Category: Industries

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International Structuring of Pension Fund Investments

October 23, 2017

Large Canadian pensions frequently invest in the various alternative asset classes through their own or third-party-managed feeder, co-investment or other vehicles established in jurisdictions outside of Canada. Common jurisdictions include the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Ireland and Luxembourg, which will be the focus of this seminar. The seminar will address some key legal and taxation issues including new developments for commonly…

Did I Forget the “Dam” Licence? A Primer on B.C.’s Regulatory Power Over Water Storage Facilities

October 19, 2017

Should waves of concern wash over British Columbia after the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sent a letter to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office claiming nearly 60 unlicensed dams were built in northeast B.C. to store fresh water for natural gas fracking operations? The letter claims many of these dams lack proper regulatory authorization, show signs of failing and were…

CSA, TSX Address Treatment of Canadian Reporting Issuers with U.S. Cannabis-Related Business Activities

October 17, 2017

On October 16, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) released staff notices regarding their respective treatment of issuers with cannabis-related activities in the United States. Canadian reporting issuers with U.S.-related cannabis activities have long been uncertain of their treatment by the CSA and the TSX given the conflict between U.S. federal and certain state…

Court Upholds Commercial Certainty in Alberta Power Purchase Arrangements

October 16, 2017

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Court) has released an important decision regarding the Alberta power industry, which brings certainty to the effective dates of termination of power purchase arrangements (PPAs) in Alberta. In the late 1990s, the Government of Alberta deregulated the electricity market and introduced competition into the market for electrical power and created the Balancing Pool to,…

IoT: Minimizing Your Privacy and Security Risks in an Interconnected World

October 12, 2017

Your printer. The water cooler. The thermostat. What do these things have in common? All of them can be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT continued its meteoric rise in 2017 with a vast array of everyday devices joining networks around the world. Technology research company Gartner Inc. predicts there will be over 20 billion devices on…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

Cannabis M&A: Overview of Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

October 10, 2017

As Canada gears up to legalize cannabis for recreational use (expected by July 2018), companies operating in the sector and those in ancillary markets are looking to raise capital to fund their business plans and expected expansions, some with an eye on opportunities to raise public capital for growth through acquisition. A significant milestone for many companies in a growth…

Alert: Amendments to Cannabis Act Announced

October 6, 2017

The Canadian government’s cannabis legalization bill, Bill C-45, better known as the Cannabis Act (Bill), completed the House of Commons committee process on October 3, 2017. After hearing from a number of witnesses and members of Parliament, the Standing Committee on Health made substantive changes. In particular, the Bill was revised to add edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates to…

Grass-Roots Lobbying Interpretation Updated, New Restrictions Proposed for Former Public Office Holders in B.C.

October 6, 2017

Lobbying law in Canada is constantly evolving, with new developments occurring monthly. Two such recent developments include the release of an updated interpretation bulletin by the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (Commissioner) on grass-roots lobbying in Canada and a proposed prohibition on lobbying by former public office holders in British Columbia. COMMISSIONER’S INTERPRETATION OF GRASS-ROOTS LOBBYING IN CANADA The Commissioner…

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