28
OCT
2020

Canadian Beer Excise and All-malt Beer (1870s-1952)

Earlier this year we posted a discussion on our beer historical blog that showed how the Canadian excise regime from the 1870s until 1952 favoured the brewing of all-malt beer in Canada. In practise that meant most beer was made from a mash of 100% barley malt. This varied from...
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,...
23
JUN
2018

Proposed New Canadian Beer Definition

We blog actively on our other site, www.beeretseq.com, where we talk about beer, other drinks, and food, often from a historical or industry aspect. See this post today giving a “high-level” review of the new draft rules defining beer circulated by the government...
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...
19
MAY
2017

Gary Gillman in the News

As part of our beverage alcohol regulatory practice, we keep abreast of industry developments in brewing, distilling, winemaking, and related fields. In this regard, we had a short piece this month in Calgary Metro, a daily print and digital commuter newspaper in...
17
MAY
2017

The 9.09% Canadian Whisky Blending Rule: Legal and Practical Elements

The 9.09% blending rule in Canadian law is frequently the subject of discussion by consumer beverage alcohol writers and online by all types of whisky enthusiasts. One still reads different ideas and theories about the rule, and often the information conveyed is not correct or...
03
JUN
2016

Gary Gillman: The Comeau Case is not quite a game changer

See Gary Gillman’s article in today’s (June 3, 2016) National Post on the New Brunswick Comeau decision at http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/gary-gillman-the-comeau-case-is-not-quite-a-game-changer.
12
MAY
2016

The 2016 Comeau Decision in New Brunswick: Implications For Internal Free Trade in Canada Including Viz. Beverage Alcohol

Please see my new article posted today in the Publications section of this website regarding an important new New Brunswick court decision on liquor regulation.
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,...
08
FEB
2016

Gary Gillman Delivers Key Presentation on Legal Developments Affecting the Beer Industry

Gary delivered a presentation at the Master Brewers Association of Canada Annual Conference on January 28, 2016  on Recent Legal Developments Pertaining to the Beer Industry in Ontario. It was very well-received with many questions from the floor. His presentation is...