B.C. Court Denies Provincial Attempt to Regulate Shipments of Heavy Oil through Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
The B.C. Court of Appeal released its unanimous decision in Reference re Environmental Management Act (British Columbia) on May 24, 2019. A full sitting of the Court held that B.C.’s amendment to the Environmental Management Act (“EMA”) seeking to regulate...
British Columbia Introduces Prompt Payment Legislation
On May 28, 2019, British Columbia Liberal House Leader, Mary Polak, introduced Bill M-223 (the Prompt Payment (Builders Lien) Act) (the “Bill”) during the Fourth Session of the 41st Parliament of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The underlying objective...
Environmental and Social Risk: Contractual and Project Financing Issues
Miller Thomson seminar, "Project Development - Environmental and Indigenous Considerations"
BC Supreme Court: Province Cannot Surrender Statutorily-Imposed Environmental Assessment Obligations
Overview The British Columbia Supreme Court has declared that the Province cannot effectively “contract-out” of its environmental certification obligations on proposed energy projects without breaching its duty to consult with affected Aboriginal groups. In Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia...
Environmental Issues in Property Development
Miller Thomson seminar
Charles Bois quoted in British Columbia Power Report 2014
POWER British Columbia
British Columbia (BC) has long enjoyed some of the lowest electricity costs in North America, but when in August 2013, a draft of the BC Rates Plan which proposed a 26% rate increase by 2016, was leaked, this was met...
BC Contaminated Sites 101 and Consultants Liability
Miller Thomson seminar
Due Diligence in Buying Residential Property – Beware Leaking Oil Tanks
For most of us in today’s age of natural gas and electricity, we don’t often think about the implications of home heating oil tanks and the contamination that they can cause to residential properties. For those who have bought or...
Court of Appeal Rules that Provisions of the Builder’s Lien Act are Inapplicable to Certain Leasehold Interests in Federal Crown Lands
On February 25, 2011, the British Columbia Court of Appeal released its judgment in Vancouver International Airport Authority v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2011 BCCA 89. The Court of Appeal held that sections 2, 15, 16, 21 and 31 of...
Tougher Environmental Enforcement Measures Now In Place
On December 10, 2010 many sections of Canada’s Environmental Enforcement Act (“EEA”) came into force. The EEA amends the offence, sentencing, penalty, and enforcement provisions of nine federal environmental statutes in the following respects: Prescribing minimum fines; Increasing fines up...
Report Indicates Canada Should Implement National Climate Policies Ahead of U.S.
Miller Thomson Client Alert
On January 25, 2011, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (“NRTEE”) released its report: Climate Prosperity- Parallel Paths: Canada- U.S. Climate Policy Choices. The report explores both the economic and environmental implications of Canada harmonizing with...
Consultation Process for Proposed Emissions Trading and Offsets Regulations
The British Columbia Ministry of Environment (the “Ministry”) is interested in establishing a regional emissions cap and trade system (the “System”) that includes carbon offsets, pursuant to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act, S.B.C. 2008, c. 32 (the...
Major Petroleum Spill in Johnstone Strait in Orca Sanctuary: Due Diligence Lessons for Captains and Barge Owners
Co-author: Christina Cook (Articled Student, Miller Thomson Vancouver) A recently reported decision provides useful insight into the due diligence defence. The Accident On August 20, 2007 the “Kathy L”, a barge loaded with large logging equipment and 19,453 litres of petroleum products,...
BC Introduces New Clean Energy Act
Introduction Last week, the British Columbia government introduced Bill 17 (2010), the Clean Energy Act (the “Act”). The Act implements many of the recommendations of the Clean Energy Task Force as well as policy initiatives announced in the 2010 Throne...
GLOBE 2010: A Recap of Sessions
The GLOBE Foundation is a Vancouver-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding practical business-oriented solutions to environmental problems. GLOBE 2010 brought about 10,000 people to post-Olympic Vancouver to talk about the business of the environment. A number of Miller Thomson’s environmental...
Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Some Recent Developments in Canada
Canadian Consulting Engineer
Liens and Cost Recovery
Canadian Consulting Engineer
BC’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting to Begin on January 1, 2010
British Columbia’s Mandatory Greenhouse Emissions Reporting to Begin on January 1, 2010
Independent and Renewable Power in BC
Miller Thomson seminar: "CleanTech, Green Energy and Environmental Update"
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Climate Change: Carbon Tax v. Cap and Trade
Bidding and Tendering: Will the Fun Ever Stop?
Miller Thomson Construction Law seminar