Category: Infrastructure

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Legal Trends 2016: Private Equity

March 31, 2016

ONE | OILPATCH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES Between June 2014 and December 2015, the price of a barrel of oil was cut roughly in half, resulting in a significant downturn in the earnings of companies with businesses connected to the oil industry. Private equity (PE) firms with portfolio companies that have operations in or exposure to Alberta and Canada’s energy…

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

March 24, 2016

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and Promises of the New Canadian Government. Now that the 2016 federal budget, titled “Growing the Middle Class” (2016 Budget), has been tabled in the House of Commons by the…

Quebec’s Energy, Mining Sectors Searching for Clarity on Social Acceptability

March 7, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resource Minister Pierre Arcand tabled a green paper (referred to in French as the “Livre Vert”) at the National Assembly, outlining five guidelines regarding social acceptability as it relates to the use of public lands and the development of natural resource projects in Quebec (Green Paper). This Green Paper is the latest…

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

February 26, 2016

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (Act) on February 24, 2016 The Cap and Trade Program Regulations (Regulations) on February 25, 2016 BACKGROUND On April 15, 2015, the Government signed an agreement with Quebec…

2016 Ontario Budget: C$160-Billion Boost to Infrastructure Paves Way for Job Creation

February 26, 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government (Province) released its 2016 budget, titled “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (Budget). The Budget focuses on economic growth and job creation across Ontario. Investments in infrastructure are intended to play a large role in these goals by stimulating job creation today, and supporting jobs in the future. As the Budget details, the Province…

Court Limits Liability for Nuisance, Expands Injurious Affection Claims for Public Infrastructure Projects

January 8, 2016

In November, the B.C. Supreme Court (Court) issued an important decision in the long-running litigation saga arising from the construction of the SkyTrain’s Canada Line between Vancouver’s downtown, the suburb of Richmond, and Vancouver’s international airport. The decision has significant implications for public infrastructure projects, in identifying those kinds of claims that may successfully be brought as a result of…

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

November 20, 2015

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On April 15, 2015, the Ontario government signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce GHG emissions. The cap-and-trade program will be the primary…

Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and Promises of the New Canadian Government

October 29, 2015

During the longest election campaign in Canadian history, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada (Liberals) made significant promises for increased federal infrastructure spending over the next 10 years. Now that the votes have been counted and a Liberal majority will control the House of Commons, we wanted to highlight what some of those promises were and…

​Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

September 23, 2015

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These convictions are a significant achievement for UPAC, the Quebec government anti-corruption unit, created in 2011. After judgment was rendered, the Quebec prosecutor announced that there…

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure and P3s on the Move

April 23, 2015

  INTRODUCTION   On April 21, 2015, Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (Budget). The Budget reaffirmed several of the government’s past commitments to infrastructure renewal and introduced some new measures of interest to those involved in infrastructure projects across Canada, particularly under the alternative financing and procurement and public-private partnership (P3) models.     NEW PUBLIC…

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