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Top 10 most read Inside Internal Controls posts published in 2015 and Season’s Greetings

The holidays are upon us and it is time to take a well deserved break. Please note that we will not be blogging during the holiday season from Thursday December 24, 2015 at noon to Friday January 1, 2016, inclusive. Our bloggers will resume sharing their expertise and interesting developments in the world of risk management and internal controls on Monday January 4, 2016…

 

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Hackable Barbies, malicious POODLEs: PIPEDA compliance and the Internet of Things

She stands just under a foot tall, has a résumé that includes such storied accomplishments as astronaut, registered nurse, and Presidential candidate. Whether cropped or worn shoulder-length, her iconic blonde hair has been inspiring popular culture since well before Madonna. She’s owned more dream homes than most real estate magnates, and earlier last month Barbie tried out a brand new accessory that has been turning heads ever since—an AzureWave AW-CU300E 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Microcontroller Module.

 

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Federal Court affirms strict compliance with PIPEDA for employers

The Federal Court recently underscored the importance of compliance with the requirements of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in a decision that applies only to federal works and undertakings subject to the Act.

 

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Evolving employment contract law, political activities and charities

Non-profit organizations may not consider it priority number one, but reviewing your legal compliance will protect your organization’s finances, your reputation, your directors and donors—even your organization—from shifting legal sands.

 

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Planned giving donors should make sure strings are attached

Planned giving has been an issue of interest to the charitable sector for several years. The enthusiasm by which the sector has taken up the discussion has permeated the donor community. As a result donations by will are a common occurrence. But if the donor does not monitor developments with the charity the gift could lapse and frustrate the donor’s intentions to support the organization.

 

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Proposed Ontario changes to accessibility regulations

The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard and Integrated Accessibility Standards regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If approved, the changes will be enacted on July 1, 2016, and take immediate effect.

 

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Manitoba customer service accessibility standard in force and other accessibility news

The Manitoba Customer Service Accessibility Standard (CSAS) under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) came into effect November 1, 2015. The CSAS requires all of Manitoba’s public, private and non-profit organizations with one or more employees that provide goods or services directly to the public or to another organization in Manitoba, to establish and implement measures, policies and practices to remove barriers for access to the goods or services it provides.

 

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Business incubators: solutions for various types of fledgling entities

Business incubators are often on the radars of new businesses with no prior or current affiliation with any other business ventures. But despite its potential for broader applications, the incubator concept is often overlooked by fledgling subsidiaries or associated businesses of well-established entities.

 

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Review panel recommends creation of new Ontario Financial Services Regulator

On November 4, 2015, a panel appointed by the Government of Ontario to review the mandate of provincial financial services regulators – the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Financial Services Tribunal and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario – published its preliminary position paper “Review of the Mandates of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Financial Services Tribunal, and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario”. The panel recommended the creation of a new provincial financial services regulatory agency (“Financial Services Regulatory Authority” to exercise both prudential and market conduct regulation, essentially replacing FSCO and DICO. Comments on the paper are due by December 14, 2015.

 

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Cyber risk insurance: Driving the risk management process

Insurers and other insurance professionals have traditionally been well positioned to drive improvements in risk management processes. Cyber-security risk is a modern phenomenon which has arisen in the electronic information and internet age, and the insurance industry is demonstrating that it can play a key role both in educating and equipping public and private sector organisations to manage this emerging risk, and in providing insurance protection.

 

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Hospital privacy breach results in OSC laying charges

The Ontario Securities Commission has announced a series of criminal and quasi-criminal charges following an investigation related to the misuse of confidential patient information from the Rouge Valley Health System and the Scarborough Hospital.

 

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Rogers gets $200,000 fine for faulty email unsubscribe function

For an entire year after Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into force, Rogers Media failed to act on complaints that email recipients were having trouble unsubscribing from the company’s marketing emails. The CRTC fined Rogers $200,000 for several related infringements of the law that occurred between July 2014 and July 2015.

 

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My website allows users to post comments – can I be liable for defamation?

If you host a website that allows the public to post comments, you may be surprised to find out that you may sued if a stranger posts defamatory comments on it.

 

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Planned giving donors should make sure strings are attached

Planned giving has been an issue of interest to the charitable sector for several years. The enthusiasm by which the sector has taken up the discussion has permeated the donor community. As a result donations by will are a common occurrence. But if the donor does not monitor developments with the charity the gift could lapse and frustrate the donor’s intentions to support the organization.

 

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IT-guy writes script to delete records…and wipes phone despite director’s pleas to “stop!”

Employers have been cautioned to be wary of insiders with the potential to cause the organization great harm. For instance, employers are often advised that if they are terminating IT personnel they should do so with pay in lieu of notice, instead of working notice. A recent hearing in Manitoba illustrates the insider risks associated with IT roles.

 

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