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Julie Abouchar

Partner
Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and in Indigenous Legal Issues

T: 416-862-4836  E: jabouchar@willmsshier.com

Bio

Julie Abouchar is a recognized expert in environmental, Aboriginal and energy and natural resources law. She also advocates before tribunals and is a trained mediator. Julie is called to the bar in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

Rankings and Awards

  • Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Law Society of Ontario, since 2005
  • Certified Indigenous Legal Issues Specialist, Law Society of Ontario, since 2017
  • Peer selected annually for The Best Lawyers in Canada©—Environmental Law, Aboriginal Law, and Energy Regulatory Law
  • Rated “Repeatedly Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory for Environmental Law and Aboriginal Law

Environmental and Energy Law

Julie provides solutions to environmental law issues, from water protection, contaminated land and environmental assessment to environmental risk assessment, transactional due diligence and compliance. Julie also helps clients plan, structure and implement renewable energy and transmission projects and helps obtain environmental and renewable energy approvals. 

Environmental and Energy Litigation

  • Hearings
  • Defence of prosecutions
  • Appeals of regulatory orders

Julie appeals environmental orders and approvals issued by regulators to tribunals including the Environmental Review Tribunal. She appears before the Ontario Municipal Board on environmental matters and acts for both Intervenors and Proponents before the National Energy Board and Ontario Energy Board to ensure decisions reflect client interests and concerns. Julie also assists clients with environmental inspections and investigations and negotiates with regulators for clients being prosecuted for environmental non-compliance.

Aboriginal Law and Northern Practice

Julie has been negotiating and drafting resource agreements for industry and First Nations clients for 20 years, including impact benefit, participation and exploration agreements. She provides advice about Aboriginal consultation and facilitates dispute resolution in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. 

Julie also advises First Nations and Inuit communities, proponents, northern environmental boards and tribunals about resource development in Canada’s north.

Clients

  • Industrial companies
  • Aboriginal communities and businesses
  • Energy and renewable energy companies
  • Mining & exploration companies
  • Municipalities
  • Conservation authorities
  • Transit authorities
  • Land developers and property owners 
  • Environmental boards and tribunals
  • Inuit and Inuvialuit communities
  • Northern resource, energy and infrastructure proponents
  • Northern environmental boards and tribunals

Representative Work

Environmental

  • Municipality Appeal of Official Plan Amendment—Special counsel to a municipality to defend an appeal an Official Plan amendment at the Ontario Municipal Board, resulting in a favourable decision about Aboriginal consultation activities for the Official Plan amendment and road development.
  • Settlement for Municipality on Drinking Water Compliance—Represented a municipality about Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act compliance, resulting in a favourable settlement with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, implementation of internal systems and due diligence for long-term compliance and improved relations with the Ministry.
  • Settlement for Industrial Company Charged Under Sewer Use By-Law—Defended an industrial client charged with 60 counts under the City of Toronto Sewer Use by-law, resulting in a favourable settlement and implementation of changes to the wastewater system that brought our client into regulatory compliance.
  • Application by Conservation Authority to Elevate Environmental Assessment—Assisted a conservation authority to apply successfully to elevate a class Environmental Assessment to an individual Environmental Assessment for a proposed road development. 
  • Corporate D&Os Ordered to Clean-Up Waste—Representing former directors and officers of a company ordered by an environmental regulator to clean-up waste stored at a property no longer owned by the company.

Energy

  • Advocacy to Change Preferred Pipeline Route—Advocated for a group of developers before the Ontario Pipeline Coordination Committee, resulting in a change of preferred route that avoids impacts to our client, the environment, and adjacent land use.
  • Aboriginal Participation in Hydroelectric Extension Project—Negotiated and drafted an Impact Benefit Agreement for a hydroelectric extension project, resulting in contracts for Aboriginal businesses, training and employment, and  investment in First Nation communities.
  • Aboriginal Partnership with Ontario Power Generation—Assisted a First Nation to develop an equity partnership between its wholly-owned energy development company and Ontario Power Generation for a 25 MW hydroelectric power project, bringing investment to the community, contract opportunities for Aboriginal businesses and training and employment for First Nations.

Aboriginal Law and Consultation

  • Municipality Negotiations and Agreements with First Nation—On behalf of a municipality, conducted effective negotiation and drafted agreements with First Nations to enable the successful completion of an infrastructure project which crossed under a river and an area of high archaeological potential. 
  • First Nation IBA and Economic Development from Gold Mine Project—Helped a First Nation community reap significant benefits from a major gold mine in Ontario by negotiating, drafting and assisting with the implementation of an Impact Benefit Agreement with the proponent. Created corporate structures for joint ventures and limited partnerships, including a partnership to develop a transmission line to the mine site.
  • Conservation Authority Aboriginal Consultation Training and Guidelines—Trained conservation authority staff on their complex legal and regulatory Aboriginal consultation environment and developed guidelines for Aboriginal engagement.

Recognition

  • Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Law Society of Ontario, since 2005
  • Certified Indigenous Legal Issues Specialist, Law Society of Ontario, since 2017
  • Peer selected annually for The Best Lawyers in Canada©—Environmental Law, Aboriginal Law, and Energy Regulatory Law
  • Rated “Repeatedly Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory for Environmental Law and Aboriginal Law

Organizations

  • The Law Society of Ontario—Certified Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues (2017-)
  • The Law Society of Ontario—Certified Specialist in Environmental Law (2005-)
  • Ontario Bar Association— Member of Aboriginal Law Section Executive (2004-); Environmental Law Section (1994-); Municipal Law Section (2003-); Natural Resources Law Section (2004)
  • Canadian Bar Association—National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section member
  • Ontario Water Power Association
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, member
  • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • CTC Source Protection Committee, member
  •  Ontario Clean Water Agency, Board Member, August 2007 to July 2013
  • Ontario Environmental Industries Association—Member (2003-)
  • American and Ontario Water Works Associations—Member (2005-)
  • Environmental Law Commission, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)—Member (2000-)
  • Sierra Club of Canada—U.S.-Canada International Committee member (1999-2004)
  • Conservation Council of New Brunswick—Executive Director and Director (1996-1998)
  • Environmental Law Association of McGill—President and a Founding Member (1988-1991)

Speaking Engagements

November 23, 2017

Do you know the risks associated with Sewer Use By-Law compliance in the City of Toronto?

