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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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Privacy Commissioner consultation on AI

Continuing to highlight the need for reform, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) has initiated a consultation on recommendations they have presented to adapt the private sector privacy statute Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”)...

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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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Cannabis Legalized with Strict Advertising and Packaging Rules

Cannabis will be a legal product in Canada on October 17, 2018, albeit with rigorous regulatory restrictions, including highly restrictive packaging and advertising rules. This comes after significant dialogue between the House of Commons and the Senate, and almost three...

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Ad Standards Introduces New Influencer Disclosure Guidelines

On March 28, 2018, Ad Standards introduced new Disclosure Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). Developed with the cooperation of influencers and advertisers, the Guidelines are intended to provide suggested best practices for when, and how, to disclose any material connection between an...

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Ontario Amends Gift Card Regulation

On July 1, 2018, amendments to the general regulation under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the “Ontario CPA”) will come into force.  The amendments carve out cards issued by federally regulated financial institutions (“FRFIs”) from the application of the Ontario...

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