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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this edition of the Canadian Competition Law Review, Chiasson and Johnson argue that the efficiencies defence should be repealed because it reduces innovation and causes inefficiencies.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…

Pensions Newsletter – April 2019

April 29, 2019

Welcome to the 24th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits 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 Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Under Cyberattack: How Can Canadian Directors Mitigate Liability?

April 25, 2019

Several former Yahoo! Inc. executives recently settled a derivative action for US$29-million, following data breaches from 2013 and 2014 that compromised approximately three billion accounts. Given the absence of Canadian case law on director liability in the context of a data breach, prudent directors may gain an advantage by reviewing U.S. case law and adapting their strategy and approach to…

New Drone Rules Take Flight June 1, 2019

April 4, 2019

In January 2019, the Government of Canada announced changes to regulations governing how and where drones can be operated in Canada. These regulations will also introduce new requirements for drone users and will take effect on June 1, 2019. During this short video, Blakes Partners Auriol Marasco and Jason MacIntyre from our Drones team discuss the recent regulatory changes and…

2019 Legal Trends: Cybersecurity

March 26, 2019

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our first article for 2019 looks at the current landscape of cybersecurity and highlights key legal trends and developments. We also offer some practical advice on what businesses can do to equip themselves and mitigate their risk in this constantly evolving space. 

Your Guide to the 2019 Federal Budget

March 22, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Government of Canada released its 2019 budget (2019 Budget) before the federal election later this year. We’ve summarized the key aspects from the 2019 Budget that may impact your business.  For tax changes, including proposed changes to the excise taxation of cannabis extracts (including oils), cannabis edibles and cannabis topicals, please see 2019 Federal Budget – Selected Tax…

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