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Canada moves closer to joining the Hague Agreement with the release of proposed new Industrial Design Regulations

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On December 9, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council took the formal step of publishing proposed new Industrial Design Regulations (the proposed Regulations) in the Canadian Gazette. A 30-day consultation period has been set,...more

PayPal’s Canadian Payments Processing Company Suffers Breach

PayPal has acknowledged that TIO, the Canadian payments processing company that it acquired in July 2017 has suffered a data breach that compromised the information of up to 1.6 million users. TIO processes utility and other...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #2

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$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash - Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Recently, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from...more

If You Haven't Heard About the Upcoming Changes to the Alberta Employment Standards Regulation, You Need to Read This!

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Important changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) come into effect in just a few short weeks. In order to align the Employment Standards Regulation with these changes, on December 7, 2017 the Government of...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 12

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On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

Alberta Unveils Changes to Its Credit and Offset Regime: What’s in Store for Large Industrial Emitters

On December 6, 2017, the Government of Alberta released guidance documents regarding the new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (CCI) Regulation, which will come into force on January 1, 2018 and replace the existing Specified...more

Ontario, Canada: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Aims to Protect Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers

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Last month, Ontario passed the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (the “Act”). The Act was passed in response to the Changing Workplaces Review’s conclusion that there is a “need for reform of employment standards and...more

Streamlined Canadian trademark litigation — Court of Appeal opens door to full compensation

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A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal sheds light on a streamlined litigation procedure that brand owners may find attractive. In Group III International Ltd v Travelway Group International Ltd, 2017 FCA 215...more

ITC Continues Duties on Imports of Softwood Lumber From Canada

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Significant antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) on imports of softwood lumber from Canada will continue following the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) final affirmative injury determination made...more

Competition Bureau releases draft FinTech recommendations for policymakers

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On November 6, 2017, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) published its report on the Canadian financial services sector and FinTech. The report examined a wide range of FinTech activities and focused heavily on retail...more

Alberta’s Balancing Pool Confirms Right to Terminate Keephills Power Purchase Agreement

Following ENMAX Energy Corporation’s (ENMAX) successful application to obtain a mandatory injunction against the Balancing Pool of Alberta (as reported in our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench...more

Bill 141: New Governance Rules for Certain Quebec Companies

Directors of Quebec insurers, trust and savings companies and deposit institutions will have increased duties regarding the development and enforcement of “sound commercial practices” and “sound and prudent management...more

Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act

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On November 27, 2017 the Alberta Government introduced Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans. Bill 30 proposes updates to Alberta’s Workers Compensation Act while offering a complete...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2017

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“Core Elements” Of TPP-11 Agreement Reached In Vietnam - On November 10, 2017, Trade Ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries (minus the United States) announced that they had reached...more

Ontario Issues Proposed Amendments In Support Of Biofuels

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On November 29, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Ministry) issued proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation (O. Reg. 535/05) and the Greener Diesel -- Renewable Fuel Content...more

AER Revises Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals

On December 6, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released a new edition of Directive 067 (New Directive), dealing with the eligibility requirements for acquiring and holding energy licences and approvals in Alberta....more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2017

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Canada Requests WTO Consultations And Files Notice Of Intent To Seek NAFTA Chapter 19 Binational Panel Review In Softwood Lumber Case - Canada has taken steps to pursue parallel WTO and NAFTA actions to challenge the U.S....more

Recent Developments in Canadian Insolvency Case Law: What Lenders Need to Know

In 2017, a number of insolvency cases were litigated, in various provinces across Canada, which may materially affect the realization and recovery rights of commercial lenders in restructuring and insolvency proceedings. This...more

Bank of Canada Gets More Serious about Issuing a Digital Currency

On November 30, 2017, the Bank of Canada (BoC) released a staff white paper cautiously in favour of creating a central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) for Canada. Referencing the continuing trend toward using electronic...more

B.C. Announces Key Policies Relating to the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

On December 5, 2017, the British Columbia government unveiled details on how recreational cannabis will be purchased, distributed and sold in the province, once legalized, which is expected to happen in July 2018. The B.C....more

Bill 31: Alberta Beefs Up Its Consumer Protection Legislation

On November 29, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 31: A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act (Bill 31), which proposes a number of amendments to the Fair Trading Act (Act). The Alberta government...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 10 – NAFTA Renegotiation Part 4: Negotiations without Trade Ministers

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This publication is our tenth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

R v Jarvis: Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Schools?

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In R v Jarvis, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently discussed the existence of a reasonable expectation of privacy in a school environment....more

Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

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As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law begins in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented...more

A Look Inside OSFI’s Draft New Corporate Governance Guideline

In November 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released for public comment a revised draft of its Corporate Governance Guideline (CG Guideline). The proposed revisions follow...more

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