Recapping the Packaging and Labelling Rules of Canadian Cannabis Products

For almost a year now, holders of a federal licence, distributors and retailers authorized by the Canadian provinces and territories may commercialize dried cannabis, fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis plants and the seeds of cannabis plants, as the case may be.

This coming October 17, new categories of cannabis – namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals – will be legalized, and a wide array of new products will hit the market.

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Canadian Government Launches Cybersecurity Certification Program

Among the principals lessons to be learned from the Target security breach post mortem, is that an organisation should include an assessment of third party service providers information security posture in the course of their due diligence efforts, stipulate contractual security requirements and audit compliance therewith in the course of performance of the agreement.

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The Quebec Government Launches a Public Consultation on Corporate Transparency

On October 3, 2019, the Quebec government launched a public consultation on new measures to strengthen corporate transparency. This consultation was announced in the government’s 2019-2020 budget and is one of the measures implemented as part of the Tax Fairness Action Plan launched in November 2017. The objective of the new measures is mainly to facilitate the fight against tax evasion.

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Work-Related Emails and Union Messaging: Are They Compatible?

The Quebec Court of Appeal recently rendered an important decision in the area of labour relations. In this matter, a public-sector union had initially filed a complaint of hindrance of union activities with Quebec’s labour relations board (the Commission des relations du travail), now known as the Administrative Labour Tribunal (the “Board”). It alleged that the hindrance consisted of the employer’s prohibition on publishing a union-related message that was appended to the electronic signature on work-related emails sent by the employees.

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Quebec Government Passes New Bill to Ease its Digital Transformation and Curtail Related Privacy Issues

Passed in principle on May 16, 2019 by the Quebec parliament, Bill 14 (An Act to facilitate the public administration’s digital transformation) aims to improve the government’s efficiency and service to citizens through digital transformation. The Bill will allow the release of personal information by designated public bodies, in specific circumstances, notwithstanding any existing restriction or prohibition in any other law, including the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information – Quebec’s privacy legislation for the public sector.

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