Introduction As previously reported1, on December 7, 2012, the Government of Canada (the “Government”) approved the proposed acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. by PETRONAS, and the proposed acquisition of Nexen Inc. by the China National Offshore Oil Company (“CNOOC”), pursuant to the Investment Canada Act2 (“ICA”).
Michael Penman, Steve Popoff and James Edney, partners at Blaney McMurtry LLP, will attend the 28th international conference of the firm’s legal alliance, TAGLaw®, from May 6th through 8th in Boston.
Introduction As previously reported, on January 24, 2013, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (the “Minister”) announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) would launch a Start-Up Visa Program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth.1 On March 30, 2013, CIC published Ministerial Instructions (the “Instructions”) in the Canada Gazette,
As a Workers’ Compensation practitioner, I have for years been troubled by the 2002 decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, in the case of Prinzo v. Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, a wrongful dismissal case that awarded damages, not only for 12 months’ pay in lieu of notice, but for aggravated damages in the amount of $15,000 for the tort of “intentional infliction of mental suffering”.
Are you a small service provider that does not have a written contract with your customers or a one pager you drafted yourself? Counsel can suggest a few simple improvements to your standard form contract that may go a long way to improving your relations with customers and minimizing your risk. Budgeting a modest up front cost for this purpose is a sound investment for any service provider.
Blaneys’ partners Lou Brzezinski and John Polyzogopoulos made submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, March 21, 2013, on behalf of The Financial Advisors Association of Canada (Advocis), which had been granted Intervener status in the case of McLean v. British Columbia Securities Commission.
In the middle of the night, a commercial tenant removes all its goods and chattels of value and, without prior warning, ceases operating its business from its leased premises prior to the end of the term of its lease.
Employees may have a further basis upon which to challenge termination clauses in their employment contracts following a pair of recent Ontario Superior Court decisions. Ironically, the source of the challenge in these cases was the use of inexact “catch-all” language purporting to clarify an employee’s entitlement on termination. The two highlighted cases point to the importance of using precise language to ensure termination clauses do not run afoul of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”).
Proposed amending legislation to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, (“Act”) introduced earlier this March by Ontario’s government will, if passed, result in three new unpaid, job-protected leaves:
Overview In the United States, both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission place a premium on the self-reporting of U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act1 (“FCPA”) violations, cooperation with the authorities, and the implementation of an effective anti-corruption compliance program.
A “new” Ontario Mining Act1 comes into full force April 1, 2013. The last time the Mining Act had a major overhaul, famed American gangster Bugsy Siegel was a newborn and Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Prime Minister of Canada. The year was 1906.
It has become increasingly clear that Canadian multinationals whose global operations intersect with foreign governments and agencies have a vital interest in establishing rigorous anti-corruption compliance programs and implementing them with strict discipline. In this article, Blaney McMurtry partner Henry J. Chang discusses why, who is most at risk, what these programs should contain, and what benefits they confer.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the resulting ‘social licence’ that its faithful exercise can deliver is becoming as basic to the needs of ore mining, oil and gas, forestry, fishery and other resource-based businesses as extraction licences and permits. Complacency and sloppy (or non-existent) CSR planning and practice have cost corporations dearly in project delays and interruptions, profitability and reputation.
Co-written by Brian Lau Canadian issuers with significant business operations in emerging markets are coming under increased scrutiny by market regulators here. In the last 12 months, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the two major Canadian stock exchanges have published three papers on the adequacy of regulations governing emerging-market issuers.
On January 24, 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Citizen Jason Kenney (the “Immigration Minister”) announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") would launch a Start-Up Visa Program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth.
Introduction As a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”), Canada signed the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the “OECD Convention”) on December 17, 1997.
On December 24, 2007, a guest at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario died while swimming in an unsupervised indoor pool at the resort. Following this incident, a Ministry of Labour Inspector made an order that, pursuant to s.
A key piece of the City of Toronto’s current review of its Official Plan concerns the City’s Employment Areas policies. This is particularly important, as an owner or developer who wants to convert employment lands to another use must, under both provincial and City policies, do so in the context of a Municipal Comprehensive Review.
Background As most unionized employers in the construction industry know, the raid season began on February 1st. For those less familiar with this phenomena some explanation might be necessary.
A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Southcott Estates Inc. v. Toronto Catholic District School Board, 2012 SCC 51, confirms that it is very difficult for a developer purchasing development lands to obtain a legal remedy when the vendor refuses to complete the sale.