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23 Dec 2019

The Squamish Nation received government reports on the impact of marine spills from an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline only after the government’s consultations with its officials had concluded in June, Michelle Bradley, a lawyer for Squamish said in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver.

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17 Dec 2019

The federal government failed to share information, imposed unrealistic deadlines and refused to consider changes proposed by First Nations that would be affected by the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project, lawyers for B.C.

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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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31 Aug 2018

The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on the basis that Canada failed to fulfill its duty to consult First Nations, including the Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian Band represented by Ratcliff & Company lawyers Matthew Kirchner, Aaron Bru

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19 Dec 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court overturned a B.C. Oil Commission pipeline approval due to failure to consult with Fort Nelson First Nation and address their concerns about the impact of a new natural gas pipeline on caribou.

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17 Jan 2017

Three First Nations have announced they're taking legal action challenging the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

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13 Jan 2017

Aaron Bruce, a partner at Ratcliff and member of the Squamish Nation, has developed an environmental assessment process for the Squamish Nation.

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13 Jan 2017

With the help of Ratcliff & Company the Squamish Nation is helping shape a new approach to environmental assessments in British Columbia, one that has won over at least one company attempting to build a major facility.

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22 Jan 2016

In a heated final argument Thursday, Squamish First Nation lawyer Aaron Bruce told the NEB that it cannot recommend the Trans Mountain expansion project’s approval because the federal government “recognizes the current process is deficient to address First Nations concerns.

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