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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revised Regulations to PCMLTFA

June 12, 2018

The wait is over. On June 9, 2018, the Department of Finance (Department) released the long-awaited amendments to the regulations to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) (Revised Regulations). Highlights include the regulations of virtual currencies, businesses providing foreign money services and pre-paid products. In addition, the life insurance sector is to become subject to…

Senate Approves Canada’s Cannabis Act with Dozens of Amendments

June 11, 2018

On June 7, 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, the Cannabis Act (Bill), but not before making a number of amendments. The Bill will now return to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament must decide whether to accept, reject or revise over 40 amendments that the Senate made to the Bill. The majority of…

Bill Backing UNDRIP Heads to Senate, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Canada

June 11, 2018

In February 2018, we suggested that the Canadian government may be inching towards the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) with their new draft environmental legislation (see our February 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Implementing UNDRIP? Federal Government Releases Draft Environmental Legislation). The pace seems to have sped up since then, at least for the time being. Bill…

SCC Stays Internet Defamation Case, Urges Fairness and Efficiency

June 8, 2018

 On June 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) addressed the challenging issue of jurisdiction and the internet in Haaretz.com v. Goldhar (Haaretz), by emphasizing the importance of ensuring fairness to foreign defendants, given that jurisdiction can be readily presumed based solely on a single download of an article. In Haaretz, the SCC stayed a libel action against an…

Canada and Israel Sign Modernized Free Trade Agreement

June 7, 2018

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, and Israel’s Minister of the Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen, recently signed the Protocol Amending the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (Protocol). Once the Protocol is ratified by both governments, a modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) will enter into force, benefitting businesses and exporters in Canada and Israel. WHAT’S NEW? When the original…

Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act Coming Into Force January 2019

June 5, 2018

Bill 3, Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (Act), recently received royal assent and — with the exception of one provision — will come into force on January 1, 2019. The Act will significantly impact many employers, both as it relates to their hiring practices and reporting requirements, with pay transparency reports due as early as May 2020. The Act was…

The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada: CRTC Reports On CanCon in the Digital World

June 4, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued its report on the future of programming distribution in Canada. The report examines Canadian broadcast distribution market trends and reaches certain conclusions on the types of legislative, regulatory and policy changes the CRTC believes would best support the production, distribution and promotion of Canadian programming. The CRTC issued…

Canada Responds to New U.S. Steel Tariffs with Dollar-for-Dollar Measures Against Certain U.S. Imports

June 1, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the United States announced that it would be imposing tariffs on certain Canadian steel and aluminum products. Canada responded immediately by announcing that as of July 1, 2018, it will impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures on steel, aluminum and other specified goods imported from the United States, with a value of up to C$16.6-billion. The…

Changes En Route: Bill C-49 Becomes Law, Canadian Airlines Get New Ownership Rules

May 29, 2018

On May 23, 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) came into force, making several important amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (Act). Bill C-49 aims to grow the transportation industry, modernize the transportation regulatory framework in Canada and enhance consumer protection. Bill C-49 received royal assent on May 23, 2018. It had previously been passed by the House of…

Court of Appeal for Ontario Reaffirms Stringent Test for Piercing the Corporate Veil

May 28, 2018

In its recent decision in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, the Court of Appeal for Ontario (OCA) reaffirmed the principle of corporate separateness and confirmed the stringent requirements that must be proven in order to pierce the corporate veil. BACKGROUND In 2012, 47 Ecuadorian residents sought recognition and enforcement in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice of a US$9.51-billion judgment against…

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