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November 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 19, 2017

Do you know the risks associated with Sewer Use By-Law compliance in the City of Toronto?

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May 03, 2017

CANECT 2017 - Water and Wastewater: Regulation and Compliance

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March 30, 2017

Do you know the risks associated with Sewer Use By-Law compliance in the City of Toronto?

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November 14, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

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October 18, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

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April 26, 2016 to April 27, 2016

CANECT 2016 - Water and Wastewater: Regulation and Compliance

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March 22, 2016 to March 23, 2016

CWRA World Water Day

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March 31, 2016

The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law: Environmental Permitting

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February 04, 2016 to February 06, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

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October 22, 2015

Sudbury Colloquium Real Estate Conference: What Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know About Environmental Liabilities

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September 16, 2015

Water Law in Ontario - The Multi-Barrier Approach and Personal Liability for Compliance

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March 10, 2015 to March 12, 2015

Canadian Water Network: Connecting Water Resources 2015

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April 29, 2015

CANECT 2015 - Water and Wastewater: Regulation and Compliance

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November 26, 2014

Envirogate 2014: Water & Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence

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October 22, 2014

LSUC: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2014

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June 05, 2014 to June 06, 2014

OBA's Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers

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June 05, 2014

Julie Abouchar Speaking at the OBA's "Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers" Event

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April 29, 2014

Insight: Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum

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April 15, 2014

The Canadian Institute: Ontario Power Conference

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April 30, 2014

CANECT 2014: Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence

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February 13, 2014

Canadian Bar Association NEERLS Webinar: Regional Approaches to Water Across Canada

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December 06, 2013

Corporate-Aboriginal Relations: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

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November 07, 2013

Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations

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November 26, 2013

Water and Wastewater: Compliance and Due Diligence, Envirogate

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June 24, 2013

Current Understandings of the Triggers for Aboriginal Engagement, Association for Professional Archaeologists (APA)

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June 18, 2013

Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories about Resource Extraction and Communities, Global Development Forum

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June 20, 2013 to June 21, 2013

Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Annual National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit

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May 29, 2013

Ontario’s Mining Act, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

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April 29, 2013 to May 01, 2013

21st Annual CANECT 2013

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March 13, 2013

Overview of Types of Mining Agreements, NAN First Nations Mining Information and Strategy Sessions

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April 02, 2013

Wastewater Legislation, Ontario Bar Association Passport Series

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March 15, 2013 to March 16, 2013

We Are All Here to Stay: Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Lakehead University, Centre for Northern Studies Symposium

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May 09, 2013

Aspects of Mining Water Regulation in Key Provinces, Water Management for Mining Summit, Infocast

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February 12, 2013

Effective Strategies for Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Global Development Forum

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February 07, 2013

The Duty to Consult and Beyond: Hot Topics, Practical Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid for Aboriginal Law Practitioners, Ontario Bar Association

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November 20, 2012

New Mining Act: Regulations and Aboriginal Consultation, Community Gems, Faceted Outcomes, CAMA

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October 29, 2012 to October 31, 2012

Engaging & Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities, The Canadian Institute

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December 05, 2012

Community Partnership Series: First Nations Info Sharing Session, Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA)

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September 24, 2012 to September 25, 2012

Environmental Considerations and Consulting with Aboriginal Communities: Legal Issues, Mini-MBA for Mining, Federated Press

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October 17, 2012 to October 18, 2012

The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2012, Law Society of Upper Canada

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2014

  • Chair and Speaker, “Trends and Developments in Water and Wastewater Law”, Envirogate 2014
  • “The Latest Aboriginal Law from the Supreme Court of Canada on Resource Development”, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • “Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers”, Webinar, Ontario Bar Association
  • “Overview of the Regulatory Regime for Water and Wastewater”, 22nd Annual Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (CANECT 2014)
  • "Environmental Assessments and Approvals and the Impact of Recent Legislative Changes”, Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum 2014, Insight
  • “Engaging Stakeholder Communities: Exploring Ontario’s Integrated Regional Planning Process”, Ontario Power Conference, The Canadian Institute
  • “Environmental Permitting”, The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Professional Development
  • “Ontario and New Brunswick Water and Wastewater Regulatory Regimes”, Regional Approaches to Water Across Canada Webinar, National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association

2013

  • “Corporate-Aboriginal Relations: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships”, Webinar, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Co-chair and Speaker, “Overview of the Regulatory Regime for Water and Wastewater”, Envirogate 2013
  • “Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations”, Willms & Shier Breakfast Seminar
  • “IBAs; New Federal Legislation”, Workshop at Constance Lake First Nation, Chiefs of Ontario
  • “Current Understandings of the Triggers for Aboriginal Engagement”, Aboriginal Engagement Workshop, Association for Professional Archaeologists
  • “Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories About Resource Extraction and Communities”, 2013 Annual National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories About Resource Extraction and Communities”, Resource Exploration & Development, Mining Summit, Global Development Forum
  • “Ontario’s Mining Act”, Member Roundtable, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • “Mining Water Regulation in Ontario”, Water Management for Mining, Infocast
  • “Overview of the Regulatory Regime for Water & Wastewater” and “Federal Fisheries Act Enforcement”, 21st Annual Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (CANECT 2013)
  • “New Federal Legislation: What’s Ahead?”, Ministry of Energy and Ontario Power Generation
  • “Wastewater Legislation”, Passport Series, Ontario Bar Association
  • “We Are All Here To Stay: Reconciling Mining and First Nations”, Centre for Northern Studies Symposium, Lakehead University,
  • “Overview of Types of Mining Agreements”, Mining Information and Strategy Sessions, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • “Reconciling Mining and First Nations”, Resource Exploration & Development, Mining Summit, Global Development Forum
  • “Impact of Key Federal Regulatory Changes on Consultation”, Aboriginal Law, Institute 2013, Ontario Bar Association

