Category Archives: Aborginal Law

Ontario Releases Minister’s Mandate Letters: Priorities for the Environment, Climate Change, Energy, and Indigenous Relations

On September 23, at the mid-point in the Ontario government’s mandate, Premier Kathleen Wynne released  her mandate letters to the new cabinet and their ministries. Our readers will be especially interested in the mandates given to the Ministries for Environment and … Continue reading

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Requires Provincial Environmental Approval

We are pleased to publish this guest post from our friends and colleagues at Siskinds LLP where the author Paula Boutis is a lawyer practising with the environmental law group. A BC court has declared that an agreement (Agreement) between the … Continue reading

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Trudeau Government Introduces Interim Measures for NEB Pipeline Hearings

We reported yesterday that the federal Government of Canada has introduced five principles that will guide its decision-making on major natural resource projects, while it undertakes a review of environmental assessment processes. Building on those principles, the government has announced interim measures for … Continue reading

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“A good day at the office” – Ontario Electricity Support Program Now Accepting Applications

Back in March of this year we welcomed the announcement of the launch of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) for low-income electricity consumers. We noted then that the OESP is the culmination of a long campaign by the Low Income … Continue reading

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First Nations, Ontario Sign Historic Political Accord

In what Regional Chief Isadore Day described as “the most important collective milestone in modern times”, Chiefs of Ontario and the Government of Ontario signed a historic Political Accord on Tuesday August, 24, 2015. That Accord Affirms that First Nations’ … Continue reading

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OEB Report Concludes that Risks and Benefits of Energy East Need Better Balance

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) today released “Giving Ontarians a Voice on Energy East”, a report on its consultation and review of the proposed Energy East Pipeline. At the request of the Minister of Energy, the OEB led a review of the … Continue reading

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NEB asks Aboriginal Intervenors in Energy East project to provide oral traditional evidence

The National Energy Board (NEB) has asked the Aboriginal Intervenors in the Energy East project to indicate whether they will wish to provide oral traditional evidence. “Aboriginal groups have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons and knowledge from generation to generation. … Continue reading

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June 17-18, 2015 – Paul Manning to Speak at Insight’s 5th Annual Ontario Mining Forum

I am delighted to have been invited back to join a distinguished faculty of speakers this week at Insight’s 5th Annual Ontario Mining Forum in Thunder Bay. The conference will be held at the Valhalla Inn on June 17 and 18, 2015. I hope to … Continue reading

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Ontario to Launch Low-Income Electricity Support Program

We welcome the announcement by Ontario’s Minister of Energy, on March 26, 2015, of a proposed support program for low-income electricity consumers. In addition, Ontario’s Debt Retirement Charge will be removed from the electricity bill of all residential consumers. Our congratulations to … Continue reading

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Federal Court: Canada had duty to consult First Nation on changes to environmental legislation

In a series of posts in 2012, we reported on the Harper government’s wholesale changes to Canada’s federal environmental legislation in its federal omnibus budget implementation bills C-38 and C-45 (Omnibus Bills). In a decision released last month in Courtoreille v. Canada, the … Continue reading

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