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Canadian Government Steps Up Enforcement of Economic Sanctions

For the first time in over 20 years since the enactment of the Special Economic Measures Act, an Alberta-based company was charged with violating this statute by attempting to export controlled goods valued at $15 to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The company pleaded guilty, and the plea agreement entered in court on April 14, 2014, required that Lee Specialties Ltd. pay a fine of $90,000.

17 avr. 2014

Top Six Frequently Asked Questions About the AODA for Franchisors and Franchisees

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has been increasingly active in pursuing enforcement actions against organizations that have not complied with their requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). How do these AODA requirements affect franchisors and franchisees? We have compiled our top six frequently asked questions and answers about the AODA. 

15 avr. 2014

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to the Competition Act that have been made since the IPEGs were released in 2000. 

14 avr. 2014

An Overview of Corporate Governance in Canada from The Corporate Governance Review: Canada

The full article contains sections on recent developments, corporate leadership, disclosure requirements, corporate responsibility and shareholder rights, powers and activism. 

Avril 2014

La Cour supérieure du Québec se range du côté des détaillants sur la question de l’utilisation de marques de commerce reconnues dans l’affichage public et la publicité commerciale

Dans ses motifs publiés le 9 avril 2014, le juge Yergeau de la Cour supérieure du Québec a indiqué que la Charte de la langue française (Charte) du Québec n’exige pas que l’affichage public et la publicité commerciale contenant une marque de commerce dans une langue autre que le français soient accompagnés d’un générique en langue française, contrairement à ce qu’a récemment affirmé l’Office québécois de la langue française(OQLF), l’organisme de réglementation chargé de l’application de la Charte.

11 avril 2014

Canadian Securities Regulators Delay Implementation of Derivatives Trade Reporting

Canadian securities regulators announced today that trade reporting requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions that involve “local counterparties” in the provinces of Ontario, Québec and Manitoba will now commence on October 31, 2014. This new date will apply to trades to be reported by derivatives dealers and clearing agencies; reporting for such trades had been scheduled to commence on July 2, 2014. Other trade reporting deadlines will also shift as a result of today’s announcement.

10 avril 2014

Ontario Court Comments on Common Forms of Fairness Opinions in Arrangement Transactions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) recently made some noteworthy observations about the evidentiary utility of fairness opinions in the context of arrangements. The decision may have implications for the disclosure of investment bankers’ fees and financial analysis underlying the fairness opinion. 

7 avr. 2014

Les ACVM publient, à des fins de consultation, des propositions relatives au financement participatif

Le 20 mars 2014, les Autorités canadiennes en valeurs mobilières ont publié un avis (l'avis des ACVM) annonçant la publication, à des fins de consultation, de deux projets de dispense de prospectus pour le financement participatif en capital.

4 avr. 2014

Le Bureau de la concurrence publie aux fins de consultation ses lignes directrices provisoires sur le maintien des prix

Le 20 mars 2014, le Bureau de la concurrence a publié, à des fins de consultations publiques, la version provisoire de ses lignes directrices sur la disposition de maintien des prix qui se trouve à l’article 76 de la Loi sur la concurrence. Ces lignes directrices provisoires sont la première déclaration officielle du Bureau quant à son approche en ce qui concerne l’application des dispositions civiles relatives au maintien des prix depuis leur adoption en 2009, en même temps que l’abrogation de l’infraction criminelle per se de maintien des prix qui se trouvait auparavant à l’article 61 de la Loi sur la concurrence.

4 avril 2014

OECD Releases Discussion Draft on Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy

On March 24, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft identifying the major tax challenges raised by the rapidly developing digital economy and summarizing several possible options to address these challenges.

25 mars 2014