Category: Industries

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Ontario Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

September 8, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Ontario unveiled its plan to give the existing Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) the oversight of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Ontario, upon its legalization in Canada. Sales will be made through new standalone cannabis stores (not combined with alcohol) and through an online ordering service. The announcement is consistent with broad industry expectations…

New Reporting Requirements Now in Force in Quebec for Mining, Oil and Gas Industries

September 8, 2017

Quebec mining and oil and gas industries must now comply with the Regulation respecting the application of the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries (Regulation), which came into force on August 3, 2017. The Act is designed to impose transparency measures in the mining and oil and gas industries, discourage and detect corruption and foster…

London Interbank Offered Rate to Be Replaced By End of 2021

August 31, 2017

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently announced that the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is to be phased out by the end of 2021 and replaced with a more reliable alternative. LIBOR is a daily benchmark interest rate set at approximately 11:45 a.m. (London time) every morning by a panel of leading banks in the U.K. It is the…

Back to the Future: Finance Canada Releases Second Consultation on Financial Sector Legislation

August 23, 2017

On August 11, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) launched the second stage of its consultation process to review the legislative and regulatory framework of the federal financial sector, by releasing its second consultation paper, titled “Potential Policy Measures to Support a Strong and Growing Economy: Positioning Canada’s Financial Sector for the Future” (Consultation Paper). Finance Canada is consulting…

Lobbying Legislation in Canada: Roundup of Summer Developments

August 3, 2017

It’s been a busy summer for lobbying law in Canada. With the recent enactment of lobbying legislation in New Brunswick, almost all Canadian jurisdictions now have some form of lobbying law, other than the three territories and Prince Edward Island (lobbying legislation was proposed in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in late December). Many municipalities have also now…

Lien on Me: B.C. Court Cancels Builder’s Lien Due to Procedural Misstep

August 2, 2017

In Scandia Paving Ltd. v. Bengag (Scandia Paving), the Supreme Court of British Columbia (Court) cancelled the plaintiff’s builder’s lien because the plaintiff commenced its enforcement action in the wrong court registry. The Court had discretion to preserve the lien by transferring the action to the correct court registry, but declined to do so, principally due to the plaintiff’s failure…

SCC Confirms the Role of Regulatory Tribunals in Aboriginal Consultation

July 27, 2017

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released two decisions on the role of the National Energy Board (NEB) and other regulatory tribunals in aboriginal consultation: Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo‑Services Inc. (Clyde River) and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Chippewas). The decisions are significant in clarifying the law in relation…

Department of Finance Proposes New Oversight Framework for Retail Payments

July 21, 2017

On July 7, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released a long-awaited consultation paper on the proposed regulation of retail payments in Canada. The consultation paper, titled: “A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework” (Consultation Paper) articulates the main components of a proposed federal oversight framework for retail payments (Proposed Framework). This is a significant development in the Canadian payments landscape as…

Supreme Court of Canada Promises New Utility Test for Patents

July 18, 2017

What does “useful”, one of the basic requirements for the patentability of an invention, mean in Canadian patent law? On June 30, 2017, in AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (AstraZeneca), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled that the threshold for utility is low — a mere scintilla will do. In fact, requiring anything more is not only overly…

Cannabis Legalization: Ontario Seeks Public Input to Develop Provincial Laws

July 14, 2017

Ontario’s path towards cannabis regulation took another step forward on July 12, 2017, as the Ontario provincial government released a consultation paper seeking input on how the province should approach cannabis legalization. The consultation paper comes on the heels of the introduction of the federal government’s Cannabis Act in April 2017 (see our April 13, 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government…

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