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Deposit Insurance Review: Improving the Current Framework

September 23, 2016

On September 16, 2016, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) published for comment the Deposit Insurance Review (Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper ensues from the Budget 2014 announcement of the launch of a comprehensive review of Canada’s deposit insurance framework to ensure that the framework provides adequate protection for the savings of Canadians. The consultation period runs until November 30,…

Court of Appeal Closes Door on U.S. Doctrine for Re-Ranking Creditors

September 22, 2016

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has closed the door on the application of equitable subordination in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings. In U.S. Steel Canada Inc. (Re), the OCA clarified the scope of the court’s broad discretion under section 11 of the CCAA and found that the American doctrine of equitable subordination — which allows for the re-ranking…

Alberta Securities Commission Proposes Adoption of Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements

September 21, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 – Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices and Form 8-101F1 – Corporate Governance Disclosure that establish disclosure requirements regarding the representation of women on boards of directors and in executive officer positions of non-venture issuers as well as with respect to term limits…

Big Data, Big Risk? Privacy and Security Tips for Fintech Companies

September 20, 2016

Many fintech companies collect and process vast amounts of data in order to provide financial services quickly and inexpensively. Much of this data is highly sensitive personal information such as date of birth, social insurance number, bank account details, online banking credentials and credit score. The sheer volume of the information increases its sensitivity because over time a fintech company…

Real Estate Developers Not Responsible for Market Declines, B.C. Court Rules

September 20, 2016

Remember when Vancouver real estate went down? In the late 1990s, the value of 89 units in Vancouver’s Westin Grand Hotel collectively decreased in value from C$18-million to C$10-million in two and a half years. Investors in the units then discovered that the developers’ disclosure statement had materially misrepresented occupancy projections, and brought a class action against the developers. Yet,…

Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?

September 19, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta government provided an update regarding its Renewable Electricity Program. In particular, the government confirmed a firm target of 30 per cent electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (30 by 30) and announced that it will support the development of 5,000 megawatts (MWs) of additional renewable energy capacity to help achieve this target. Further details…

New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity Rate Relief Program

September 16, 2016

During its throne speech on September 15, 2016, the Ontario government announced the expansion of its Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI), thus giving more businesses access to a program that allows customers to significantly lower their year-round electricity costs by reducing consumption from the provincial grid during times of peak demand. Ontario’s ICI has been in place since 2011, but only…

Strategies for Executive Compensation

September 15, 2016

This complimentary seminar provides an opportunity to discuss trends and current issues affecting the design, disclosure and taxation of executive compensation arrangements with speakers from the Blakes Executive Compensation group and Mercer Canada Limited. Topics: Emerging challenges in executive compensation   Customizing executive pay strategy            Restructuring equity-based incentives: tax and securities law issues            Disclosure developments: new TSX Rules and securities…

U.S. Clears Drones for Takeoff, Canadian Regulations Delayed Until 2017

September 15, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones”, are increasing in popularity with recreational and commercial users. Several high-profile incidents, which saw UAVs come into close proximity with commercial airliners, have prompted airport authorities to create “no drone zones”, further highlighting the need for the regulation of both UAVs and their operators. IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD … IN THE…

OSC’s Recently Launched Whistleblower Program: A Walkthrough

September 13, 2016

As it officially opened its Office of the Whistleblower, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) also unveiled the final version of OSC Policy 15-601 – Whistleblower Program (Policy), which provides the framework for the OSC’s whistleblower program (Program) under which whistleblowers may be able to receive monetary rewards of up to C$5-million for providing information about violations of securities laws to…

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