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Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

New rules broaden security vetting of cannabis players but past crimes don’t automatically bar them from industry Eileen McMahon

The Trudeau government’s aim of barring organized crime from infiltrating the legalized adult-use cannabis industry is reflected in the sweeping new security clearance rules that will apply to owners, directors, controlling influences and other key players in the multibillion-dollar industry set to launch here in October. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Decision in $1 billion lawsuit shows contracts will be interpreted to ‘mean what they say’: lawyer Blair Yorke-Slader, Bennett Jones LLP

Despite its complexity involving a multitude of contracts, the science involved in making chemical compounds and a judgment of over $1 billion, the lawyer for a company in a case involving the operation of an ethylene plant in Alberta says ultimately the principles of contract interpretation that were applied are ones that are very familiar and straightforward. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

The pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change carbon_emissions_sm

The pan-Canadian framework (developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples) will ultimately impact almost all sectors of the Canadian economy. This future impact illustrates areas in which in-house counsel should be strategically reactive, and more importantly, proactive. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 2:46 PM

What to make of Canada’s proposed deferred prosecution agreements maninsuitdesk_sm.jpg

Imagine this: new management of a Canadian construction company (Company A) discovers unusual payments that the former chief financial officer authorized to a company wholly owned by the Minister of Infrastructure of a developing country (Country A). Shortly after the payments were made, Company A won a lucrative contract to build a new road in Country A. New management suspects that the payments may have been bribes, but decides not to investigate: why risk a criminal investigation when regulators might not even notice the transactions? ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Fasken uses HighQ’s cloud-based tech for client collaboration portal Robert Garmaise

In a move that will allow the firm to better collaborate with clients and share information, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is launching a cloud-based client portal. “We see opportunities to collaborate more richly on document authoring, review, archiving, signing documents, you name it. [We can let] clients launch new transactions that then become new documents. In our current framework, where we had things stored behind the firewall, we had great security here internally, but then we’d go to e-mail things and the security kind of disappears as soon as you do that,” said Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

NAFTA: New occupational classifications long overdue NAFTA_employment_sm

Amidst a flurry of activity on immigration issues and topics since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, NAFTA has remained one of the hottest and most persistent topics circulating in the North American business community and beyond. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Doug Ford and Ontario taxes: Dawn of a new era? tax_question_sm

Premier-elect Doug Ford boasted that Ontario is now open for business. Certainly, many of his tax proposals are business friendly and if enacted will provide welcome tax relief for both business and individuals. With a solid majority, the new PC government has the parliamentary power to enact any tax relief that it chooses, but it may lack the fiscal ability to do so. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Prejudgment interest: Challenges and solutions prejudgment_interest_sm

While the prejudgment interest (PJI) regime varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, all regimes have one thing in common — the rates are remarkably low, presently generally in the one per cent range, and without compounding. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

New OPC consent guidelines mean adjustments to privacy procedures digital_privacy_sm

On May 24, 2018 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published two important new guidance documents. These guidance documents follow a more than two-year process of review and stakeholder consultation by the OPC focusing on the role and viability of consent under the federal privacy law, PIPEDA, in the context of advances in technology, including digital media, big data and artificial intelligence. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:19 PM - Last Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Chief Justice Wagner calls for judicial discipline reforms as Ottawa drags heels on removing sidelined judge Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge has called on the Trudeau government to enact reforms to reduce the persistent lengthy delays and high costs of the federal judicial discipline process. ... [read more]