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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

New Reporting Requirements Now in Force in Quebec for Mining, Oil and Gas Industries

Quebec mining and oil and gas industries must now comply with the Regulation respecting the application of the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries (Regulation), which came into force on...more

Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern...more

Workwise: Province Announces New Partnership with Police to Investigate Serious Workplace Safety Incidents

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The Government of Alberta has announced a new partnership with ten different police agencies across the province to define protocols for the investigation of serious workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) incidents....more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

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Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

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Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

CRA Releases New Guidelines Regarding Canadian Exploration Expenses

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On the heels of some recent positive legislative changes regarding the tax treatment of environmental study and community consultation costs, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revised its administrative guidelines for the...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

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Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

Employer’s Safety Concerns Were Not Sufficient to Avoid its Obligations Under its Collective Agreement

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An Employer was required to revert to a previous shift schedule in accordance with its obligations under the collective agreement, notwithstanding its claim that the previous shift schedule was less safe....more

Private Placement as Defensive Tactic Considered in Context of New Takeover Bid Rules

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On October 24, 2016, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) released their much anticipated reasons for their July 22, 2016, order, In the matter of Hecla...more

Mining Initial Public Offering Guide

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Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how....more

Court of Appeal Confirms Judges May Weigh Evidence on Leave Motions in Secondary Market Securities Class Actions

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Summary In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc., the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld a decision refusing leave to commence an action for secondary market misrepresentation under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the...more

Dolly Varden Silver and Hecla Mining - Decision goes in favour of the target in latest regulatory challenge to a private placement...

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On July 22, 2016, following a joint hearing of the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions, the regulators decided not to block a proposed private placement of common shares of Dolly Varden Silver Corporation...more

Proposed SEC Rules Modernize Mining Disclosures Using Canadian Rules as the Gold Standard

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On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a set of comprehensive mining disclosure rules with the stated intent of “aligning such rules with current industry and global regulatory practices and...more

Understanding the SEC’s Proposed New Mining Disclosure Rules: Questions and Answers

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On June 16, 2016, the SEC proposed a major overhaul of the disclosure requirements for companies that are engaged in material mining operations, including royalty companies. The proposed rules would replace the SEC’s...more

International Investment Arbitration in North America: Year in Review 2015

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International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

B.C. Increases Potential Fines, Adds Administrative Penalties for Mining Law Violations

Since the 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam breach, the British Columbia government has made numerous changes to its mining regulatory regime. The most recent amendments, some of which came into force late last week,...more

Quebec’s Energy, Mining Sectors Searching for Clarity on Social Acceptability

On February 16 2016, Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resource Minister, Pierre Arcand, tabled a green paper (referred to in French as the “Livre Vert”) at the National Assembly, outlining five guidelines regarding social...more

A Railway Is Not a Mine: Ontario Court of Appeal Rules on Surface Rights in Unpatented Mining Claims

On February 24, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in 2274659 Ontario Inc. v. Canada Chrome Corporation, confirming the interpretation of sections 50 and 51 of the Ontario Mining Act (Act) as they relate...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

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On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

July 1, 2016: All Ontario employers must comply with new noise regulation

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As of July 1, 2016, all Ontario employers will be required to comply with a new workplace noise Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The new Regulation (381/15) replaces noise protection requirements...more

Legal Trends: Restructuring & Insolvency

Amid the protracted drop in oil prices and the decline of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar, capitalizing on distressed opportunities in the oil and gas sector in a low-risk jurisdiction, such as Canada, has...more

“Industry standard” is not always appropriate safety precaution, and MOL inspector’s “gut instinct” is not enough to ground...

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A mining company has won a lengthy dispute with the Ontario Ministry of Labour after satisfying the Ontario Labour Relations Board that the applicable “industry standard” was not appropriate in the case at hand. The...more

Legal Trends: Capital Markets

We expect economic conditions, including those discussed in our M&A Trends piece?, to continue to create opportunities in the M&A market. As well-positioned issuers pursue these opportunities, some acquirers will access the...more

Ontario Proposes Changes to Mining Act

On December 2, 2015, Ontario introduced the Mining Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill), which seeks to amend the Mining Act. If adopted, the changes will result in the implementation of an online registration system for mining claims...more

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