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- Interview with the Agent: Kirsten Simmons
Kirsten Simmons is a certified National Basketball Players Association Agent. Simmons received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and currently works at Thread Sports Management in Toronto, Canada. D’Bria Bradshaw: What made you pursue a career as a sports agent? Why Basketball? Kirsten Simmons: Growing up in Canada, sports...
- PMPRB takes jurisdiction over medicine (again) following Federal Court of Appeal remand
The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB or Board) has found that a patent can pertain to a medicine based on clinical similarities to the invention—even if the patent does not actually encompass the medicine. Background This case concerns Canadian Patent No. 2,478,237 (the 237 Patent), which relates to the use of adapalene to treat...
- Price Gouging Prohibitions across Canada
So-called “excessive price” prohibitions are premised on a theory of harm that is generally rejected in competition law. Indeed, Canada’s Competition Act does not even contain a prohibition against excessive pricing. Among the many reasons for not prohibiting excessive prices are that to do so would undermine investment incentives (both of firms already in the...
- The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 58: “An Earth Shattering Decision” – Marina Pavlovic on the Supreme Court of Canada’s Uber v. Heller Ruling
The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its much anticipated Uber Technologies v. Heller decision, a landmark ruling with significant implications for the validity of online contracts and for employment relations in the gig economy. The court rejected an arbitration clause in an Uber contract with its drivers, finding the clause unconscionable. The decision unsurprisingly...
- New Rules Simplify at-the-market (ATM) Offerings in Canada
Overview In an effort to reduce the regulatory burden for issuers who wish to conduct “at-the-market” (“ATM”) offerings in Canada and facilitate capital raising by public companies, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) announced significant amendments (the “Amendments”) to the ATM distribution regime under National Instrument 44-102 – Shelf Distributions (“NI 44-102”) and Companion Policy...
- Wright v Horizons ETFS Management (Canada) Inc.: Exchange-traded funds may attract statutory cause of action under section 130 of Securities Act
The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Wright v. Horizons ETFS Management (Canada) Inc. (2020 ONCA 337) is significant for two reasons. First, it recognizes the existence of a duty of care owed by a fund manager to purchasers of units of the fund in relation to the allegedly negligent design of...
- UberEats Driver Fight Stays in Canada
We blogged about David Heller and his fight against Uber last May when leave to the Supreme Court of Canada was granted. You can catch up on the history and read that post here. If you’re a true nerd you can also watch footage of the arguments made in the Supreme Court here! The Supreme...
- Federal Court lifts Suspension Period
On June 25, 2020, the Federal Court (FC) issued its latest Practice Direction and Order (FC Update) regarding Court operations during the pandemic, announcing that its Suspension Period will no longer be in force anywhere in Canada as of June 30, 2020. The FC Update also establishes guidelines for the transition toward more regular operations...
- New Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regime for Federally Regulated Employers
As of January 1, 2021, the new stand-alone Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations (the “Regulations”) will come into force to ensure employers prevent harassment and violence in federally regulated industries and workplaces. The Regulations will apply to all federal work places covered under Part II of the Canada Labour Code (the Code), including the...
- Canada’s Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange Found to Have Operated Like a Ponzi Scheme
On June 11, 2020 the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), one of Canada’s provincial securities regulators, issued a report finding that QuadrigaCX (Quadriga), which went into bankruptcy a few months after founder and CEO Gerald Cotten was reported to have died in India, “was an old-fashioned fraud wrapped in modern technology.” The report, dated April 2020,...
- Calgary, Canada Leads Way in CAM Research and Clinical Training
Mount Royal College in Canada will open Canada’s first post-secondary institute dedicated to advancing complementary and alternative health, together with a 24-hour phoneline to dispense information about ‘scientifically proven alternative health options.’ According to an article in the Calgary...
- FTC Consumer Protection Highlights
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Canada’s Competition Bureau are working together to educate consumers about worthless products purported to produce weight loss. In that regard, they announced on September 28 the translation of an educational teaser Web site about these ripoffs into French. ...
- Prevent foodborne illnesses
The Cariboo Press reports that according to Health Canada, seniors are more vulnerable to foodborne illness. As we age, our immune system tends to deteriorate. The immune system is one of the most important mechanisms for fighting disease and preserving health, so a decrease in the level of disease-...
- Occurrence of pathogens in raw and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products collected from the retail marketplace in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
A September abstract from the Journal of Food Protection covers the incidence of food-borne pathogens in retail marketplaces in Edmonton. A total of 800 meat and poultry products were purchased from the retail marketplace in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The products consisted of raw ground beef,...
- Shigella outbreak in Hamilton
The City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services in Canada has received a report of Shigella infection in a food handler who worked in the Snack Bar at Denningers at 826 Queenston Rd, Stoney Creek from February 28th to March 5th. Public Health Services is asking anyone who developed diarrhea after...
- Discussion Paper for Canadian Nanotechnology Policy
One March 16, 2007, the Canadian Institute of Environmental Law and Policy conducted a one-day symposium on policy considerations related to nanotechnology. The Institute recently released a discussion paper summarizing the thoughts concerning nanotechnology regulation in Canada. The paper...
- Castleberry’s botulism outbreak update
News Radio 1420 out of Lubbock, Texas, reported last week that Marissa Cisneros, a young victim of the botulism outbreak traced to Castleberry’s chili products, may be returning to school soon. Last July, Castleberry’s recalled canned meat products that were distributed nationwide, with the...
- Asbestos Pictures – Great McCord Museum Collection of Photos and Text on Canadian Asbestos Mining Circa 1890s -1930s
It’s a long story as to why, but I stumbled across some online and historic pictures of asbestos-mining and processing. The collection is presented by the McCord Museum of Montreal, which looks to be quite an interesting place. Its online presentations include a great collection of photographs and...
- Maple Leaf Might Be Responsible For Ongoing Listeria Outbreak
The Public Health Agency of Canada is now investigating whether an outbreak of listeriosis since June 17 that has made 17 people ill and killed one, mostly in the Ontario area, can be blamed on Maple Leaf Foods Inc. And while they wait for those findings, Maple Leaf is recalling more of its...
- Canada’s Raw Milk Poster Boy Compares Himself With Gandhi and King–Dilutional or Dilirious?
Let’s see. You cook up a scheme to evade the law. You get caught. You then conclude you must bejust like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Ordinarily we’d say “Only in America,” but this two-bit drama is going on in Canada. We refer to Michael Schmidt, who was found guilty of contempt ...