Monthly Archives: September 2011

What does the term “oil well rights” mean when used in a will?

PDF version: What does the term “oil well rights” mean when used in a will?  Case considered: Wernicke v Quirk, 2011 SKCA 95 The moral of this story might well be “don’t mess with terms you don’t understand”; and if … Continue reading

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Failing to Assess the Key Issue: The Unsatisfactory Approval Process for Keystone XL

PDF version: Failing to Assess the Key Issue: The Unsatisfactory Approval Process for Keystone XL  Decision considered: United States Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL … Continue reading

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Another step in implementing ALSA: the review and variance provisions and compensation for compensable takings

 PDF version: Another step in implementing ALSA: the review and variance provisions and compensation for compensable takings Regulation commented on: Alberta Land Stewardship Regulation, Alta. Reg. 179/2011  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act, SA 2009, c A-26.8 (ALSA) is a work … Continue reading

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Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench finds Personal Information Protection Act, Regulations, section 7 Unconstitutional

PDF version: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench finds Personal Information Protection Act, Regulations, section 7 Unconstitutional  Decision considered: United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 v Alberta, 2011 ABQB 415 (“UFCW“) This decision is interesting because it illustrates the interplay … Continue reading

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Production in meaningful quantities: commercial realities should inform the interpretation of an oil and gas lease

PDF version: Production in meaningful quantities: commercial realities should inform the interpretation of an oil and gas lease Case commented on: Omers Energy Inc. v Alberta (Energy Resources Conservation Board), 2011 ABCA 251 In important and rare “reasons for judgement … Continue reading

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Conflicts of Interest and Good Judgment

PDF version: Conflicts of Interest and Good Judgment Case considered: Dow Chemical Canada Inc. v Nova Chemicals Corporation, 2011 ABQB 509 Previously on ABlawg I have suggested that outcomes in conflicts cases turn more on a judge’s overall impression of … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Courtroom

PDF version: The Elephant in the Courtroom Case Considered: Reece v Edmonton (City), 2011 ABCA 238 In March 2011 the Court of Appeal heard an appeal by Zoocheck Canada, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Tove Reece (collectively … Continue reading

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