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The Role of Regulatory Tribunals in Aboriginal Consultation – The Key Takeaways from Hamlet of Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decisions in Hamlet of Clyde River, et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. (PGS), et al.[1] (Clyde River) and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., et al.[2] (Chippewas) (together, the Decisions). The Decisions concern the role of regulatory boards in … Continue Reading

Change on the Horizon for Aboriginal Consultation and Involvement in Mining Projects

The rapidly evolving legal landscape for Aboriginal consultation and involvement in mining and other resource development projects in Canada is likely to see a number of significant changes in 2017. In addition to three anticipated Supreme Court of Canada decisions on the duty to consult, 2017 will likely bring legislative and policy changes to the … Continue Reading

British Columbia Court of Appeal Confirms Province’s Jurisdiction over Mining

On November 3, 2016, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) issued reasons in Cowichan Valley (Regional District) v. Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd., 2016 BCCA 432. The case was an appeal from a British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) decision to grant injunctive relief to the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) against Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. … Continue Reading

Northern Superior Appeals Dismissal of Aboriginal Consultation Claim Against Ontario

Northern Superior Resources Inc., a Sudbury-based junior mining company, is not giving up on its $110-million lawsuit against the provincial government. It has recently asked Ontario’s highest court to reverse the dismissal of its claim, which seeks damages from the Crown for allegedly failing to properly discharge its duty to consult. What is noteworthy about … Continue Reading

Contaminated Site Update: Rough and Ready Allocation of Liability

On May 5, 2016, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released its decision in Domovitch v. Willows, 2016 BCSC 1068 (CanLII) in which the court allocated liability amongst a number of “responsible persons” under the Contaminated Sites provisions of the B.C. Environmental Management Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 53 (the “EMA”). Despite the reasons for judgment … Continue Reading

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior and Informed Consent – Where does Canada go from here?

This article appears in McCarthy Tétrault’s March 2016 publication, Mining in the Courts, Year in Review, volume VI. The full publication is available online. In 2015, Canada’s new federal government committed to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). This has generated significant attention in the mining and natural resource … Continue Reading
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