Ontario’s Mining Albatross: Ring of Fire on life-support for years to come

The opening sentence of the latest legal ruling emanating from the James Bay lowlands says it all: “The north is not a quiet place”. That’s because throughout this 43-page ruling it’s the lawyers who are profiled in full court press in what is a tour de force of no-holds-barred resource sector litigating. They’re the sole reason the north is not a quiet place; because when the dust...

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Indian Summer: Cross Country Checkup

Here’s the corporate / native scorecard as the dog days of summer wind down. It’s not just rust that never sleeps; native strategists have never been busier: Labrador Two native lawsuits recently launched challenging Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls hydropower project. Of special interest is Nunatsiavut’s assertion of the (less litigated) duty to accommodate. The other suit is NunatuKavut...

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Will the Canadian Native Legal Winning Streak Hit 200?

Many commentators are saying that the courts are tightening up and that the native legal winning streak will be harder to maintain in future legal challenges. They could be right but then again they could be wrong – big time! I recently cautioned that natives need to be more judicious in some of the cases that they are advancing and have warned them of over-reaching (recently they incurred...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: January 2013 Mid Report

Mid-January 2013 Report: Corporate – Crown – Native – Resource Issues from the perspective of Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources Drums along the Rideau: Within the first month of Chief Theresa Spence’s ‘hunger strike’, natives won five superior court rulings relating to resources and native empowerment. (The first three were profiled in my...

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Kapyong Barracks – Native Legal Win #171

Kapyong Barracks – native legal win # 171 – in southern Manitoba. A major  Treaty Land Entitlement native legal win respecting urban lands; that shows that the rise of native empowerment is seriously impacting downtown prime real estate.   Disclosure: The author was federal Treaty Land Entitlement negotiator in the lead up to the TLE settlement with the impacted Treaty 1 First...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: November 2012 Mid Report

Mid November 2012, reviewed from the perspective of my book – Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources – so that Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) conference attendees can be right up to date.   Nov 01: The Alberta Government introduced Bill 2 – the “Responsible Energy Development Act” – in the Legislative Assembly.  It...

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