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Oil & Gas, Mines & Minerals – Security under the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act

When registered in accordance with the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act (BLA), a builders’ lien provides security for unpaid contractors, labourers and suppliers who have “improved” lands. This includes those providing materials or...more

Farm workers denied Coroner’s inquest: greater risk of fatality in mining and construction industries, HRTO decides

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has decided that it was not discriminatory for the Coroner’s Act to require mandatory inquests in construction and mining deaths, but not in farm deaths. ...more

Mandatory Reporting Standards For Payments By Extractive Industry Companies

The Government of Canada recently issued a Consultation Paper regarding proposed mandatory reporting standards (the proposed standards) for payments by extractive industry companies to governments, both domestic and foreign,...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-07

In This Issue: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

Lean Times May Call For Lien Measures – What You Need To Know About Miners’ Liens In Northern Canada

Given the present economic climate of falling metal prices and depressed equity markets for mining companies, many owners and operators of mines are experiencing cash flow and working capital shortages. As a result,...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2014-02 - Jan 24, 2014

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Adoption Of Bill 70 Amending The Mining Act: Overview Of Amendments

After several failed attempts at reforming the Mining Act, on December 10, 2013 the National Assembly finally adopted Bill 70, An Act to amend the Mining Act (“Bill 70”). Bill 70 draws upon a number of the measures...more

Adoption Of Bill 70, An Act To Amend The Mining Act: Amendments Relating To Native Communities And Reactions Of Those Communities

On last December 10th, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 70, An Act to amend the Mining Act (“Bill 70”). The adoption of Bill 70 came in the wake of three aborted attempts to modify Quebec’s mining regime in recent...more

TSX Staff Notice Guidance Impacts IPO Plans

On November 7, 2013, the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) issued a Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations (“Staff Notice”) that provides guidance for companies considering...more

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

Second Circuit Affirms Canadian Mining Company’s Victory in Securities Fraud Suit

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a multidistrict class action against Canadian mining company Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico) and its executives, who...more

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

October 1st Changes to Alberta’s OHS Regulation: Mining, Blasting and Hazardous Work Conditions

On October 1, 2013, amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (Regulation) come into force. In this post, we bring you the highlights. ...more

Mining Review -- July 2013: Publish What You Pay Laws – Getting it Right Here in Canada

That various payments to domestic and foreign governments by natural resource companies should be subject to transparency obligations is now universally accepted as good public policy. Increasingly however, governments are...more

Mining Review -- July 2013: Ontario Securities Commission Review of Technical Reports Identifies “Unacceptable” Level of...

On June 27, 2013, Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (Staff) released OSC Staff Notice 43-705 – Report on Staff’s Review of Technical Reports by Ontario Mining Issuers (the Notice). The Notice provides an overview of...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-12

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon...more

Posed Amendments To The Yukon Quartz Mining Act And Placer Mining Act

As a result of the Ross River Dena lawsuit against the Yukon Government with respect to consultation on the granting of rights to miners to conduct work without consulting and accommodating First Nations, the Yukon Court of...more

Plan Nord – Parti Québécois Advances Reform of Québec’s Mining Act

On May 29, 2013, after eight months of work and two reform attempts by the former Liberal government, the Parti Québécois (the PQ) filed Bill 43, proposing reform to the Mining Act. ...more

Highlights of Proposed New Mining Tax Regime

On May 6, the Government of Québec announced a new mining tax regime, which, if passed by the National Assembly, will be effective as of January 1, 2014....more

Accessing Asian Capital By Canadian Companies – The Case For Listing In Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong - Michael Chan, Assistant Vice President of the Global Markets Division of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”), was recently in Canada, visiting Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and delivering a...more

Plan Nord – Québec’s New Mining Royalty Regime

On May 6, 2013, the Québec government revealed its long-awaited mining royalty and tax regime in an official document titled “A New Mining Tax Regime: Fair for All,”....more

The Québec Government Announces A New Mining Tax Regime “Fair For All”

The new Québec mining tax regime was announced on May 6th 2013, by the Minister of Finance, Nicolas Marceau, accompanied by the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet....more

Energy Newsletter - April 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: - Project Development/FinanceKey Considerations in Energy Take-or-Pay Contracts - Upstream - Russia and former republics Unconventional Russia - Bankruptcy:...more

Quebec mining industry: regulatory reform is underway

In February, the government published a draft regulation that will tighten the rules applicable to the financial guarantee that exploration and mining companies are required to provide in connection with the restoration of...more

Northwest Territories And Nunavut Mining Regulations: Proposed Changes

A number of changes are proposed and are to be published in the Canada Gazette in the Summer of 2013 for comments with the intention of making them effective in 2014....more

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