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An update on recent Canadian developments related to plastics and extended producer responsibility
Cleaning Up Canada’s Auto-Emissions – Canada Announces New Manufacturer Sales Targets to Reach the 2035 Transition to 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles
Canada proposes new auto manufacturing targets for zero-emission vehicles beginning for 2026 year models.
On the Right Track: Canadian Government’s Key Changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
The Canadian government has announced key changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to streamline cross-border trade of dangerous goods.
Canada announces that consultations on a possible "foreign agent registry" will begin soon. What is that and how is it different from a lobbying law?
Canada Embraces the Indo-Pacific: New Canadian Strategy Expands Opportunities for Two-way Trade and Investment
Canada announces new Indo-Pacific Strategy, applies to join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, and what it all means for Canadian businesses.
The FCA addresses the shortcomings of summary judgment in patent cases, along with issues relating to "common general knowledge" and experimental testing.
While consumer interest in electric bicycles is increasing, regulatory interest in electric bicycles, or ebikes, is waning.
Canada publishes two open consultation papers related to labeling regulations and a federal plastics registry for single-use plastics and plastic packaging.
An update on Canada's regulation of PFAS substances, in comparison to US and European regulation
Services, Sensitive Technologies, Luxury Goods, Gold, and Disinformation Sanctions – Plus a Forfeiture Regime: Canada’s Latest Responses to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Canada has targeted Russia and Belarus with a series of further economic sanctions with asset seizure.
Developments in Canadian regulation of forced labour in supply chains and their potential impacts on Canadian businesses
Changes announced in Budget 2022 make it easier for Canadian producers to tackle unfairly traded imports.
The recent decision in Norsteel Building Systems Ltd. v. Toti Holdings Inc. highlights the importance of trademark clearance searching for businesses.
Across Canada, entrepreneurs are striving to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental sustainability, and provide other climate-related solutions to the domestic and international markets.
The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.
Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.
Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.
Ontario introduces creative measures (O. Reg. 228/20) to the Covid-related temporary lay off dilemma.
Organizations operating in Canada are advised to immediately review their privacy-related policies and marketing to avoid false or misleading representations
COVID-19: “Essential” Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a “Non-Essential Business” in Ontario and Québec
An outline of the potential consequences to continuing to operate a business ordered to close by the governments of Quebec and Ontario.
"She Got a Break Today" - Court Refuses to Deduct Earnings During Notice Period
Ontario Court of Appeal to Franchisors: "Comply with your disclosure requirements, or else..."
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