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Toronto, ON M5X 1B8, Canada

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation is in Effect – Now What?

Canada’s onerous anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014, but there has not been any news on enforcement activity by the regulators. However, that is not due to a lack of opportunity – by the end of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

CSA Releases Final Amendments to NI 31-103 – Changes will Impact Exempt Market Dealers and Other Market Participants

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published amendments to National Instrument 31-103 – Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and related…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Competition Bureau Emphasizes Proactive Approach to Fostering a Culture of Compliance and Managing Competition Law Risk

Violations of Canada’s Competition Act expose businesses and their directors, officers and employees to significant fines, possible imprisonment and private actions (on an individual or class basis) for substantial monetary…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Class Actions and Consumer Product Settlements: The Proof is in (Receipt For) the Pudding

Consumers don’t keep their receipts. This poses a unique challenge in consumer product class actions, especially when parties seek the Court’s approval of a settlement that requires a receipt as proof of purchase. And if the…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

George v. Anishinabek (Police Service): Ontario Court of Appeal Allows New, Dispositive Jurisdiction Argument to Be Raised on Appeal

In his August 15, 2014 decision in George v. Anishinabek (Police Service), Justice Doherty, on behalf of a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, allowed an appellant to raise a dispositive jurisdictional argument on appeal, even…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Important Developments to Canada’s Food Safety System

The Safe Foods for Canadian Act (the Act), which received Royal Assent in November 2012, set the stage for important changes to Canada’s food safety system. The Act is expected to come into force at the beginning of 2015, and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Franchise Law, Products Liability

New Disclosure Rules Regarding Women on Boards to be Effective for 2015 Proxy Season

New disclosure rules regarding the representation of women on the boards and in senior management of public companies, and director term limits, will come into effect December 31, 2014. Disclosure will be required for management…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Status of Canadian Resource Revenue Transparency Reporting

In June 2013, Prime Minister Harper announced that within two years the federal government would establish mandatory reporting standards for Canadian extractive companies to enhance transparency on the payments they make to…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Indigenous Peoples

DC Decumulation Strategies and Plan Administrator/Sponsor Considerations (Part III)

In our last post in this series, we considered whether the development of decumulation strategies for defined contribution (DC) plans may be a matter of good DC governance. In this post, we review decumulation strategies in more…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Franchise Legislation October 2014: The Latest Word on Franchise Legislation in British Columbia

British Columbia continues along the path towards franchise legislation, albeit at a glacial pace. In late March, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), a law reform research organization, published its Report on a Franchise…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Franchise Law

R. v. P.C.: No Automatic Constitutional Right to State-Funded Counsel for First Appeal in Criminal Cases

In her August 12, 2014 decision, R. v. P.C., Justice Weiler, for a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, rejected an accused’s argument that he had an automatic right to state-funded counsel for a first appeal in a criminal case…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-19

In This Article: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Health, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

CSA Provides Update on Proposed Changes to Early Warning Regime – Reporting Threshold Stays at 10%

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have provided an update on their proposed changes to the early warning reporting regime (the Draft Amendments), which were originally published for comment in March 2013..…more
| Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Pension Innovation

Pension reform is a hot button issue, with many Canadians aware of the challenges facing traditional pension plans today. Now is the time for both public and private sector plans to evolve in response to growing sustainability…more
| Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

Decumulation – Increasing DC Plan Value and Ensuring Compliance with Best Practices (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we considered ways in which the “traditional” accumulation driven defined contribution (DC) plan design fails to maximize value. In this post, we discuss variable pensions as well as the role of…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance
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