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Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 10:52 AM

Trending now: Non-fungible tokens Nonfungible token cartoon

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the latest trend in cryptoassets, have quickly become a topic of conversation across various creative industries. In March, Kings of Leon became the first band to release an album as an NFT. In the art world, Beeple’s digital artwork sold as an NFT for nearly $70 million (yes, you read that right!). ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency through June 22 B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has once again formally extended the provincial state of emergency put in place last year to help support the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The state of emergency will now run until end of day June 22. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Younger arbitrators offer much-needed affordable dispute resolution Young arbitrators standing together

For many of today’s entrepreneurial businesspeople, commercial disputes often are uneconomical and impractical to pursue in court. Uneconomical because the costs of litigating are disproportionate. Impractical because a resolution is needed quickly given the speed of entrepreneurial business. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 1:42 PM

Implications of U.K. financial services bill, including overseas investments Brexit Symbols

Passporting authorizes a firm in any EU or European Economic Area state to trade freely in any other European Economic Area (EEA) state with minimal additional authorization. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 1:25 PM

Transportation of cannabis within Canada by common carriers Cannabis truck

Discussions regarding the circumstances under which products containing cannabis can be legally transported in Canada have become more prevalent as a result of the growing industry since the legalization of cannabis and subsequent expansion to the list of products that can now be legally sold (e.g. edibles, topicals). This article provides an overview of the prohibitions and restrictions governing the transportation of cannabis in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 12:03 PM

Why it’s time to reflect on Crown Liability and Proceedings Act Crown and umbrella

In July 2019, Ontario enacted the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act, 2019 (CLPA), replacing the Proceedings Against the Crown Act. As we noted in our 2019 article, the CLPA garnered much attention and varying predictions for the future of Crown liability. Most commentators’ first reaction was concern over the government’s apparent attempt to insulate itself from liability by the inclusion of various controversial provisions, chief among them s. 11. Section 11 defines what “policy matters” and “regulatory decisions” are immune from suit, something unheard of in Crown liability statutes across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Quebec legal experts question decision striking down ISP-blocking legislation Maxime St-Hilaire, professor at the Université de Sherbrooke

A Quebec legislative provision that compelled Internet service providers to block unauthorized gaming websites has been found unconstitutional by the Quebec Court of Appeal as it infringes on areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction. Following in the footsteps of several European nations, including Cyprus, Denmark and Romania, the Quebec government amended the Consumer Protection Act (Act) in 2016 via an omnibus budget bill to introduce a provision that obliged Internet service providers (ISPs) to implement blocking measures to prohibit Quebec residents from accessing unauthorized gambling websites. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

New associate for Pushor Mitchell

Pushor Mitchell welcomed Shaun Campbell to the Kelowna, B.C., firm as an associate lawyer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

Dentons Calgary partner named national lead for real estate practice group

Dentons announced that it has appointed Calgary partner Clark Kassian as national practice group lead for the firm’s real estate group in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Interpretation of international contracts: The legal sandbox sandbox

Imagine a legal sandbox where you can play freely and choose the rules of the game. A space where you can negotiate without constraints. It is an oasis in a world where legal rules are typically dictated by statutes and case law. What better arena for lawyers and their clients than a place where they can determine their own rules, rights and duties. That’s a contract: a bargaining sandbox in the normative playground of the law. ... [read more]