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British Columbia proposes significant legislative amendments to “modernize” class proceedings in the province

Proposed amendments to the Class Proceedings Act will 1) switch BC from an “opt in” to an “opt out” jurisdiction and 2) establish a framework for the certification of multi-jurisdictional class proceedings. If enacted, the amendments will have significant consequences for both current and future class proceedings in the province.

 

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BC’s Class Proceedings Act to get a facelift?

The proposed amendments contained in Bill 21 would bring significant change to the class proceedings regime in British Columbia. While these changes would have a number of effects, the most notable of these is that British Columbia would likely be viewed as a more attractive forum for multi-jurisdictional class proceedings especially in light of the fact that it remains to be a “no cost” regime. As a result, the number and size of class proceedings in British Columbia can be expected to increase.

 

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How significant is the risk of fraud?

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The best resource for understanding the level of fraud risk is the Association of Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) annual Report to the Nations, their global study of occupational fraud and abuse. Their 2018 Report is now available and, as always, shares some useful and important insights. The ACFE analyzed 2,690 cases from January 2016 to October 2017 from around the world (48% from the USA, the rest evenly split among other regions).

 

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Conference update: Virtual currency exchanges, beneficial ownership and other developments in Canadian anti-money laundering regulations

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On February 7, 2018, the Canadian federal government had released a consultation paper for comments that has potentially far-reaching implications for compliance with Canadian anti-money laundering (AML) requirements. At the recently concluded 17th Annual Forum on Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crime in Toronto, some interesting observations were made by various speakers (including representatives from certain Canadian regulators). A number of these observations touched on topics covered by the above-mentioned consultation paper. This article sets out some key highlights.

 

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Canadian government’s IP strategy seeks to boost innovation, increase IP literacy, and rein-in patent trolls

The intellectual property (IP) strategy, unveiled by the Government of Canada recently, aims to boost Canadian innovation and presence in the global technological market by enhancing IP awareness and savviness, introducing IP education and advice programs, offering strategic IP tools for growth, and implementing legislative amendments. The government plans to invest $83.5 million over five years to help Canadian businesses understand, protect and access IP.

 

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Legal issues for charities and NPOs on social media networks

It is recommended that an organization implement policies and procedures that minimize the legal risks associated with using social media. This includes training protocols to educate volunteers and employees on these risks.

 

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Jim Comey and the practitioner’s dilemma

It is often difficult to make the right decision when facing challenges in an organization. Maintaining integrity, standing your ground and doing what you believe to be right and part of your responsibilities can be difficult and can make you question the decisions you make.

 

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An ounce of preparation

There is no need to reinvent the wheel in this crisis management initiative. There are many resources online and common-sense articles, checklists and manuals about crisis management.

 

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BC passes legislation to modernize International Commercial Arbitration Act

The legislature passed the International Commercial Arbitration Amendment Act on April 12, 2018 with the goal of updating BC’s International Arbitration Act to reflect current international best practices.

 

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$100,000 paid for alleged violations involving text messages under CASL

The case discussed is the latest in a series of enforcement related activity under CASL – see e.g. New CASL Ruling: CRTC Provides Guidance on B2B Messaging and the Due Diligence Defence – and serves as an important reminder that CASL applies to all commercial electronic messages, which clearly includes email, but also text messages.

 

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My cyber confession

Should we give up auditing information security and the management of cyber risk? Not at all. But we should do so with eyes wide open. We should recognize the limitations of our knowledge, tools and techniques and the likelihood that hackers have new techniques that are unknown both to auditors and management.

 

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New compensation rules will affect all Ontario employers

New compensation rules are coming to Ontario and will affect Ontario employers. Shortly before the Ontario legislature closed for business pending the outcome of the June 7 election, Ontario enacted Bill 3, which imposes new obligations on employers relating to the hiring process and the reporting of workplace compensation. This law presents some new risks […]

 

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Improve internal controls over fixed assets (Part 2)

A failure to satisfy proper cut-off, completeness, existence, accuracy and ownership are common problems arising from weak or non-existent fixed asset policies. The overarching approach to satisfying these issues is to design and implement internal controls in proper policies and procedures.

 

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Supreme Court confirms in R. v. Comeau that provinces can restrict interprovincial trade in beer and other goods

On October 6, 2012, New Brunswick resident Gerard Comeau was stopped by the RCMP at the Quebec/New Brunswick border with 354 bottles or cans of beer and two bottles of whiskey. Mr. Comeau stood accused, under section 134(b) of the Liquor Control Act (New Brunswick), of having in his possession an excessive amount of liquor not purchased from the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (the “Corporation”). Mr. Comeau challenged the constitutionality of this statutory provision by invoking section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867.

 

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Learning the basics on GDPR’s right to be forgotten

To manage the Europe Union’s new GDPR properly, ethics and compliance officers need to consider many parts within their organization, from IT capabilities, exception clauses, and customer service demands. And these parts must be managed and organized in such a way that they work together so that they do not fall apart.

 

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