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Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Consolidation in the cannabis retail space: Are you ready? cannabis_store_sm

It has been just over two years since recreational cannabis has been legalized in Canada. Each province and territory was charged with setting up the rules for sale of recreational cannabis in its jurisdiction. As one might expect in Canada, the regulatory regimes vary and the rollout of retail has not be consistent, with some jurisdictions opting for a lottery process and others allowing anyone eligible to apply to open a store. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 4:40 PM

Class action can be certified even if circumstances vary from one group member to another: SCC Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court has ruled a class action by investors against mutual fund sellers and managers in Quebec can go ahead, a ruling being called a win for investors all across Canada. In 2011 Ronald Asselin launched a class action against Desjardins Financial Services Firm (DFSF) and Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM) in which he alleges that two investment funds which had been advertised as being low risk and secure were actually the opposite, leading to financial losses for investors. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Diversity disclosure report provides update on new rules, highlights best practices Tabatha Bull

Canadian companies continue to show slow progress in promoting women to top executive roles, but new diversity disclosure requirements under the Canada Business Corporations Act promise to expand corporate diversity to other under-represented groups, according to the 2020 Diversity Disclosure Practices report published by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Business lobby group calls on feds to deliver more aid to industry, post-pandemic recovery plan Goldy Hyder sm

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebound from its devastating economic impact, says one of the country’s leading business lobby groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Bennett Jones acts for Cenovus Energy in $23.6-billion combination with Husky Energy

Bennett Jones LLP announced that it is acting for Cenovus Energy Inc. in its combination with Husky Energy Inc. to create a new integrated Canadian oil and natural gas company. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 4:14 PM

Quebec investment firm appoints vice-president of legal affairs

Quebec investment firm Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced the appointment of Michel Lalande as executive vice-president, legal affairs and secretariat. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

New associate for Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation

Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation announced that Kanwar Dhaliwal has joined the firm as an associate, after completing his articles with the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]