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Business and Corporate Edition | May 2017


Marijuana Bill

NO LOGO: MARIJUANA BILL NIXES IDEA OF JOE CANNABIS OR TONY THE THC TIGER

It’s not over until the regulations are passed, but so far it looks like while Bill C-45 will make marijuana legal, it won’t let vendors make it pretty, or appealing in any way. If the primary goal is to undercut the black market in pot, however, something may have to give. Read on, dudes.


BLOCKCHAIN

BLOCKCHAIN: LAWYERS, TAKE NOTE

Blockchain is the basis for the world’s best known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, but it has a much broader potential, and one for which the legal profession should be prepared. Blockchain is about trust without an intermediary. Now whose job is as a trusted intermediary, a holder of escrow, a seal of authenticity and validity? Sound like anyone you know? Read on for more.


Business Immigration

TIME TO REVITALIZE THE BUSINESS IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

The Business Immigration Program is inadequate to support the goals of attracting and retaining key talent in today’s global marketplace, the CBA’s National Immigration Section said in a recent submission to government. Read on for more.


Seen & Noted


FIRST LOOK AT THE CANADIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Lampros Stougiannos and Gideon Bell of Miller Thomson take a look at the Canadian Free Trade Agreement which is promised to promote regulatory cohesion across the country, while aligning domestic trade commitments with international trade deals. Read on for more.


SHINING A LIGHT ON THE DARKNET: WHAT EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD KNOW

Sheldon Burshtein of Blakes provides an introduction to the Darknet, the place non-computer nerds only hear about in mysterious whispers, where everything is available for a price. Turns out it’s less mysterious – but likely every bit as dark – as you thought. Read on for more.


THE ‘TRUMP EFFECT’ ON CORPORATE IMMIGRATION: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES

Bill MacGregor of Gowlings examines what the Trump administration is likely to mean for corporate immigration, including the mobility provisions under NAFTA, and what opportunities might be available for Canadian businesses. Read on for details.


CBA News


BUDGET 2017: CONTINGENCY CASES EXCLUDED

The CBA has received confirmation that the Budget 2017 proposal to eliminate billed-basis accounting for income-tax purposes will not affect contingency fee arrangements. While we are encouraged by this news, we are continuing discussions with the government to understand the scope of and ramifications of the proposal. Read on for more.


IP SECTION CHAIR HEADING TO INTERNATIONAL PATENT LAW SYMPOSIUM

The CBA National IP Section, which has been part of the Canadian Working Group for Global Patent Harmonization, has been invited to fill one of three Canadian spots at an international symposium in Munich in June. Section Chair Kamleh Nicola will represent the Section. Read on for more.

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