Author Archives: Nickie Vlavianos

About Nickie Vlavianos

Nickie Vlavianos, B.A. (Sask.), LL.B. (Alberta), LL.M. (Calgary). Associate Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Please click here for more information.

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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