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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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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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The Crown pierces the corporate veil: Court imposes liability on individual for fines imposed against a corporate defendant

An Ontario Court has revolutionized the law with respect to whether an individual can be held personally liable for fines imposed against the corporation for breaches of regulatory legislation.

 

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What is an internal control, really?

What is a control, at an abstract level: what is it supposed to achieve, and how is it supposed to operate within an organization?

 

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30 months in jail for facilitating false donation tax scheme

While donors to fraudulent donation schemes may not be morally innocent, their culpability does not reach the level of the promoters of these schemes. It is refreshing to see the CRA prosecuting those responsible, rather than merely reassessing and penalizing taxpayers.

 

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Government of Canada announces significant expansion of Integrity Regime for federal contracting

Recently, the Government of Canada announced that it has completed its extensive consultation process that took place over the past year, and it has decided to implement new changes to the Integrity Regime.

 

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European Union proposes whistleblower protections

A recent EU proposal is only the latest in a string of legislative developments in jurisdictions around the world aimed at strengthening whistleblower protections and encouraging whistleblowers to come forward and report wrongdoing.

 

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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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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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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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Don’t forget to audit controls!

It’s best to have management detect issues and for audit to assess whether those detective controls are adequate.

 

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Alberta moves to strengthen its lobbying law: Proposed legislation would be among the strictest in country

If amendments to the Lobbyists Act, introduced on April 11 by the Government of Alberta, are passed by the Legislature, the Lobbyists Amendment Act, 2018, would make Alberta one of the strictest regulators of lobbying in the country.

 

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10 top ways to be a wildly effective compliance officer

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To be wildly effective, compliance officers should have a positive working relationship with the other functions in the business, especially Legal, Audit and Human Resources.

 

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A glimmer of hope for Ontario whistleblowers?

Recently enacted changes to Ontario’s Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act regarding whistleblower retaliation now allow whistleblowers who have suffered retaliation to file a civil claim in the Superior Court of Justice or to seek redress through arbitration.

 

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