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FSRA targets efficient and streamlined regulation for Ontario credit unions, insurers, pension plans, and mortgage brokers

As previously reported, the Ontario government is moving ahead to support financial regulatory reform including by establishing the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the new Ontario provincial regulator for provincially regulated insurers, credit unions, loan and trust corporations, pension plans, mortgage brokers and certain auto insurance service providers.

 

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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

 

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Five common mistakes in construction contracts

The construction contract is the main tool that defines a relationship between an owner and its general contractor or construction manager. Any construction contract requires careful thought, negotiation and drafting, because in addition to defining the relationship between the parties, it provides certainty to the project, allocates risk and provides mechanisms to mitigate risks.

 

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Federal prompt payment legislation passed

The Federal Prompt Payment Act was first introduced into the House of Commons on April 8, 2019, as part of the larger budget Bill C-97 (Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1).

 

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How to assess the effectiveness of risk management

Internal auditors are expected, according to the IIA Standards and some governance codes, to assess the effectiveness of risk management.

 

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Deceptive marketing in the spotlight: Ticketmaster to pay Competition Bureau penalty of $4.5 million

In a recent article, the Competition Bureau’s focus on high-impact, consumer-focused digital economy investigations, including specifically investigations into drip pricing practices was highlighted. On June 27, 2019, the Bureau announced that its investigation into such practices by Ticketmaster had concluded with a consent agreement.

 

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Revenue cycle risks and controls: Essential questions you should ask about your company’s sales and receivables

The importance of finance and accounting controls goes far beyond complying with legal requirements. In fact, revenue cycle controls are perhaps the most important component of an organization’s overall internal control framework! Not only are revenue cycle controls an organization’s strongest defense against fraud and loss, they help ensure that decisions are made based on […]

 

Impact of recent international tax developments on Canada

Recent international tax changes proposed by the OECD could significantly impact the cross-border activities of Canadians – particularly with respect to tax planning strategies that shift profits to low or no-tax jurisdictions.

 

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Blockchain company and CEO to pay over $1M for misleading investors

The OSC has approved a settlement agreement with NextBlock Global Limited and its founder and CEO, Alex Tapscott, in connection with misleading statements made to prospective investors in 2017.

 

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Making producers pay – from product stewardship to innovative EPR programs

To date, Canada has focused on two approaches for managing products and their packaging at end-of-life: (1) extended producer responsibility or “EPR”, and (2) product stewardship programs. For the most part, these programs (which cover various categories) fall under provincial jurisdiction.

 

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Financial Stability Board delivers report on financial stability implications of decentralised financial technologies

On June 6, 2019, the Financial Stability Board (the “FSB”), an international body that coordinates the work of national financial authorities, published a report on “Decentralised financial technologies” in response to a request by the Japanese presidency of the G20.

 

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CEOs are not idiots when it comes to risk management

If you consider the small number of organizations where risk management is considered as providing a strategic advantage, one of these alternatives must be true:

 

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Payments Canada proposes new rule for debit payments

Payments Canada recently announced a proposal for a new rule (the Proposed Rule) aimed at increasing the availability of point-of-service (POS) debit card acceptance in Canada. The underlying goal of the Proposed Rule is the transition towards digital payments and decreasing reliance on cash transactions.

 

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If risk management is the answer, what is the question?

We need to stop coming up with new words and phrases when all we need to address is the effectiveness of management. So stop talking about ERM, IRM, or even objective assurance, and start thinking about how to obtain reasonable assurance that the management of the organization, including how it sets objectives and makes related execution decisions, is effective.

 

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