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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revised Regulations for Canadian AML

June 28, 2018

The wait is over. On June 9, 2018, the Department of Finance released long-awaited amendments to the regulations to the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act. Highlights include the regulations of virtual currencies, businesses providing foreign money services and pre-paid products. Hear more about the revised regulations and how they will impact your business. Speakers: Jacqueline Shinfield, Partner Mandatory…

Blockchain and Smart Contracts in the Energy Sector

June 21, 2018

Technology is quickly reshaping the oil and gas industry. One such disruptive technology is blockchain. This is an introduction to industrial blockchain as well as a review of its relevance to oil and gas projects and the application of smart contracts within the blockchain and existing doctrines of contract law. During this session you will gain a better understanding of…

Further Consultation on Payments Canada – And More to Come

June 20, 2018

The Department of Finance recently published a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) that proposes to  expand access to Canadian payment systems and seeks feedback on changes to Payments Canada’s governance structure that were implemented in 2015. The comment period for this consultation ends July 24, 2018. For anyone new to this topic, the Consultation Paper provides a useful summary of the…

TSX Seeks Input on Proposed Changes to Rules Governing Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations

June 14, 2018

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) recently released proposed amendments (Proposed Amendments) to Part X — Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations (SPACs) of the TSX Company Manual (Manual). Notable changes include codifying exemptions previously provided to SPACs and removing the requirement for shareholder approval of a qualifying acquisition subject to certain requirements. The TSX is seeking public comments and responses to certain…

Employment & Labour Podcast Series

June 13, 2018

In our Employment & Labour Podcast Series, members of the Blakes Employment & Labour group explore current legal issues facing Canadian employers — from cannabis to sexual harassment, workplace investigations and more. Click here to listen to any of the episodes below and stay tuned for more episodes. Cannabis in the Workplace Restrictive Covenants in the Employment Context Dos and…

How Securities Law Applies to Offerings of Blockchain-Based Tokens and Coins: More Examples and CSA Comments

June 12, 2018

On June 11, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 46-308 Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (Staff Notice), which provides additional guidance on the applicability of securities law to offerings of blockchain-based tokens or coins. The Staff Notice builds on the CSA’s August 2017 Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings, which had provided initial guidance but only…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revised Regulations to PCMLTFA

June 12, 2018

The wait is over. On June 9, 2018, the Department of Finance (Department) released the long-awaited amendments to the regulations to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) (Revised Regulations). Highlights include the regulations of virtual currencies, businesses providing foreign money services and pre-paid products. In addition, the life insurance sector is to become subject to…

2018 Legal Trends: The Sharing Economy

June 12, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article takes a closer look at the sharing economy and how this new economic model impacts suppliers, customers and platform providers in various ways. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the sharing economy evolves.

Bill Backing UNDRIP Heads to Senate, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Canada

June 11, 2018

In February 2018, we suggested that the Canadian government may be inching towards the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) with their new draft environmental legislation (see our February 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Implementing UNDRIP? Federal Government Releases Draft Environmental Legislation). The pace seems to have sped up since then, at least for the time being. Bill…

SCC Stays Internet Defamation Case, Urges Fairness and Efficiency

June 8, 2018

 On June 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) addressed the challenging issue of jurisdiction and the internet in Haaretz.com v. Goldhar (Haaretz), by emphasizing the importance of ensuring fairness to foreign defendants, given that jurisdiction can be readily presumed based solely on a single download of an article. In Haaretz, the SCC stayed a libel action against an…

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