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Update on the promotion of cannabis on social media

Almost six months after our first article on the Promotion of Cannabis on Social Media was originally published, federal licence holders have now received further guidance from Health Canada regarding the regulatory prohibitions on the promotion of cannabis, cannabis accessories, and cannabis-related services in an online context.

 

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Ad Standards announces new dispute procedure

Advertising Standards Canada, the national self-regulatory body that administers the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards, recently launched its new process for handling competitive complaints. The new Advertising Dispute Procedure came into effect on February 11, 2019.

 

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Does my food ad market to kids? Draft guidance on Bill S-228

Bill S-228, “An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children)”, has been undergoing legislative review since late 2016. It has been the subject of much debate and is still awaiting Royal Assent.

 

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Influencer marketing: Understanding disclosure best practices

From the Instagram model advertising gifted products to the geek blogger paid to review video games, influencer advertising is now everywhere. Digital marketing is rapidly evolving (the world even saw its first CGI influencer earlier this year), and regulators are adapting accordingly.

 

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Cannabis advertising in Canada: What we know right now

With the legalization of recreational cannabis approaching, regulations are being set to control the advertising and promotion of the product. Health Canada has indicated that it will not be pre-publishing the regulations for consultation. At this time, it does not appear that the proposed regulations will supplement the advertising provisions of the Cannabis Act, except in relation to packaging and labelling.

 

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W3C releases draft Do-Not-Track compliance standards

In today’s Internet, advertising is ubiquitous. It is the main source of revenue for many web sites and services. It is also the subject of increasing scrutiny by privacy advocates and regulators, as advertisers and ad networks develop ever-more sophisticated means to track and profile users in the quest to optimize their effectiveness.

 

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New reporting requirements for Internet-based businesses

Beginning with the 2013 taxation year, a corporation, partnership or self-employed individual earning income from one or more Internet webpages or websites must comply with certain reporting requirements and must file certain forms along with their tax return. Income generating webpages or websites must be disclosed, whether hosted inside or outside Canada. If the entity […]

 

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