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British Columbia Introduces New Public Procurement Strategy

July 24, 2018

The B.C. Ministry of Citizens’ Services (Ministry) recently introduced a new procurement strategy (Strategy), with the aim to “change the way government buys goods and services and make it easier for businesses to access opportunities”. With over C$6-billion spent annually by the B.C. government on procuring goods and services, the Strategy could have a big impact in the province.  The…

Audio Bulletin – CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued notices of violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and monetary penalties totalling C$250,000, against two companies for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs through the distribution of online advertising. The CRTC’s decision reminds businesses of their compliance requirements under CASL’s malware provisions.     …

CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation

July 23, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued notices of violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and monetary penalties totalling C$250,000, against two companies for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs (or malware) through the distribution of online advertising. These fines mark the first time the CRTC has taken enforcement action to combat…

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….

Private M&A in Canada and the U.K.: 10 Considerations for Dealmakers

July 12, 2018

Prudent investors may gain an advantage by leveraging their knowledge of differences in private M&A market practices between Canadian and U.K.-style purchase agreements. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is not a carbon copy of either. This article provides an overview of the key differences between the two jurisdictions. 

CSA Publishes Reforms to Enhance Client-Registrant Relationship and Policy on Embedded Commissions

July 11, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released two highly anticipated notices related to CSA’s investor protection initiatives. The proposals are the result of a lengthy consultation process and aim to better align the interests of registrants with the interest of their clients, improve outcomes for clients and clarify to clients the nature and the terms of their relationships with registrants….

Ontario Court Upholds Debarment of Municipal Contractor, Confirms Municipalities’ Broad Discretion in Commercial Decision-Making

July 10, 2018

In its recent decision, Interpaving Limited v. City of Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) (Court) upheld a municipality’s four-year debarment of a contractor, affirming municipalities’ broad discretion to make business decisions. The Court also described the scope of the duty of procedural fairness in public sector debarments.   BACKGROUND Interpaving Limited (Contractor) is a road…

Communicating with Ontario’s New Government: A Refresher

July 9, 2018

On June 29, 2018, the new Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, and his cabinet were sworn in, the first change in government in 15 years. The new government has announced wide-ranging plans that will impact sectors as varied as health, energy and infrastructure. Those seeking to communicate or liaise with the new government should keep in mind the lobbying and…

Small Brewers Successfully Challenge Alberta’s Beer Markup Regime

July 9, 2018

On June 19, 2018, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench declared part of Alberta’s provincial beer markup regime to be in contravention of section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 (Constitution) in Steam Whistle Brewing Inc. v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. This decision has important implications for inter-provincial trade generally and for provinces enacting measures aimed at protecting local…

Quebec’s Revised Act respecting labour standards: New Challenges for Employers

July 5, 2018

Québec’s National Assembly recently enacted Bill 176, entitled An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance (Bill). The Bill was assented to on June 12, 2018. Below is a description of the key changes made to the Act respecting labour standards (Act) and which, unless otherwise indicated, came into force…

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