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We’re at a tipping point for third-party risk management

If indeed creating a culture of ethics, integrity and respect is the top objective of more than two-thirds of organizations, we could start seeing the results very soon when it comes to a new wave of investing in third-party systems.

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Robust information about purchasers/assignees may be required before contracts will be assigned under the CCAA

In Dundee Oil and Gas Limited (Re), 2018 ONSC 3678, Justice Dunphy provided some important guidance on information that should be provided to the court in support of a motion for an order assigning contracts pursuant to section 11.3 of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, RSC 1985, c. C-36.

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Contracts of purchase and sale: Removing subjects

Most people familiar with the purchase and sale of real property are familiar with subject to clauses, the full legal significance of such clauses can be a source of confusion. The misunderstanding of the legal meaning of subject to clauses was at the heart of the litigation in Dhaliwal v Binepal.

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Emerging risks: who is watching?

Who should be alert and watching for emerging risks: things that might happen (a better expression than the ‘R’ word, ‘risk’, because of its negative impression) that might affect the achievement of enterprise objectives?

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Canada moves forward with a remediation agreement regime

It is likely that many organizations will choose to enter into a remediation agreement with the hope of obtaining a stay of the charges and avoiding the risk of a lengthy prosecution and subsequent criminal conviction.

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TCC Clarifies child care expenses in Kwan

Kids are expensive. There’s no doubt about that. The Canadian government provides a small subsidy by allowing a limited amount of child care expenses to be deducted from income taxes.

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Ontario court declines to enjoin termination of franchise agreement

In the recent decision Azmoon Trading Inc. v. Caffe Demetre Franchising Corp., 2018 ONSC 2868 (“Azmoon”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed a Franchisee’s motion for injunctive relief prohibiting the Franchisor from terminating the franchise agreement (the “Agreement”).

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Rules of the game (Part 1): Copyright protection of video games in Canada

The Canadian Copyright Act does not identify video games as a specific type of work and the courts have not directly stated what type of “work” video games fall under, but the courts have recognized that video games are protected under copyright.

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Good decisions take time and more

Do risk, governance, and audit practitioners consider the problem of decisions where insufficient time was taken to obtain the necessary information, consult with all affected parties, and THINK about the options?

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What can employers do to prevent security breaches from the inside?

Until employers start to prioritise information security, then the culture won’t change and employers will continue to make mistakes. But if those mistakes do happen and data is breached, then employers need to be smart and act quickly to ensure the best possible defence is available.

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Modernizing Canada’s industrial design regime: Top 10 changes

On June 27, 2018, the Government of Canada published upcoming changes to the Industrial Design Regulations (IDRs). The revised IDRs amend industrial design practice under the existing Industrial Design Regulations and introduce new provisions to implement the Hague Agreement for international industrial design applications and registrations.

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Vicarious liability for the intentional torts of workers

It is not always clear when an organization will be liable for the intentional wrongs committed by its representatives. Recent case decisions underscore the difficulty in determining in what circumstances an organization will be held vicariously liable for the intentional wrongs of its workers as well as the challenges in trying to gauge whether a court will find that there was sufficient connection between such intentional wrong and the worker’s duties.

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Why are SOX compliance costs increasing so much?

From a recent survey by Protiviti, the information on how many organizations had to issue a cyber-security disclosure is interesting. Apparently, this generally resulted in an increase on SOX compliance hours – although the reason for a significant increase is not clear.

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What happens to your franchise agreement in the event of a change in the law?

Because franchise agreements are often signed for long periods of time (generally two to ten years), it is very important for any franchisor, and for anyone drafting a franchise agreement, to make sure that the risk (which is very real and constant) of laws or regulations being changed or of new laws or regulations, or new case law, is covered by appropriate provisions that properly tailored to the network’s industry.

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Learn from British Airways’ security breach reporting and notification

British Airways’ experience described in this article underscores that cybersecurity is important, and Canadian entities preparing for mandatory security breach reporting and notification coming into force soon can take lessons from British Airways’ response to a security breach.

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