Top Ten ‘Resource Rulers’ National News Connotations

In keeping with my Resource Rulers approach, here are 10 (evolving) events that I profiled over a year ago as having the potential to decide resource sector outcomes: 10. Premiers Dunderdale and Redford both walked-the-plank having run Tory governments that were (are) mired in resources controversy and native litigation. Might it have been different had they paid more attention to that key...

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New Prosperity Mine – Native Legal Win # 191

The Order in Council that gave this ill-executed project the ‘thumbs-down’ comes from the highest authority in government – the federal cabinet. Thus the ministerial order, following a quasi-judicial regulatory outcome, is akin to a major court ruling. It’s a huge win for the native side. This outcome followed a concerted lobbing effort by industry, politicians, and local interests...

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Native Legal Win #190

There’s little doubt that the native legal winning-streak will attain # 200 in 2014. Here’s legal win # 190, notable as it’s in Treaty 8, the treaty that hosts the oilsands: Implications for Alberta’s Oilsands (external link). The oilsands implication is this: the court spends pages reviewing and summarizing Treaty 8 legal precepts (duty to consult, honour of the crown, and key...

Read More – William Case Could Profoundly Affect Development In Canada

Later this year, the Supreme Court of Canada will decide on the next major land title ruling (R v Roger Williams). Read why it’s sure to be contentious. Read the Full Article

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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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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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