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The New Legal Landscape of North American Trade

December 4, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States announced that they, together with Mexico, agreed to a new trilateral trade agreement, which was signed on November 30, 2018. The agreement will be referred to differently in each country: Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in Canada, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the U.S., and Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (TMEC)…

Codes of Responsible Business Conduct: When Good Intentions Become Binding

December 3, 2018

Voluntary codes of conduct have become common (and even expected) practice as part of a broader corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy for companies across all industries. Increasingly, companies have been facing litigation and reputational risks in connection with the implementation of their CSR goals and policies as articulated in their codes of conduct.

Viewpoint: 5 (More) Things You Should Know about the Proposed B.C. Environmental Assessment Act

November 23, 2018

Recently, Blakes Partner Sam Adkins and I commented on the Indigenous aspects of Bill 51, the proposed legislation to replace B.C.’s current Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA). For more information, please see our November 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Government of British Columbia Introduces Indigenous Consent Requirement for Major Projects.   If you’re considering a project in B.C., here are five more things you…

Pensions Newsletter – October 2018

October 18, 2018

Welcome to the 22nd 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….

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series, #4: Lender Perspectives

October 4, 2018

This is the final instalment in a series examining large retail insolvencies in Canada from the perspective of various stakeholders. This article discusses retail insolvencies from the perspective of lenders to distressed Canadian retailers and trails the successful emergence of Toys “R” Us Canada from Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection, following the acquisition of its shares by Fairfax Financial Holdings…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #4: Money Laundering

August 15, 2018

This is the fourth installment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This installment discusses money laundering and terrorist financing offences and the resources available to companies to minimize related legal and reputational risks.    White Collar Crime part 4 –…

IP Q&A: How to Navigate Canada’s Official Marks System

August 2, 2018

Running parallel to Canada’s trade-mark system is another regime for “official marks”. The official mark regime is exclusive to public authorities such as utilities, broadcasters, hospitals and the like that are subject to governmental control and provides rights that, in several respects, exceed those associated with registered trade-marks. While advantageous for eligible entities, official marks can — and have on…

Pensions Newsletter – July 2018

July 17, 2018

Welcome to the 21st 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….

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