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Firming up Canada’s stance on immunity and leniency

  • August 27, 2018
  • Ann Macaulay

Many Canadians were outraged after Loblaw Companies Ltd. and its parent company George Weston Ltd. secured immunity from prosecution last year by coming forward and cooperating in an alleged bread price-fixing scheme. The fact that immunity was granted reinforced a widely held opinion that the federal government is soft on white-collar crime and corruption.

Business moves: Navigating CETA’s mobility provisions

  • August 27, 2018

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, which came into effect in September 2017, is marketed as a “progressive free trade agreement which covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers.”

Right to be forgotten sets privacy against freedom of expression

  • August 27, 2018
  • Doug Beazley

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the British engineer credited with inventing the World Wide Web, called it “dangerous.” Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, described it as “deeply immoral.” The New York Times warned darkly that it could “undermine press freedoms and freedom of speech.”

Can we do business? Making trade deals work for you

  • May 25, 2018
  • Kim Covert

Corporate counsel are strategic partners in their companies. And one way they can show their worth is by boning up on Canada’s international trade agreements. Knowing how to make trade deals – or even international sanctions – add to the bottom line is good business.

Canada’s digital currency future

  • February 26, 2018
  • Julie Sobowale

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are in the financial spotlight. While analysts debate when the next Bitcoin bubble will burst, more financial institutions, including the Bank of Canada, are looking to regulate cryptocurrencies or incorporate them into the current financial system.

Smart contracts: Coming soon to a law firm near you

  • February 26, 2018
  • Ann Macaulay

Blockchain is the most disruptive thing the world has seen since the early days of the internet, says one Canadian lawyer. For lawyers, “smart contracts” created with blockchain could be the way of the future.

Competition Bureau takes baby steps on its Big Data learning curve

  • December 14, 2017
  • Doug Beazley

Big Data is big business these days. The Competition Bureau put out a discussion paper this fall, seeking to open a conversation about the implications Big Data has for competition law. “Cautious” might be a byword for the Bureau’s approach.

Addressing corporate wrongdoing

  • December 14, 2017
  • Ann Macaulay

Proposed changes to the Integrity Regime for corporations appear to be a response to business and industry concerns about the severe consequences for companies that rely on government contracts who are found guilty of wrongdoing.