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Federal Election 2015: New Contribution Limits and Identification Requirements

With a federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act will soon be put into practice. The Fair Elections Act (FEA) passed on June 12, 2014, has increased individual contribution...more

At Last! Canadian Breach Notification Has (Almost) Arrived

June 18, 2015 marks another step forward for a country with already strong privacy laws, with the long-awaited passage of the Digital Privacy Act in Canada. The Digital Privacy Act amends Canada’s existing privacy framework,...more

Health Canada Releases Guidance for Industry on Its Reporting Obligations

Recently, Health Canada released guidance to help companies understand their reporting obligations under section 14 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires that sellers, distributors, importers, and...more

AUC Finds TransAlta Guilty of Manipulating Electricity Market

In a landmark and long anticipated decision, on July 27, 2015, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) released its 217-page decision in Market Surveillance Administrator allegations against TransAlta Corporation et al., Mr....more

Labour Fund Reporting Requirements Enacted

The Income Tax Act was recently amended to enact unprecedented and potentially onerous public disclosure obligations on labour organizations and investment funds in which labour organizations or persons represented by a...more

Ontario Ministry’s Expert Report Recommends Big Changes to Province’s Corporate Laws

On July 9, 2015, an expert panel convened by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) released their final report (the Expert Report) containing many broad recommendations on how to modernize Ontario’s...more

Canada’s New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and its Implications for Companies Subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA” or “the Act”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the Act requires companies in the extractive sector...more

Eliminating Tariffs on Information Technology (IT) Products: Expanded WTO List on the Horizon

On July 24, 2015 the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that negotiators had agreed on a list of products and draft declaration to expand the product scope of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Parties May Adjudicate Contract Disputes Through Application Despite Factual Questions

In a recent decision, Energy Fundamentals Group Inc. v. Veresen Inc. (Veresen), the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that, even where there are factual questions the court must resolve, a contract dispute may be adjudicated...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Solicitor-Client Privilege: The Quebec Securities Regulator Can Summon In-House Counsel to Testify in an Investigation

On July 16, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) denied leave to appeal to an in-house counsel (referred to as Ms. X to protect her identity) in the case of X v. Autorité des marchés financiers. The SCC thus maintained the...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more

Dangers of a Self-Drafted Letter Agreement

Court Unwilling to Impose a Reasonableness Limit on Expenditures - Exploration expenditures incurred to earn into a mining claim did not have to be reasonable, the B.C. Court of Appeal recently held in American Creek...more

Mobile Passport Control Expands to SFO

US Customs and Border Protection announced the expansion of the Mobile Passport Control Program (“MPC”) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). MPC is now available at SFO, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International...more

Government Response to Drought Conditions in B.C. Creates Potential for Water Use Curtailment

On July 15, the British Columbia government announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Coast and Lower Fraser areas of the province, which could lead to orders to temporarily reduce or cease water use and put rights...more

Federal Court of Appeal Expands Scope of Privacy Class Action

The Federal Court of Appeal recently allowed an appeal expanding the scope of a certified privacy class action relating to the loss of personal data of Canada Student Loans recipients. The case, Condon v. Canada (Condon), had...more

Copyright Protection: Differences Between U.S. and Canadian Law

Copyright law protects creative works such as books, paintings, sculptures, songs, and movies. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals often own a wide variety of copyrights. Sometimes a copyright owner will not...more

Canada Announces Free Trade Agreement with the Ukraine

On July 14, at a ceremony near Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the conclusion of negotiations on a Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)....more

New Federal Integrity Regime: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The Integrity Regime replaces the Integrity Framework initially introduced by PWGSC in 2012 and amended in March 2014, which was heavily criticized as being unfairly harsh for its lack of due process and failure to account...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR JULY 2015 TPA, TPP, TRADE POLICY, TRADE AND CUSTOMS

Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

Tax Court Continues “New Approach” to Cost Awards

The Tax Court’s approach to cost awards has evolved significantly in recent years. The Court’s interpretation and application of the factors under subsection 147(3) and the new settlement offer rules in subsections 147(3.1)...more

Big sweepstakes scam artists don’t cry

According to the Edmonton Sun newspaper, Nigerian-born Richard Mmah Chukwu, a resident of Edmonton, was recently convicted of implementing a multi-million dollar sweepstakes scam. Chukwu was found guilty in the Canadian...more

Privacy and Security Guidance: Cloud Computing in the MUSH Sector

I. Purpose of this Guidance Document and How to Apply - This document is intended to be used by decision makers in the MUSH Sector when considering using cloud services....more

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Boundaries Between Provincial and Federal Courts

Robert Strickland and five other applicants sought to challenge the Federal Child Support Guidelines as unlawful. They argue that the Guidelines are not authorized by the Divorce Act. Unfortunately, this important issue,...more

Question Everything…Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175

On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions—fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun—decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford...more

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