Category: Industries

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Shining a Light on the Darknet: What Every Business Should Know

March 27, 2017

The portion of the Internet that most people generally use is only one of three layers. The commonly used layer that is accessible by search engines is referred to as the clearnet or the surface web and represents only about four per cent of Internet content. In addition to the surface web, the Internet comprises the deep web and the…

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

Infrastructure Spending, Blueprints Pending: 2017 Federal Budget

March 23, 2017

Catherine Doyle, Christine Ferguson and Mike Maodus (Student-at-Law) On March 22, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2017 federal budget, titled “Building a Strong Middle Class” (Budget 2017). While Budget 2017 did not introduce significant new infrastructure spending measures, it does provide limited additional details on a number of previously announced infrastructure initiatives and clearly reaffirms the government’s commitment…

Alberta to Restrict Compliance Options for Large Industrial Emitters: Smart Policy or Government Windfall?

March 21, 2017

On March 3, 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) released a policy decision (Decision) affecting industrial facilities (Facilities) that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) per year. The Decision follows the Alberta government’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan), which was released in November 2015 (see our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Just Like Any Good Recipe, Alberta’s Climate Leadership…

Golden Opportunity? Buying Assets Out of Receivership

March 8, 2017

The legal framework in which distressed mining assets are sold is complex and highly technical. However, it also provides an excellent investment opportunity for prospective purchasers. Please join members of the Blakes Mining group to discuss opportunities and legal considerations when acquiring mining assets out of distressed situations. Our Mining partners, with expertise in insolvency, finance and capital markets, mining…

Superior Court of Québec Confirms Validity of Percentage Royalties Paid by Pharmacist-Owners to Franchisor

March 8, 2017

The Superior Court of Québec (Court), presided by Justice M. Monast, recently ruled on an important point of contention for franchise pharmacies, by confirming the validity of a percentage royalty clause contained in a contract between a pharmacist-owner and his franchisor. The decision confirms the validity of the business model recommended by a number of franchisors, for both pharmacists and…

2017 B.C. Budget: Infrastructure Spending to Get 19 Per Cent Boost Year-Over-Year

February 22, 2017

The Province of British Columbia released its 2017 budget (Budget) on February 21, 2017. Although the Budget mainly focuses on the reduction of Medical Services Plan premiums and increased investment in education and social supports, it also projects steady growth for B.C.’s economy as a whole and contains significant implications for the infrastructure industry in the province over the coming…

Small-Scale Canadian LNG Projects Quietly Growing as an Alternative Power Source

February 16, 2017

The development of Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry has attracted much attention in recent years as large and mid-scale LNG export projects in British Columbia and Eastern Canada have shifted from a surge in initial project development to increased uncertainty in the face of depressed global LNG prices. What has attracted less attention over this time is the…

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