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The New Federal Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and Contractual Payments to Aboriginal Governments

Posted in Aboriginal, Consultation, Mining, Oil & Gas Law, Project Development, Project Permitting, Regulatory, Regulatory Compliance, Uncategorized

The proposed Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act has been enacted by Parliament and is now awaiting proclamation. The Government of Canada has stated that it intends to have the Act in force by June, 2015. This post provides a short overview of the legislation and its potential application to contracts between resource developers and Aboriginal… Continue Reading

Tervita v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition): Supreme Court of Canada Merger Analysis Case

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It has been quite some time since the Supreme Court of Canada considered the merger provisions contained in the Competition Act. On January 22, 2015, the SCC issued its decision in Tervita v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition), overturning the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal that had required Tervita to divest its interest in… Continue Reading

Alberta to Repeal Exemption for Critical Transmission Infrastructure

Posted in Public Utility, Uncategorized

Since 2009, the Alberta government has reserved for itself the right to exempt electricity transmission projects from review by the Alberta Utilities Commission.   Exempted projects have been referred to as Bill 50 Projects, Bill 50 being the name of the law when it was first proposed.  Billions of dollars worth of Bill 50 Projects have… Continue Reading