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Published on: 5 May 2017 By

Quebec’s plan to save an endangered woodland caribou herd through captivation

The Quebec government has taken an unorthodox, and controversial, approach to protecting an endangered herd of woodland caribou. The herd’s habitat is found outside the city of Val d’Or. Recently, the herd’s population has faced intense pressure from logging, hunting, and ATV’ing. These acti…

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Published on: 4 May 2017 By

Raibex decision alters franchise landscape on presale disclosure

The disclosure obligations for franchisors expanded with a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling, and will change the way deals are struck in the province, says franchise lawyer Peter Dillon. In Raibex Canada Ltd. v. ASWR Franchising Corp., 2016 ONSC 5575 (CanLII), the judge found …

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Published on: 27 Apr 2017 By

Federal EA Panel Releases its Recommendations for Reform

Earlier this month, after several months of consultations, the expert panel that was established to review Canada’s federal environmental assessment processes (the “Panel”) released its findings in a report entitled Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada. The Pa…

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Published on: 18 Apr 2017 By

Can a landlord be sued for historical contamination potentially caused by its tenant?

A recent decision on a summary judgement motion underscores the difficulty inherent in suing a landlord for contamination caused by its tenant. In Sorban Investments Ltd v Litwack, 2017 ONSC 706, several Defendants successfully brought a motion for summary judgement dismissing the plaintiff’…

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Published on: 12 Apr 2017 By

Des Moines Water Works sues County for Agricultural Runoff

The Storm Lake Times, a small family-run Iowa newspaper, won a 2017 Pulitzer Price award for its coverage of issues associated with farm pollution from local agricultural companies and the failure of the County to control the agricultural runoff in the area. The Storm Lake Times covered how …

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Published on: 7 Apr 2017 By

Ontario’s First Cap and Trade Program Auction

On April 3, 2017 Ontario announced the results of its first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances (GHG Auction) that was held March 22, 2017. The cap and trade program has a market cycle consisting of compliance periods. In each compliance period there are emission allowance distrib…

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Published on: 23 Mar 2017 By

Canada rejoins the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

On March 21, 2017, Canada officially once again become a party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (“UNCCD”). The UNCCD was established in 1994 to address the problems arising from the increasing arid areas of the world, where many of the world’s poorest and most vulne…

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