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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

Grey market sales can be restricted, even if not from Mars marsbars_sm.jpg

Grey market goods are the scourge of authorized distributors and manufacturers, since they tend to undercut the authorized channels on price and act as a gateway for counterfeit goods in the supply chain. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

The art of diplomacy and in-house counsel diplomacy_counsel_sm

While practice in a law firm has its own well documented challenges, in-house counsel face different ones. For example, law firm counsel must develop and maintain client relationships, while in-house counsel have only one client: the company. However, within the company, there are numerous people with which the legal department must develop and maintain relations. In both cases, these individuals represent the corporate client: a VP may represent the company as a new client for a law firm, while that same VP is someone who in-house counsel should have a relationship with to represent the legal department. You might call it diplomacy. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Getting to know you: Privacy and artificial intelligence ai_privacy_sm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a great potential to improve our lives and make it more efficient. It can automate the temperature in our house, help banks spot fraudulent activities, diagnose cancer and make vehicles autonomous. AI can also automate decision-making such as whether we are approved for a loan, what newsfeeds we see, and what our auto insurance premiums will be. ... [read more]

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

The pan-Canadian framework: Setting a price on carbon co2_sign_sm

Carbon pricing forms the central component behind any market attempt to reduce GHG emissions other than using strict command and control regulations. Pricing sends a signal to the marketplace that products or operations relying on extensive carbon use can be less economically efficient than other products or operations that use less carbon. The ability to emit any form of pollution into the environment without restrictions allows polluting entities to externalize those costs. This means that these entities do not have to incur the cost of cleanup while some other neighbour next door, or city or country incurs the eventual cost of that pollution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Up in smoke: Preparing for the presence of marijuana in the workplace 2mentossingbomb.jpg

Bill C-45, the government’s marijuana legalization bill, was passed in a historic Senate vote (52-29) on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, resulting in subsequent confirmation from Prime Minister Trudeau that marijuana products will be legally consumable across Canada starting on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 1:11 PM

Changes for legal team at General Motors Canada

There is a new face heading General Motors Canada’s in-house counsel department. ... [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 @ 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]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

More than half of employers worried about marijuana legalization, report states Nicole_Simes_sm

A little more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about how marijuana legalization will impact the workplace, according to a new study. But should they be? Employment lawyers who spoke with The Lawyer's Daily shared their views — some differing — when it comes to how worried business proprietors and managers ought to be as of Oct. 17, when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada. ... [read more]