 2012

  • “Forming Successful Partnerships with First Nations”, Community Partnership Series, Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
  • “New Mining Act Regulations and Aboriginal Consultation”, Workshop, Community Gems, Faceted Outcomes, Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association
  • “Impacts of Regulatory Changes on Consultation and Aboriginal Communities”, and Workshop: “Aboriginal Consultations and Impact Benefit Agreements”, Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities, The Canadian Institute
  • “What You Need to Know About the New CEAA”, Plenary: Environmental Assessments, 2nd Annual Ontario First Nation Economic Developers Association EDO Conference 
  • “Aboriginal Consultations and Impact Benefit Agreements”, Mini MBA for Mining Workshop, Federated Press
  • “A Common Thread—Aboriginal Consultation, Federal and Provincial Legislative Changes Workshop”, Ontario Water Association
  • “Water & Wastewater: Provincial Regulatory Regime”, 20th Annual Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (CANECT 2012)
  • “The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Processes: The Ring of Fire EA and The Role of Consultation and Accommodation: Why Negotiate Impact Benefit Agreements”, Attawapiskat Ma-Moo-We-Chee-He-To-Win Conference on Impact Benefit Agreements

 2011

  • “What’s New with Approvals?”, 21st Annual Construction Superconference, The Canadian Institute
  • “Aboriginal Consultation”, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • “Best Practices: IBAs and Transmission and Construction Procurement”, Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities, The Canadian Institute
  • “Developing a Model Impact Benefit Agreement”, Master Class, The Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law, The Canadian Institute
  • “Ontario’s Drinking Water Protection Framework Update”, National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in First Nations Communities”, Managing Aboriginal Land and Water Interests, Insight Information
  • “Duty to Consult and Aboriginal Engagement”, Air and Waste Management Association—Ontario Section

 2010

  • “Legal Imperatives: Compliance and Innovation in the Regulatory Framework”, Water Opportunities, 2010
  • “Creating Mutually Beneficial Aboriginal-Industry Joint Ventures and Collaboration Agreements”, Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities, The Canadian Institute
  •  “Impact Benefit Agreements”, Canadian Mining Law & Finance 2010 Conference, Cambridge Forums
  • “Creating Model Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs)”, Aboriginal Law Consultation & Accommodation, The Canadian Institute
  • “Developing Partnerships with the Aboriginal Community”, Renewable Energy Infrastructure, Infonex

