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Cannabis 2.0: Key Updates for 2020

December 11, 2019

Since the initial wave of legalization in 2018, cannabis continues to be a hot topic across Canada. The second wave of legalization, also known as Cannabis 2.0, came into effect on October 17, 2019, and with it comes the opportunity to manufacture and sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals, in addition to the other product forms. Here are five key…

Competition Law and the Digital Economy in Canada

December 4, 2019

Competition law enforcement agencies have undertaken many new initiatives focused on the digital economy, including publishing position papers,1 developing enforcement strategies,2 hiring specialized personnel,3 and taking enforcement action against technology companies. Like its international counterparts, the Canadian Competition Bureau (the Bureau) is focused on issues related to the digital economy.   Please click here to download.

Canadian Competition Law Issues for the Financial Services Sector

November 28, 2019

In recent years, the financial services sector has seen the emergence of new business models and services, including in areas like Internet payments and intermediary platforms. At the same time, the financial services sector has emerged as a key area of focus for potential advocacy initiatives and enforcement by the Competition Bureau. At Blakes, we routinely advise a broad range…

The Digitization of Vehicles: Privacy Concerns

November 28, 2019

In this video, Blakes Privacy lawyer Wendy Mee addresses privacy concerns and risks for autonomous vehicles, and what privacy protective measures and controls AV companies can implement in order to ensure that privacy is protected and that privacy risks are minimized.   For further information, please contact: Wendy Mee                      …

Litigation Risk on the Rise: 3 Trends in Cybersecurity Class Actions in Canada

October 30, 2019

Cybersecurity litigation in Canada is on the rise. Given that the number of data breaches in Canada has been rising exponentially in recent years, the increase in cybersecurity litigation is unsurprising. However, the increase in the volume of breaches, coupled with privacy legislation changes, has resulted in more reporting to the privacy commissioners, attempted class proceedings, and settlements of actions….

Pensions Newsletter – October 2019

October 23, 2019

Welcome to the 25th 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….

When Cyber Threatens Your Deal: 5 Cybersecurity Tips That Could Save Your M&A Transaction

October 21, 2019

In today’s technology-driven business world, organizations are more vulnerable than ever to cybersecurity threats such as data and privacy breaches. As a result, in the context of M&A transactions, assessing the cybersecurity posture of a target entity has become a key due diligence consideration for buyers. Depending on the target’s operations and the industry in which it operates, the level…

Cannabis 2.0 Rollout: Edibles, Extracts Legalized

October 17, 2019

On October 17, 2019, three additional forms of cannabis became legal in Canada: edibles, extracts and topicals. In this video interview with BNN Bloomberg, Blakes Associate Chris Nyberg from our cannabis team discusses regulatory hurdles, next steps and what challenges and opportunities await current market participants. For further information, please contact: Chris Nyberg                416-863-4252 or any other member of our Cannabis group.

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…