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Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act

On February 6, 2018, Dominic LeBlanc, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, tabled Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (the “Act”). The Minister had been directed by the Prime Minister to restore the lost protections in the…

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Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act etc.

On February 8, 2018, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna introduced Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.…

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The Tanker Moratorium Act

In May 2017, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, to Parliament. The proposed Act would prohibit tankers with a specific amount of crude or persistent oil as cargo – 12,500 metric tonnes of oil…

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The Canadian government’s 2016 review of environmental protection laws

In 2012, in the middle of the Joint Review Panel process for assessing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, the federal government suddenly enacted significant amendments to laws governing pipelines and environmental protection (the “2012 Changes”). The 2012 Changes included a…

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