CBC – Judicial heavyweights call for B.C. to introduce anti-SLAPP legislation.

Former NDP premier Ujjal Dosanjh joins Wally Oppal and retired Supreme Court justices in open letter. By Jason Proctor. A judicial who’s who including two retired Supreme Court of Canada justices and a pair of former B.C. attorneys general are calling on British Columbia to...
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Globe and Mail – Liberals unveil overhaul of environmental legislation.

By Gloria Galloway. The federal government is proposing to overhaul the way environmental assessments are conducted in Canada, with the aim to reduce red tape, provide greater transparency and allow greater input from the public and Indigenous populations. At the same time,...
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CP – New energy projects get 2-year approval window under new assessment regime

Major new energy projects will have to be assessed and either approved or denied within two years under a massive new national assessment bill being introduced in the House of Commons. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who tabled the 341-page Impact Assessment Act, says it...
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Link to new bill on Environmental Assessment

Link to new bill on  Environmental Assessment (now called “Impact Assessment”), Navigable Waters, and the National Energy Board (to be replaced with the Canada Energy Regulator): https://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=e&Mode=1&billId=9630600
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TheTyee.ca – Everyone a Winner with Williams Lake Band Victory, Says Chief.

More than 150 years after settlers stole their village, the band finally receives justice. The Supreme Court of Canada’s reinstatement of a tribunal ruling that the Williams Lake Indian Band is owed federal government compensation for the theft of its village 150 years ago ...
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NR – Copper Creek Announces Appointment of Bill Bennett to the Board of Directors

TheNewswire / February 8, 2018 – Copper Creek Gold Corp. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Bennett, B.A., LL.B., to the Board of Directors, effective February 7, 2018. Mr. Bennett recently served as the Minister of Mines for the...
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CBC – Alaska politicians on trip to Ottawa ask for progress on Tulsequah Chief mine cleanup.

Senior Alaskan politicians say U.S. federal and state agencies are ramping up their efforts to force B.C. to clean up the abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine, about 80 kilometres south of Atlin. Dan Sullivan, one of Alaska’s two U.S. senators, and the state’s Lt.-Gov....
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Financial Post – Calgary Herald – Benz Mining Corp.’s Mel Project is a zinc treasure chest

Miloje Vicentijevic is achieving his vision. For over 25 years he worked on some of the biggest mining projects in the world as an engineer and operations expert. Now as President, CEO and Director of Benz Mining Corporation (TSX.V: BZ), he’s enjoying developing his own projects....
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NR – Tsilhqot’in Nation Commends Williams Lake Indian Band on Supreme Court of Canada Victory

TŜILHQOT’IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT 253 – 4th Avenue North – Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T4 – Phone (250) 392-3918 – Fax (250) 398-5798 PRESS RELEASE Tsilhqot’in Nation Commends Williams Lake Indian Band on Supreme Court of Canada Victory February 7, 2018, Williams Lake,...
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CP – Ottawa pledges $284 million to expand protections for fish habitats

The federal government will spend $284 million over the next five years to enforce new laws protecting habitat wherever fish are present, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says. A number of amendments to the Fisheries Act were introduced in the House of Commons Tuesday morning...
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Fisheries Act changes: (NR, backgrounder):

http://nationtalk.ca/story/government-of-canada-introduces-new-protections-for-fish-and-their-habitat  
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Globe and Mail – Supreme Court rules band in B.C. can claim compensation for land theft during 1860s gold rush.

By Sean Fine. In a major victory for Indigenous peoples, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a band in British Columbia can claim financial compensation for the theft of its lands during gold-rush times in 1860. The court took an expansive view of Canada’s...
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