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For over a century, McInnes Cooper has advised Atlantic Canada’s forestry industry. Our experience and deep bench strength equips us to provide the comprehensive and sophisticated legal, business and government relations advice essential for long-term success.


Our team has helped large international companies build pulp and paper plants and sawmills, guiding them from concept through construction to completion, with knowledgeable advice and quality service. We have negotiated long-term fibre supply through Crown land leases, purchases of millions of acres of company-owned woodlands, billions of dollars’ worth of construction and equipment contracts, long-term electricity and natural gas supply contracts, and environmental permits. We’ve handled labour negotiations and provided informed corporate and tax advice on both a Canadian and an international level.

Legal Update: The Changing Face of Aboriginal Law – 1 Short Year, 2 Big Court Decisions, 3 Key Implications for the Energy & Natural Resources Sector
July 17, 2015

On the heels of National Aboriginal Day, we pause to take a look back at two significant Aboriginal law cases decided in the last year, how they’ve changed the face of Aboriginal law in Canada, and the three key implications they hold for Canada’s energy and natural resources sector.    ONE YEAR & TWO SIGNIFICANT

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Legal Update: Unproven Aboriginal Rights Enough For Lawsuit Against Private Industry in Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
July 10, 2015

On April 15, 2015, British Columbia’s Court of Appeal confirmed that First Nations can make certain legal claims grounded in Aboriginal rights against the government – or against any other party, like private industry – even if those rights haven’t yet been recognized by any court or formal agreement with the Crown. The decision could

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Legal Update: SCC Says Province has “Crown” Powers (and Obligations) in Traditional Aboriginal Treaties in Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources)
July 15, 2014

On July 11, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the “Crown” in historical treaties with First Nations groups includes both the provincial and the federal governments, and the provincial Crown has both the “Crown’s” obligations and rights under them – and can exercise these rights (subject to  constitutional limitations) without the federal Crown’s

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Legal Alert: SCC Sets Test for – and Defines Rights of – Aboriginal Title in Canada in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.
June 26, 2014

On June 26, 2014, in a groundbreaking decision on Aboriginal title, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) significantly elaborated on the legal test for Aboriginal title in Canada – and decided that where there is Aboriginal title to land, the government must seek the consent of the title-holding Aboriginal group to proceed with developments on

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Legal Alert: Environmental Contamination – SCC Says When In Doubt … Report
October 17, 2013

On October 17, 2013 the SCC decided a contractor breached Ontario’s environmental protection legislation by failing to report its discharge of contaminant into the natural environment to the Ministry of Environment.  The SCC’s decision was based on the specific wording of the Ontario environmental protection legislation.  However, it delivered two key messages about how courts

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Legal Alert: SCC Says “Embedded Costs” Not “Proceeds of Disposition” For Tax Purposes
May 24, 2013

On May 23, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada clarified how to determine “proceeds of disposition” in establishing the amount of a capital gain for income tax purposes.    Should a vendor add to the “proceeds of distribution” the purchaser’s cost of the vendor’s obligations respecting the transferred property that such purchaser assumed?  The SCC

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