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Published on: 13 Jan 2021 By

When is a Freedom of Information request frivolous or vexatious?

Freedom of information requests will be refused if they are “frivolous or vexatious.” The bar is very high for a request to be considered frivolous or vexatious – the head of the institution that is refusing the claim needs to have evidence to substantiate their decision. This short article …

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Published on: 25 Nov 2020 By

How Canada and the U.S. prohibit pyramid schemes differently

The U.S. and Canada prohibit product-based pyramid marketing schemes in different ways. This short article is intended to give multi-level marketing businesses a better understanding of the important legal asymmetries between the two countries.   The Canadian Competition Act specifically def…

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Published on: 18 Nov 2020 By

Right to access your vehicle’s telematic data?

In our previous post, we explained how the US November 3rd election resulted in developments that were overlooked. Namely, the expansion of the recreational and medicinal cannabis market. Another underreported but critical development took place in Massachusetts where Bay Staters voted en ma…

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Published on: 13 Nov 2020 By

What real estate professionals need to know about incorporating

On March 4, 2020, Bill 145 received royal assent and amended and replaced the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act with the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (TRESA). The most significant amendment ushered in under TRESA is that real estate professionals are now permitted to carry on their b…

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Published on: 1 Oct 2020 By

Dazed and Confused: Five more contractual considerations for uncertain times

In part one of this article, I discussed five considerations for negotiating and drafting contracts during this period of continuing commercial uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are five additional considerations for negotiating, drafting and executing contracts during …

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Published on: 24 Sep 2020 By

Dazed and Confused: Five contractual considerations for uncertain times

The year 2020 will not soon be forgotten. Despite the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also provided a catalyst for substantial innovation and positive disruption to business models and commercial practices. During this time of business adaptation to respond to the unique challen…

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Published on: 14 Sep 2020 By ,

Support for Businesses during COVID-19: CEBA application deadline extended

Despite being able to resume operations following the lifting of certain governmental restrictions related to COVID-19, many business owners continue to experience unprecedented financial challenges. After months of decreased revenue – or possibly even periods without any revenue – business …

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Published on: 21 Aug 2020 By ,

Intellectual property considerations for Professionals: Who owns educational or promotional content (like this article)?

Copyright in content Many businesses, including medical clinics and dental offices, are re-opening after being forced to shut down by public health authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shut down, many professionals and small business owners published various articles, blog po…

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Published on: 17 Aug 2020 By

Filing deadlines extended for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in response to COVID-19 – Update: Final extension

Note: This post has been updated to reflect additional notices issued by CIPO, mostly recently on August 5, 2020, each which further extended the previously announced extension. As Canada responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has taken the drasti…

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