Older

  • Encouraging Aboriginal-Industry Partnerships in the Resource Sector in Ontario, The Canadian Institute, December 7-8, 2009
  • Willms & Shier Aboriginal Breakfast Workshop, Developing a Municipal-Aboriginal Consultation Protocol, November 12, 2009
  • Ontario’s New Mining Act, The Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association, Toronto, November 1-3, 2009
  • Aboriginal Energy Partnerships in Ontario, Insight Information, October 26-27, 2009
  • Municipalities, Boards & Tribunals, Crown and Aboriginal Duties: Beyond Consultation, PBLI, May 13-14, 2009
  • Getting Up-to-Date on New Provincial Issues Impacting Consultation: Critical Developments in Ontario’s Mining Act and Other Major Initiatives, Aboriginal Law, Consultation & Accommodation, The Canadian Institute, February 18-19, 2009
  • A Cross-County Review: Exploration and Mining Issues Affecting First Nations and Métis, Aboriginal Law, Consultation & Accommodation, The Canadian Institute, February 18-19, 2009
  • Willms & Shier Aboriginal Breakfast Workshop, Legal Update on the Duty to Consult, January 15, 2009
  • Environmental Due Diligence, Schulich School of Business, November 10, 2008
  • Environmental Due Diligence, Conducting Effective Corporate Due Diligence, Osgoode Professional Development, November 5, 2008
  • Water: The Regulatory Framework, Fundamentals of Environmental Law and Regulation, The Canadian Institute, April 17-18, 2008
  • First Nations Consultation and Accommodation, Fundamentals of Environmental Law and Regulation, The Canadian Institute, April 17-18, 2008
  • Do Municipalities Have a Duty to Consult?, Aboriginal Law and Consultation, The Canadian Institute, February 12-13, 2008
  • Is Environmental Law Sustainable Practice? Tips Every Lawyer Should Know, CBA-NB Midwinter Environmental Law Section Meeting, CBA (New Brunswick), February 9, 2008
  • Identifying, Managing and Mitigating Risks – the Clean Water Act, 14th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability, CI, February 7-8, 2008
  • Keeping Your Head Above Water Law, Environmental Law: Staying Aloft Amid a Flurry of New Developments, The Canadian Institute, OBA Enviro Law Section, February 4, 2008
  • Examining the Latest Source Protection Strategies for Surface Water and Groundwater, Drinking Water Quality Management, The Canadian Institute, January 28-29, 2008
  • Willms & Shier Aboriginal Breakfast Workshop, Consulting with Municipalities - First Nations, January 18, 2008
  • Environmental Due Diligence, Conducting Effective Corporate Due Diligence, OHPDC, November 1, 2007
  • Practical and Legal Considerations in Source Protection, AMO 108th Annual Conference, August 21, 2007
  • The Water Law Framework: From Source to Tap, OBA – Ontario’s Water Law & Policy, June 12, 2007
  • Willms & Shier Aboriginal Breakfast Workshop, May 31, 2007
  • Challenging and Negotiating Regulatory Orders and Decisions, AMCTO Zone 8: Mid-May Environmental Law Issues, May 16, 2007
  • Drinking Water Challenges and The Law for Municipalities, AMCTO Zone 8: Mid-May Environmental Law Issues, May 16, 2007
  • Strategies for Managing Environmental Litigation: Overcoming the New Challenges and Responsibilities of the Expanding Jurisdiction of Municipalities, The Canadian Institute, February 16, 2007
  • Integrating Environmental Regulatory Compliance into your Consultation Framework, Aboriginal Law and Practice Summit, The Canadian Institute, February 13, 2007
  • Fall-Out from Kashechewan: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water On-Reserve, Hot Topics and Developments in Aboriginal Law 2006, OBA, February 6, 2007
  • Reducing the Risks of Municipal Government Liability: Municipal Liability for Water, (OHPDC), January 25, 2007
  • Farmers’ Responsibilities and Liabilities for Using Biosolids, Building Trust and Partnership Between Biosolids Generating and Receiving Communities, December 13, 2006
  • Conducting Effective Corporate Due Diligence: Environmental Due Diligence, (OHPDC), November 2, 2006
  • Managing New Responsibilities: The Municipality as Environmental Steward: Managing Water, Creating and Enforcing Municipal By-laws – A Legal and Practical Guide, The Canadian Institute, September 14, 2006
  • Water Issues: Navigating the Regulatory Framework, Fundamentals of Environmental Law and Regulations, The Canadian Institute, April 3, 2006
  • Drinking Water Source Protection – A Primer, Managing Nutrients and Biomass for a Sustainable Rural Economy, Integrated Solutions to Manure Management III, ONEIA, March 9, 2006
  • Water, Water Everywhere Legislative and Compliance Update, Environmental Law and Regulation in Ontario Workshop B – Environmental Due Diligence for Directors and Officers, The Canadian Institute, November 30, 2005
  • Industrial and Municipal Water Use, Industrial Water and Wastewater, CANECT, Templegate, May 11, 2005
  • Source Protection and Municipal Waste Water, Source Protection and Sewage, WEAO, April 19, 2005
  • Drinking Water Source Protection Update, 6 Minute Municipal Lawyer, LSUC, March 3, 2005
  • Drinking Water Update: Municipal Liability, Land, Water & Sewage: The Municipality as Gatekeeper, The Canadian Institute, February 17, 2005
  • Right to the Source on Source Water, Renewing Our Communities: From the Municipal Front Door to Parliament Hill, AMO, August 24, 2004
  • Source Protection: Constrains and Opportunities for Municipalities, Watershed Management – Small Community Issues, WEAO, April 20, 2004
  • Manure: Unravelling the New Regulatory Regime, Manure Management II, ONEIA, March 8, 2004
  • From Spills to Landfills: Overcoming New Environmental Liabilities, 10th Annual Provincial/Municipal Liability, The Canadian Institute, February 20, 2004
  • Water: Public or Private?, A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium, Conservation Ontario & the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship, University of Guelph, November 13, 2003
  • Environmental Law Course Teaching, Ryerson University, 2002
  • Walkerton: Its Implications for Local Government in British Columbia, Environmental Law and New Era in BC, Insight, October 28-29, 2002
  • Implementing of the Precautionary Principle in Canada, Cameron, Reinterpreting the Precautionary Principle (Tim O’Riorden, J. Cameron and A. Jordan), May 2001

Articles

July 17, 2018

Working Towards Economic Reconciliation: Government Resource Revenue Sharing in British Columbia, Ontario, and the Yukon

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December 22, 2017

Navigating Environmental Risk: When and How to Apply the Precautionary Principle

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November 10, 2017

Supreme Court Finds Development of Jumbo Valley Ski Resort Does Not Impair Ktunaxa Nation’s Freedom of Religion

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August 21, 2017

Wind Farm Approval Revoked Due to Human Safety Concerns

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July 31, 2017

Heavy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown: SCC Delivers Clyde River and Chippewas Judgments

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July 25, 2017

Saugeen First Nation v Ontario: Court Comments on Crown Role and Consultation Funding

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July 17, 2017

BC Court Declines to Issue Injunction in Aboriginal Treaty Rights Case

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July 10, 2017

Federal Discussion Paper Released on Review of Environmental Regulatory Processes

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February 22, 2017

Is There a Duty to Consult on Legislation? SCC May Decide

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January 30, 2017

New NEB Energy East Panel Reset

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December 06, 2016

Rubin v MOECC: Balancing Environmental Protection and Financial Hardship

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December 01, 2016

Aboriginal Consultation and Administrative Proceedings: Two Cases Heard by the SCC in November

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November 23, 2016

Energy Savings: Unlocking Triple Bottom Line Benefits

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September 27, 2016

Unreasonable Delay and Environmental Prosecutions

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September 15, 2016

Reconciliation Update: A Look Beyond Resource Engagement

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September 07, 2016

Climate Change Action Plan: Indigenous Partnerships and Clean Energy

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July 11, 2016

Ontario Government to Support Indigenous and Community Involvement in Renewable Energy Projects

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July 08, 2016

Northern Gateway Pipeline Project on Hold Until Canada Adequately Fulfills Duty to Consult

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April 29, 2016

Métis and Non-status Indians: Out of the Jurisdictional Wasteland

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April 08, 2016

Ontario Relaxes Approvals for Routine Water-Taking

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March 28, 2016

2016 Federal Budget Increases Funding for Environmental and Aboriginal Issues in Canada

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February 18, 2016

City Hall Shakes Up Sewer Discharge By-law

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January 22, 2016

Ontario Approves Final Source Water Protection Plan

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November 20, 2015

Operating Authorities Would be Required to Assess the Threat Posed by Climate Change, Algal Blooms and Other Hazards to Municipal Drinking Water Systems

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October 29, 2015

First Nations Not Barred From Bringing Claims Against Private Parties Based On Harm To Unproven Aboriginal Rights, Title and Treaty Rights

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October 16, 2015

Third Time Lucky as Great Lakes Protection Act is Finally Passed

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August 19, 2015

Ontario Approves Source Protection Plan for much of the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Region

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July 23, 2015

Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Debogorski: Is the duty to consult changing?

