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Expert Panel Recommends Significant Changes to Canada’s Environmental Assessment Regime

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The following post by Joanna Rosengarten and Bryn Gray on our Canadian ERA Perspectives blog may be of interest to readers of this blog: Expert Panel Recommends Significant Changes to Canada’s Environmental Assessment Regime

On April 5, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada released the report of an external Expert Panel that was established in August 2016 to review the scope and process of federal environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”). The Expert Panel’s Report contains numerous recommendations which, if implemented, would result in a fundamentally different federal environmental assessment (“EA”) … Continue Reading

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior and Informed Consent – Where does Canada go from here?

Posted in Aboriginal and Environmental Issues, Environmental Issues, Mining

In 2015, Canada’s new federal government committed to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). This has generated significant attention in the mining and natural resource sectors due to the Declaration’s potential incompatibility with Canada’s constitutional and legal framework for Aboriginal rights and consultation, particularly the potentially broad interpretation of “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC) as a veto right against resource development and administrative and legislative decision-making. While FPIC is a potential game changer, ultimately its impact in Canada will depend on how it is interpreted.… Continue Reading

Québec : Publication du livre vert sur l’acceptabilité sociale

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Le ministre de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec et ministre responsable du Plan Nord, Pierre Arcand, a rendu public le 16 février dernier un livre vert sur l’acceptabilité sociale. Le document, intitulé Orientations du ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles en matière d’acceptabilité sociale (le « Livre vert »), s’inscrit dans le Chantier de l’acceptabilité sociale lancé en novembre 2014 par le ministre Arcand portant spécifiquement sur les projets de mise en valeur des ressources minérales.

Le Livre vert fut élaboré à partir, notamment, des constats énoncés dans le rapport de Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton en collaboration … Continue Reading

Quebec : Publication of the Green Paper on Social Acceptability

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The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, Pierre Arcand, made public, on February 16, a Green Paper on social acceptability. The document, entitled Guidelines of the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles in the Area of Social Acceptability (the “Green Paper”), is part of the broad-based workshop on the social acceptability launched in November 2014 by the Minister Arcand focusing specifically on mineral resource development projects.

The Green Paper was prepared, in particular, from the observations pointed out in the report (only available in French) by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton … Continue Reading