastructure and approvals required to operate a large-scale cryptocurrency operation is unknown to many. Cryptocurrency mining operations require large powerful processors that are used by miners to process and confirm the transaction of digital assets. Imagine a large ...

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Posted in Indigenous Law

On June 11, 2021, the B.C. government released its Draft Action Plan relating to the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“DRIPA”). The Draft Action Plan arrives two years after the B.C. government unanimously passed DRIPA – ambitious legislation that adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ...

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On June 15, 2021, a new amendment to Rule 016 governing review of Alberta Utilities Commission (‘AUC’ or the ‘Commission’) decisions will take effect. The rationale for the change is described in AUC Bulletin 2021-11 (dated May 6, 2021). Rule 016 sets out the criteria and process through which the Commission’s decisions may be reviewed or varied on ...

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On February 1, 2021, new reporting requirements in British Columbia will apply to owners and operators of lands that have been used for specified commercial and industrial uses. These reporting requirements will also trigger environmental investigation requirements to determine whether or not the lands are contaminated.

While the B.C. government believes this will ...

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Posted in Indigenous Law

Today, the federal government introduced in Parliament Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. This blog provides some background on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the new federal bill.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UNDRIP was passed by the UN ...

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On July 16, 2020, the federal government released the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change, July 2020 (“SACC”). The SACC includes rules and obligations that apply to designated projects under the federal Impact Assessment Act (“IAA”). In particular, the SACC outlines requirements for project proponents in relation to greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions ...

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On December 16, 2019, several regulations came into force under B.C.'s new Environmental Assessment Act (the “New BCEAA”). The most notable of these is the new Reviewable Projects Regulation (the “New RPR”), which sets out the types of projects that are automatically reviewable (i.e. subject to the New BCEAA) if they meet certain criteria. The New RPR introduces ...

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What is undoubtedly an early holiday gift for administrative law practitioners, the Supreme Court of Canada has revealed a new framework for dealing with the standard of review in administrative law cases. The court has overruled previously standing precedence across the country in order to bring greater cohesion to this area of law by enshrining a reasonableness test ...

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Posted in Environmental

On December 16, 2019, the long awaited Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.B.C. 2018, c. 51 (the “New BCEAA”) will come into force. Despite having received royal assent on November 27, 2018, the New BCEAA was not brought into force for over a year largely due to the need for further development of policies and regulations to support it. While questions remain about ...

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