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On April 7, 2014, the Minister of the Environment issued a Notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons (the “Notice”), pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Notice imposes reporting requirements on those who imported, exported, or manufactured certain hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”) from 2008 and 2012. A non-exhaustive list of HFCs subject to these reporting requirements can be found in Schedule 1 of the Notice.
In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts sent by a rogue employee to another of its workers.
On April 8, 2014, Canada’s government introduced Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, in the Senate. Bill S-4 is the federal government’s latest attempt to reform the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). It would be a mistake to say that it is largely recycled from the government’s last attempt to reform PIPEDA in 2011 through Bill C-12, which died on the order paper. Here’s what’s different, what’s been dropped, and what seems to be largely the same. Caveat: This is a first read!
Given the present economic climate of falling metal prices and depressed equity markets for mining companies, many owners and operators of mines are experiencing cash flow and working capital shortages. As a result, contractors and others who provide services or materials to mines, whether in the exploration, development, or production phases of such projects, are increasingly looking to miners lien legislation to help them increase their leverage when seeking payment of outstanding accounts.

In 2009, the CRA commenced a broad review of the non-profit organization sector. You or your clients may have received a CRA questionnaire asking that the NPO provide information or documents in respect of its structure, activities, bylaws, finances, and membership.
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.
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”).
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).
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.
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.
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.


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