15
OCT
2018

Cannabis Laws in Canada

The laws relating to Cannabis in Canada are about to change. The federal Cannabis Act will come into force on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and with it a plethora of provincial and territorial laws relating to everything from licensing, cultivation, possession, use, to driving,...
20
DEC
2017

Update on Quebec Bill 134

A Quebec bill was introduced on May 2, 2017 to modernize the Quebec Consumer Protection Act (Bill 134). The provisions on credit have not been amended since 1978 and are long overdue. The objectives of the proposed reforms are to develop uniform cost of credit disclosure...
16
FEB
2016

New Privacy Torts Lay the Way for Privacy Class Action Suits

Just a few weeks ago the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized a new common law tort applicable to violations of privacy rights. This is the second new tort recognized by an Ontario court in the last few years relating to privacy rights. The first case, Jones v. Tsige,...
23
JUN
2014

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law – A Practical Guide for Business

The provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (known as “CASL”) dealing with commercial electronic messages will come into force on July 1, 2014. Organizations doing business in Canada need to take notice of the requirements of this legislation and to prepare for and implement its...
24
JUL
2013

The Commissioner of Competition v. Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated et al.

The following appeared at the Competition Bureau’s website, July 23, 2013. “A decision was issued today by the Competition Tribunal in Commissioner of Competition v. Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated(CT-2010-10). The Tribunal panel was...
17
MAY
2013

Government to regulate banking disputes resolution services

On April 10, the Minister of Finance published new regulations that apply to external complaint bodies in the banking sector. Published in the Canada Gazette, the Complaints (Banks, Authorized Foreign Banks and External Complaints Bodies) Regulations come into force Septembe...
17
MAY
2013

Financial Literacy Leader Act receives Royal Assent

Bill C-28, the Financial Literacy Leader Act, which provides for the appointment of a Financial Literacy Leader within the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, received Royal Assent on March 27. This appointment will deliver on a Budget 2011 commitment and responds to the top...
20
MAR
2013

FCAC’s Plain Language Initiatives and Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry Update

Libby Gillman spoke at the Canadian Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Payments Compliance held in Toronto, February 27-28, 2013 on the topic of  “Emerging Technologies: How to Create a Resilient Compliance Program Incorporating New Payment Solutions and Products”. At that...
21
FEB
2013

What Every Employer in Ontario Needs to Know – Part 5

Every employer in the province of Ontario has numerous obligations in relation to employment law matters. The following is a summary of some of the more salient ones.Please note this paper addresses provincially (as opposed to federally) regulated employers with non-unionized...
20
FEB
2013

Final OSFI Corporate Governance Guideline – Proposal to Assist in Performing Self-Assessment by May 1, 2013

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”) issued a final, updated, Corporate Governance Guideline on January 28, 2013  (the “Final Guideline”).  The Final Guideline sets out OSFI’s requirements regarding corporate governance of federally regulated...
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