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- Canadian Public M&A: An Inside Look at Today’s Market
Whether contemplating an acquisition or assessing strategic alternatives, there are many aspects of the Canadian public M&A market that may influence your decision. COVID-19 has undoubtedly played a role in recent transactions, but other factors and recent developments could also have an impact on your transaction.
- Federal Government introduces Bill C-12 to Mandate 2050 Net-Zero Emission Requirements
On November 19, 2020, the federal government introduced Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, the latest in a series of federal government initiatives aimed at satisfying Canada's obligations under the Paris Agreement, which establishes the framework for national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to attain net-zero emissions by 2050.
- Canada Tables Legislation to Modernize the Broadcasting Act
On November 3, 2020, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (Bill). The Bill was introduced with the goal of updating the Broadcasting Act (Act), given changes to broadcasting brought forth by digital over-the-top distribution. If passed, the Bill will broaden the scope of the Act and require digital media broadcasters to contribute to Canada’s broadcasting system with a view to supporting Canadian content producers and creators.
- Nouveaux fonds en Alberta pour stimuler les efforts visant à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre
Le 2 novembre 2020, le gouvernement de l’Alberta a annoncé qu’il consacrera jusqu’à 280 M$ CA à des programmes visant à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (« GES ») et à créer des emplois dans la province. Ce financement crée des occasions d’affaires susceptibles d’intéresser les entreprises qui sont situées en Alberta ou qui cherchent à y investir, notamment les entreprises qui travaillent à élaborer de nouvelles technologies, procédures et pratiques visant à réduire les émissions. Il pourrait également intéresser les petites et moyennes entreprises qui cherchent à améliorer l’efficacité énergétique de leurs installations.
- Prompt Payment Legislation in Alberta: Changes and Clarifications
On October 26, 2020, we provided an overview of the key features of Bill 37, Builders' Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020, which is intended to amend the Alberta Builders' Lien Act (BLA) and become the Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act. On October 28, 2020, Bill 37 passed its second reading in the Legislature of Alberta and on November 4, 2020, an amendment to Bill 37 titled Amendment A1 was carried. This amendment made substantial modifications to Bill 37 including...
- Dangerous Assumptions: Estoppel by Convention in Construction Projects
A recent case on estoppel by convention in the context of an owner's termination of a construction contract provides a valuable reminder to both legal practitioners and project personnel on the dangers associated with ignoring the contract, even when it may seem safe to do so.
- New Federal Bill Set to Reform Canada’s Private-Sector Privacy Law
On November 17, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, introduced Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. If passed, this highly anticipated bill would overhaul the federal government’s approach to regulating privacy in the private sector by repealing the parts of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) that regulate the processing of personal information and enacting a new Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA or Act).
- Les 5 principales façons dont la COVID-19 a transformé le règlement des différends
Au Canada, les tribunaux ont rapidement dû s’adapter aux restrictions liées à la COVID-19 en élaborant de nouvelles façons de juger les différends. Avec la levée des restrictions, les parties à un litige doivent désormais composer avec un encadrement des règlements des différends qui a considérablement changé.
- Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Honorarium Payments to Representative Plaintiffs in Class Proceedings
In Makris v Endo International PLC, 2020 ONSC 5709 [Makris], Justice Glustein of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice opined on a niche area of class actions law—honorarium payments for representative plaintiffs. The claim in Makris arose after the corporate defendant’s alleged misrepresentations artificially inflated its stock price. The parties ultimately settled the matter, and Ms. Makris, the representative plaintiff, moved to have the Court approve the settlement. The resolution contemplated a roughly $400,000 cy-près payment to an Investor Protection Clinic and a $15,000 honorarium payment to Ms. Makris for the time and effort she had expended on the class’s behalf.
- British Columbia, Canada: Court of Appeal Sets Aside Aggravated Damages Award in Wrongful Dismissal
In Quach v. Mitrux Services Ltd., 2020 BCCA 25 (Quach), the British Columbia Court of Appeal overturned the trial court’s decision to award aggravated damages to an individual whose job was terminated before his employment began because the manner of dismissal did not cause the requisite “mental distress.”
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgment or Arbitral Awards in Canada – Province of Ontario
QUESTIONNAIRE The aim of this questionnaire is to provide a framework for each country representative to describe the process, procedure and any other relevant issues, involved in enforcing a foreign judgment in that country. The questionnaire deals with both enforcement of judgments...
- Proposal to make QPs submit to jurisdiction
The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published, on July 15, 2011, proposed amendments to NI 41 101, General Prospectus Requirements and Companion Policy 41 101CP to NI 41 101 together with other miscellaneous amendments to related instruments. The 90 day comment period expires October 15, ...
- Counterfeit Goods: Significant Statutory and Punitive Damages
We have been following the line of cases dealing with counterfeit goods and the resulting damage awards, and note the most recent case from the Federal Court makes clear that a tougher approach to trademark and copyright infringement can now be expected in Canada. In Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. ...
- Oh Canada: Significant Developments In Canadian Energy - October 2011
In This Issue: - Oil Sands News - East Coast News - West Coast News - Canadian Arctic News - Alternative Energy News - On the Horizon - Abbreviations
- Electronic Delivery as a Standard (Not Yet)
Should Canada do better to become a leader of innovation in electronic communication with security holders, including the delivery of documents, given the apparent Canadian propensity to spend our time online? According to a March 2011 Globe & Mail report, Canadians spend...
- 2012 "Tower Financing: Deduction Denied"
Taxpayers that have implemented cross-border tower financing structures and that have claimed a Canadian tax deduction for any U.S. taxes paid should revisit their structures carefully in light of the Tax Court of Canada’s recent decision in FLSMIDTH Ltd., v. The...
- The New ICC Arbitration Rules – What You Need to Know
On January 1, 2012, the International Chambers of Commerce’s newly revised Rules of Arbitration (the “2012 ICC Rules”) took effect. The new rulesapply to all ICC arbitrations going forward, unless the parties agree to adopt the rules that were in effect when their arbitration agreement was executed....
- IIROC Releases UMIR Exemption Guidelines
On January 27, 2012, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) issued Notice 12-0029, providing guidance in connection with the processes that must be followed to obtain exemption from, or an interpretation of, a provision of the Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR)....
- WorkSafe BC Introduces Joint Health and Safety Committee Policy
WorkSafe BC (the Province’s occupational health and safety regulator) recently introduced policy guidelines which describe an employers’ responsibilities over its internal joint health and safety committee. The guidelines also set out the factors that WorkSafe may take into account when deciding...
- Focus on China - February 2012
In This Issue: 1 Bridge to China: PM Harper's Visit to China to Facilitate Canada-China Investment and Trade 2 Update on Foreign Investment Review in Canada 3 FMC's David Hunter Lectures at University in Shanghai ...