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Update: Second Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Progress Made?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The second round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded earlier this month. While official statements from the countries indicated that all three...more

Major GST/HST changes affecting investment limited partnerships

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada released proposed amendments to the Excise Tax Act (“ETA”) that could deem certain payments from “investments limited partnerships” to its general partner (“GP”), which...more

One Wrong Turn

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which...more

Industry Responds to CSA Guidance on Cryptocurrency Offerings

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and the spread of cryptocurrency offerings have attracted increased attention from securities regulators in Canada and abroad. Recently, staff of the Canadian Securities...more

Transport Canada proposes UAV regulatory overhaul – Key amendments and expected impact: Are you ready?

by Dentons on

The use of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs or drones) for both commercial and recreational purposes has grown exponentially in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Drones can be used for aerial photography,...more

Structural engineers score big as Federal Court recognizes and enforces copyright on structure of soccer complex

by Smart & Biggar on

On September 12, 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in Lainco Inc v Commission Scolaire Des Bois-Francs et al, 2017 CF 825, confirming that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit...more

Pharma and Biologic Disputes in Canada – New Regulations Take Effect September 21, 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Pharma and biologics manufacturers will soon have big decisions to make regarding their pharmaceutical and biological product strategy in Canada. On September 6, 2017, the Governor General in Council, on recommendation of the...more

Ontario Announces $25.8 Million In Funding Available For Low Carbon Innovations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 29, 2017, the government of the province of Ontario, Canada announced $25.8 million has been allocated to the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) as a part of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan. The funding...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

Finance Canada Seeks Comments on New Tax Proposals Regarding Investment Limited Partnership Rules

On September 8, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released draft legislation to amend the Excise Tax Act (Canada) with regards to “Investment Limited Partnerships”, and is accepting comments until October 10, 2017. If...more

Alberta Extends Deadline to File Actuarial Valuation Reports

On September 11, 2017, the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance announced that the Superintendent of Pensions has extended the deadline to file actuarial valuation reports prepared as at December 31, 2016, by six months, to...more

AstraZeneca succeeds in omeprazole patent infringement profits case

by Smart & Biggar on

The Federal Court has issued its Public Judgment and Reasons concerning the financial compensation to be paid to AstraZeneca as a result of Apotex’s infringement of the omeprazole formulation patent (AstraZeneca’s LOSEC) in...more

How Low Can the Certification Bar Go in British Columbia?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

British Columbia has been known as a haven for class actions in Canada. The bar for certification was set very low and British Columbia is regarded as being the most plaintiff-friendly province for class actions in Canada. On...more

Ontario Provincial Government outlines plan for retail and online distribution of cannabis

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province or territory in Canada to comprehensively outline its proposed plan in respect of the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis which is currently scheduled to...more

Opportunities for Canadian Companies Increase as India Accelerates Its Smart Cities Mission

The Government of India recently announced it is accelerating the pace of its Smart Cities Mission by asking states to focus on impactful and public-private-partnership-based smart city projects, which can achieve results...more

How the Comeau Decision May Affect Inter-Provincial Distribution of Cannabis

A recent appeal regarding the inter-provincial importation of alcohol may have impact on the structure of provincial cannabis distribution in Canada. The appeal of R. v. Comeau (Comeau) is currently before the Supreme Court...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Ontario Provincial Government Announces Recreational Cannabis Retail and Distribution Framework

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On Friday, September 8, Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced a comprehensive framework outlining the province’s approach to the...more

Google Inc. V. Equustek & The Supreme Court Of Canada

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In the case of Google Inc. v. Equustek, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the grant of a preliminary injunction by the Court of Appeals of British Columbia ordering Google to de-index on a global basis websites of a...more

Consultation on a new retail payments oversight framework

by Dentons on

On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) proposed a new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) in a consultation paper titled, “A New Retail Payments...more

Energy East pipeline case suspended

by PretiFlaherty on

The developed of a proposed C$15.75 billion Canadian oil pipeline has asked Canadian regulators to temporarily suspend their review of the project, following the regulator's decision to consider the project's indirect...more

Proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations Under PIPEDA have been Released

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian federal government released the proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations under Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) on September 2, 2017....more

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

On September 8, 2017, Ontario unveiled its plan to give the existing Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) the oversight of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Ontario, upon its legalization in Canada. Sales will be...more

Publication of Final Regulations on Patent Linkage and Term Restoration

by Smart & Biggar on

On September 7, 2017, the Government of Canada published final pharmaceutical regulations flowing from CETA. According to an Order in Council, the new regulations will be in force on September 21, 2017....more

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