Eugenia (Evie) Bouras

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Competition Bureau cracks down on FlightHub’s marketing practices

On February 24, 2021, a consent agreement (the “Agreement”) was registered with the Competition Tribunal. The Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) concluded that FlightHub Group Inc. (“FlightHub”), an online travel agency, charged customers hidden fees, authored positive customer reviews to promote...

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The Bureau targets privacy: Facebook Inc. to pay the Competition Bureau a $9M administrative monetary penalty for misleading representations

On May 19, 2020, the Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) registered a consent agreement with Facebook Inc. (“Facebook”) after investigating Facebook’s privacy claims in respect of its platform and Messenger service. The Bureau found that Facebook’s claims regarding a user’s ability to...

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Drip pricing: StubHub enters into $1.3M consent agreement with Competition Bureau

On February 7, 2020, StubHub Canada Ltd. and StubHub Inc. (collectively “StubHub”) entered into a consent agreement with the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) after the Bureau’s investigation concluded that StubHub was advertising unattainable ticket prices on its websites, emails and...

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Do you have your French slogan? Compliant signage required in Quebec by November 24, 2019

The grace period for retailers with storefronts in the province of Quebec is coming to a close. By November 24, 2019, a generic or descriptive French term(s) or slogan must accompany all public signs displaying a non-French trademark. These requirements...

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Edibles, Extracts and Topicals, Oh my!

As of October 17, 2019, the Cannabis Act governs the sale and production of three new classes of cannabis: Edible cannabis: food/beverage-like cannabis products. Cannabis extracts: cannabis products produced by extraction methods. Cannabis topicals: cannabis products applied to the body’s...

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Food Labels Best Before 2022

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) modernizes the food label once again to align with consumer demands and international standards. On June 22, 2019, the CFIA pre-published proposed changes to the Food and Drug Regulations (“FDR”) and the Safe Food...

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BC Liquor and Cannabis Branch Updates Online Sale and Delivery of Alcohol Policy

On May 24, 2019, the British Columbia Liquor Control and Cannabis Regulation Branch (the “BC Liquor Branch”) updated its policies to clarify who will be held liable for non-compliance with the Liquor Control and Licensing Act (the “Act”) during the...

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The Competition Bureau is wide awake: Hudson’s Bay Company to pay $4.5 million for deceptive advertising and pricing practices of its sleep sets

Hudson’s Bay Company has agreed to pay an administrative monetary penalty of $4,000,000 and $500,000 towards Competition Bureau costs to resolve a proceeding which started in 2017 relating to Hudson’s Bay Company advertising and pricing practices for its sleep sets...

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CBSA’s 2018 Trade Compliance Priorities: Which Goods Are On Their Radar?

Recently, the Canada Border Services Agency (the “CBSA”) released its Trade Compliance Verification priorities for 2018. The CBSA manages trade compliance with the (i) Tariff Classification, (ii) Customs Valuation, and (iii) Origin programs. This is done by way of random...

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Potential ban on cosmetic animal testing in Canada: Bill S-214, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Bill S-214 (“Bill”) proposes a prohibition on testing cosmetics on animals and selling cosmetics manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. Introduced by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen back on December 10, 2015, the Bill would amend the Food and Drugs Act. It...

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Rewards Points Regulation in Ontario Coming Into Force January 1, 2018

Happy new year, indeed. As we first reported in a bulletin last year, Ontario is moving to ban the expiration of rewards points based on the passage of time, and implementing other controls and restrictions on rewards/loyalty programs in the...

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Amazon to pay $1,000,000 to Competition Bureau for Unsubstantiated Sales Prices

Amazon has agreed to pay a $1,000,000 administrative monetary penalty and $60,000 in Competition Bureau costs, following the Bureau’s conclusion that Amazon did not substantiate its sale prices. Vendors, lenders and lessors should take special care when setting and advertising...

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Ontario will Ban the Expiration of Reward Points

On December 8, 2016, legislation to ban the expiration of reward points received Royal Assent in Ontario. While not yet proclaimed into force, Bill 47 –  Protecting Reward Points Act (the “Act”) – will amend Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002...

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Amendments to Canada’s Advertising Self-Regulatory Guidelines Impact Endorsements and Testimonials

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body, has made changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”) which may be of interest to school board foundations. Effective as of October 3, 2016, these significant amendments include new...

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Amendments to Canada’s Advertising Self-Regulatory Guidelines Impacts Endorsements and Testimonials

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body, has made changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”). Effective as of October 3, 2016, these significant amendments include new guidelines that require the disclosure of any material connection...

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Amendments to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards, Including Guidelines Regarding Disclosures in Testimonials and Endorsements, Now In Effect

Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”) has made significant changes to The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”). Effective as of October 3, 2016, amendments include new guidelines requiring disclosure of any material connection between an endorser and the supplier in online...

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