Martin Ignasiak

Martin Ignasiak

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Alberta Energy Regulator to Take Charge of Environmental Impact Assessments for Energy Resource Activities

On March 29, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) became the entity responsible for issuing approvals pursuant to the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) for energy projects. However, the authority to...more

8/21/2014 - Canada Energy Energy Policy Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies

Draft Regulations Released for Deposits of Deleterious Substances under the Fisheries Act

One of the most significant provisions in the federal Fisheries Act is the prohibition in section 36(3) against releasing deleterious substances into waters frequented by fish. This prohibition has been interpreted broadly by...more

2/21/2014 - Chemicals Contamination Discharge of Pollutants Fisheries Act Water

Changes to the Fisheries Act and Regulations to Come into Force on November 25, 2013

Federal Bills C-38 and C-45, both of which received royal assent in 2012, made several noteworthy changes to the Fisheries Act, including...more

11/20/2013 - Canada Fisheries Act

New Regulations bring Alberta One Step Closer to Establishing a “Single Energy Regulator”

As of November 30, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will take over administration of the Public Lands Act and the exploration provisions of the Mines and Minerals Act insofar as the legislation applies to energy...more

11/20/2013 - Canada Energy Energy Exploration Energy Policy Mining REDA

Significant Changes to the Regulatory Approval Process

Recent court decisions and legislative changes have marked significant changes to the regulatory approval process. This month, Alberta courts rendered decisions with respect to Alberta energy resource development projects by...more

11/5/2013 - Approval Canada Energy Policy

B.C.’s Highest Court Releases Significant Decision on Government Approvals for “Brown Field” Sites

On September 26, 2013, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Stellat’en First Nation (Stellat’en) and confirmed that Crown consultation was adequate in granting the approvals for the Thompson Creek...more

10/1/2013 - Aboriginal Issues Brownfield Properties Canada Mining Permits

Government of Alberta Introduces New, Flexible Wetlands Policy

On September 10, 2013, the Government of Alberta announced its new Alberta Wetland Policy (Policy), which has been developed in an effort to conserve, restore, protect and manage Alberta’s wetlands while providing regulatory...more

9/13/2013 - Canada Environmental Policies New Legislation Wetlands

Dover Commercial Project Approved

On August 6, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) approved the Dover Commercial Project (Project), a 250,000 barrel per day in situ oil sands project proposed by Brion Energy (a joint venture between Athabasca Oil...more

8/7/2013 - Canada Energy Oil & Gas Oil Sands Resource Extraction

New Details on Implementation of Alberta’s Single Energy Regulator

Over the past week, the Alberta government has released several new regulations under the Responsible Energy Development Act (REDA) and has proclaimed that the majority of the REDA’s provisions will come into force on June...more

6/10/2013 - Canada Oil & Gas REDA

Two Significant Duty-to-Consult Cases Released in Alberta and British Columbia Courts

Alberta: Lameman v. Alberta, 2013 ABCA 148 - The Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) brought a Statement of Claim before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench alleging that the Alberta and federal governments have failed to...more

6/6/2013 - Duty To Consult Native American Issues Oil Sands Statement of Claims

Significant Changes Announced for Aboriginal Consultation in Alberta

On April 2, 2013, the Government of Alberta released a revised draft of its First Nations consultation policy, corporate guidelines and consultation matrix for review and comment. This policy calls for significant changes to...more

4/22/2013 - Aboriginal Consultation Office Canada Consultation Disclosure Requirements First Nations

Ontario’s Highest Court Confirms Province Has Exclusive Right to “Take Up” Crown Land

On March 18, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that Ontario has the right to “take up” Crown land for mining and forestry without federal authorization. This ruling confirms that in exercising its rights and powers...more

3/26/2013 - Canada Federalism Forestry Mining

Alberta First Nations Challenge Constitutionality of Federal Regulatory Reforms

On January 8, 2012, the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Frog Lake First Nation (the First Nations), both located in Alberta, filed notices of application (the Applications) with the Federal Court seeking judicial review of...more

1/10/2013 - CEAA First Nations Fisheries Act Jobs Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act

Alberta Court of Appeal Decides Panel Not Required to Determine Adequacy of Crown’s Aboriginal Consultation

On November 26, 2012, the Alberta Court of Appeal released the decision of Justice Slatter denying leave to appeal a decision made by the Joint Review Panel (the Panel) established to evaluate Shell Canada’s application to...more

12/1/2012 - Aboriginal Issues Energy Mining Oil Sands Permits

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