2014-02-27 18:17:19 UTCby Andrew Elbaz
On February 6, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) released OSC Staff Notice 51-722 Report on a Review of Mining Issuers’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis Guidance (the “Report”). The Report summarizes the results of a review conducted by the OSC of the annual and interim Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) filed by 100 mining companies with market capitalization of less than $100 million (the “Review”) and is designed to serve as a tool to assist small mining companies to navigate regulatory requirements.
Alberta Securities Commission publishes Staff Notice 91-704 Over-the-Counter Derivatives Transactions
2014-01-24 22:11:23 UTCby Priscilla Bunke
On January 2, 2014, Alberta Securities Commission (“ASC”) staff published Staff Notice 91-704 Over-the-Counter Derivatives Transactions (“ASC Staff Notice 91-704”) summarizing the current regulatory framework governing over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives trades in Alberta.
On December 18, 2013, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) officially launched call for tenders A/O 2013-01 for the purchase of a 450 MW block of wind power (“A/O 2013-01”).
2014-01-10 22:59:05 UTCby Guy Paul Allard
After several failed attempts at reforming the Mining Act, on December 10, 2013 the National Assembly finally adopted Bill 70, An Act to amend the Mining Act (“Bill 70”).
In this presentation, Dentons’ Timothy Banks discusses BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and how it can be a privacy protective.
The CASL regime is aimed at unsolicited commercial electronic messages (CEMs).
Canada’s first set of harmonized derivatives rules (trade reporting) published by three provinces: Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba
2013-11-29 22:51:53 UTCby Priscilla Bunke
As mandatory reporting of OTC derivative contracts to trade repositories (TRs) (one of the G20 commitments) takes effect globally, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”), the Quebec Autorité des marchés financiers (the “AMF”) and the Manitoba Securities Commission (the “MSC”) on November 14, 2013, simultaneously published the first province-specific set of harmonized derivatives rules (the “Rules”) in Canada.
In this presentation, Dentons' Jeff Bastien, Andrea Raso and Dana Hooker discuss the appropriate ways to deal with employee absence.
On November 7, 2013, the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) issued a Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations (“Staff Notice”) that provides guidance for companies considering a listing on the TSX.
2013-11-08 22:36:42 UTCby Amer Pasalic
Companies should carefully heed the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent warning to promptly report the discharge of contaminants to the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”), and may have to re-evaluate their current protocols and procedures to ensure that any incidents are monitored, and when necessary, reported to the appropriate regulatory bodies.
After many months of patience and impatience, stagnation and revival, the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, have reached a political agreement, which is an understanding-in-principle of the key elements of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the CETA).
Canada and the European Union (the “EU”) have signed a tentative deal to open markets and drop nearly all import taxes on everything from food to cars. Under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (the “CETA”) and NAFTA, Canada will have preferential access to more than half of the world’s economy. The agreement also provides for working groups to look at non-tariff barriers — regulations on health and sanitation, for example — that interfere with trade.
2013-10-17 19:55:12 UTCby Margot Patterson
This article is a follow up to our October 2011 article regarding the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”), which had just entered into force. In that earlier article, we advised you of the key provisions of the Act, and the requirement to continue your not-for-profit corporation under the CNCA on or before October 17, 2014, failing which the corporation will be dissolved.
On July 11, 2012, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) released updates to its integrity provisions surrounding procurement and real property transactions (the “Integrity Provisions”). The July 11 updates were introduced as a reaction to Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission; however, they have also broadened the scope of the Integrity Provisions, specifically in their application to real property transactions.
On September 12, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Payette v. Guay Inc. Although this decision originated in the Quebec courts and involved the application of the Civil Code of Quebec, the Court’s decision also dealt with common law principles and so this case is applicable throughout the common law provinces.
2013-09-26 15:38:23 UTCby Michael Schafler
Dentons' Michael D. Schafler presented "Year in Review: Ontario Class Actions 2012/2013" at The Canadian Institute's 14th Annual National Forum on Class Actions on September 24, 2013 in Toronto. This presentation looks at the past year in Class Actions in Ontario, with an examination of Class Actions trends as well as Class Actions related to employment, securities, franchisee actions as well as government actions.
The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act came into force on June 20, 2011. It establishes legislative and regulatory requirements intended to modernize and strengthen Canada’s safety system for consumer products. These requirements include an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) system to support compliance with and enforcement of the CCPSA and its associated Regulations. On May 24, 2013, the new AMP system entered into force, and Health Canada has recently posted related Guidelines on its website.
2013-09-12 19:09:11 UTCby Margot Patterson
Let’s take stock of the information currently available on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).
2013-08-27 16:12:17 UTCby Adrian Miedema
A supervisor’s e-mails to an employee were not harassing, an arbitrator has held, noting the employee’s friendly tone – “great game Thurs night” – and use of the “smiley face” in his replies to the supervisor’s e-mails.
In an era where finding efficiencies and cost-cutting are often important tools for business, a question faced by business is how and whether benefits in place for current employees and retirees can be changed.