Category: Corporate & Commercial

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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…

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.

Shining a Light on the Darknet: What Every Business Should Know

March 27, 2017

The portion of the Internet that most people generally use is only one of three layers. The commonly used layer that is accessible by search engines is referred to as the clearnet or the surface web and represents only about four per cent of Internet content. In addition to the surface web, the Internet comprises the deep web and the…

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

Now in Effect: British Columbia’s Franchises Act

February 9, 2017

On February 1, 2017, British Columbia’s Franchises Act (B.C. Act) and Franchises Regulation (Regulation) came into force. Although the B.C. Act follows other provincial franchise legislation closely, including with respect to its provisions regarding disclosure, misrepresentation and the duty of fair dealing imposed on both franchisors and franchisees, there are certain key differences. The substantial similarity between the B.C. Act…

New Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

February 7, 2017

After several months of consultation and deliberations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rendered public a revised draft Guidance on Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC Guide). Comments on the draft may be provided to the OECD by February 9, 2017. Draft revisions will be carried out over the next few months with the proposed adoption of…

ICC Looks to Streamline Arbitrations with Amended Rules

February 2, 2017

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is streamlining its arbitration process to reduce the length and cost of arbitrations and has released amendments to its Rules of Arbitration (ICC Rules), which will come into force on March 1, 2017. Among the most notable changes is a new expedited procedure for resolving disputes in which the amount claimed is less than…

Corporate Veil Preserved: Court Dismisses Action Against Canadian Subsidiary in Chevron Case

January 27, 2017

On January 20, 2017, in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (Court) dismissed the plaintiffs’ action to execute against the shares and assets of Chevron Canada Limited (Chevron Canada) in satisfaction of a judgment of a foreign court. In doing so, the Court reaffirmed principles of corporate separateness and confirmed the high threshold that…

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