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July 21, 2015

NEB Releases List of Aboriginal Intervenors for Energy East

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May 12, 2015

BC Court of Appeal: First Nations can bring tort claims for harm to asserted rights

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April 28, 2015

Nunavut Homeowner Ordered to Pay $55,000 for Heating Oil Tank Spill

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April 17, 2015

Ontario to join Quebec and California in Implementing Carbon Cap and Trade System to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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April 07, 2015

Groundbreaking IIBA and Land Tenure Agreements in Nunavut

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April 01, 2015

The Northwest Territories and Alberta Sign a Mackenzie River Basin Bilateral Water Management Agreement

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March 27, 2015

Update: Canada files Notice of Appeal for the Injunction granted by the Northwest Territories Supreme Court to Delay Elimination of Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board

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March 17, 2015

Water Canada Magazine Highlights Article on Stormwater Management by Julie Abouchar

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March 02, 2015

Northwest Territories Supreme Court Grants T??ch? Government Injunction To Delay Elimination of Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board

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February 19, 2015

Company Fined $185,000 under the Fisheries Act for Discharge to Municipal Drain

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February 19, 2015

Ontario Source Water Protection Plan Approval Update

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January 12, 2015

Energy East Pipeline Project Moves Closer to National Energy Board Hearing

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January 06, 2015

First Nation Challenges to Hydroelectric Development - A Tale of Two Provinces

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December 23, 2014

Ontario Regulatory Amendments Strengthen Protection of Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin

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December 10, 2014

The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v Yukon—Interpretation, Reconciliation and the Land Use Planning Process in Modern Treaties

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November 11, 2014

Canada Tables Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act – Mandatory Reporting of Payments to Aboriginal Governments

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November 06, 2014

Julie Abouchar Discusses Provincial Aboriginal Consultation Responsibilities and What Proponents Can Do to Move Projects Forward

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October 30, 2014

Ontario Premier Wynne Mandates Aboriginal Priorities

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October 03, 2014

Ontario Premier Wynne Mandates Environmental and Energy Priorities

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September 04, 2014

Ontario Approves Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan

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July 17, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Provincial Aboriginal Consultation Responsibilities When Issuing Resource Permits in Keewatin and Applies Tsilqot’in Infringement Test

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July 08, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title in William – Implications for Resource Development in Canada

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June 24, 2014

First Nations Launch Drinking Water Lawsuit Against Federal Government

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June 18, 2014

Federal Government Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline With Conditions

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June 03, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article – Eastbound and Down: Atlantic Canada is the Next Major Pipeline Battleground

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May 20, 2014

Pipeline Update: New Rules, UN Report and Court Challenge to Energy East

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May 08, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Focus: Disclosure of Mining Payments a Hot Topic

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May 08, 2014

Mounting Opposition by Municipalities, Aboriginal Communities and Environmentalists Threatens To Halt Pipeline Development

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May 08, 2014

TransCanada Files Eastern Mainline Pipeline Project Description with National Energy Board

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April 28, 2014

Federal Government Releases Details of New Environmental Review Process Under CEAA, 2012

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April 16, 2014

Ontario Approves Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan

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April 15, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Aboriginal Interests Gain Ground in Land Use Planning

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April 02, 2014

Proposed Amendments to Federal Metal Mining Effluent Regulations

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March 19, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Watershed Moment - New PPS Policies on Ontario's Natural Environment

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March 10, 2014

Fisheries Act Regulations Authorize Deposits of Deleterious Substances into Water Frequented by Fish

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February 20, 2014

Disclosure of Oil and Gas & Aboriginal Payments Uncertain, Despite Release of Recommendations on Mandatory Disclosure of Payments from Canadian Mining Companies to Governments

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February 11, 2014

Federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency Announces Review of Active Ingredients in Registered Pest Control Products

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February 04, 2014

First Nations and Environmental Groups Apply To Reopen Northern Gateway Project Environmental Joint Review Panel

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January 17, 2014

Noront Submits Environmental Assessment for Eagles Nest Project – What’s Next for Aboriginal Communities, Resource Proponents and Government in the Ring of Fire?

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December 09, 2013

Ecojustice Files Suit to Close Loophole in B.C. Water Act

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December 09, 2013

Ottawa Finalizes EA Regulations and Shortens List of Activities Subject to Federal Assessment

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December 09, 2013

Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan Emphasizes Conservation, Demand Management and Renewables

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July 16, 2013

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article – Drinking Water Dispute

Julie Abouchar quoted in article by Kerry Freek – Drinking Water Dispute, Water Canada, May/June 2013.

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January 09, 2013

Another Big Budget Bill, More Big Changes

This summer we wrote about changes to Canada’s environmental legal landscape introduced by the first budget bill (Bill C-38), and their significance to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Fisheries Act.

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September 15, 2012

Implementing Ontario’s New Archaeology Standards

Municipal planners and developers are finding that they not only have to address how a proposed project could affect theenvironment, but also its potential to affect Aboriginal cultural resources.

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June 01, 2012

Gutting the Fisheries Act and Other Federal Environmental Legislation

At least at the federal level, it appears that the environmental law landscape in Canada is changing. With the announcement of the federal budget, it was clear that there would be wide and sweeping changes to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Fisheries Act.

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April 01, 2012

Courts Shed Light on Consultation

Ever since the Supreme Court’s landmark Haida decision in 2004, companies, governments and aboriginal communities have been making sense of the “duty to consult” when a contemplated action may adversely affect an aboriginal right or title.

