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Small change large consequences: Ontario’s regulatory change to the payment of directors

Directors simply cannot benefit from the property of a charity whether registered or not, either directly or indirectly. This article explains why and details recent amendments to Ontario’s rules to allow charities to pay directors for goods and services rendered.

 

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Privacy law: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang

The Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision giving important guidance on when personal financial information may be disclosed under Canada’s federal privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

 

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The new privacy tort – Another victory for victims of cyberbullying

In the highly-publicized decision of Doe v. N.D., the Ontario court recently granted a victim of cyberbullying significant damages, to compensate her for the serious emotional and reputational harm she suffered in the hands of the defendant.

 

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Employee monitoring software an unnecessary violation of privacy

A municipality in British Columbia showed a “near-complete lack of awareness and understanding” of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and made no effort to assess potential privacy violations when it implemented employee-monitoring software on the computers of a dozen high-level employees, including the mayor.

 

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First international standard on cloud services and personal information protection

The International Standards Organization has released a standard for privacy aimed at cloud computing service providers.

 

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Marketing compliance news

E-commerce offers tremendous opportunities for non-profits. Large advertising budgets are no longer necessary to reach a broad audience. Volunteers can be more easily coordinated, charitable receipts issued relatively inexpensively, special events registration managed with far less human intervention required. This is all good news for non-profits. But along with this new e-reality have come new e-headaches.

 

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Canada’s anti-spam legislation – Information bulletin CRTC 2014-326

On June 19, 2014, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326. The information bulletin provides guidelines to help businesses and their employees develop corporate compliance programs in order to comply with the rules of CASL that came into force on July 1st, 2014. Although July 1 has passed, it is never to late to take appropriate measures to comply.

 

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Canada’s anti-spam legislation – myths and misconceptions

Over the past months, I have been writing, lecturing and advising on Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL). In discussing the legislation, I have encountered many myths and misconceptions about CASL and its implications. This is not surprising. The legislation and accompanying regulations create a complex and often confusing regulatory regime that contains more questions than answers.

 

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Ten frequently asked questions about Canada’s anti-spam legislation

These ten frequently asked questions provide information on how to comply with Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

 

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Industry Canada announces effective dates of anti-spam legislation

After three years of waiting, Industry Canada has finalized the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations and set a date for Canada’s anti-spam legislation to come into force. Canada’s anti-spam legislation will be phased in over four years starting July 1, 2014—seven short months from now.

 

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Is the proposed ‘cyberbullying legislation’ the real deal?

On November 20, 2013, Bill C-13 received first reading before the House of Commons. The media touted Bill C-13 as the new “Cyberbullying Legislation”. However, assuming Bill C-13 receives royal assent, how effective will be it be in combating cyberbullying?

 

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Can an employee request access to their personnel and payroll files?

In Canada, employees have the right to access information in their personnel and payroll files, provided that it does not interfere with another employee’s privacy rights.

 

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Are you ready for the anti-spam legislation? Part 1

Spam emails—everyone receives them, no one particularly likes them. Some of us delete them. Some of us simply ignore them. But, are they such a problem that requires all Canadian businesses, big or small, to overhaul how they communicate with their customers and potential customers?—You be the judge.

 

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Anti-spam legislation: Time to act on commercial electronic communications

It feels like we’ve been saying this for years now, but, as we reported again last Monday. Canadian businesses can expect new legislation governing commercial electronic communication and spam in the coming months.

 

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