BC Court of Appeal clarifies environmental due diligence requirements when assigning purchase agreements

15. August 2023 0
The Court of Appeal in 0694841 B.C. Ltd. v. Alara Environmental Health and Safety Limited clarified the environmental due diligence requirements when assigning a purchase agreement to another party. BACKGROUND 0694841 B.C. Ltd. (“069”) entered into a purchase agreement for commercial property. As part of its due diligence, 069 hired Alara Environmental Health and Safety ...

Understanding BC’s New Soil Relocation Process

09. August 2023 0
Planning to move soil for an upcoming project? You may be impacted by recent changes to BC’s soil relocation process. The province has officially moved away from ‘soil relocation agreements’, introducing new amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation which came into effect on March 1, 2023. A few of the major changes are explored below. ...

Take Credit with Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit Regulation

10. March 2023 0
On June 8, 2022, the Canadian Government enacted the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations which enables certain federal projects to generate and sell carbon credits. The goal of the program is to incentivize reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Once a project is eligible to participate in the program, credits are generated when the ...

Are you up for the challenge?

13. September 2022 0
Time to get your running shoes out…just kidding, it’s not that type of challenge. The federal government recently announced a voluntary Net-Zero Challenge to encourage businesses to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions by 2050. For companies to participate, they must commit to meet the minimum requirements, ...

A Swift Kick in the Assessment Act

08. September 2022 0
In a recent decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal examined the constitutionality of the Impact Assessment Act (the “IAA”) and found it to be an “example of legislative creep” and an unconstitutional exercise of the federal government’s power. The IAA was introduced in 2019 as a mechanism to allow the federal government to regulate major ...