Category Archives: Environmental Approvals

Trudeau moves to unwind Harper’s rollback of Canada’s environmental protection legislation

In 2012, the Harper government made a series of draconian changes to Canada’s  environmental protection legislation, not least the rules on federal environmental assessment and those dealing with the review of pipeline applications by the National Energy Board (NEB). In January … Continue reading

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Court Extends Limitation Period in Alberta Contamination Case

We are pleased to publish this guest post from our friends and colleagues at the Calgary office of McLennan Ross LLP, where the authors: Gavin Fitch, Q.C. is a partner and Marco Baldasaro is an associate. The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench … Continue reading

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NEB recommends conditional approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Amid a flurry of protest from environmentalists and First Nations, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that Canada’s  Governor in Council approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project), subject to 157 conditions. Controversial aspects of the recommendation include the Board’s … Continue reading

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Federal Court of Appeal dismisses appeal of Darlington nuclear refurbishment EA

In a decision issued on April 13 2016 that will disappoint many public interest groups, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal of the Federal Court’s refusal to allow a judicial review of the environmental assessment (EA)  decision under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, … 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 Announces Interim Environmental Assessment Regime

In a series of posts in 2012, we commented on the rollback of environmental protection implemented by the Harper Government’s federal Omnibus Budget Bill C-38, which included a recasting of the federal environmental assessment regime, the pipeline approval process and … Continue reading

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Public participation in federal environmental hearings: SCC refuses leave to appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused leave to appeal a challenge to the constitutionality of the public participation provisions of the National Energy Board Act. In Quarmby, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 2015 FCA (36353), … 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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Paul Manning to Speak at Insight’s 8th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum

I am pleased to be speaking again this year at Insight’s 8th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum. The conference will be held in Toronto on December 4 and 5, 2014. I will be speaking on Friday 5 in the session “Getting to yes”. … Continue reading

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Ontario Establishes Ring Of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation

Ontario has announced today the establishment of the Ring of Fire (ROF) Infrastructure Development Corporation, to be headquartered in Thunder Bay. Our post on March 26, 2014, Ontario, First Nations to work together on Ring of Fire, noted that Ontario … Continue reading

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