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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…

Leading the Defence: 5 Practical Strategies to Respond to a Cybersecurity Incident

October 15, 2019

Cybersecurity incidents are becoming increasingly prevalent and sophisticated in nature, often resulting in, among other things, a loss or compromise of sensitive confidential or person information, material business interruption and significant remediation costs, reputational damage, and litigation exposure. In order to successfully respond to, and contain a, cybersecurity incident, businesses must act quickly and methodically, especially during the critical first…

Cyber Health Check: How Prepared Is Your Business?

October 9, 2019

As cyberattacks become both more prevalent and complex, it’s often no longer a matter of “if”, but “when” a breach will occur. However, organizations can take steps to reduce the risk of a breach and to mitigate the impact of a breach should one occur. We outline below five things businesses and business leaders should do to protect against, and…

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…

2019 Legal Trends: Complex Disputes

July 24, 2019

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article for 2019 explores litigation developments in Canada, outlining the impact on business and the potential ramifications of recent court decisions and regulatory changes.

Business of Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Week Program

June 4, 2019

In May 2019, Blakes sponsored and co-hosted Medical Cannabis Week, organized by the Business of Cannabis, including a program on Innovation in the Medical Cannabis Space. From Blakes, Robin Linley moderated the second panel of this program, in which Melanie Baird, Tricia Kuhl and Leah Rodin, along with Mary Jane Richards, Associate General Counsel of Shopify, discussed legal considerations for technology and innovation in medical…

Transparency is Coming: B.C. Passes Real Estate Beneficial Ownership Disclosure and Public Registry Law

May 28, 2019

On May 16, 2019, the Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA), one of the B.C. government’s signature pieces of legislation to address hidden ownership of real estate in B.C., became law. LOTA requires disclosure of individuals who hold, directly or indirectly, beneficial interests in land in B.C., including through corporate and partnership structures. It also creates a publicly searchable registry of…

A New Frontier: Canada Overhauls Its Trademarks Act

May 14, 2019

The countdown is on — come June 17, 2019, changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act (Act) take effect, transforming the IP landscape with the most significant changes to Canada’s trademark system in 60 years. In this video, members from the Blakes Intellectual Property group discuss the upcoming changes, their implications and how to prepare for, and respond to, the Act’s provisions….

Canada’s Efficiency Defence: Why Ignoring Section 96 Does More Harm Than Good For Economic Efficiency And Innovation

May 14, 2019

Canada has a defence that allows efficiency enhancing mergers and collaborations between competitors. In another paper published in this edition of the Canadian Competition Law Review, Chiasson and Johnson argue that the efficiencies defence should be repealed because it reduces innovation and causes inefficiencies. In our view, Chiasson and Johnson take an overly simplistic view of the relationship between market…

EU’s Top Court Rules Investment Protections Under CETA are Compatible with EU Law

May 9, 2019

In Opinion 1/17 (CETA Ruling) on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the investment protections under CETA, signed by Canada and the European Union, are compatible with EU law. The decision marks a welcome departure from the landmark Achmea v. Slovak Republic decision, in which the ECJ effectively invalidated all 196…