Tag Archives: environmental approvals

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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Supreme Court of Canada upholds Ontario’s right to license forestry operations on treaty lands

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right of the province of Ontario to license forestry operations on Treaty 3 lands, without the approval of the federal government. In so doing, the court refused an appeal by Grassy Narrows … Continue reading

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Joint Review Panel recommends approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

CALGARY ― In a decision that is bound to inflame passions, the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions.  The Panel’s … Continue reading

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February 2013 – Manning Environmental Law Speaking Engagements

February 7, 2013 – Paul Manning is a panelist on Major Projects and the Duty to Consult in the Aboriginal Law session of the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013. The Institute  takes place at Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, 2 Harbour Square, … Continue reading

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December 6, 2012 – Paul Manning to Speak at Insight’s 6th Aboriginal Energy Forum

Paul Manning, principal at Manning Environmental Law, and Margaret Buist, Director General, Lands and Environmental Management, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will speak at Insight’s 6th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum on 6th December, 2012. In their session Implications of Amendments to the Environmental Assessment … Continue reading

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November 22, 2012 – Canada Continues Rollback of Environmental Regulation

In our posts dated June 27, 2012 and July 12, 2012, we discussed the impact of Canada’s federal omnibus budget implementation bill, Bill C-38, on environmental regulatory protection and Aboriginal environmental rights. This post brings the story up to date … Continue reading

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September 24, 2012 – BC Court of Appeal confirms municipalities’ exemption from constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal peoples.

British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has endorsed a significant loophole in the constitutional duty to consult Aboriginal peoples by confirming that the grant of powers to municipalities by provinces does not automatically carry with it the power and duty to consult. … Continue reading

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July 12, 2012 – What does Canada’s federal budget mean for Aboriginal environmental rights?

In our post dated June 27, 2012: Canada’s Federal Budget: Sensible Streamlining or Unwarranted Removal of Environmental Protection we discuss the implications of the recent federal budget bill for environmental protection in Canada. Aboriginal groups are among several who have … Continue reading

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June 27, 2012 – Canada’s Federal Budget: Sensible Streamlining or Unwarranted Removal of Environmental Protection?

After a marathon session in the lower chamber of Canada’s federal parliament last week, the Conservative government majority prevailed and the federal Budget Bill C-38 (Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act) is now working its way through the final stages … Continue reading

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