Author Archives: Alastair Lucas, Q.C.

About Alastair Lucas, Q.C.

B.A., LL.B., (Alta.), LL.M., (Br. Col.) Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Dean Lucas has been a member of the Alberta Bar since 1968. Before he joined the Faculty in 1976 as a founding member of faculty, he was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1976. During his term with the Faculty of Law at The University of Calgary, he has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law,as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) and is currently Dean. He has been consultant and policy advisor to several government departments, held numerous professional appointments, and served as a member of the Governing Council of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law. At present, his professional involvements include serving as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a Special Legal Advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. His academic interests are concentrated on regulatory issues related to energy and environmental law, oil and gas law, constitutional law, and judicial review. Special teaching and research interests focus on Canadian international and comparative environmental and energy law, and include the project on "Energy Law: Beyond the Carbon Economy" with the Academic Advisory Group of the IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infra-structure Law (SEERIL). Professor Lucas is also an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Science Program of the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design. Awards include the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.

Doctors Affected by Hospital Unit Closure Have Minimal Procedural Fairness Rights: Public Program Discretion Tops Individual Procedural Rights

PDF version: Doctors Affected by Hospital Unit Closure Have Minimal Procedural Fairness Rights: Public Program Discretion Tops Individual Procedural Rights Cases Considered: MacDonald v Alberta Health Services, 2013 ABQB 404. It is tempting to view the Alberta Queen’s Bench decision in MacDonald … Continue reading

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Peter Lougheed’s Section 92A

PDF version: Peter Lougheed’s Section 92A Commenting on: the legacy of section 92A of the Constitution Act, 1982 “Exclusive” power of provincial legislatures to make laws for “exploration”; “development, conservation and management” of provincial non-renewable resources and forestry resources. Provinces … Continue reading

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A National Securities Regulator? – No way! says the Alberta Court of Appeal

PDF version: A National Securities Regulator? – No way! says the Alberta Court of Appeal  Case considered: Reference Re Securities Act (Canada), 2011 ABCA 77 Can the federal government pass legislation to establish and empower a national securities regulator? Essentially, … Continue reading

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The Rubber Hits the Road on Provincial Jurisdiction over Transportation Undertakings

Case Considered: Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. v. Western Canada Council of Teamsters, 2009 SCC 53 PDF version:  The Rubber Hits the Road on Provincial Jurisdiction over Transportation Undertakings The Supreme Court of Canada, in a 6-3 decision late last year, came … Continue reading

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Climate Change Legislation – Waiting for Obama; or Just Waiting

PDF version:   Climate Change Legislation – Waiting for Obama; or Just Waiting Shaun Fluker’s environmental law non-event of the past decade  focused on case law (or lack thereof). My review of climate change legislation continues Shaun’s theme. We waited for federal … Continue reading

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“Improper Jumps in Reasoning” on Judicial Disqualification says Court of Appeal

Cases Considered: Boardwalk REIT LLP v. Edmonton (City), 2008 ABCA 176 PDF Version: “Improper Jumps in Reasoning” on Judicial Disqualification says Court of Appeal Enough already! That’s the Alberta Court of Appeal’s message on judicial disqualification applications. The court is … Continue reading

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Provincial Court Judges’ Professional Allowances and Judicial Independence

Cases Considered: Reilly v The Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, 2008 ABCA 72, PDF Version: Provincial Court Judges’ Professional Allowances and Judicial Independence Provincial Court Judge John Reilly requested the approval of the Chief Judge of the … Continue reading

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