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Key Highlights from Health Canada’s Cannabis Consultation

March 21, 2018

With the Cannabis Act (Act) slowly winding its way through the Senate, Health Canada has been ramping up its efforts to clarify and define the regulatory framework for cannabis. To support the implementation of the Act, in November, Health Canada released a consultation paper (Paper) outlining a proposed regulatory framework and soliciting public feedback on the raft of proposals (see…

Attorney General Electricity Battle Over PPAs in Alberta Comes to a Close

March 13, 2018

The Attorney General of Alberta (AG) and ENMAX have recently settled the legal proceedings brought in 2016 (AG Action) by the provincial government against several former buyers of power purchase arrangements (PPAs). The AG previously settled with various PPA buyers in November and December 2016. By a consent judgment filed March 9, 2018, the AG Action was dismissed against all…

Alberta Court Releases Precedent-Setting Decision on Insurers’ Right and Duty to Defend

March 13, 2018

In its recent decision in Temple Insurance Company v. Sazwan, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) considered the scope of, and exceptions to, an insurer’s right and duty to defend. This is the first decision in Alberta to conclude that, in an appropriate case, an insurer may have to surrender its right and duty to defend to its…

2018 Legal Trends: Cannabis

March 8, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, we first take a look at what’s on the horizon for cannabis. As the Canadian Cannabis Act works its way through Parliament, the Canadian cannabis sector continues to experience an extremely dynamic, fast-changing environment. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the industry becomes more…

Implementing the Environment Quality Act – Quebec Government Publishes 24 Draft Regulations

March 5, 2018

CONTEXT On February 14, 2018, the Government of Quebec published 24 draft regulations that seek to implement amendments to the Environment Quality Act (EQA), as part of the modernization of its environmental approval scheme. The new draft regulations follow the publication of the draft Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review of certain projects on December 13, 2017. These…

2018 Federal Budget: Excise Tax on Cannabis

March 2, 2018

On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2018 Federal Budget (2018 Budget), which looks to implement the excise duty framework for cannabis that was proposed in November 2017 (see our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Proposes Excise Duties for Cannabis Producers). The duty will generally apply to all products available for legal purchase, which at the outset…

2018 Federal Budget: Selected Tax Measures

February 28, 2018

On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2018 Federal Budget (2018 Budget). The 2018 Budget includes measures affecting the taxation of passive income earned by private corporations, as was expected, although the changes are not as wide-spread as had been previously suggested. In addition, the 2018 Budget includes a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to…

Health Canada Proposes Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling Requirements

February 27, 2018

The Government of Canada recently published proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) that if adopted, would significantly change key elements of the labelling of food products. The most notable amendments include new front-of-package (FOP) labelling requirements for products that contain threshold levels of certain nutrients the federal government has flagged as being of public health concern, specifically…

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

February 16, 2018

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequentlyasked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides anoutlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments we observedfrom the Canadian deal environment in 2017.

Election Finances: Recent Reforms in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick

February 13, 2018

Election finance rules in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick have undergone significant reform over the past several months. British Columbia has now imposed monetary limits on political contributions, prohibited corporate contributions and introduced new requirements governing sponsorship contributions made to third-party advertisers. New Brunswick has similarly imposed restrictions on making political contributions and decreased its monetary limits for political…

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