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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…

OSFI Issues Draft Guideline for Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

August 8, 2017

On July 31, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published for comment a new draft guideline, titled: Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans (Draft Guideline). According to OSFI, the new Draft Guideline is intended to outline factors that OSFI expects administrators of federally regulated pension plans to consider as they develop and…

Rise of the Machines: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

April 27, 2017

Cognitive computing and big data are making their way into retail, medicine, data analysis, payment cards, mobile apps and even law. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the hot topics in the tech world. The technology is moving quickly, but very few understand it and its potential. Please join our experts for an in-depth look at how big…

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2017

December 21, 2016

2016 AND LOOKING FORWARD Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007. The aggregate value of announced deals to date is C$399.9-billion, while announced deal volume reached an impressive 3,100 transactions….

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