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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  • Pipeline Dream + Constitutional Nightmare: Trans Mountain is Approved (Again)

    On June 18, 2019, in a decision that came as no surprise, the Governor-in-Council (“GiC”) approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (“TMX”)—a major pipeline project in which Canada wears the hats of Crown fiduciary, regulator and, as of around this time last year, owner. While there may be several sides to the debate over the… Read more »

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  • MT+Co. and First Nations Equity Ownership at the Indigenous Opportunities Forum

    I had the opportunity to attend the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Indigenous Opportunities Forum last Friday at the Fairmont Hotel. After a beautiful welcome to the territory by Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (and lawyer at MT+Co.), Tamara Napoleon, Principal at MT+Co. and Co-leader of the Indigenous Law Group, moderated a panel… Read more »

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  • Missing the (Trade) Mark?

    Sweeping Amendments to Trademark Act ‘Globalizes’ Registry System; Fails to Address Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Canada’s Trademark Act is getting a major renovation on June 17, 2019 to align our trademark registration system with international standards. Here’s a quick breakdown on what to expect, and some tips on what you can do this week to… Read more »

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  • Canada’s Digital Charter: Trying to Put the Data Genie Back in the Bottle

    On May 21, 2019 (happy belated birthday to the author), Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (“Minister”) announced Canada’s new Digital Charter, a set of 10 principles aimed at Canada’s increasingly digital and data-driven economy.  The Digital Charter is the result of extensive consultations through the National Digital and Data Consultations launched in… Read more »

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  • Proposed Amendments to the Employment Standards Act

    On April 29, 2019, the BC Government introduced Bill 8 – Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019 (“Bill 8”), containing proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). The Bill provides targeted adjustments rather than sweeping reform, all of which are designed to increase employee rights and protections. If passed, Bill 8 will: – increase protections… Read more »

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  • Three MT+Co. Lawyers Recognized as Leading Canadian Energy Lawyers by Lexpert®

    We are proud to announce that MT+Co. lawyers Merle Alexander, Rob Miller and Jim Titerle have been selected in the upcoming 2019 Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Energy, profiling Lexpert-ranked lawyers in practice areas that include energy mandates. Also included are journalist-written feature articles on the latest developments in the energy industry, including oil… Read more »

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  • New-School Franchising

    Introducing Braden Lauer Braden Lauer recently joined MT+Co., bringing with him his experience and passion in the world of franchising, licensing and distribution. MT+Co. now services franchisor and franchisee side domestic and international clients, offers franchise disclosure compliance products for all Canadian provinces, and gives licensing and product distribution advice. Introducing the “New-School Franchising” Column… Read more »

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  • Attorney General SLAPPs Public Interest Bill on the Table

    PPPA + SLAPP The Honourable David Eby, Attorney General, has introduced legislation aimed at enhancing freedom of expression and public participation, entitled the Protection of Public Participation Act (“PPPA”) into the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. In his introduction of the PPPA (Bill-2) to the BC Legislature, Eby noted that the “…purpose of this act… Read more »

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  • Environment: 1; Secured Creditors: 0 in Landmark SCC Decision

    The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC“) in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd., 2019 SCC 5 (“Orphan“) ruled that trustees in bankruptcy and insolvency cannot walk away from the environmental liabilities of a bankrupt estate. Chief Justice Wagnar, for the majority, decided that: earmarking the assets of a bankrupt estate for outstanding provincial environmental… Read more »

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  • Discovering Fiduciary Duties and Professional Obligations Anew? Canada Issues Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples

    The battle over the interpretation and implementation of section 35 rights guaranteed by the Constitution Act, 1982 (“Constitution”) has played out primarily in Canadian courts, with Indigenous communities and individuals expending tremendous amounts time and resources trying to prove inherent rights.  In issuing the Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples (“Directive”) on January 11,… Read more »

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