Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



British Columbia's July 1, 2008 Carbon Tax and the WTO

On July 1, 2008, the carbon tax that is being imposed by the government of the province of British Columbia comes into effect.  The new provincial carbon tax adds almost 2.5 cents to a litre of fuel.  The carbon tax...

Canada Announces Imposition of Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

On June 29, 2008, the Government of Canada announced that it will immediately put in place a series of measures to severely restrict Canada's relationship with the Government of Zimbabwe. The following is an initial series of...

CBSA Issues New D-Memo on FTA Advance Rulings - But Forgets to Add New FTAs

On June 19, 2008, the Canada Border Services Agency issued a new version of D-Memorandum 11-4-16 "Advance Rulings Under Free Trade Agreements".  To obtain a copy of this D-Memorandum, please click on the following link -...

U.S Company (Rigel Optics) and Its President Indicted on Import and Export Violations

The U.S federal court indictments of Rigel Optics (a former DeWitt company) and its president, Donald W. Hatch, have been indicted in federal court on 14 counts of  improperly importing night vision optical equipment from...

Canada's "Compete to Win" Report Recommends Opening Canada to Foreign Investment

On June 26, 2008, Canada's Competition Policy Review Panel issued its much anticipated "Compete to Win" Report.  The Report was presented to the Minister of Industry who will consider the recommendations.  Foreign...

Minister's Offices and Prime Minister's Office Not Subject to Canada's Access to Information Act

On June 19, 2009, the Federal Court of Canada issued a ruling to the effect that Canada's access-to-information law does not apply to the offices of the prime minister or cabinet ministers.  The court said that some records...

The Supreme Court of Canada Released Much Anticipateed BCE Decision

BCE Inc., et al. v. A Group of 1976 Debentureholders, et al. - and - Director Appointed Pursuant to the CBCA, Catalyst Asset Management Inc. and Matthew Stewart (Que. C.A., May 21, 2008)(32647)The Supreme Court of Canada...

Canada Files Request for Consultations Against China RE WTO/GATS

On June 20, 2008, Canada filed a Request for Consultations at the WTO commencing a dispute against China on its measures affecting the distribution of financial information services in China.  Canada's request for...

Senator John McCain Sends the Right Message to Canada

On June 20, 2008, I attended the the Economic Club of Canada luncheon featuring Senator John McCain, the presumptive Repulican nominee for the President of the United States.  His message is a stark contrast to the messages...

Canada's Bill C-51 (Health and Food Safety) Under Attack

Canada's National Post Newspaper is reporting on the growing opposition to Bill C-51 "An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts". To review a copy of the First Reading version of...

CBSA Revises It's Administrative Position on Commissions and Brokerage Fees

On June 13, 2008, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued a new and improved version of D-Memorandum D13-4-12 "Commissions and Brokerage"  The CBSA has indicated that the memorandum provides information on the...

Canadian Textile Reference Re Certain Trousers Lining

On June 4, 2008, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) announced that it was conducting an investigation into the appropriateness of reducing or removing the customs duty on importations from all countries of a...

Anti-Corruption Best Practices for Beijing Olympics

A recent China Law Blog posting U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and China (go to www.chinalawblog.com/2008/06/navigating_the_foreign_corrupt.html)has caused me to think about how businesses from Canada and other...

Canada's Customs Officers Working to Rule

The B.C. Province newspaper is reporting that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers are frustrated with the contract talks between their labour union (the Customs Excise Union) and the Government of Canada (the CBSA...

Canada and Chile Sign 5 New Memorandum of Understanding on Trade Matters

On June 9, 2008, in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chile‚Äôs President Michelle Bachelet signed a declaration covering five memorandums of understanding (MOUs).  The MOUs build on the relationship between Canada and...

Canada Has Not Ratified ICSID Convention Yet

Trade Lawyers Blog reported on March 14, 2008 that Bill C-9 "An Act to Implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention)" reached its final point in...