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Forest landscape by a lake being reflected off the water

April 2014

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BC Government Proposes New Water Sustainability Act

In an effort to modernize BC’s 100 year old Water Act, the BC government has introduced into the Legislature the new Water Sustainability Act.  Although it will have some familiar features from the old Water Act and the Fish Protection...

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Tax Credit Carry-forward Extended for Donations of Ecologically Sensitive Land

The Budget expands upon an existing incentive for gifts of ecologically sensitive land. Under the Tax Act, donors of land that has been certified by the Minister of the Environment as “ecologically sensitive” are already eligible to claim enhanced tax...

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Summary Judgment – A Potential Tool in Defending Contaminated Land Litigation

Tamara Farber

In Windsor v. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., 2014 ABCA 108 (“Windsor”), the Alberta Court of Appeal summarily dismissed certain claims in an environmental class action.  The appellant, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (“CP”), operated a locomotive repair facility near Calgary. Nearly...

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