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 2Publications Alberta Court of Appeal sets the guideline for Extending Limitation Period for Environmental Claims under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, BLG Resource Blog, May 2019. BC Court of Appeal affirms that the Province upheld the Honour of the Crown in William v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2019 BCCA 74, BLG Resource Blog, April 2019. MV Marathassa acquitted of all charges resulting from 2015 English Bay pollution, BLG Resource Blog, April 2019."Toxic Real Estate Manual," Carswell, one of the leading textbooks in the area, updated annually.Environmental Law chapter in "The Controlling Mind — Exercising Legal Control: Its Obligations and Liabilities,” Carswell."The New Normal? Natural Resource Development, Civil Disobedience, and Injunctive Relief," 2017. "A Plan to Address Alberta’s Deficit, Alberta Budget 2019," October 2019."The CSA Releases Additional Guidance on Disclosure of Climate Change-Related Risks," September 2019."Environmental Protection Act and Regulatory Changes: More Brownfields Open For Business," May 2019."Bill 108 to Restrict the Powers of Conservation Authorities," May 2019."Endangered Species Act Amendments Shed More Light on Conservation Charges," May 2019."Bill 108 to Enact First of Many Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act," May 2019."Ontario Proposes to Revamp Endangered Species Law," April 2019."Environmental Class Action — Evidence Deemed Sufficiently Specific to Allow Collective Recovery in the "Red Dust" Case," March 2019."Environmental Issues in Expropriation," February 2019."Will Changing Political Winds Reshape Renewables?," February 2019."Redwater Decision," February 2019."British Columbia Unveils New Clean Energy Plan," December 2018."Federal pollution pricing system to be implemented in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019," October 2018."Environmental Law Annual Review," June 2018."Canada introduces Bill to enhance Protections for Fish and Fish Habitat," February 2018."Federal Government Announces Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Legislative and Regulatory Proposals," January 2018."Administrative Monetary Penalties in force for Ontario Cap and Trade Program," January 2018."Top 10 Legal Risks for Business in 2018," January 2018."Overview of B.C.’s New Spill Reporting Regulation," December 2017."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. 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. Representative Work Section Content 3Defence 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. Rankings & Recognitions Section Content 4The Environmental Group or its members are recognized in:The 2020 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.The 2019 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.The 2018 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.