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Update on Canada's environmental and regulatory review process

On June 29, 2017, the Government of Canada released its environmental and regulatory reviews discussion paper (Discussion Paper). The Discussion Paper follows from reports prepared by expert panels tasked with reviewing...more

Taking it to the Limit: Recommendations from Alberta's Oil Sands Advisory Group

On June 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta released the Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit (Report) prepared by the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG). The OSAG was established by Alberta's...more

Highlights from the National Energy Board modernization report

On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its report, Forward, Together: Enabling Canada's Clean, Safe, and Secure Energy Future (Report). The Panel was appointed in...more

A CEAA change

The Expert Panel mandated by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes has now delivered its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in...more

Renewal road-maps—and rhetoric? Top ten developments of 2016 in Canadian Aboriginal law

Opening against newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge of a “renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” 2016 was a year of great expectations for Canadian Aboriginal law....more

Capacity for improvement: Alberta commits to parallel capacity market for power

Alberta’s electricity market is set to join the capacity markets club. In a November 23, 2016 announcement, the Alberta government committed to restructuring its power market by 2021 to provide for so-called "capacity...more

Alberta unveils Renewable Electricity Program: The beginning of the end for the energy-only market?

On November 3, 2016, the Alberta government released the details of its long-awaited plan to accelerate the development of renewable power generation in the province through an auction-based procurement process—a key plank of...more

Daniels v. Canada: Métis and non-status Indians fall under Parliament's legislative authority

On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12. The Plaintiffs (Appellants) in the case are the Congress of...more

"Responsible Energy Development Act – A Sea Change In Energy Project Regulation? Stay Tuned", Focus On Energy, January 2013

On October 24, 2012, the Alberta Minister of Energy introduced Bill 2 – the Responsible Energy Development Act (“Responsible Energy Act”) in the Alberta Legislature. On November 21, 2012, Bill 2 passed third reading and was...more

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