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BC Environmental Assessment Office Fees

The Province of British Columbia approved an Order in Council dated April 11, 2014 to establish environmental assessment fees in British Columbia for the review of environmental assessment applications, orders and enforcement...more

McIntyre: Not What You Bargained For?

When are the parties to a civil tax dispute bound by agreed facts from a criminal proceeding? This was the question considered by the Tax Court of Canada on a Rule 58 motion made by the taxpayers in McIntrye et al v....more

“Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive.”

Employer avoids liability for harassing texts sent by rogue employee - In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts...more

Canadian Government Steps Up Enforcement of Economic Sanctions - Conviction under Special Economic Measures Act for attempted...

For the first time in over 20 years since the enactment of the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), an Alberta-based company was charged with violating this statute by attempting to export controlled goods valued at $15 to...more

Mandatory Reporting Standards For Payments By Extractive Industry Companies

The Government of Canada recently issued a Consultation Paper regarding proposed mandatory reporting standards (the proposed standards) for payments by extractive industry companies to governments, both domestic and foreign,...more

Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable

In the ongoing debate on random drug and alcohol testing of employees, an Alberta Arbitration Board (the “Board”) has found that an employer’s random drug and alcohol testing policy is unreasonable. The Board’s...more

TSCA Reform: Do It Now, Or It May Never Be Done

Whatever window of opportunity exists to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is closing. This is not only because the mid-term elections are fast approaching, or that there are too few legislative days left this session,...more

Global Systemically Important Banks – Public Disclosure Requirements

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) has issued an Advisory, “Global systemically important banks – Public disclosure requirements”, which clarifies the implementation in Canada of the...more

MOL Inspector’s “Unclear” Order Required School Board To Revise Its Workplace Violence Policy

A Ministry of Labour inspector has ordered an Ontario school board to revise its workplace violence policy, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board has suspended that Order, calling it “unclear”....more

Bill C-31 Proposes Major Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

The Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill which makes changes to nearly 40 different pieces of legislation. Among these amendments are changes...more

Top Six Frequently Asked Questions About the AODA for Franchisors and Franchisees

In Ontario, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has been increasingly active in pursuing enforcement actions against organizations that have not complied with their requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-07

In This Issue: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

The Corporate Governance Review: Chapter 4: Canada

OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME - Canada’s system of corporate governance is derived from the British common law model and strongly influenced by developments in the United States. While corporate governance practices in...more

Federal Appellate Court Stays Initial Date for Meeting New Ballast Water Discharge Limits – But Only for Canadian Shipowners...

On April 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay of the January 1, 2014 deadline for installation of ballast water treatment technology required by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

The Superior Court of Québec Sides with Retailers on the Use of Recognized Trade-Marks in Public Signs and Commercial Advertising

In reasons released on April 9, 2014, Justice Yergeau of the Superior Court of Québec held that the Québec Charter of the French Language (Charter) does not require that public signs and commercial advertising containing a...more

EB-5 Visas: a Source of Funding for US Businesses but not Without Risk

China’s wealthy investors are known for seeking secure havens for their money overseas. In addition to being considered a secure environment for their money, the US offers the EB-5 program providing the investor and his or...more

Canadian Securities Regulators Delay Implementation of Derivatives Trade Reporting

Canadian securities regulators announced today that trade reporting requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions that involve “local counterparties” in the provinces of Ontario, Québec and Manitoba will...more

Beware The Unpaid Intern – He/She May Be Eligible For Pay

The issue of unpaid internships is becoming a growing concern for both employers and Ministry of Labour Inspectors. Recently, the publisher of magazines Toronto Life and The Walrus announced that they were pulling the plug on...more

Canada’s Digital Privacy Rethink: Fines, Enforceable Compliance Agreements And More!

On April 8, 2014, Canada’s government introduced Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, in the Senate. Bill S-4 is the federal government’s latest attempt to reform the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more

Filed Late, Appeal Of Inpector’s Order Dismissed

A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision illustrates the importance of timely filing of appeals of Ministry of Labour inspectors’ orders. The OLRB confirmed that that it had no authority to hear late-filed appeals....more

Practical Issues in Pension Fund Investing – Execution of Subscription Agreements

There is a famous phrase which is particularly apt in the area of pension fund investing – “the devil is in the details”. This is the first in a series on practical issues that arise in connection with investments by Canadian...more

Ontario Court Comments on Common Forms of Fairness Opinions in Arrangement Transactions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) recently made some noteworthy observations about the evidentiary utility of fairness opinions in the context of arrangements. The decision may have implications for the...more

Digital Privacy Act To Reform Canadian Privacy Laws

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Hon. James Moore, Canadian Minister of Industry, announced the launch of “Digital Canada 150.” As part of the Digital Canada 150, the Government of Canada intends to introduce a Digital...more

CSA Releases Crowdfunding Proposals for Comment

On March 20, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a notice (the CSA Notice) announcing the release for comment of two proposed equity crowdfunding prospectus exemptions. Some provincial securities...more

Competition Bureau Releases Consultation Draft of Price Maintenance Enforcement Guidelines

On March 20, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released for public comment draft enforcement guidelines on the price maintenance provisions found in section 76 of the Competition Act (Draft Guidelines). The Draft...more

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