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Energy Regulatory Update (Q1, 2023)

  • April 27, 2023
  • Mark Rubenstein, Shepherd Rubenstein

This update features a round-up of the important developments in the Ontario energy sector between January and March (and the first days of April). The author has scoured the regulatory landscape so that you can stay informed and ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing environment.

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Ottawa Signals Tougher Stance on Chinese Investments in Critical Minerals

  • January 12, 2023
  • Omar Wakil, Dany H. Assaf, and Rebecca (Moskowitz) Wagner

The federal government has ordered three Chinese companies to divest recently acquired interests in critical mineral assets. The statement confirming the order comes on the heels of a new policy on investments in the critical minerals sector by foreign state-owned or state-influenced enterprises (SOEs). This article outlines what you need to know about these recent developments.

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2022 Energy Regulatory Year in Review

  • January 12, 2023
  • Mark Rubenstein, Shepherd Rubenstein

It has been a busy and exciting year. As we start 2023, it’s an opportunity to look back and explore some of the most important themes and regulatory developments in the Ontario energy sector in 2022.

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Energy Regulatory Update (Q3, 2021)

  • December 18, 2021
  • Shepherd Rubenstein Professional Corporation

We would like to thank Shepherd Rubenstein for permission to republish this clear and concise summary of legislative/regulatory highlights from Q3, 2021.

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Out of Charge: Do insurers and lenders hold the key to the mass adoption of electric vehicles?

  • December 02, 2021
  • Aaron Atcheson, Kelsey Vicary and Kyle Bertsch

In an effort to reach its stated goal of net-zero emissions across the country, the Government of Canada has plans to implement a ban on the sale of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. This article explores concerns that Canada is not ready for the mass adoption of EVs. Significant upgrades are needed to EV infrastructure, from chargers to local distribution capacity.

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Trending growth in ZEVs and EVs

  • April 28, 2021
  • Allison Foord and Kristyn Annis, BLG

Government incentives and legislation are affecting the market and promoting zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) including electric vehicles (EVs). Allison Foord and Kristyn Annis offer an update on emerging programs, plans and developments.

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Fueling the Future: Canada’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Fuel Regulations

  • April 05, 2021
  • Holly Sherlock, Talia Gordner, Julia Loney and Ralph Cuervo-Lorens

On March 3, 2021, the public consultation period for the federal government’s proposed Clean Fuel Regulations ended. The Regulations are intended to contribute to Canada’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This article provides an overview of the proposed Regulations and a survey of their potential impact.

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Wong v. Pretium Resources Inc.: Finally, the First Decision on the Merits of a Securities Class Action Alleging Secondary Market Misrepresentation

  • March 04, 2021
  • Michael Rosenberg, Caroline H. Humphrey, Aya Schechner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

The OSC has finally decided the merits of a class action under the secondary market liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act. Belobaba, J. began by noting that “leave to proceed will be granted if there is enough evidence to clear the ‘reasonable possibility’ hurdle,” but “when the matter is litigated in full and the plaintiff’s hurdle is the more demanding ‘balance of probabilities’, the defendants may prevail and the securities class action will be dismissed."

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Department of Finance Proposals to Extend Timelines to Spend Flow-Through Funds

  • December 15, 2020
  • Lisa Davis, LL.B, ICD.D, CEO PearTree Securities

It’s now been five months since the federal government announced a proposal to extend the timelines for spending the capital raised via flow-through shares by 12 months. Companies that issued flow-through shares in 2019 relying on the look-back rule are coming up to the deadline (Dec. 31, 2020) by which they are required to have spent all of the funds raised.

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There are Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun [to] the Men who Moil for Gold*

  • December 03, 2019
  • Chuck Higgins

Joe Leadbetter is a prospector. With many others, he forms the backbone of Canada’s mining industry.  In Canada – we have what is called a “free entry system”. Prospectors like Joe can enter onto Crown Land and look for minerals. If they find something interesting, they can stake a claim.

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