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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Library Boy 2. Environmental Law and Litigation 3. Canadian Legal History Blog 4. Michael Geist 5. Risk Management & Crisis Response

Library Boy
Canadian Association of Research Libraries Statement on Copyright Review

This is a follow-up to the June 9, 2019 post entitled How Did The Copyright Act Review Deal With Library Sector Recommendations. Earlier this month,the House of Commons Standing Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology published its report on the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. …

Environmental Law and Litigation
$3.8M Fine for Pipeline Oil Leak

On June 12, 2019 Husky Oil Operations (“Husky Oil”) pled guilty to one count under section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act and one count under section 5.1(1) of the Migratory Birds Convention Act. The charges were the result of a leak of approximately 225,000 litres of blended heavy crude oil from one of Husky Oil’s pipelines that occurred between July 20 and 20, 2016. …

Canadian Legal History Blog
Hutchison, “The Patriation of Canadian Corporate Law” on SSRN

Camden Hutchison of Allard Law, UBC, has posted “The Patriation of Canadian Corporate Law” SSRN. The article is forthcoming in the U of T Law Journal. Here’s the abstract: Canadian corporate law belongs within a broader Anglo-American legal tradition, sharing many of the features of other common law jurisdictions, most notably England and the United States. …

Michael Geist
Message Received: Why Unlimited Wireless Plans Show Government’s Emphasis on New Competition is Being Heard

Long available in other countries, “unlimited” wireless plans arrived among the big three carriers in Canada yesterday with Rogers launching new unlimited options that offer 10 GB of data at full speed and unlimited additional data at a far slower speeds of 256Kbps. While some criticize the throttled overage speeds or the inferiority of the Canadian plans when compared to what is available in the U.S., …

Risk Management & Crisis Response
SEC introduces long-awaited best interest standard

On June 5, 2019, after over a year of debate, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its long-awaited Regulation Best Interest: The Broker-Dealer Standard of Conduct (the “Best Interest Regulation”). This new rule establishes a standard of code of conduct for broker-dealers when they make recommendations to a retail customer regarding a securities transaction or investment strategy. …

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