Battery powered: specialty metal mining and the future of tech, our economy & the environment

The push for a carbon-neutral economy has led to an intense search for green alternatives. One solution has been to develop and expand the application of batteries in everything from electric vehicles to power grids. The mining industry plays a critical role in battery production – batteries are produced using certain core metals that are found in deposits worldwide and the exploration and exploitation of these resources requires significant expertise and financial capability. We asked Gowling WLG’s Canadian mining lead, Ian Mitchell, to explain to us the rise of battery metals, their impact on the environment and the economy, and what this means for Canadian mining companies now and going forward.

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British Columbia (BC) continues to lead the way on advancing the role of hydrogen in the transition to clean energy, having recently become the first Canadian province to launch a coordinated plan to develop and support its hydrogen sector. This article highlights key features of BC’s new Hydrogen Strategy and offers insight on the legal and policy implications arising therefrom.

Government responds to consultation on changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme – key points for independent schools

The Government has issued its response to the recent consultation on changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), set out in the Teachers’ Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The consultation response confirms the Government’s plan to allow a phased withdrawal for independent schools from the TPS and provides final detail of the protections available to certain existing TPS members. Phased withdrawal will allow independent schools to gradually leave TPS by continuing to offer TPS membership to existing staff; while having the discretion to not offer TPS membership for new staff. In this article, our pensions experts take a look at the Government response to the consultation and highlight what employers need to know.

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Individual accountability in the regulated financial services sector moved a step closer with this week’s publication of the heads of bill of the Central Bank (Individual Accountability Framework) Bill 2021. We now have much greater visibility of the additional obligations that will be imposed on firms and individuals under the individual accountability framework.

Space: Amendment to the Regional Regime of Space Activities – Regional Legislative Decree No. 24/2021/A

The first amendment to the licensing regime for space activities provided that “the use of infrastructure and platforms, which integrate the development of space activities in the Region, is exercised exclusively by an administrative concession contract to be concluded with the Regional Government of the Azores, in compliance with the respective applicable legal procedure”.

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Parties in financial remedy proceedings on divorce need to be alive to the implications that their behaviour may have on their final settlement by way of costs orders.

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