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McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally. McCarthy publishes a series of blogs to share information with companies to help them comply and manage their businesses. On the Inside Internal Controls blog we will share some of those blog posts sharing their expertise among others, in the areas of Competition/Anti-trust, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Environmental Law, Technology and Litigation. Read more here

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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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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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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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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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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Contractual considerations in robotic process automation and artificial intelligence outsourcing

RPA and AI technologies can be a game-changer for your organization from a commercial perspective, but procuring those technologies and managing the new risk landscape requires a fundamental shift in mindset vis-à-vis a traditional outsourcing contract.

 

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Uncertain ground: Owners may be liable for unforeseeable environmental effects

In Huang v. Fraser Hillary’s Limited, 2018 ONCA 527, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently ruled that foreseeability of harm is not an element of the tort of nuisance in the context of historical environmental contamination of a neighbouring property by a dry-cleaning business.

 

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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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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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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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Draft amending regulations issued under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, including in respect of virtual currencies and prepaid cards

New regulations issued June 9, 2018, follow the recent 2016 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Mutual Evaluation Report for Canada (the “FATF Report”) which concluded that Canada largely has a strong legal framework and competent authorities dealing with money laundering and terrorist financing risks, but noted certain deficiencies that needed to be addressed.

 

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Canadian developments in digital identity

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Digital identity is increasingly becoming a hot topic globally and Canada is no exception. For example, amendments to the Bank Act (and equivalent legislation in respect of federal insurance companies and federal loan and trust companies) have recently been introduced permitting federally regulated financial institutions to provide “identification, authentication or verification services”.

 

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What you need to know about the July 2018 amendments to the Ontario Construction Lien Act

On July 1, 2018, the first round of amendments to the Ontario Construction Lien Act – including its new name, the Construction Act – came into force.

 

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CASL enforcement: Recent trend

It can be relatively difficult to read the tea leaves in the CRTC’s approach to CASL enforcement, because there is little public record of those enforcement activities. This was noted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, in its statutory review of the Act. However, what signs do exist suggest that enforcement activities are accelerating. In 2016 and 2017, the CRTC announced only one undertaking in a CASL proceeding. By contrast, in the first quarter of 2018, there have already been two.

 

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Wade-ing into the limits on post-contractual conduct: BC Court of Appeal confirms post-contractual conduct may be considered only if contract contains ambiguity

Attempts by litigants to rely on post-contractual conduct are not uncommon in commercial litigation involving contractual interpretation. However, in the case of Wade v. Duck, an important reminder is offered that Canadian contract law places strict limits on the circumstances in which courts may have recourse to post-contractual conduct when interpreting a contract.

 

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