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March 01, 2012

Looking into the Future of Water: Technology, Energy, Rates and First Nations Rights

After learning that this issue’s theme is Cities of the Future, we decided to take the rare opportunity to rise above the current and pending legislation, regulations and policies and look more broadly into the future of the water industry in Canada.

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December 01, 2011

Planning for Asset Management: The Reports on Water Quality, The Wait for Regulation

Asset management and financial viability are concerns at some water and wastewater treatment plants across the province. Municipalities both large and small, as well as First Nations struggle to find adequate financial resources to treat water and wastewater.

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October 01, 2011

How Fit is it? A Review of the Green Energy Act and the Feed-in Tariff Program for Water and Wastewater Projects

The Green Energy Act was enacted on May 14, 2009. Over the months that followed, a number of new regulations and amendments were drafted and declared in force. On October 1, 2009, the Ontario Power Authority began accepting applications under the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program.

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August 01, 2011

Ottawa's Proposed National Standards for Municipal Wastewater Receive Mixed Reviews

On March 20,2010, the Minister of the Environment published the draft Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, under the Fisheries Act with little fanfare.1 These regulations will create significant progress in addressing an important environmental issue – water pollution. The draft Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations will be the first major addition to the federal water pollution control standards in more than 20 years.

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June 01, 2011

The Other Half of the Green Energy Equation: Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency

In a world increasingly concerned with energy, the focus is often on thesource of energy. Discussions on energy are often framed by a debate about whether we should continue to use fossil fuels or move to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.

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December 01, 2010

Protecting Lake Simcoe: When a Strategy Imposes Legal Limits

Outside of the Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe is the largest lake in southern Ontario. Eight municipalities obtain their drinking water from Lake Simcoe. The Lake Simcoe watershed contains numerous provincially significant wetlands, woodlands, and productive agricultural areas.

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September 01, 2010

New Regulations Clarify Source Protection Plans

Recent amendments to the regulations under the Clean Water Act flesh out which approvals and permits will be subject to the mandatory requirements of source protection plans, and set out new policy tools that source protection committees can use to protect drinking water sources.

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July 01, 2010

Ontario’s New Water Opportunities Strategy; Will it Make the Province a Leader in Water Technology?

In his Speech from the Throne earlier this year1, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the creation of a strategy that seeks to make the province the North American leader in the development and commercialization of new technologies and services for water conservation and treatment.

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April 01, 2010

Is Sustainable Funding for Water and Wastewater Systems Finally Coming to Ontario?

The latest move in Ontario’s long and protracted shift towards sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure funding is Bill 237, which would enact the Sustainable Water and Waste Water Systems Improvement and Maintenance Act, 2009 (“SWIM”)1. If enacted, it would establish the Ontario Water Board to oversee aspects of municipal water and wastewater treatment.

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January 23, 2010

Ontario Supports Aboriginal Access to Green Energy Boom

A renewable energy boom is coming to Ontario if the government estimates come to fruition. Ontario estimates that the Green Energy Act will create 50,000 jobs in the sector over three years and $10 billion in revenue.

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October 02, 2009

Source water protection - Ontario Clean Water Act

The Ontario Clean Water Act (CWA) is intended to protect existing and future sources of drinking water. It is a response to Justice Dennis O’Connor’s recommendation in his report on the Walkerton tragedy to develop source protection plans at the local level for every watershed in Ontario.

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September 01, 2009

Renewable Energy Projects Under the Green Energy Act

The province of Ontario’s recent Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 20091 (“GEGEA”) aims to establish Ontario as a leader in North America in building renewable energy generation facilities, encouraging energy conservation and creating green jobs.

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2014

  • “First Nation Challenges to Hydroelectric Development—A Tale of Two Provinces”, co-authored by Nicole Petersen, 2014 Year in Review Newsletter, Ontario Waterpower Association
  • “Canada Tables Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act—Mandatory Reporting of Payments to Aboriginal Governments”, co-authored by Nicole Petersen, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Ontario Premier Wynne Mandates Environmental and Energy Priorities”, co-authored by Marc McAree, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Ontario Approves Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Supreme Court Clarifies Provincial Aboriginal Consultation Responsibilities When Issuing Resource Permits in Keewatin and Applies Tsilqot’in Infringement Test”, co-authored by Charles Birchall and John Donihee, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Supreme Court of Canada Grants Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title in William—Implications for Resource Development in Canada”, co-authored by Charles J. Birchall and John Donihee, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “First Nations Launch Drinking Water Lawsuit Against Federal Government”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Federal Government Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline With Conditions”, co-authored by Charles J. Birchall, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Pipeline Update: New Rules, UN Report and Court Challenge to Energy East”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “TransCanada Files Eastern Mainline Pipeline Project Description with National Energy Board”, co-authored by Charles J. Birchall, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Mounting Opposition by Municipalities, Aboriginal Communities and Environmentalists Threatens To Halt Pipeline Development”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Federal Government Releases Details of New Environmental Review Process Under CEAA, 2012”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Ontario Approves Mattagami Region Source Protection Plan”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Proposed Amendments to Federal Metal Mining Effluent Regulations”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Disclosure of Oil and Gas & Aboriginal Payments Uncertain, Despite Release of Recommendations on Mandatory Disclosure of Payments from Canadian Mining Companies to Governments”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency Announces Review of Active Ingredients in Registered Pest Control Products”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “First Nations and Environmental Groups Apply To Reopen Northern Gateway Project Environmental Joint Review Panel”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Noront Submits Environmental Assessment for Eagles Nest Project—What’s Next for Aboriginal Communities, Resource Proponents and Government in the Ring of Fire?”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com

 2013

  • “Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan Emphasizes Conservation, Demand Management and Renewables”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  •  “Ottawa Finalizes EA Regulations and Shortens List of Activities Subject to Federal Assessment”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Ecojustice Files Suit To Close Loophole in B.C. Water Act”, Willms & Shier online: www.willmsshier.com
  • “Another Big Budget Bill, More Big Changes”, Influents, Winter 2012

