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Legislative Update Report -- No. 2014-18 -- Sept 26, 2014

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

SCC Weighs-In on Consumer Protection Remedies in Quebec Class Actions

On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a trilogy of decisions examining the standing of representative plaintiffs and the availability of consumer protection legislation in the class action context....more

B.C. Surface Rights Board Reduces Rent Payable After Landowners Fail to Prove Loss

In the recent decision of the B.C. Surface Rights Board in Encana Corporation v Perry Burl Piper and Leslie Lancelot Dowd, the Board awarded compensation to landowners less than the amount previously offered by the operator. ...more

Canadian securities regulators reach consensus on more target-friendly take-over bid legislation

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) have announced that they intend to publish a new proposal for changes to the regulation of take-over bids, replacing the two alternative proposals published for comment in March...more

Proposed Changes to the Pension Investment Rules

The Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today proposed new regulations which will amend the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 (the Regulations). Among other things the proposed regulations include amendments...more

The Internet of Things and Canadian Copyright Law

Many of you have read about the dispute over copyright ownership of the monkey-selfie, where a primate took a digital photo that went viral and for which the owner of the camera tried to claim ownership. Ultimately the U.S....more

Further Toughening of Canada’s Sanctions Against Russia

The initial round of economic sanctions imposed by the Canadian government in March 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea targeted certain former Ukrainian government officials and their family members...more

Crowdfunding: A Canadian Update

A Canadian company, Vrvana, Inc. is seeking $350,000 through Kickstarter, to finance its development of a virtual reality headset marketed as the Totem. Vrvana has elected to pursue a reward-based crowdfunding model. For...more

Despite Having WSIB Coverage, Worker Permitted to Sue “Physically Demonstrative” Executive Officer who “Massaged” her Neck

Physically demonstrative managers beware: your company’s workers compensation coverage does not necessarily protect you from lawsuits by employees. Even though her employer had Workplace Safety and Insurance Board...more

Federal Government Releases Next Round of Proposed Regulatory Amendments

Last Friday, the federal government released the next round of proposed amendments to the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, which will change or enact new provisions regarding plan investments, defined contribution (DC)...more

The Challenge of the Unlocatable Copyright Owner – Checklists!

As this blog has documented on numerous occasions, Canada’s Copyright Act contains an “unlocatable owner” licensing mechanism (sometimes referred to as the “orphan works” mechanism), which enables prospective users of...more

Ontario Government Responds to Early Results of Mine Safety Review

In December 2013, the province asked Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector, focusing first on underground mines. The review...more

R. v. Mian (SCC): Powers of an Appellate Court to Raise New Issues on Appeal

In R. v. Mian, released on September 12, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the issue of an appellate court’s ability to raise new grounds of appeal and identified factors that should guide a court in doing so. ...more

Non-party SIU Ordered to Produce Witness Statements in Police Litigation

In the recent case McGillivary v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2014 ONSC 865, Master Muir granted the plaintiffs’ Rule 30.10 documentary production motion with regards to evidence obtained by the non-party Special...more

Devon: TCC considers large corporation rules

In Devon Canada Corporation v. The Queen the issue is whether the taxpayer (“Devon”) may deduct $20,884,041 paid to cancel issued stock options. After the close of pleadings, the Crown brought a procedural motion relating to...more

The public is tired of governmental mismanagement

Let the elections begin - Ontario is deep in municipal election campaigns across the province. One issue without question within Ontario governments is the need to address an increasingly aged and inadequate public...more

Can a comment on a blog post be defamatory?

Defamation law continues to be in the news, with actions recently being threatened or commenced against municipal and provincial politicians in Ontario. The rise of the internet as a medium through which anyone can (and many...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Environmental Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -...more

Widespread Sexual Abuse of Children in Remote Northern Community Results in Another Priest Being Found Guilty of Sex-Related...

The press reported late last week that former Roman Catholic priest and Oblate missionary Eric Dejaeger has been convicted on 24 of 80 sex-related charges involving Inuit children from the remote community of Igloolik in the...more

National Securities Regulator Moves Forward; Draft Legislation Published

On September 8, 2014, the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement formalizing the terms of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory...more

ATVs on the Road - Insurance is a Must

The Court of Appeal, in Matheson v. Lewis, [2014 ONCA 542] recently held that an All Terrain Vehicle ("ATV") is an off-road vehicle that must be insured while on a roadway. The Plaintiff was injured in an accident as...more

The CSA Proposes a New Harmonized Take-Over Bid Approach

On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the publication of CSA Staff Notice 62-306, which contemplates a new harmonized regulatory approach to the Canadian take-over bid regime....more

Europe Not Yet Satisfied with Adequacy of Québec’s Privacy Law

On June 4, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party (WP 29) issued a report to the European Commission (EC) regarding an application by the Province of Québec, Canada for status as a jurisdiction providing an adequate level of...more

Canadian government vs. Ottawa think tank - a battle of bias

Classic case of they said, they said - Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency began auditing an Ottawa-based think tank, accusing the company of being “biased and one-sided.” Now, more than 400 academics are demanding...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Propose Significant Amendments to Take-Over Bid Regime

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced that they intend to publish for comment amendments (the Proposed Bid Amendments) that, if implemented, will result in significant changes to the take-over bid regime...more

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