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Relaunching the Northern Plan

The Northern Plan will focus on the integrated and coherent development of the area covered by the Northern Plan which includes all of Québec located north of the 49th degree of north latitude and north of the St. Lawrence...more

Ontario Government Responds to Early Results of Mine Safety Review

In December 2013, the province asked Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector, focusing first on underground mines. The review...more

Did Governmental Mismanagement Cause a Dam to Burst? Mount Polley Mine

Mount Polley mine is operated by Imperial Metals and is an open-pit copper and gold mine with a four kilometre-wide tailings pond built with an earthen dam. It's located in central BC, west of Williams Lake and near the...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Budget, Economic Action Plan 2013

On March 21, 2013, the Minister of Finance tabled the 2013 federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2013. There are announced changes which will be of particular interest to the mining sector....more

BC Mining Process

On March 8, the Ministry of Energy Mines and Natural Gas announced that it will no longer require permits for some low impact exploration activities commencing September 2013....more

SCC will Decide Finder’s Fee Arbitration Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has just decided to hear a commercial arbitration case arising from a finder’s fee dispute in the mining industry. The legal issues in the appeals — plural — go to the heart of the relationship...more

Directors Owe No Duty To Foreign Residents

Originally Published in Legal Alert, Vol. 31, No. 5. Directors of Canadian companies with operations outside of Canada can take comfort in the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Piedra v. Copper Mesa Mining...more

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