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October 29, 2017

On October 26, 2017, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) issued its revised draft Immunity Program for public comments. The Bureau is updating its Immunity Program to reflect recent legal and policy developments (see here).

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October 21, 2017

On October 19, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an important CASL (anti-spam law) related decision in Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-367 (CompuFinder).

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October 16, 2017

Following the Federal Government’s plan to legalize marijuana in Canada, provinces are now working through the logistics of pot legalization at a local level. In this regard, Ontario and Alberta recently announced their planned approaches to legalization this fall. My new Canadian Lawyer column discusses some of the key aspects of these two initial provincial plans with some modest suggestions for Ontario. For my column, see: The Ontario Government’s Pulp Fiction Approach to Pot Legalization.

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October 11, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that another individual has pleaded guilty to rigging bids in relation to a condominium development project investigation (see: here). In this case, an estimator for a firm called Les Industries Garanties Limitee in Quebec pleaded guilty to criminal bid-rigging in relation to three condominium developments in Montreal involving competing firms for a condominium ventilation contract.

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October 4, 2017

I am pleased to be presenting again at the Canadian Society of Association Executive’s (CSAE) National Conference – this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ll be co-presenting a session this year, with Andrew Schiestel of tbk Creative, on Digital Marketing Strategies and Legal Issues for Associations and Members (from 10:00 to 11:30 on Wednesday, October 25th).

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September 28, 2017

It is relatively uncommon for the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to hear competition law cases. However, in an interesting decision handed down earlier today (Canada (Attorney General) v. Thouin), the SCC confirmed the presumption that Crown immunity applies in civil proceedings unless its protection is clearly legislatively overridden.

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July 5, 2017

On July 4, 2017, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a statement warning sporting and entertainment vendors to ensure that their upfront pricing was accurate.

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May 29, 2017

My new Canadian Lawyer column discusses practical tips for brands and influencers in the expanding area of endorsements and testimonials, in light of Federal Trade Commission, Competition Bureau and self-regulatory industry guidance. Below is an excerpt with a link to my full column.

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May 16, 2017

tbk Creative has published a very good and thorough post of the upcoming expiry of CASL’s (Canada’s anti-spam law) transitional provision on July 1, 2017.

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