Author Archives: Nickie Vlavianos

About Nickie Vlavianos

Nickie Vlavianos, B.A. (Sask.), LL.B. (Alberta), LL.M. (Calgary). Assistant Professor, Member of the Alberta Bar. Nickie has been an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary since 2007. Previously she worked in private practice, as legal counsel to the Alberta Court of Appeal, and as a Research Associate with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (www.cirl.ca). Nickie’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of energy, natural resources, environmental, and property law. She is the current editor of the Canada Energy Law Service ? Federal (Carswell).

An Overview of Bill 2: Responsible Energy Development Act – What are the changes and What are the issues?*

PDF version: An Overview of Bill 2: Responsible Energy Development Act – What are the changes and What are the issues?* Bill commented on: Bill 2, Responsible Energy Development Act, The Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 1st Session, 28th Legislature On … Continue reading

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The Proposed Single Energy Regulator: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go from Here?

PDF version: The Proposed Single Energy Regulator: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go from Here? Report commented on: Enhancing Assurance: Developing an integrated energy resources regulator, A Discussion Document, May 2011  It has been over a year … Continue reading

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Tenant Cannot Unilaterally Withhold Rent Because of Unsanitary Living Conditions

Case Considered: Herman v. Boardwalk Rental Communities, 2011 ABQB 394  Introduction Questions often arise about whether a tenant can refuse to pay rent because of something the landlord has or has not done, or because of the condition of the … Continue reading

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The Issues and Challenges with Public Participation in Energy and Natural Resources Development in Alberta

PDF version: The Issues and Challenges with Public Participation in Energy and Natural Resources Development in Alberta  Introduction Public participation is a key feature of energy and natural resources development in Alberta. The provincial government often expresses its desire for … Continue reading

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Still More Questions about Standing before the ERCB

PDF version: Still More Questions about Standing before the ERCB  Case Considered: Prince v. Alberta (Energy Resources Conservation Board), 2010 ABCA 214 Leave to appeal applications from standing decisions of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) continue to be heard almost, … Continue reading

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Clear and Unequivocal Evidence Required to Prove a Gift of Land

Case Considered: Fleet Estate v. Davies, 2009 ABCA 376  PDF version: Clear and Unequivocal Evidence Required to Prove a Gift of Land Cases involving gifts of land are not frequently before the Alberta Court of Appeal. This may be because such … Continue reading

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Caveator Beware: Damages for Wrongfully Filing a Caveat Can Be Substantial

Cases Considered: Frisgo Development Inc. v. Brower, 2009 ABQB 463 PDF Version: Caveator Beware: Damages for Wrongfully Filing a Caveat Can Be Substantial There are very few cases dealing with damages for wrongfully filing a caveat under Alberta’s land titles … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal Agrees that Severing a Joint Tenancy Requires More than Intention

Case considered: Felske Estate v. Donszelmann, 2009 ABCA 209 PDF version: Court of Appeal Agrees that Severing a Joint Tenancy Requires More than Intention In a previous post, I concluded that the Court of Queen’s Bench correctly dismissed an application … Continue reading

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Charter and Oil and Gas Issues to Await Another Day: A Disappointing End to the Kelly Appeal?

Case Considered: Kelly v. Alberta (Energy and Utilities Board), 2009 ABCA 161 PDF version: Charter and Oil and Gas Issues to Await Another Day: A Disappointing End to the Kelly Appeal? In an earlier post, I suggested that a recent … Continue reading

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An Important Development in the Kelly Appeal

Cases Considered: Kelly v. Alberta (Energy and Utilities Board), 2008 ABCA 410 PDF Version:  An Important Development in the Kelly Appeal Last March I posted a blog about a Court of Appeal decision which granted a group of landowners (Kelly … Continue reading

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