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Why does internal audit need to be agile?

You don’t have to go very far to hear an internal audit leader talk about agile. Richard Chambers, President and CEO of the IIA, shared this:

 

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Barker v. IPC: Weighing the public interest in freedom of information requests

Ontario’s freedom of information laws permit an institution to publicly disclose sensitive personal information if there is a “compelling public interest” that outweighs the individual’s privacy. But is this balancing analysis undertaken for each tidbit of personal information, or is the public interest provision considered with a view to the totality of the records?

 

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Provincial payer quashes attempted drug evergreening strategy

When patents expire on a patented drug product, paving the way for generic competition, the patentee is faced with the challenge of how to replace the revenues that were achieved with the patented product. Ideally, the company’s innovation during the patented product’s life cycle will have led to new products poised to grow as the old patented product’s revenues decline. Often, however, the company’s strategy is to pursue a “product switch,” in which the patented product is replaced with a new product that provides little or no therapeutic improvement but for which no generic competition is imminent.

 

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The missing link in future-casting M&A due diligence

You don’t just marry your spouse; you marry a family. The same holds true in corporate mergers and acquisitions. You don’t just buy a company, you acquire their culture, risk, and future potential of both. And just like in a marriage, some things don’t come to the surface until that third or fourth family reunion.

 

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2020 Accessibility to-do list (Ontario)

As 2020 begins, we are already looking forward to the end of the year and to 2021. There are two key deadlines coming up under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”):

 

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Silos are thriving even in ERM programs

You are the captain of a ship that is sailing from Singapore to Auckland with a cargo that needs to be kept cold and will lose its freshness if you don’t arrive within a few days of your schedule.

 

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Mandatory cybersecurity incident reporting for IIROC investment firms

In November 2019, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada released new mandatory reporting requirements for cybersecurity incidents, per IIROC Notice 19-0194. What are the new requirements?

 

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Pre-judgment garnishment: Full and frank disclosure is required

In my previous article, Prejudgment Garnishing Orders: Getting it Right, I discussed how pre-judgment garnishment is available to a party that is owed a debt so as to intercept funds intended for the party they are claiming against. I also discussed how that remedy is considered extraordinary and requires strict adherence to certain requirements.

 

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Construction disputes: A contractor’s right to be paid vs. owner’s claims for defective work

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It is one of the most common scenarios in construction litigation: work has completed, the contractor has rendered its final bill and an owner refuses to pay on the basis that there were delays or that there are defects or deficiencies with a contractor’s work. While contracts can and do provide allowances for such situations, that is not always the case.

 

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Interlocutory injunctions in trademark cases: A POWERful tool—when available

As Canadian trademark practitioners know, it has generally been difficult to obtain interlocutory (or interim) injunctions in trademark infringement matters, particularly at the Federal Court of Canada.

 

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New report on the cost of a cyber breach

You may be surprised to hear that the average cost of a data breach is just $3.9 million. That sounds far different than indicated by the alarm bells screaming at you from all sides.

 

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FINTRAC updates guidance on verifying the identity of individuals and other entities

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Following consultations with businesses and reporting entities, FINTRAC has updated its guidance on Methods to verify the identity of an individual and confirm the existence of a corporation or an entity other than a corporation (the “Guidance”) effective October 2019. The updated guidance reflects amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Regulations that came into force on June 25, 2019.

 

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Canadian government delays implementation of employee stock option proposals

Earlier this year, the Canadian government tabled a Notice of Ways and Means Motion with proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada) to implement the employee stock option proposals from the 2019 Federal Budget. The proposals were to apply to employee stock options granted by corporations and mutual fund trusts on or after January 1, 2020.

 

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The essentials of anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance programs

Organizations at risk of anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) violations should implement risk-based ABAC compliance programs.

 

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Finally some good advice on risk for boards

While I still disagree in some areas, I applaud Jim DeLoach for his latest piece for the (US) National Association of Corporate Directors, Revamping Risk in the Digital Age. Please read the entire piece, but here are points I especially like, with my highlights:

 

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