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Law Clerk Series: Embracing Innovation

October 16, 2019

Date: November 8, 2019 Law Clerk Series:  Embracing Innovation New technologies are emerging in the market almost daily, and machine learning is one technology that’s gaining ground. How will this evolution impact the legal profession? Join Blakes lawyers for a discussion about what machine learning is in the legal environment and a demonstration of some of the legal technology tools…

From Incident to Informed Decision-Making: Digging into Internal Investigations

October 16, 2019

The need for an internal investigation often arises during a crisis where internal and external pressures create the risk of internal chaos. In this environment, the risk of poorly reasoned and hastily made decisions — with potentially long-lasting negative repercussions — is significant. The deliberate and careful design of a well-planned internal investigation is one of the key ways to…

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…

Revamping Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Rules: What’s New, What’s Changed and What It Means for Business

September 12, 2019

The wait is now over – since the proposed amendments to the regulations to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act one year ago, regulated entities have been waiting for the final regulations to be released. After numerous rounds of consultations with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), the regulations were released on…

Selected Tax Measures from the 2018 Fall Economic Statement: Changes for Capital Assets, Canadian Journalism

November 22, 2018

On November 21, 2018, Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (Statement), which includes significant tax changes that take effect immediately. This bulletin highlights two tax measures included in the Statement: changes to Canadian tax depreciation rates for new investments in capital assets, and measures designed to support Canadian journalism. ACCELERATED TAX DEPRECIATION FOR NEW…

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…

Judge Questions Whether Ontario’s “Anti-SLAPP” Law Strikes the Right Balance

April 11, 2018

In a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision, Justice E.M. Morgan used Ontario’s new “anti-SLAPP” laws to dismiss a defamation action against The Globe and Mail (Globe). In doing so, however, Justice Morgan raised concerns about whether the law, as he was required to apply it, fulfills its intended purpose of encouraging participation and expression on matters of public…

Legal Issues and Trends for the Life Sciences Industry

November 13, 2017

Thank you for attending our special half-day program focusing on the life sciences industry. The program will include updates on legal developments and trends as well as strategies to identify and minimize common risks. Topics will include regulatory updates, competition law in the industry, recent changes to Quebec law, class actions, privacy issues and best practices for in-house management of…

A Look Inside B.C.’s New Spill Preparedness and Response Requirements: Who Is Affected and What’s Changed

November 7, 2017

Some companies transporting certain petroleum-based products in British Columbia will have to comply with new spill preparedness and response requirements, after amendments made to the B.C. Environmental Management Act (EMA) came into force on October 30, 2017. Our October 2017 Blakes Bulletin: British Columbia Implements New Spill Reporting Requirements discussed the new spill reporting regime implemented as part of these…

Mandatory Clearing of OTC Derivatives Delayed for Certain Entities

August 17, 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have taken steps to postpone until August 20, 2018 the phase-in date of the mandatory clearing requirements set out in National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (NI 94-101) for certain categories of counterparties. The delay in the application of the rule to these counterparties will not affect transactions and counterparties that are…