Managing the 2017 Nafta Challenge

President Trump’s campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) will soon be formally underway. In fact, in Mexico the process began on February 1, 2017, as the Mexican government announced a 90 day consultation period with representatives of the domestic industry to discuss and agree on the main concerns and proposals from all relevant sectors.  View Full Post
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Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Highlights Transparency and Trust During Privacy Awareness Week

By Monique Ronning Monique Ronning If you follow the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia on twitter (@BCInfoPrivacy), then you will have noticed a series of posts about Privacy Awareness Week. Privacy Awareness Week is an initiative commenced in 2006 by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum, of which British Columbia is a member, and is held annually to promote the awareness of privacy issues. View Full Post
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Que Peut-on Déduire Des Statistiques De Brevets?

Je me préparais récemment à répondre à des questions d’un journaliste, et j’ai été surpris de constater à quel point l’outil Internet de l’Office mondial de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) offrait la possibilité d’obtenir de l’information détaillée quant aux demandes de brevet qui se déposent partout dans le monde. View Full Post
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Powley in Practice: Failing the Métis in the Maritimes

By | Vestra Vox | May 15, 2017
shutterstock_634195787By Kirsten Marsh, University of Ottawa Section 35(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982[1] protects the rights of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples: Indian (First Nation), Inuit, and Métis. While acknowledging Aboriginal rights in the text of the Constitution is a major step forward for Canada’s Aboriginal people, recognition of Aboriginal rights in practice is a separate challenge. View Full Post
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These Heels Weren’t Made for Workin’… BC Bans Mandatory High Heeled Shoes in Workplace

By Ryley Mennie Ryley Mennie On April 7, 2017, the BC Government issued a press release on having fulfilled its promise to ban mandatory high heels from BC workplaces. The change was made by amending section 8.22 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (“OHS Regulation”), and is explained by WorkSafeBC’s recently adopted OHS Guideline G8.22Footwear regarding section 8.22 of the OHS Regulation. View Full Post
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CSA Reconsider As Industry Takes Aim at Targeted Reforms

Darin Renton –  On May 11, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 33-319 Status Report on CSA Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers, and Representatives Toward Their Clients (the Notice). The Notice provides a high level summary of the CSA’s consultation process to date and outlines next steps in respect of a proposed set of regulatory amendments to National Instrument 31-103 (the targeted reforms). View Full Post
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Quebec Superior Court Grants a Defendant Pre-Trial Discovery of Six Class Members

By Vincent Boutet-Lehouillier Vincent Boutet-Lehouillier In Martel v. Kia Canada inc., 2017 QCCS 976, the Quebec Superior Court (Justice Chantal Tremblay) ruled on a motion by the defendant to examine class members. The motion was filed by Kia shortly after class counsel stated that they would call six previously unannounced witnesses at trial, all class members. View Full Post
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Dark Trading Functionality Enhancements Proposed by the TSX

Simon Romano –  Enhancements to the Toronto Stock Exchange’s on-book dark trading functionality were proposed by the TSX on April 27, 2017 and are open for comment before May 29, 2017. Currently, the TSX’s on-book functionality consists of dark limit orders, dark mid-point orders and the option to include a “minimum quantity” condition. View Full Post
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TSX Proposes Enhancement to Opening Auction

Simon Romano –  The TSX Rule Book will be required to allow for the cancellation of LOO orders at the end of the opening allocation. The LOO order type is intended to provide additional options for participants to manage their opening orders by specifying that the order is to participate only in the opening auction, subject to its indicated limit price. View Full Post
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