Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from sixty recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Michael Geist  2.  3. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog  4. Environmental Law and Litigation  5. Youth & Work

Michael Geist
Canadian Authors & Publishers: We Demand Education Talk To Us As Long As It Leads to New Payments
The Canadian Copyright Institute, an association of authors and publishers, has released a new paper that calls on the Canadian education community to stop relying on its current interpretation of fair dealing and instead negotiate a collective licence with Access Copyright. The paper was apparently published in the fall but is being released publicly now since Canadian education groups have refused to cave to Access Copyright’s demands. . . .
To Be (Justified) or Not To Be: That is (Still) the Question
A couple of weeks ago, the federal Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, released another highly anticipated “decision statement” pursuant to section 54 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), this time regarding Taseko’s New Prosperity Mine project. Most readers will know that this was Taseko’s second attempt to secure federal approval for its proposed mine and that the federal review panel that conducted the second environmental assessment (EA) concluded that, like the original Prosperity project, it too was likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects (SAEEs) (for more on the panel’s report, see my previous post here). . . .

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Expropriations in Action
he case that brought eminent domain to the front attention of American constitution law, and which allowed the state to seize private property for private interests is re-examined many years later. the verdict: not so great. The developers never came, and all the houses were seized. And when we hear of New London, all we think of are displaced homeowners. . . .

Environmental Law and Litigation
Endangered Species Act permits beyond review?
In July 2013, opponents to the Ostrander Point wind farm successfully obtained the first decision striking down a Renewable Energy approval (REA). The project proponent appealed and, in February, the Divisional Court released its reasons allowing the appeal, and reinstating the REA. This case highlights significant problems in the ERT’s review of REAs where a species at risk is involved, and where the Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) allowing harm to that species. . . .

Youth & Work
The Growing Influence of Canada’s Intern Rights Movement
It has been a while since I’ve written about my marquee issue, unpaid internships, and there have been some major developments within Canada. I thought that I would take this opportunity to write about these developments as I’m sure many of my readers, both domestically and internationally, will be quite interesting in what has transpired. This blog post will examine what has been happening in Ontario, in Alberta, and at the Federal level and highlight the growing influence of the Canada’s intern rights movement (check out this New York Times article). . . .

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