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2018

Frequently asked questions regarding cannabis promotional materials

Many licensed producers are curious about how they can promote their product and their brand now that the Cannabis Act is in force. When preparing any materials that will be provided to registered clients, potential consumers or health care practitioners, we suggest licensed producers ensure they are familiar with the legislative environment applicable to promotional materials.

 

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Talking about risk and opportunity

Some talk about opportunity as “the other side of the coin” from risk. COSO views the two words, risk and opportunity, as one is good and the other is bad. ISO seems them differently, defining risk as the effect on objectives. That effect could be positive or harmful.

 

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Targeting the “middle-man”: Intermediaries face $250,000 in penalties for aiding “malvertising” under CASL

CASL compliance has turned to a new group of actors: the service and infrastructure providers that spammers and fraudsters utilize to perpetrate CASL offences.

 

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Fixing the leak: Discount fined $700,000 for drip pricing

Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. recently became the fourth car rental company to reach an agreement with the Competition Bureau to settle allegations that they were advertising unattainable prices, a practice known as drip pricing.

 

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Ontario court applies statutory definition of franchise

In Fyfe v. Stephens, 2018 ONSC 5066 (“Fyfe”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the relationship between two parties was a franchise relationship, even though the agreement at issue expressly disclaimed a franchise relationship.

 

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Concerned about risk? #MeToo: A discussion on civil liability, sports and the #MeToo movement

The ever-changing landscapes of political, social and technological advances mean that risk factors for organizations are constantly evolving.

 

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SEC investigates cyber-related frauds

On October 16th, the US Securities and Exchange Commission published Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Regarding Certain Cyber-Related Frauds Perpetrated Against Public Companies and Related Internal Accounting Controls Requirements.

 

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What you need to know about toronto’s new arts and culture property tax subclass

For decades the City of Toronto has offered reduced municipal tax rates to charities and heritage properties, and this year, a new subclass was created to support not-for-profit arts and culture organizations and incubators—what a new City by-law describes as “Creative Co-Location Facilities.” Qualifying properties will be eligible for a 50% reduction in property tax.

 

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency litigation

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining more attention as days pass. Aside from the advantages that cryptocurrencies have like anonymity and easy international transactions, people are enticed by the fact that it can become a good investment.

 

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Use payroll reports to improve internal controls

Payroll reports, if properly designed, prepared, distributed and reviewed, assist with more than just cost control—they can help to significantly improve several internal controls. Very simply put, internal controls include the activities, processes, policies and procedures which an organization implements to ensure that it meets its objectives.

 

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Back to square one? Ontario government winds down cap and trade program and overhauls approach to climate change

On July 25, 2018, the newly formed Ontario Government introduced Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 (the “new Act”), which repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the “old Act”) and provides for the wind-down of the province’s cap and trade program[1]. The new Act also sets out a renewed approach to climate change policy.

 

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Treating cyber as a business problem

Cyber risk can only be communicated to leadership in a way that is meaningful and actionable, enabling them to make informed and intelligent decisions, if it is done using business language.

 

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Manitoba court finds that distribution arrangement is not a franchise

In Diduck v. Simpson, 2018 MBQB 76 (“Diduck”), the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench reviewed a distribution agreement and found that it failed to meet the test for a “franchise” under Manitoba’s Franchises Act, C.C.S.M. c. F156.

 

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Amendments to Canadian private placement reporting requirements come into force

This bulletin highlights some important aspects of the recent amendments (the “Amendments”) to National Instrument 45-106 – Prospectus Exemptions, its related companion policy and Form 45-106F1 (the “Report”), as they relate to reporting sales of securities in Canada under private placement prospectus exemptions. The Amendments came into force on October 5, 2018.

 

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Deloitte Internal Audit 3.0 has major flaws

Earlier this year, Deloitte published Internal Audit 3.0, The future of Internal Audit is now. It’s great that they are encouraging internal audit departments to change so they can meet modern demands, but their presentation that they are offering something novel and disruptive is way off the mark.

 

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