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|Litigation and Dispute Resolution Partner Joins Lawson Lundell
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to welcome Tamela (Tammy) Coates, a leading litigator, as a partner based in the firm’s growing and active Calgary office.
|Canadian Securities Administrators Issue Proposed Changes to the Takeover Regime
On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”), the authorities responsible for the regulation of Canadian securities markets, issued CSA Notice 62-306 proposing significant changes to the takeover regime. The proposals represent a change in methodology from the approaches presented by the CSA in March, 2013, which addressed the permissible use of “poison pills” (shareholder rights plans) in response to hostile takeovers. In recent years the CSA had appeared divided on this issue, which has often been framed in terms of the question who should have the biggest say on responding to a hostile takeover, the target’s directors or its shareholders?
|Lexpert Special Edition on Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining publishes Lawson Lundell article on "Engagement with Aboriginal Groups as a Threshold Issue in Mining Development"
Khaled Abdel-Barr, Karen MacMillan and Keith Bergner's article on "Engagement with Aboriginal Groups as a Threshold Issue in Mining Development" was published in the Lexpert Special Edition on Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining in the Fall of 2014. The article discusses the different crossing points between Aboriginal Groups and Mining Development.
|Licensee Liability Rating Programs in the WSB||21.9.14|
|Canada Chapter: The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mining Law 2015
In this chapter, Karen MacMillan and Khaled Abdel-Barr discuss the relevant authorities and legislation, mineral and land rights, foreign ownership and indigenous ownership requirements and restriction, taxes and royalties, as well as environmental and health and safety considerations.
|Bill 17 Has Implications for Mortgage Brokers
In this article, Ed Wilson outlines the implications of the BC Government's Miscellaneous Statues Amendment Act, 2014 (Bill 17) on Mortgage Brokers who assist purchasers with financing for pre-sale units. He discusses the delivery of disclosure statements, consolidated disclosure statements, phase disclosure statements and the effect of non-complaint disclosure statements. He also mentions who constitutes a 'developer' and the process of releasing deposits.
|Defences to the Tort of Defamation||01.8.14|
|The Rise of Civil Forfeiture||01.8.14|
|Pension Reform in Alberta – New Legislation in Effect September 1, 2014
On July 22, 2014 the Government of Alberta approved the much anticipated regulations (the “Regulations”) to accompany the new Employment Pension Plans Act (the “New Act”). The New Act, together with the Regulations, will come into force on September 1, 2014.
The Bulletin below is designed to provide a high level overview of the changes being implemented by the New Act with details now provided through the release of the Regulations.
|“Project Development in British Columbia: Engagement with Aboriginal Groups as a Threshold Issue,” Global Investor’s Guide: British Columbia (expected publication in September), Author||07.7.14|
|From Mooses to Molasses: Oil and Gas Rights in Canada: Dealing with the Crown and Freeholders||27.6.14|
|L&E Bulletin: SCC Decision on Statutory Freeze Provisions in Labour Legislation
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada provided guidance on the proper interpretation and application of damages for breaches of statutory freeze provisions in labour legislation. These provisions prevent employers from changing terms and conditions of employment after a certification application is made by a union in respect of its employees or during the bargaining process. This case is significant to employers—the Court held that any change to the terms or conditions of employment during a statutory freeze can only be made if the change is consistent with the employer’s past management practices or it is a change a reasonable employer would have made in the same circumstances. The change cannot be made because of the arrival of the union.
|Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced
Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced significant reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). The TFWP is being reorganized into two streams: the TFWP administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) and the International Mobility Program administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”). The changes to the TFWP reinforce the federal government’s position that the TFWP should be a program of last and limited resort for employers.
|Gary Rose Joins Lawson Lundell as Banking and Debt Finance Partner
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to welcome Gary Rose, a leading banking and finance lawyer, as a partner based in the firm’s growing and active Calgary office.
|Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Contributor to the Handbook||09.6.14|
|Will Roberts profiled in Financier Worldwide
Will Roberts was recently profiled in Financier Worldwide's Bankruptcy & Restructuring Handbook. This handbook includes profiles of leading experts in the field of corporate bankruptcy and restructuring from around the world. The profiled experts have acted for and advised private and public corporations, investment funds, lenders, unsecured creditors and debtors, in addition to many other entities.
|Pension and Benefits Law Bulletin: CAPSA Guideline no. 8 - Defined Contribution Pension Plans Guideline
On March 28, 2014, the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) released new Guideline #8 “Defined Contribution Pension Plans Guideline” to clarify certain best practices for defined contribution (DC) pension plan administrators. This new guideline is intended to supplement, and not replace, the requirements set out in CAPSA Guideline #3 “Guidelines for Capital Accumulation Plans”. Although CAPSA Guidelines are not law, they provide pension plan administrators with a useful standard of best practices.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Who is an “employee” under the British Columbia Human Rights Code?
The Supreme Court of Canada has provided some important guidance regarding who qualifies as an "employee" under the British Columbia Human Rights Code in the case of McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
The case centred around a complaint filed with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal by Mr. McCormick, an equity partner at Fasken, alleging that the requirement to divest and retire discriminated against him as an “employee” on the basis of his age. While the Tribunal found that Mr. McCormick was an “employee” for the purposes of human rights legislation, its decision was eventually overturned by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In upholding the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the factors determinative of an employment relationship are the extent to which an individual is controlled by, and dependent on, the alleged employer.
|International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Governance 2014 (Canada)
In this Guide, Rita Andreone, QC and Michael Lee contribute a chapter discussing corporations in Canada, with a focus on public companies and with the intention that private corporations will find it useful in structuring and measuring their own governance frameworks.
|Doing Business in Western Canada
This guide has been prepared by Lawson Lundell as a concise resource outlining certain key relevant laws and regulations that companies should consider when doing business in Western Canada.