Category: Industries

Cybersecurity Month: Learn How to Safeguard Your Business from Cyber Threats

October 15, 2019

In an increasingly digitized world, data has become one of the most valuable assets of an organization, and data breaches have become more common and sophisticated. It is often not a matter of “if” but “when” a data breach will occur. A cyberattack can have a devastating financial and reputational effect on your business, costing millions of dollars. As part of…

FINTRAC Reveals Its Secret Formula for Determining “Harm Done”, Calculating AMP Amounts

September 10, 2019

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) recently released its interpretation of the term “harm done” in the context of violations of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and its associated regulations (Regulations). The “harm done” guidance should be read together with the administrative monetary penalties policy (AMP Policy) issued by FINTRAC…

Environmental Litigation on the Rise in Corporate Canada and Around the World

September 10, 2019

Climate change litigation continues to evolve in many jurisdictions and Canada has seen its fair share of proceedings seeking to hold governments and the oil and gas, energy and power industries responsible for carbon dioxide emissions. CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION AT HOME AND ABROAD Europe The genesis of much climate change litigation was a 2015 decision of the Hague District Court…

Aviation Finance Newsletter

September 3, 2019

Welcome to the first newsletter from our Aviation & Aerospace group for 2019. This newsletter provides a summary of recent developments that affect the aviation industry and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Aviation & Aerospace group.

What Are the Challenges and Opportunities in Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Retail Market?

August 15, 2019

On August 20, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will announce the winners in the province’s Second Allocation Expression of Interest Lottery of retail store authorizations – 42 additional retail licences will be allocated by lottery, with eight more having been allotted to First Nations reserves. In this video interview with BNN Bloomberg, Blakes Associate Chris Nyberg from…

Federal Overhaul of Environmental Laws to Take Effect August 28, 2019: New Impact Assessment Triggers and Other Details Released

August 12, 2019

The federal government’s long-awaited overhaul of key environmental laws (Bill C-69, which implements the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and the Canadian Navigable Waters Act and related regulations) will take effect on August 28, 2019. The Impact Assessment Act will replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, (CEAA 2012) overhauling the federal environmental assessment (now impact…

Is CBA’s New Voluntary Code of Conduct the Golden Rule for Banks Serving Canadians in Their Golden Years?

July 29, 2019

On July 25, 2019, the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) released its voluntary Code of Conduct for the Delivery of Banking Services to Seniors (Seniors Code), which was adopted by its member banks. Such voluntary codes of conduct are non-legislated commitments that CBA member banks make to the public, and compliance with these codes is overseen by the Financial Consumer Agency…

Second Retail Lottery in Ontario: Tricks and Traps for Applicants

July 26, 2019

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced a subsequent allocation process for an additional 50 retail store authorizations (RSAs) in Ontario. Forty-two of these RSAs will be granted through a second allocation expression of interest lottery (Second Lottery) and the remaining eight RSAs have been allotted for First Nations reserves on a first-come, first-served basis. The 42 RSAs…

Summer 2019 Update: Lobbying, Election Finance and Conflict of Interest Reform

July 17, 2019

There have been considerable recent regulatory and legislative changes with respect to lobbying and conflicts of interest regimes at the federal level and in each of British Columbia and Quebec. FEDERAL REGISTRATION Recent jurisprudence may have widened the category of registration under the federal Lobbying Act (Act). Former federal Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd decided not to investigate the allegation that…

Long May You Run: Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies the Treatment of Mineral Royalties in Insolvency Proceedings

July 3, 2019

On June 19, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Appeal Court) released its long-anticipated decision in the second phase of the appeal in Third Eye Capital Corporation v. Ressources Dianor Inc./Dianor Resources Inc., following an earlier decision of March 15, 2018, granted in respect of the first phase of the appeal. The two decisions, taken together, provide helpful guidance on…