Blockchain is coming your way

Blockchain technology is transforming businesses in a wide range of industries. Are you ready? Jul 6, 2018 When Samuel Osei of Samuel Osei Law Corporation in Vancouver first found himself dealing with blockchain and cryptocurrency issues, he chose to keep his activities under wraps. “When I first started doing the work, I didn’t put cryptocurrency in […]

Cannabis Is a Complicated Business

Politics and societal moral concerns add layers of complexity to legitimizing the sale of cannabis Jul 5, 2018 It’s not often that a handful of Canadian stocks get the attention of Barron’s, the venerable newspaper that, for the most part, covers US financial information and market developments. But not only did Canada’s cannabis stocks get attention, they […]

Will the US trade wars affect Canada?

Lawyers are advising their clients to look at new markets on both the supply and demand ends Jul 4, 2018 EVEN AS THE US and China ramped up their trade war rhetoric, international trade lawyer Darrel Pearson found himself busier than he’s ever been in his 36 years of practice. “We anticipate that the workload will continue to […]

Finally, a judgment against CRA for negligence in audit of business

Court finds tax collector took certain positions for strategic reasons rather than good faith legal reasons. There will be an appeal September 6, 2018 A Quebec Superior Court judgment awarding two Montreal businessmen nearly $5 million in damages against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) means taxpayers may have an easier time holding the tax collector […]

B.C. court decision highlights significance of termination notices

September 12, 2018 British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has upheld an award of five months’ notice for an employee with only 12 months of service who was terminated without cause. “The case is an important reminder to employers that notice obligations on termination can be significant even for short-term employees,” says David McInnes, an employment […]

New boots-on-the-ground trade association to boost ties between Canada, EU

The Canada EU Trade Investment Association is a cross-sector industry group out to promote dealmaking September 12, 2018 Canadian companies need to be much more active in Brussels in order to take full advantage of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. “CETA, for the first time, includes a standalone chapter on regulatory cooperation […]

Meeting the AI Challenge

Firms are learning to adapt and prosper in the age of Artificial Intelligence Oct 10, 2018 As it turns out, the ongoing debate about the extent to which emerging legal technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), will make lawyers redundant or at least reduce the profession to a small colony of high-level strategists, misses the point. […]

Many Companies, Many Governments

Sep 21, 2018 With about 75% of all mining companies in the world headquartered in Canada and some 56% of the publicly traded ones listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canadian laws capture more mining entities than legislation in any other country. That sounds simple enough, but it’s more complex — and at times more […]

GDPR Impact

EU’s privacy rules have broad reach, even for Canadian companies with no European business Aug 8, 2018 The European Union’s  new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which creates a comprehensive regulatory regime for handling the personal information of EU citizens, came into force on May 25, 2018. It has extensive extraterritorial reach. “Any company, wherever it is in the […]

Into the Breach

‘Awareness is up but preparedness is flat’ as companies try to keep up with data privacy concerns Nov 13, 2018 If Alberta’s experience is any indication, it’s unlikely that Canada’s new data breach notification regulations, which affect the federal private sector and came into force on November 1, will languish in obscurity. In 2010, Alberta […]

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