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29 Mar 2019

On March 18- 22, 2019, the BC Court of Appeal heard a reference case to determine the constitutional validity, applicability and operability of proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would provide for a permitting system for companies transporting hazardous substances throug

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28 Feb 2019

In a decision issued January 30, BC Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent granted the Saik'uz and Stellat'en First Nations permission to amend their court claim to seek declaratory relief should they prove their allegations against Rio Tinto Alcan. Specifically, Justice Kent found that they could

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25 Sep 2014

In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain in a protected c

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14 Aug 2014

Ratcliff lawyer Gregory McDade, counsel for the City of Burnaby, has filed notice with the National Energy Board that the city intends to pursue a constitutional challenge of section 73 of the National Energy Board Act. 

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15 Jul 2014

Ratcliff lawyers John Rich, Kate Blomfield and Emma Hume succeed in securing the Specific Claim Tribunal’s first compensation decision, successfully arguing that Canada breached its fiduciary duty to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (“HFN”) multiple times and the HFN must be compensated. 

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14 May 2014

Ratcliff lawyers Matt Kirchner and Ava Murphy successfully applied on behalf of Ehattesaht First Nation to set aside the Ministry of Forests' decision to return over 1 million cubic meters of surplus timber that was available for reallocation to the control of Western Forest Products Inc.