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- 2020 merger review thresholds for Competition Act and Investment Canada Act
The threshold for certain pre-closing net benefit reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) and the threshold for a pre-closing merger notification under the Competition Act have now both been released for 2020. The Commissioner of Competition announced on April 1 that the threshold would remain the same as in 2019. Competition Act Canada uses a two-part test for...
- Food Safety expert at Canada’s University of Guelph on grocery store shopping
A food safety expert released an informative YouTube video (that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snnpNx6gRIY&utm_source=guelphtoday.com&utm_campaign=guelphtoday.com&utm_medium=referral) to correct inaccurate information that has been circulating about proper protocol when buying groceries and taking them home. Generally, the same cleanliness rules apply that food safety experts would recommend for common foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria:...
- Deference to Arbitrator Falls When Best Interests of Child Are Overlooked
In Canada, courts are becoming increasingly deferential to arbitrators as a result of opinions from the Supreme Court of Canada, namely, Teal Cedar Products Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2017 SCC 32, and the rapid growth of arbitration, as our court system continues to flounder under the weight of increased traffic and the related costs. While...
- PANDEMICS AND EMERGENCY ACCESS TO PATENTED TECHNOLOGY IN CANADA
Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act came into force on March 25, 2020. Perhaps overlooked amongst emergency relief, health care and financial effects is Part 12 of the Act which makes changes to the Patent Act. Why should the general public care about this? I’m glad you asked. These changes create a new power for the...
- Ontario Implements Price Gouging Measures: What You Need to Know
Many have expressed concern that retailers are now incentivized to unilaterally increase the prices for products critical to the COVID-19 response. Canada’s competition enforcer, the Competition Bureau, does not have clear jurisdiction to regulate prices or otherwise directly prevent price gouging. However, the Ontario government is now expressly prohibiting price gouging for “necessary goods” (as...
- Canada Data Privacy Regulator: Limited Circumstances Allow Data Collection Without Consent
Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner weighs in on data processing under COVID-19: “There are some circumstances under which organizations may collect, use or disclose personal information without consent, including: Collection in the interests of the individual and consent cannot be obtained in a timely way, e.g. critical illness. Collection and use for making a...
- FINTRAC revises expectations for reporting entities amid pandemic
The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) recently provided guidance (the Guidance) to reporting entities in connection with their continuing obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Guidance, FINTRAC acknowledged that reporting entities may have to reassign and reprioritize their internal resources in response to the pandemic, which may in turn affect...
- New Programs for Employees and Employers During the COVID-19 Crisis: the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The measures introduced to protect us all from COVID-19 have had a huge economic impact on individuals and businesses. The federal government has been rolling out – and changing – various relief measures over the past few weeks. Today we will outline two new measures which will likely be helpful to many of the businesses...
- U.S. Regulatory Challenges for Chinese Companies: The Huawei Case Study
Cleary Gottlieb and Tiantong & Partners 天同律师事务所 are continuing their collaboration to produce joint analyses regarding some of the current U.S. regulatory challenges for Chinese companies. This second analysis is based on a case study of U.S. efforts to extradite Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, from Canada, and considers risk mitigation for Chinese corporate executives travelling abroad. A...
- 2020 Annual Meetings – Notice from Corporations Canada
On March 26, 2020, Corporations Canada issued a notice (Notice) entitled “Annual meetings of federal corporations during the COVID-19 outbreak”. The Notice acknowledges that hosting in-person annual meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak would contradict public health advice to practice physical distancing and self-isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and outlines options for federal corporations to consider...
- Lawyers’ moral obligation to blog : idea getting traction
Last month I blogged that lawyers have a moral obligation to blog. The idea is being spread by some well known and respected Internet publishers. Unfortunately, the subject seems to have been ignored by some lawyers publishing leading ‘law blogs.’ Tod Maffin, broadcaster for Canada’s CBC television ...
- Canada Adopts The First To File System For Trade-marks
By Scott Hervey Canada has made a fundamental change in its Trade-mark Examination practice. It had been a longstanding practice in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (the governmental body responsible for reregistering trade-marks) of determining the priority of applications based on the...
- VoIP: Skype v. Gizmo
Gizmo is a later arrival to the Internet telephony space staked out by Skype. While both offer free telephone calls over the Internet, Gizmo had the price advantage for landline phones, at 1 cent per minute for U.S. calls. But then Skype cut its price to zero, announcing free calling to all...
- WENDY’S HOMESTYLE GARLIC CROUTONS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada, Inc. are warning the public not to consume Wendy’s Homestyle Garlic Croutons because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product has been sold at Wendy’s restaurants in Ontario and Quebec. A voluntary...
- Non-Exclusive Sublicensee Plaintiff is Dismissed and the Case is Transferred
Adventus Ams. Inc. v. Innovative Envtl. Techs., Inc., No. 06 CV 3267, 2007 WL 704938 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 5, 2007) (Manning). Judge Manning dismissed one plaintiff for lack of standing and transferred the case to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiff EnviroMetal Technologies (“EnviroMetal”)...
- Medical empowerment offered by integrative medicine doctor
An integrative medicine physician speaks on CAM therapies for pain management. Emu is more than a good word for scrabble: Author, pain specialist and integrative medicine advocate William ‘Bill- Code, MD will be one of the guest speakers at the Emu Oil Seminar for Medical Professionals on July 7th. ...
- Would Legalizing Drugs Reduce or Increase Crime?
I don’t believe we necessarily can prove the answer to this question, but a recent CNN article written by Adam Reiss, Health clinic helps addicts shoot up, talks about a program in Canada: Inside the Vancouver facility, I found more than a dozen people taking illegal drugs, such as heroin and...
- Canada Says Beef Is Contaminated With E. coli O157:H7
Canada has issued a border-to-border “Health Hazard Alert” over ground beef that may be contaminated with E coli O157:H7. This “Health Hazard Alert” in Canada is pretty much like a recall in the United States, except there isn’t much focus on returning the product nor on how much meat is actually ...
- Second Death In Canada’s Listeria Outbreak
There’s been a second death in Canada due to the listeria outbreak that may be linked to Maple Leaf Foods ready-to-eat meats. CTV reports: A second person is confirmed to have died from the deadly bacterial in Waterloo, Ontario. The victim is described as an elderly woman. The first person to die...
- Politics, Torts, Policy and Risk – Canadian Medical Association Takes a Stand on the Asbestos Use Exampple
The Canadian Medical Association has come out with an editorial, described here, that calls on Canada to join with other countries to further regulate “asbestsos” exports. The topic is of interest in Canada because its been a major exporter of asbestos for decades, and so the fibers produce jobs,...