Summary Section Content 1BLG’s Environmental Group prides itself on providing informed, practical advice to our clients in industry. We view our practice as supportive of business success. We are goal- and solution- oriented advisors.Our clients in mining and other heavy industrial sectors seek advice on matters ranging from initial approvals and operating permits (e.g., wastewater and water-taking permits; air/noise approvals; waste treatment and disposal) to closure planning. We assist our clients in assessing emerging trends in legislation (e.g., migratory birds and endangered species), new regulation and policy. We have conducted complex, multi-jurisdictional due diligence reviews in connection with acquisitions and sales of mining properties. Members of our Group include transactions lawyers, regulatory specialists, and litigators with experience acting in the defence of civil claims and prosecutions. Members of the Group in our Toronto office are also experienced in advising and advocating for the granting of land use permissions. Publications & Presentations Section Content 2 Download 'The 12th Annual BLG Environmental Law Update ' (PDF, 6.90MB) PublicationsRick Coburn & Gabrielle Kramer, "Toxic Real Estate Manual," Carswell, one of the leading textbooks in the area, updated annually.Bill McNaughton & Adam Chamberlain, Environmental Law chapter in "The Controlling Mind — Exercising Legal Control: Its Obligations and Liabilities,” Carswell. "Time Keeps Ticking: Implications of the New Undue Delay Framework on Regulatory Prosecutions", October 2017"BC Court of Appeal Rules that Contaminated Property Must Be Assessed Using Highest and Best Use ", October 2017"Due Diligence Defence for Vehicle Emissions Standards in Canada", October 2017"NAFTA Talks Provide No Certainty for Canada's Environment Wish List", September 2017"Federal Government Passes New Environmental Legislation", June 2017"Bill 139 — The Proposed End of the Ontario Municipal Board ", June 2017"Court of Appeal finds no Duty to Consult when Government Interprets Environmental Legislation Court of Appeal Dismisses Fort Nelson First Nation v. British Columbia (Environmental Assessment Office), 2016 BCCA 500", May 2017"Expert Panel Report on Environmental Assessments", May 2017"Application for Particulars of Charge Under Fisheries Act Denied", May 2017"The Québec Government Unveils its New Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Rehabilitation Policy", April 2017"Adoption of Québec Bill 102: Modernizing the Environment Quality Act", March 2017"What Are the Implications for Boards of Directors in Light of the Redwater Decision?", February 2017"New Contaminated Sites Regulations Finally Arrive", November 2016"The New Federal Carbon Pricing Policy — Roadmap to a Pan-Canadian Energy Strategy?", November 2016"Case Study: Domovitch v. Willows, 2016 BCSC 1068", November 2016"Bill 102: A Major Reform for Québec's Environment Quality Act", November 2016"Bill 102: A Major Reform For Québec’s Environment Quality Act", August 2016"Shifting Environmental Liabilities after the Redwater Decision", May 2016"Administrative Monetary Penalties: New Federal Environmental Enforcement Measures Underway in Canada", April 2016"Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act Could Create Social Licence", April 2016"A New Regime Begins: The Water Sustainability Act Is Brought Into Force", March 2016"Consequences of the Mount Polley Dam Failure: Amendments to the Mines Act", March 2016"A new Waste-Free Ontario Act proposed by MOECC (Bill 151)", March 2016"Court of Appeal Affirms Polluter Pays Principle is Paramount", December 2015"All Change — Alberta Overhauls Climate Policy, Ushers In Sweeping New Requirements ", November 2015"The 12th Annual BLG Environmental Law Update", November 2015"Legal Challenges to Site C Dismissed", October 2015"Assessing the Value of Brownfield Properties", October 2015"Environmental Appeal Board Revokes Company Water Licence", October 2015"Reporting “Historical” Contamination: Recent Developments in Manitoba and Saskatchewan", October 2015"Environmental Liability: Officers And Directors", October 2015"Liability Developments II: Other Persons In Care And Control", October 2015"Cap & Trade Systems For Greenhouse Gas Emissions — The Coming Harmonization of Ontario and Québec", October 2015"The Green Paper: Proposed Modernization Of Québec's Environmental Authorizations Regime", October 2015"Emerging Issues – Social Licence", October 2015"Ontario Moves to Prepare for Cap and Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions", September 2015"Have Your Say: BC Government Seeks Feedback on Proposed Water Sustainability Act Regulations ", August 2015"Changing The Face Of Hazardous Products: Aligning WHMIS with the GHS in Canada", July 2015"Private Parties Not Liable for Public Interest Costs", July 2015"All Aboard? US and Canada Announce New Joint Regulations for Rail Tank Car Safety Standards", July 2015"Target Practice? Federal Government Announces Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels", July 2015"Green Light Given for the Modernization of Québec’s Environmental Authorizations Regime", July 2015"Enlarged Scope of Distribution of Information Contained In Files Held By Québec’s Public Bodies", June 2015"Ontario Introduces Cap and Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions", April 2015"Province Announces Bill 73 the “Smart Growth for Our Communities Act”", March 2015"Record Environmental Penalty: Fisheries Act Fines in Québec May Impact All", February 2015"Insolvency and Environmental Liabilities", February 2015"Through the Looking Glass: The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act Receives Royal Assent", February 2015"Dodging the Corporate Veil – Recent Attempts to Hold Companies Liable for the Actions of their Foreign Subsidiaries", February 2015"Wind Turbines and Health Issues?", November 2014"The 11th Annual BLG Environmental Law Update", November 2014 Presentations "Gone Fishing or Just Gone? Fish Habitat After Bill C-38 (and other Fisheries Act changes)," Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Yellowknife, NWT, June 21, 2013. "Contaminated Sites Regulation: Fitting within the scheme of the Environmental Management Act," Site Remediation in BC: From Policy to Practice seminar by Ministry of Environment, Vancouver, March 8, 2013. "Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate and Real Estate Valuation," OEA Annual Fall Conference, October 24, 2008. "Market Valuation: The Relationship Between Climate Change and Real Estate Valuation," Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, June 6, 2008. Rankings & Recognitions Section Content 3The Environmental Group or its members are recognized in:The 2017 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®. The 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.The 2016 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada. Representative Work Section Content 4Defence counsel in prosecutions under various regulatory statutes, including the federal Fisheries Act, the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, the Environmental Protection Act (Ontario), the BC Environmental Management Act, the Quebec Environment Quality Act, and the Water Act (Alberta). Representation before a number of regulatory and quasi-judicial tribunals such as the Environmental Appeal Board (Alberta and BC), the Environmental Review Tribunal (Ontario), the BC Forest Appeals Commission, the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the Tribunal Administrative du Québec, the Bureau des Audiences Publiques du Québec (“BAPE”), and the Québec Municipal Commission. Acting in complex civil matters arising from pollution occurrences that result in property damage and personal injury. Project-based environmental approvals for major construction and energy projects, including commercial in situ oil sands (SAGD and other oil & gas projects), and transmission and other electrical facility builds. Environmental due diligence for domestic and international mining acquisitions and financings. Advising project proponents on federal, provincial and environmental assessment process requirements, timelines and mechanisms for process efficiency. Counsel on regional and local land-use planning, zoning and site plan approvals. Environmental insurance coverage issues, including dispute resolution, and environmental insurance defence. Providing legal and public policy advice to electricity generators, utilities, trade associations and NGOs on federal, provincial, and municipal climate change legislation. Advising on the Ontario Security Commission’s requirements for continuous disclosure related to environmental matters (National Instrument 51-102). Assisting clients in accessing new federal government Credit for Early Action Program for facilities that could be subject to industrial air emissions regulations.