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B.C. To Crack Down On Hidden Ownership Of Real Estate With New Reporting Obligations
On June 20, 2018, the B.C. Ministry of Finance released a white paper on draft legislation that will require reporting on beneficial ownership of land in B.C.
11 Jul 2018
Canadian Airports: Who Has Governing Power?
With possible airport privatization on the horizon for Canadian airports, and thanks to Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau's recent promise to introduce legislation loosening restrictions...
14 Nov 2016
Food Report 2016: Trends In The Food, Beverage And Agribusiness Sector
Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta's oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada's economic fortunes.
5 Feb 2016
Canada Retaliates Against U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling Requirements
Since 2008, the Canadian government has challenged country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
1 Jun 2015
Federal Government’s Mandatory Grain Shipment Rules Not Extended
The grain shipment rules (Rules) enacted by the Canadian government—the most recent iteration of which expired on March 28, 2015—have not been renewed.
8 Apr 2015
Food Report 2015
Since the middle of the last decade, the competitive environment for Canadian food manufacturing and agriculture has changed dramatically.
24 Mar 2015
Ontario Can "Take Up" Lands Under Treaty 3 Without Seeking Federal Approval
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Keewatin case, confirming that Ontario can "take up" lands in Treaty 3 without requiring federal government preapproval.
14 Jul 2014
The Food Report 2014
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2013 describes Canada’s agriculture and agri-food system as a "modern, highly complex, integrated, internationally competitive and growing part of the Canadian economy."
28 Feb 2014
Agriculture Ministers Renew National Agricultural Policy Framework
On September 14, 2012, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers (except Quebec, which has not taken a position on these issues) signed an agreement to extend the Growing Forward program which is set to expire on March 31, 2013.
24 Sep 2012
Land Not For The Taking: Court Limits Ontario’s Rights On Treaty 3 Lands
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a lengthy decision in "Keewatin v. Minister of Natural Resources" ("Keewatin") that will be of interest to participants in the natural resource sector.
19 Sep 2011
Reconciliation Protocols - British Columbia's New Way Of Doing Business With First Nations
The first part of 2009 witnessed the province's failed effort to experiment with legislation to address the long unresolved matter of aboriginal land rights in B.C. By the fall of 2009, the province had returned to the principles set out in its 2005 New Relationship document to re-calibrate the path forward on aboriginal relations.
15 Jan 2010
Expropriation And Compensation – The British Columbia Framework
Governments must often invoke their powers of expropriation to carry out public projects, which may be confined to fairly specific sites and locations, such as hospital projects and school projects.
17 Nov 2008
B.C. Environmental Appeal Board Reaffirms Importance Of Good Faith Participation By First Nations In Consultation Process
A recent decision of the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board upheld Crown consultations with the Xats'ull First Nation regarding a proposed permit for discharge of mine effluent.
16 Jun 2008
Coalbed Methane - Split Title
Conventional gas reserves are expected to decline in North America over the next decade. The Alberta Government and the oil industry are showing an increasing interest in exploiting the estimated 263 billion cubic feet of coalbed methane (CBM) reserves in Alberta. This interest will only increase as conventional gas reserves decline and demand and prices increase. However, as commercial feasibility of CBM projects is being established, there is a growing concern over the uncertainty surrounding
2 May 2006
Variances and Similarities in the Québec Framework
As Québec is a civil law jurisdiction, real estate law is conceptually different. In Québec, ownership is always an absolute right and it allows the owner to grant different dismemberments (interests) such as use, servitude (an easement at Common law) or emphyteusis (a ground lease at Common law). Land, as well as any construction and works of a permanent nature located on land, are called immovable whereas ownership and all dismemberments are called immovable real rights.
5 Apr 2006
Turning Brownfields Into Green
A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision assists developers of contaminated sites.
29 Mar 2006
Canadian Land Development: A Comparative Review By Region — The Ontario Framework
Although there has been a gradual and ongoing conversion of lands from Ontario’s old Registry Division land registry system into the Land Titles Division (being a form of Torrens land registry system where the registry actually reflects title rather than being a simple repository of documents), that conversion is not yet complete throughout the province. In fact, to facilitate the conversion of land registration to an electronic registration format, the province itself has undertaken responsibil
28 Mar 2006
Leasehold Mortgages
In some cases, a borrower may not be the freehold owner of real property, but instead will hold its interest pursuant to a long term ground lease. Ground leases give rise to particular challenges for mortgage lenders.
15 Mar 2005
Environmental Damages - Observations from the Supreme Court of Canada
In June, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in British Columbia v. Canfor (known as the Stone Fire case), which considers a government’s right to recover environmental losses, such as the loss of a protected natural area and related values. This decision is important because it recognizes environmental losses as recoverable damages within the common law and it examines the supporting principles. However, on the facts of this case, no environmental losses were awar
9 Nov 2004
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