Recovering the Species at Risk Act

Wildlife is central to the Canadian identity. From Indigenous communities to the urbanites of our largest cities, an overwhelming majority of Canadians want the federal government to protect and restore species at risk of extinction. The principal federal instrument that provides for this protection is the Species at Risk Act (SARA), passed by Parliament in […]

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan: An Update on Law and Policy Developments

Over the past 18 months we have seen a rapidly changing law and policy landscape for climate change mitigation in Alberta. The Climate Leadership Plan Changes began in November 2015 with the release of the long anticipated Climate Leadership Plan (the “Plan”).  The Plan, based upon recommendations made in the Climate Change Advisory Panel Report […]

Appealing to Consciousness and Conscience: The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations

Recently, I have become more attuned to the effects of climate change. The forest fires in Portugal, the declining levels of the salmon that were once abundant in the Atlantic, heat warnings and tornado watches in the Prairies, risk of forest fires in Jasper, Alberta because of the massive pine beetle infestation, and the significant […]

Syncrude Ducks Produce Creative Sentence

Introduction Syncrude Canada Ltd, formed as a joint venture, is currently one of the earliest and largest producers of crude oil from Canada’s oil sands. The consortium was initially formed in 1964 to mine oil from the Athabasca oil sands.  It operates a large oil sand mine, utilities plant, bitumen extraction plant and upgrading facility […]

Real property; GST and Rebates

Sales of used residential complexes are generally exempt from GST/HST however; the GST/HST applies on sales of new residential properties. The New Housing Rebate and New Residential Rental Property Rebate permit recovery of a portion of the GST/HST that is paid on a newly constructed or substantially renovated residential unit. These rebates are available if […]


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