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Assignment of a contract of purchase and sale: Get it in writing

In the recent case of Guraya v Kaila, 2019 BCSC 101 (CanLII), the Plaintiff’s sought to enforce a verbal assignment of a contract of purchase and sale in the face of vendors refusing to complete with the assignee purchasers.

 

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Time (again and still) for the IIA Standards to be correct

Internal audit can assist management by facilitating a fraud risk assessment. Management should make the decision both on the level of risk and whether it is acceptable. Internal audit can provide their opinion and advice on both.

 

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5 key FAQs about Canadian cannabis company “key investor” disclosure requirements

It’s key that all stakeholders clearly understand the Cannabis Regulations’ key investor disclosure obligations to avoid surprises and to ensure compliance. Here are the answers to five key frequently asked questions about cannabis companies’ “key investor” disclosure requirements.

 

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Effective monitoring of internal controls is critical

If the most serious internal control violation is a failure to implement internal controls in the first place, the failure to monitor existing internal controls is a close contender. Identify where in the organization effective monitoring occurs and leverage those successes.

 

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Decision-making and the practitioner

McKinsey has shared three articles with insights into effective decision-making.

 

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Top Canadian charity law issues by Mark Blumberg

Here is our list of the Top Canadian Charity Law Issues by Mark Blumberg. Hopefully, it provides a good overview of the most common charity law compliance issues for Canadian registered charities with an emphasis on concerns from the Charities Directorate of CRA.

 

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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

Effective June 8, 2019, the Ontario government launched the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), which is a new independent and self-funded regulator of financial services and pensions that is intended to help reduce regulatory burden, among other things.

 

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New reports on the cost and incidence of cyber breaches

A cyber breach can affect an organization in many ways, from trivial to devastating. There is a range of potential effects, each with its own likelihood.

 

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Do your expectations align with reality — Why compliance training needs more attention

For many years, organizations paid minimal attention to ethics and compliance training. Training was done by someone who had another important job to do on the ethics and compliance team. It was seen as a check-the-box exercise, and employees felt the brunt of that approach.

 

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Significant changes to Canada’s trademark laws now in effect

The most significant amendments to the Federal Canadian trademark statute finally came into effect June 17, 2019.

 

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Gowlessence: The insider view into the legal side of the influencer marketing industry

Influencer marketing is a powerful weapon for brands. Influencers engage with target audiences through authentic storytelling, improve brand sentiment, and so drive a successful return on investment.

 

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How often should you assess risk?

I recently listened to a new video by my friend, Alex Sidorenko. In How often [should] the risk assessments be performed, he makes some solid points, including:

 

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New Environmental Emergency Regulations

The new Environmental Emergency Regulations apply to a responsible person that owns or has the charge, management or control of any of the 249 listed hazardous substances located at any fixed land-based facility in Canada.

 

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A board that would fail any test of its governance practices

I am planning a meeting with the CRO from a company during which I had planned to share some of the principles of effective risk management, based on what is considered world-class, and the governance of risk management by the board.

 

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The essence of time of the essence

In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision (Di Millo v. 2099232 Ontario Inc. (2018), 99 R.P.R.(5th) 1) the Court considered what a “time is of the essence” provision means in the context of an option to purchase.

 

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