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Commissioner of Lobbying Releases Draft Revised Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

November 5, 2014

  In October, the federal Commissioner of Lobbying released a revised draft of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (Draft Code) for consultation. The existing Code provides a set of principles and rules outlining the behaviour expected of lobbyists in Canada. The Draft Code proposes several key amendments. Public affairs professionals and other lobbyists should take advantage of the consultation process…

Canadian Trade-mark Owners: Beware of Recent Frauds and Scams

November 4, 2014

  Owners of Canadian trade-marks are being targeted in a series of frauds and scams that, in various iterations, have been around for many years but which appear to have recently re-surfaced with a vengeance.   Canadian trade-mark owners are being sent correspondence from what appear to be governmental organizations. The correspondence typically shows the trade-mark and correctly identifies the…

New Proposed Provincial Capital Markets Legislation: What It Means for Registrants and Other Market Participants

November 3, 2014

  The Canadian government and the British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan governments have signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the terms and conditions of the new proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System). For more information on this, please see our September 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System Agreement and Draft…

B.C.’s Draft Legislation to Implement LNG Tax – Many Answers, Some Questions

November 3, 2014

  On October 21, 2014, the B.C. government released draft legislation introducing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) income tax (LNG Tax) on liquefaction activities that take place at LNG facilities in the province. The draft legislation provides details of the proposed new tax and answers questions that were left open in the high level discussion of the tax in the…

Another Refreshing Decision: Certification Denied in B.C. vitaminwater® Class Action

October 29, 2014

  INTRODUCTION   Earlier this month, the British Columbia Supreme Court released its judgment in Clark v. Energy Brands Inc.and refused to certify a proposed class proceeding regarding alleged breaches of British Columbia’s Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA) in relation to the labelling and marketing of vitaminwater® beverages. This follows a previous decision in June by the Quebec…

New Job-Protected Leaves of Absence in Ontario

October 29, 2014

  On October 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, comes into force in Ontario. This legislation will introduce three new unpaid leaves of absence under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000: family caregiver leave, critically ill child care leave and crime-related child death or disappearance leave.     FAMILY CAREGIVER LEAVE  …

Recent Amendments to TSX Company Manual

October 27, 2014

  The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has adopted – and the Ontario Securities Commission has approved – public interest rule amendments to the TSX Company Manual (Manual), which (i) provide an expanded exemption to security holder approval requirements for certain security-based compensation arrangements adopted in the context of an acquisition and (ii) broaden the scope of transactions that may be…

Supreme Court of Canada Mandates Disclosure of Wiretap Evidence in Civil Proceedings

October 24, 2014

  In a decision released on October 20, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the question of whether a party to a civil proceeding can compel the disclosure of records of private communications intercepted by the state in the course of a criminal investigation.     BACKGROUND   In early summer 2004, the Competition Bureau began an investigation (Octane…

New Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator: How It Works (And Some Unresolved Issues)

October 23, 2014

  On September 8, 2014, the Canadian government and the British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick governments entered into a memorandum of agreement (Agreement) formalizing the terms and conditions of the cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System). For more information on this please see our September 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System Agreement and Draft Legislation…

B.C. Introduces New GHG Regulations, Focuses on LNG Facilities

October 23, 2014

  On October 20, 2014 the British Columbia government introduced new legislation to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial operations. Bill 2, the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Actmarks a significant shift in the province’s approach to GHGs and more closely aligns B.C. with the approach taken by Alberta and the federal government. Of note, the bill proposes…