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Balancing Act — Public Infrastructure Aspects of the 2017 Ontario Budget

May 2, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa released Ontario’s 2017 budget, “A Stronger, Healthier, Ontario” (Budget). Significantly, the Budget is Ontario’s first balanced budget in a decade and as such, it contained few new infrastructure announcements. However, the Budget does continue to provide for significant allocations to infrastructure spending, allowing for C$156-billion in planned public infrastructure investment over…

Blakes Roundtable: Cannabis

May 2, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government announced much anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. This roundtable brings thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., together with Blakes lawyers, who will consider the challenges and opportunities resulting from the legislation and its far-reaching and extensive potential impacts on business….

Alberta’s Power Reform: Implications for Electricity Providers and Consumers

May 1, 2017

A fundamental shift in the structure of Alberta’s electricity market is underway. The provincial government has promised to phase out the current energy-only market and replace it with a capacity market system, to be fully implemented by 2021. The transition was recommended by the Alberta Electric System Operator in its report, Alberta’s Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation. The change will…

Rise of the Machines: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

April 27, 2017

Cognitive computing and big data are making their way into retail, medicine, data analysis, payment cards, mobile apps and even law. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the hot topics in the tech world. The technology is moving quickly, but very few understand it and its potential. Please join our experts for an in-depth look at how big…

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

April 27, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada (see our April 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The…

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

April 26, 2017

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing arbitration. The decision, finding in favour of the employer, is a rare and important case on the issue of random workplace drug and alcohol testing, which had…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation

April 13, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), the much-anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The two main policy objectives cited by the federal government in enacting…

New Lobbying Legislation in Force in New Brunswick

April 11, 2017

On April 1, 2017, the New Brunswick Lobbyists’ Registration Act (Act) came into force, creating the first regime in New Brunswick to regulate lobbyists and lobbying activity in the province. The proclamation of the Act fulfills a commitment made by the provincial government that a public lobbyist registry would be in place before the end of 2018. The New Brunswick…

Year in Review: Some Positive Developments for Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada

April 10, 2017

The end of 2016 brought with it some good news for the defence in respect of pharmaceutical class actions, including a successful defence verdict in the first pharmaceutical product liability common issues trial in Canada. This article discusses key pharmaceutical class actions from 2016. 

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