We have opinions.

And we want to share them. Whether it’s at speaking engagements, in publications or in our blog. Think of this as the MT+Co. highlight reel.

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  • Merle Alexander, QC is recognized in BC500 as a leader in Law – Indigenous Rights

    We asked our firm to describe Merle and his life’s work in their own words, and we received heartwarming responses from lawyers, project managers, and management that truly depict the level of respect we have for him. Our colleagues describe Merle and his approach to law as passionate, creative, brilliant, and inspirational. He’s someone we… Read more »

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  • Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and Health Canada sign Historic Cannabis Agreement

    On July 5, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (“MCK”) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Health Canada (“MOU”) which allows MCK to establish its own laws and regulations regarding the production and sale of cannabis within their territory – the full statement is available here. The Kahnawà:ke First Nation is located on… Read more »

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  • Haisla Nation announces Partnership with Pembina Pipeline Corporation – Cedar LNG Project

    MT+Co. acts as counsel to the Haisla Nation on the largest Indigenous-owned project in Canada, with one of the cleanest environmental profiles in the world. This week, our client, the Haisla Nation, announced their partnership with Pembina Pipeline Corporation on the development of the Cedar LNG Project (“Cedar LNG”), a proposed floating LNG facility in… Read more »

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  • Update: BC DRIPA Implementation

    Taking the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act into our own hands BC’s DRIPA implementation is falling short Since the ceremonial passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“DRIPA”) in November 2019, we have been closely tracking the provincial government’s progress in meeting its obligations under the new legislation…. Read more »

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  • Vaccinations and the Workplace: Frequently Asked Questions

    With vaccination rates steadily rising across Canada and employers contemplating reopening their workplaces, we are starting to see certain questions come up more and more. Below, we answer the most frequently asked questions that have come up with our clients. You can also download this FAQ sheet here. Q: Can I make vaccinations mandatory for… Read more »

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  • A Message from Our Indigenous Advocates

    The truth from the findings of the burial sites of the Kamloops Residential School students shines a blinding light on our darkest reality. The reality is racist and incomprehensible.  Our society has a sacred obligation to protect our children.  Indigenous rights only exist if there is a future generation to pass them onto. As Indigenous… Read more »

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  • COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

    Over the past several months, the B.C. Government has introduced several changes to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). As recent as May 20, 2021, new amendments have come into force that now provide employees up to three days paid sick leave for COVID-19 related absences. Employers and employees should beware, however, that not all COVID-19… Read more »

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  • Domtar – A Major Addition to the Paper Excellence Global Family

    MT+Co.’s Business Law Group acts as lead Canadian counsel on acquisition of global diversified pulp and paper manufacturer. Last week, our client, Paper Excellence, and Domtar entered into an agreement whereby Paper Excellence will acquire all of Domtar’s common stock for US$55.50 per share. The all-cash transaction represents an enterprise value of approximately US$3.0 billion…. Read more »

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  • BC Government Announces Paid Sick Leave for COVID Absences

    On May 11, 2021, the BC Government announced that it plans to provide up to three days of paid sick leave to workers forced to miss work due to COVID-19. Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, who need time off to self-isolate and those who are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, will all qualify for… Read more »

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  • R. v. Desautel, 2021 SCC 17: a Purposeful Step towards Rights-Recognition and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

    April 23, 2021 marked a triumph for Aboriginal-rights holders at the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”). In its decisions in R. v. Desautel, 2021 SCC 17 (“Desautel”),the SCC clarified the scope of the application of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 (“Section 35”) and took a purposeful step away from colonial constraints on the… Read more »

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