 2012

  • “Implementing Ontario’s New Archaeology Standards”, Municipal World, September 2012
  • “Gutting the Fisheries Act and Other Federal Environmental Legislation”, Influents, Summer 2012
  • “Courts Shed Light on Consultation”, The Lawyers Weekly, April, 2012
  • “Looking into the Future of Water: Technology, Energy, Rates, and First Nations’ Rights”, Influents, Spring 2012

 2011

  • “Planning for Asset Management: The Reports on Water Quality, The Wait for Regulation”, Influents, Winter 2011
  • “How Fit is It? A Review of the Green Energy Act and the Feed-In Tariff Program for Water and Wastewater Projects”, Influents, Fall 2011
  • “Ottawa’s Proposed National Standards for Municipal Wastewater Receive Mixed Reviews”, Influents, Summer 2011
  • “The Other Half of the Green Energy Equation: Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency”, Influents, Spring 2011

 2010

  • “Protecting Lake Simcoe: When a Strategy Imposes Legal Limits”, Influents, Winter 2010
  •  New Regulations Under the Clean Water Act Source Water Protection Policies Move Closer to Reality?, Influents, Fall 2010
  • “Ontario’s New Water Opportunities Strategy—Will it Make the Province a Leader in Water Technology?”, Influents, Summer 2010
  • “Is Sustainable Funding for Water and Wastewater Systems Finally Coming to Ontario?”, Influents, Spring 2010

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  • New Rules and Guidelines for Land Application of Sewage Biosolids, Influents, Winter 2009
  • Source Water Protection, How the Ontario Clean Water Act protects drinking water sources, The Lawyers Weekly, October 2009
  • Renewable Energy Projects Under the Green Energy Act, Influents, Fall 2009
  • Speedy Passage for Green Energy Act, Amendments Address Concerns and Clarify Intent, Canadian Property Management, June 2009
  • The Regulation of Small Sewage Systems, Influents, Summer 2009
  • Pitfalls of Dispersion Modeling Odour Emissions, Influents, Spring 2009
  • Water Damage – The consequences of ignoring Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act, Canadian Water Treatment, March/April 2009
  • Five Lessons Learned: Defending Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 Prosecutions, Municipal World, November 2008
  • Aboriginal Consultation: Tips for Corporate Counsel, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), September 2008, Number 21
  • Aboriginal Consultation During Class Environmental Assessments, Influents, Fall 2008, Volume 3
  • Legislation Coming To Protect Lake Simcoe: Interim measures to limit phosphorus discharges already in place, Influents, Summer 2008
  • Operator Liability to Regulatory Charges: Who can the Ministry of the Environment Prosecute when things go wrong?, Influents, Summer 2008
  • First Nations Water, Alberta Water Portal News, July 2008
  • National Sewage Treatments Standards Coming Soon: Proposed Federal Effluent Standards will Apply to Over 3,500 Wastewater Treatment Systems Across Canada, Influents, Spring 2008
  • Kemess North – FN Spiritual Values v. Mine Expansion Plan – Joint EA Panel Recommends Refusal, OBA – Sections in Review, Volume 2, No. 2, February 2008
  • Quotes - the Greening of Corporate Canada, Canadian Lawyer INHOUSE, August 2007
  • Aboriginal Duty to Consult Enters the Boardroom, The Resource, OBA – Natural Resources and Energy Section, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2007
  • Must Municipalities Consult First Nations?, The Lawyers Weekly, June 2007
  • Advanced Costs: Funding First Nations Public Interest Cases, The Litigator, June 2007
  • Municipalities the gatekeepers of many environmental initiatives, Law Times News, June 25, 2007
  • Getting Convicted Under the Ontario Water Resources Act just got Easier, Influents, Summer 2007
  • Are you ready for the Clean Water Act? What you should know to be prepared for Ontario’s New Source Water Protection Legislation, Influents, Spring 2007
  • New Legal Horizons with Enviro Law Changes, Law Time News, May 14, 2007
  • MOE Releases New Guidelines for Chemical and Waste Storage – Guideline Standards may become best practices for chemical and waste storage, Influents, Winter 2007
  • Conflicts Between Municipal and Provincial Jurisdiction: Will the Clean Water ActTurn the Tide?, Influents, Winter 2006
  • Promised Reforms to Ontario’s Approvals Process Could Ease Way for Waste Management Initiatives, Influents, Fall 2006
  • Ontario Needs More Clarity on Brownfields, The Lawyers Weekly, June 16, 2006
  • New Clean Water Act for Ontario: Municipalities Face Challenges to Administration and Resources, Municipal World, April 2006
  • Peacock v. Norfolk (County): A setback in drinking water source protection, Municipal World, November 2005
  • Drinking Water Source Protection: Top 5 Things Municipal Mayors and Councillors Need to Know, Municipal World, April 2005
  • Water Taking: Municipal Role in Ontario” Municipal World, March, 2004
  • Nutrient Management: the road ahead for municipalities, Municipal World, October, 2003
  • Walkerton: its impact on groundwater protection law in Canada, Environmental Law Reporter, News & Analysis, Volume XXXIII July, 2003
  • Municipal role in water taking confirmed by Divisional Court Municipal World, March 2003
  • The Precautionary Principle in Canada: the First Decade” Environmental Law Reporter, News and Analysis, Vol. XXXII Dec. 2002
  • OMB upholds municipal authority to determine land use” Municipal World, July 2002
  • Spraytech v. Hudson, case note” Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2002
  • Implementation of the Precautionary Principle in Canada, in Reinterpreting the Precautionary Principle, Tim O’Riordan, J. Cameron and Andrew Jordan (Eds.) (Cameron May 2001).
  • Environmental Laws as Expropriation under NAFTA”, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (8/2 1999) with Richard King
  • Environment" chapter in European Union Law Reporter, (CCH Editions, 1997, 1999) with James Cameron
  • Habitat Lost: taking the pulse of estuaries in the Canadian Gulf of Maine (Conservation Counsel of New Brunswick, 1998) with Janice Harvey and David Coon
  • Legal Framework: Canada in Rim of the Gulf, Restoring Estuaries in the Gulf of Maine, David Platt (ed.) (Island Institute, 1998)
  • Precautionary Principle and Future Generations" in Future Generations and International Law, Emmanuel Agius et al (eds.) (Earthscan, 1998) with James Cameron and Will Wade-Gery
  • New Brunswick Environmental Law" chapter in Canadian Environmental Law, (Second Edition) (Butterworths, 1998)
  • Guaranteeing a Green Future for New Brunswick" (Saint John) Telegraph Journal November 16, 1997 p. A4
  • A Foot in the Door: Environmental Groups Pursue a Stronger Role in Ensuring Compliance in International Agreements Alternatives (1 997) 23:2
  • Environmental Standing: International Obligations and Mexico, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (1 996) 5:1
  • The Status of the Precautionary Principle in International Law in David Freestone and Ellen Hey (eds) The Precautionary Principle and International Law: The Challenge of Implementation (Kluwer, 1996) with James Cameron. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in Spraytech v. Hudson.
  • Canada and the Biodiversity Convention", Alternatives 20:1 (1993)
  • The Precautionary Principle: A Fundamental Principle of Law and Policy Designed for Protecting the Global Environment" Boston College International and Comparative Law Review (1991) with James Cameron
  • High Pressure Carbonation of Cementitious Grout Cement and Concrete Research Journal (1989) with E. Reardon and B. James

