British Columbia v Canadian Forest Products Ltd: 11 Jun 2004

Canlii Damages – Environmental damages to public lands – Compensation – Forest fire – Valuation of loss of harvestable trees, and of non-harvestable trees in environmentally sensitive areas – Appropriate basis to calculate compensation – Province suing for compensation logging company responsible for fire – Whether Province can sue not only as ordinary landowner but also as parens patriae – Whether Comparative Value Pricing system can be taken into account to reduce compensation – Whether Province entitled to ‘auction value’ of harvestable trees – Whether Province entitled to commercial value of non-harvestable trees plus a premium for environmental value – Whether common law provides for environmental damages.


McLachlin C.J. and Iacobucci, Major, Bastarache, Binnie, Arbour, LeBel, Deschamps and Fish JJ


[2004] 2 SCR 74, 240 DLR (4th) 1, 2004 SCC 38, 321 NR 1, [2004] 9 WWR 1, 28 BCLR (4th) 195, 198 BCAC 1, 8 CELR (NS) (3d) 1





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