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Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Introduction Even prior to its enactment, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the GGPPA) – colloquially known as the federal carbon tax – has garnered considerable attention across Canada’s political and legal landscape. It has inspired a range of responses across the country, prompting provincial references and becoming an election issue in multiple… [Read More…] about Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

Carbon Pricing Matters: Federal Fuel Charge Now in Effect in Four Backstop Provinces

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. The federal fuel charge came in force on April 1, 2019. This charge on fossil fuels now applies to fuels that are consumed in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, the four provinces that do not have a provincial system in place which meets federal carbon pricing… [Read More…] about Carbon Pricing Matters: Federal Fuel Charge Now in Effect in Four Backstop Provinces

Federal Government Proposes Refinements to its Carbon Pricing Backstop System

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. In October 2018, the federal government announced certain details on the scope and application of its carbon pricing backstop system. Under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), the federal carbon pricing backstop system consists of two components: a charge on 21 types of fuel and combustible waste that… [Read More…] about Federal Government Proposes Refinements to its Carbon Pricing Backstop System

Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On judicial review, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench overturned a ministerial decision of the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE) regarding costs incurred by an oil sands project owner in Fort Hills Energy Corporation v. Alberta (Minister of Energy). The case was decided on a standard of reasonableness and is… [Read More…] about Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

PDAC: Lots to Talk About

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In our summary of PDAC last year, we noted it was finally a time that “the mining industry got back to work with greater businesslike focus than we have seen in recent years.” We’re happy to say in our view that trend continued in many respects at PDAC 2019.… [Read More…] about PDAC: Lots to Talk About

Trans Mountain Decision: Application of Existing Principles or Evolving Standard?

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized that there is a duty to consult Indigenous groups whenever the Crown is contemplating conduct that could adversely impact asserted or established Aboriginal or treaty rights. Since this time, there have been hundreds of court cases in which Indigenous… [Read More…] about Trans Mountain Decision: Application of Existing Principles or Evolving Standard?

Moving Along: Updates to Ontario’s Environment Plan

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As reported in a previous blog post, in late 2018 the Ontario government released the Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. This Plan outlined the government’s intended actions and policies for addressing many environment-related issues in Ontario, including the pollution of air, land, and water, the… [Read More…] about Moving Along: Updates to Ontario’s Environment Plan

2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. At the beginning of 2018, our review of the 2017 Canadian regulatory events described them as dramatic, but the 2018 saga turned out to be nothing short of a blockbuster. Pressure built up to a bubble point at the federal and provincial levels of governments, and at the National… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In this Update Two recent developments demonstrate that climate change litigation has arrived in Canada: the ENVironnement JEUnesse lawsuit in Québec and the City of Victoria’s endorsement of a class action lawsuit against oil and gas producers for climate-related harms. Oil and gas producers may soon be faced… [Read More…] about Climate Change Litigation Arrives in Canada

12 Minutes with Brad Wall on Energy & Agriculture

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Osler Special Advisor Brad Wall says he is “optimistic” about the future prospects of Canada’s energy sector and that we should be “very excited about Canadian agriculture.” In a video interview, Brad, the former Premier of Saskatchewan, discussed a wide range of topics including Canada’s energy and agricultural sectors; navigating… [Read More…] about 12 Minutes with Brad Wall on Energy & Agriculture