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Antitrust Advisory: Search and Seizure

A search and seizure is a fast-paced and high-stakes situation requiring the right mix of preparation and cooperation. In this Antitrust Advisory, we highlight the top 10 dos and don’ts when responding to an unexpected visit from competition enforcers, ensuring you’re well equipped for whatever comes your way. 

27 nov 2014

OECD Considers Availability of Tax Treaty Benefits for Investment Funds, Pension Funds and Private Equity Funds

On November 21, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft that considers when tax treaty benefits should be granted to various investment funds, including collective investment vehicles, private equity funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. The discussion draft expands on the OECD’s prior work on preventing treaty abuse as part of its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Canada, together with other G20 countries, has committed to completing work on the BEPS project in 2015. Comments on the latest discussion draft may be provided by January 9, 2015. 

24 nov 2014

Antitrust Advisory: Cartels

The cornerstone of Canada’s Competition Act, the cartel offence is the top priority of the Competition Bureau. In this Antitrust Advisory, we take a closer look at cartel activity in Canada as well as the global enforcement effort, providing practical information to help you manage your risk. 

20 nov 2014

Compte à rebours avant la LCAP 2.0 – Les dispositions relatives aux logiciels entreront en vigueur en janvier 2015

Le 10 novembre 2014, le Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes a publié des directives concernant l'installation de logiciels en vertu de la Loi canadienne anti-pourriel (LCAP). Notamment, les directives indiquent dans quels cas la LCAP s'applique à l'installation de logiciels et précisent qu'« un logiciel installé par soi-même n'est pas couvert par la LCAP ».

14 nov 2014

Landmark Decision Establishing New Duty to Act Honestly in Performing Contracts

In a landmark decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized a new duty on parties to perform contractual obligations honestly. In the Court’s words: “This means simply that parties must not lie or otherwise knowingly mislead each other about matters directly linked to the performance of the contract.” This Osler Update looks at the Court’s decision and examines its practical implications. 

13 nov 2014

Gender Diversity on Boards and in Senior Management

The under-representation of women in leadership roles has long been a concern. Canadian securities regulators have taken notice, and effective December 31, 2014, there will be new disclosure rules regarding the representation of women on boards and in senior management roles of public companies.  

6 nov 2014

Se préparer à affronter le virus de l'Ebola : les principaux enseignements que les directeurs d'hôpitaux peuvent tirer de l'expérience du SRAS

Afin de se préparer à affronter le virus de l'Ebola, il est important que les directeurs d'hôpitaux comprennent les principaux enseignements tirés de l'expérience du SRAS en ce qui a trait aux obligations de diligence très précises, et potentiellement contradictoires, qu'ont les conseils d'hôpitaux envers les employés et les patients lorsque survient une flambée épidémique de maladie infectieuse. Nous avons déterminé la norme de diligence que les directeurs doivent observer pour s'acquitter de leurs obligations légales, et comment, en revanche, les gouvernements n'ont pas d'obligation de diligence, en droit privé, envers les employés et les patients des hôpitaux lorsqu'ils émettent des lignes directrices ou des directives. 

31 oct 2014

NEB Rules Federal Legislation Permits Trans Mountain Access to City of Burnaby Lands

Last week the National Energy Board issued its first order against a municipality in the context of a dispute regarding a pipeline company’s access to municipal lands in order to complete NEB-mandated studies. The NEB’s ruling provides greater certainty regarding the powers of federally regulated pipeline companies in circumstances where federal laws conflict with municipal bylaws and dual compliance is impossible. 

27 oct 2014

British Columbia Proposes Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act

On October 20, 2014, British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak tabled the province’s first bill targeting industrial greenhouse gas emissions, in keeping with B.C.’s political commitment to develop the liquefied natural gas industry only if it can be done with safe development standards and satisfactory environmental protection protocols.

22 oct 2014