Books and Reports

  • Abouchar, J. and McClenaghan, T., Ontario Water Law, Canada Law Book, Toronto, 2014

 

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August 27, 2018

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019 Edition

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August 01, 2017

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Government Failed in its Duty to Consult

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December 07, 2016

Willms & Shier Lawyers Are Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2017

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August 26, 2015

Willms & Shier Lawyers Are Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2016

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December 23, 2014

Ontario Water Law - New Book By Julie Abouchar and Theresa McClenaghan Published December 12, 2014

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August 25, 2014

Willms & Shier Lawyers Once Again Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2015

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July 07, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

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June 19, 2014

Willms & Shier Partners Called to the Nunavut Bar

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June 03, 2014

Eastbound and Down: Atlantic Canada is the Next Major Pipeline Battleground

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April 15, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Watershed Moment - New PPS Policies on Ontario's Natural Environment

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April 03, 2014

Conference: All-Energy Canada Exhibition & Conference

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March 19, 2014

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Watershed Moment - New PPS Policies on Ontario's Natural Environment

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February 26, 2014

Conference: CANECT 2014 - Waste Management, Air Emissions and Water & Wastewater Programs

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February 20, 2014

Disclosure of Oil and Gas & Aboriginal Payments Uncertain, Despite Release of Recommendations on Mandatory Disclosure of Payments from Canadian Mining Companies to Governments

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February 11, 2014

Federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency Announces Review of Active Ingredients in Registered Pest Control Products

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December 10, 2013

Conference: Canadian Bar Association NEERLS Five-Part Webinar Series

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December 09, 2013

Ecojustice Files Suit to Close Loophole in B.C. Water Act

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December 09, 2013

Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan Emphasizes Conservation, Demand Management and Renewables

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November 11, 2013

Far-Reaching Fisheries Act Amendments Come into Force November 25, 2013

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November 01, 2013

Breakfast Seminar: Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations, November 7, 2013

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November 01, 2013

Conference: Willms & Shier Presenting at Envirogate 2013 November 26-27

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October 28, 2013

Webinar: Corporate-Aboriginal Relations, December 6, 2013

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February 06, 2013

Congratulations to Celina Chan (University of Alberta), the winner of CAELS’ 2013 Environmental Law Writing Competition!

Willms & Shier, proud sponsor of The Canadian Association of Environmental Law Societies (CAELS)'s 2013 essay competition.

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July 23, 2012

New wastewater systems effluent regulations

Wastewater treatment plants to meet Ottawa’s new minimum performance standards

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July 20, 2012

New CEAA Regs Released

Thousands of screenings cancelled: Ottawa publishes regulations to implement new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012

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March 23, 2012

Recommendations of Federal Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

In an effort to improve the “timeliness” of federal assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), Ottawa appears ready to abrogate its oversight role in favour of any province that provides equivalent assessments. Responsibility for conducting larger screenings should be assigned to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, unless another regulator is better suited to perform that role. The Minister of the Environment should be provided “more authority with respect to major projects,” although details on what that authority may be have not been released.

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November 03, 2010

Julie Abouchar Introduces Minister Wilkinson at Water Opportunities 2010

On Monday, November 22, 2010 Minister John Wilkinson, Ontario Minister of the Environment, provided opening remarks at a combined session of the delegates from Water Opportunities 2010 and Environmental Compliance Essentials.

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November 02, 2010

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Ontario’s Green Energy Act is Fueling a Dispute with Japan

That act includes a feed-in-tariff (FIT) program to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources -- and support local businesses.

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November 01, 2010

Julie Abouchar Quoted in Article - Lawyers Called to Help in Green Energy Battle

With Ontario getting on the green energy bandwagon, lawyers who practise real estate law face the prospect of representing clients who have been approached by alternative power developers seeking to set up wind farms or solar panel projects.

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Education

  • Called to the bars of Ontario (1994), New Brunswick (1994), Nunavut (2014), Northwest Territories (2015)
  • Certified as a Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues by the Law Society of Ontario, since 2017
  • Certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario (2005)
  • LL.M., Environmental Law, University of London, U.K. (1995)
  • LL.B. and B.C.L., McGill University (1992)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo (1987)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Society of New Brunswick (1995)

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