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British Columbia Takes Action to Reform Municipal Campaign Finance

Further to our article of October 10, 2017, we note that on October 30, 2017, the government of British Columbia introduced amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act that will change municipal campaign...more

Facilitation Payments Declared Illegal Under Canadian International Corruption Law

The government of Canada announced on October 30 that the exception allowing for facilitation payments under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) will be eliminated effective October 31, 2017....more

Union of B.C. Municipalities Push for Campaign Finance and Lobbying Reform

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) held their annual convention between September 25 and September 28, 2017, discussing several policies and reforms, including election and lobbying reform at the municipal...more

CETA Means New Business Opportunities, Starting This Week

Good news for Canadian business amidst the uncertainty posed by the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations: the key elements of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, better known as the CETA, take effect this week,...more

British Columbia Overhauling Political Campaign Financing

On September 18, 2017, the NDP Government introduced Bill 3-2017 Election Amendment Act, 2017, aiming to reform British Columbia's maligned image as the Wild West of political donations....more

Lobbying in British Columbia—Change is Coming

With the New Democratic Party (NDP) forming British Columbia's next government, lobbying regulation in British Columbia is about to change. The 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. Green Party Caucus and the...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Karigar Conviction for Bribery of Foreign Public Official

On July 6, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Nazir Karigar's conviction and three-year prison sentence for agreeing to bribe to a foreign public official contrary to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act...more

Proposed Changes to U.S. Sanctions Against Russia "Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017"

On June 15, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 98-2 in favour of new sanctions against Russia in the face of express opposition from President Trump's administration. The proposed law includes significant changes to the current U.S....more

El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

Doing Business in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus

On February 16, 2017, Bennett Jones hosted a networking lunch with the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association to discuss recent Canadian project experience in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. ...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

Trump, Canada and the Future of NAFTA: Some FAQs

As Inauguration Day approaches we are receiving many questions about Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or “tear up” the NAFTA, most of them turning on what he can do and what would it mean for Canada-United States trade....more

What Foreign Investors Need to Know About the New National Security Guidelines under the Investment Canada Act

On December 19, 2016, the Canadian Government released new Guidelines on the National Security Review of Investments under the Investment Canada Act (the “Act”) increasing review transparency in an effort to bolster foreign...more

Two Ways Canada Will Attract Large Foreign Investors in 2017

Bill Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance has announced amendments to the Investment Canada Act aimed at attracting private-sector foreign investment. The Minister expressed the government’s plans to make things easier for...more

Canada Announces Proposed Changes to Arms Export Controls to Comply with Arms Trade Treaty

On June 30, 2016, the Government of Canada announced plans to modify Canada’s export control system to comply with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The proposed changes include new regulations on arms brokering, a formalization...more

U.S. DOJ Announces Pilot Project For Self-Reporting Foreign Corruption Violations—Will Canada Follow Suit?

On April 5, 2016, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division announced a one-year pilot project designed to “motivate companies to voluntarily self-disclose...more

Changes to Canada's Integrity Regime for Public Procurement Create Onerous New Reporting Requirement

On April 4, 2016, Public Works and Government Services Canada (Public Works), the procurement arm of the Canadian federal government, announced amendments to rules, known as the Integrity Regime, governing the eligibility of...more

Panama Papers Leaks: Do You Know Your Exposure?

The “Panama Papers” story hit the international press this week. An anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian firm believed to be the world’s fourth largest provider of offshore legal...more

RCMP Terminates CFPOA Investigation Following Voluntary Disclosure

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has concluded an investigation into matters arising from a voluntary disclosure by Nordion Inc. (“Nordion”). In 2012, the company disclosed to the RCMP, the United States Securities...more

Thinking of Developing a Whistleblowing System? New Canadian Guidance Released Today

Companies and regulators alike are increasingly recognizing that “whistleblowers”, i.e., individuals who report suspected wrongdoing, mismanagement or unethical conduct, are an important resource for managing risk and...more

Changes to Canada’s Iran Sanctions – Your Questions Answered (and a Flowchart)

On February 5, 2016, the Government of Canada amended its economic sanctions on Iran to significantly ease restrictions on doing business. The changes were in response to Iran’s compliance with its the commitments to restrict...more

Canada Eases Iran Sanctions and Opens Trade for Key Industrial Sectors

The Government of Canada today announced important amendments that loosen its economic sanctions against Iran. The amendments follow on the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on January 16 by...more

Implementation Day for the P5+1 Iran Nuclear Agreement: What It Means for Canadian and International Businesses

January 16, 2016, marked “Implementation Day” for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the historic nuclear non-proliferation and sanctions reduction agreement reached between the “P5+1” countries (the United...more

NAFTA Chapter Eleven: Can Trans-Canada Break the U.S. Shutout?

US investors have successfully used investor-state arbitration under the NAFTA when they have thought themselves wronged by the actions of governments in Canada or Mexico. But the United States itself has never lost a NAFTA...more

Canadian Government Overhauls the Integrity Regime for Suppliers - Still Tough to Get Over Debar

On July 3, the Government of Canada announced a new Integrity Regime to replace the previous rules for debarment (disqualification) from public procurement. The new Regime, which is effective immediately, responds to more...more

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