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Legal Update: Counting Down to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) – Does CASL Make You A “Spammer”?
By David Fraser, Thomas Raffy April 15, 2014

The countdown to CASL is on: on July 1, 2014, the anti-spam sections of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) take effect. Individuals and organizations it affects now have less than three months to create, implement or update their CASL compliance program.     Take our 10 question quiz to find out if CASL affects any of

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Legal Alert: PEI Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
By Kaitlyn Angus April  9, 2014

On April 8, 2014 the Province of PEI tabled its 2014 budget. Click here to read PEI’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.    NS tabled its 2014 – 2015 budget on April 3, 2014. Click here to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.                                                                                    NL tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced

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Legal Update: NS Workers’ Compensation Board Issues New Policy for Psychological Injury Claims
By Michael Murphy April  7, 2014

On March 31, 2014 the NS Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) issued a new policy applicable to its adjudication of psychological injury claims under the NS Workers’ Compensation Act.  The new policy clarifies the WCB’s approach to compensation for stress resulting from an “acute reaction to a traumatic event”:   Criteria. Claimants must satisfy four criteria

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Legal Alert: NS Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
By Jessica Upshaw April  3, 2014

On April 3, 2014 the Province of NS tabled its 2014 Budget. Click here to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.   NL tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook” on March 27, 2014. Click here to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.    NB tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Putting

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Legal Update: Feds Crack Down On Employer Abuse Of Temporary Foreign Worker Program
By Meghan Felt April  3, 2014

On March 28, 2014 the Federal Government tabled Bill C-31 to implement the 2014 Federal Budget – including broad authority to impose cash penalties on employers that don’t comply with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employers with temporary foreign workers currently or prospectively on the payroll must stay on top of, and comply with, the

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Legal Alert: SCC Clarifies Workers’ Compensation Criteria for Federal Employees
By David Eaton, Michael Murphy March 31, 2014

On March 28, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada resolved the confusion about whether and how provincial workers’ compensation laws apply to claims of federal government employees under the federal workers compensation law (the Government Employees Compensation Act):   Provincial Law Unless “Conflict”. Provincial workers’ compensation laws (including relevant policies) apply to federal government employee

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Legal Update: New TSX Rules for Director Elections & Majority Voting Effective June 30, 2014
By Julie Robinson March 31, 2014

Effective June 30, 2014, issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) will be subject to new rules for director elections at uncontested meetings, including:   New Majority Voting Rules. The new rules introduce majority voting rules for director elections at uncontested meetings. Mandatory Majority Voting Policy Requirements. The new rules make a mandatory voting

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Legal Alert: NL Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
By Kristen Penney March 27, 2014

On March 27, 2014 the Province of NL tabled its 2014 Budget – Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook. Click here to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.    NB tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Putting Our Resources to Work” on February 4, 2014. Click here to read the NB budget and related documents.   

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Cloud Computing: A Privacy FAQ
By David Fraser March 19, 2014

As organizations turn to cloud computing services, ensuring compliance with legislation and reducing privacy risks is key.   In Canada, there is often a perception that using cloud computing services may be against the law or undermine privacy. This is often not the case. This FAQ Guide will dispel some of the mythology around cloud

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Legal Update: Over-The-Counter Issuers With A Canadian Connection – Beware Applicable Canadian Securities Rules
By Chris MacIntyre March  2, 2014

Issuers with securities trading on US over-the-counter (OTC) markets may be subject to the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Multilateral Instrument 51-105 – Issuers Quoted in the U.S. Over-the-Counter Markets. Issuers currently listed – or planning to list – on an OTC market to which the Instrument applies need to consider the potential legal implications associated with

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Legal Alert: 10 Reasons Why You Should Care About The Upcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Right Now
By David Fraser, Thomas Raffy February 28, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the anti-spam sections of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (aka “CASL”) will take effect. CASL is:   Broad. It applies to just about every person and organization sending commercial electronic messages (CEM) – which isn’t as clear as you’d hope. Complicated. It moves Canada to a permission-based regime for electronic marketing – and imposes

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Legal Update: Counting Down to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – What You Need to Know Now
By David Fraser, Thomas Raffy February 28, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the anti-spam sections of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (aka “CASL”) take effect. CASL will apply to just about every business – from sole proprietors and independent contractors, to multinational corporations – and every person sending just about every form of commercial electronic message to, from or within Canada:   CASL Primer. CASL

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Legal Update: Feds Propose Energy Safety & Security Act – and Toughen Up Atlantic Offshore & North Oil & Gas Regimes
By Daniel Watt, Tiffany O'Hearn February 28, 2014

On January 30, 2014, the Federal Government introduced the Energy Safety & Security Act (Bill C-22). If the Bill becomes law, it will significantly change the regulatory regime in the Atlantic offshore and North oil and gas sector, creating new opportunities – and risks – for companies with existing or potential interests in the Atlantic

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Legal Alert: First Decision Under NS Cyber-safety Act
By David Fraser February 12, 2014

On February 11, 2014 the Nova Scotia Supreme Court made its first decision applying the NS Cyber-safety Act – and issued a prevention order.   According to media reports, Andrea Paul, the Chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation, reported that Christopher Prosper – now living in Ontario – sent her numerous threatening messages over

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Legal Alert: Economic Action Plan 2014 – The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities
By Jeffrey Blucher, Henry A. Visser February 11, 2014

On February 11, 2014 the Federal Minister of Finance, James M. Flaherty, tabled The Economic Action Plan 2014 – The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities. The Plan builds on the series of Economic Action Plans the Minister has tabled since the economic crisis began in 2008. The focus of the 2014 Economic Action

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