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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…

Alberta Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

October 5, 2017

On October 4, 2017, the Government of Alberta (Province) released its proposed Alberta Cannabis Framework (Framework). The Framework is based on the Province’s four policy priorities: keeping cannabis away from children; protecting public health; promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces; and limiting the illegal market for cannabis. Although the Framework does not conclusively settle the issue…

Canada Looks to Boost Can-Con Presence in the Digital World Through Funding, Legislative Reform

October 5, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, delivered a long-awaited speech on the future of Canadian cultural and creative industries. Together with a policy framework document published concurrently, the speech introduced “Creative Canada”, the federal government’s strategy to support these industries in a rapidly evolving global and digital marketplace. Creative Canada is the result of…

Blakes Cannabis Summit 2017

October 3, 2017

Join leaders in the Canadian cannabis industry for an in-depth look at the legal and regulatory landscape of medical and recreational cannabis. The Blakes Cannabis Summit will feature thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., along with Blakes lawyers, who will delve into the latest developments, potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses intersecting…

10 Ways to Reduce Cannabis-Related Litigation Risks

September 29, 2017

In addition to the regulatory compliance issues that may arise from the production and sale of cannabis, companies operating in this space face many of the traditional legal concerns, including contractual, employment and privacy litigation, as well as intellectual property and product liability issues. The cost, time and effort expended defending litigation can substantially and directly impact an organization’s reputation…

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