Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Canada Reintroduces Sweeping Federal Consumer Protection Legislation

On January 29, 2009, the Canadian federal government introduced in the House of Commons the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), for first reading.  The CCPSA has been assigned the identifier Bill C-6.

Following...

Canada's CBSA Creates New AMPS Penalty for Carriers Who Fail to Report Exports

On February 2, 2009, the Canada Border Servcies Agency("CBSA") issued Customs Notice CN-09-001 "New Carrier Export Penalty" in which it announced AMPS Penalty C369 will be introduced on February 3, 2009. The contravention...

Amendments to Military and Strategic Goods Exemption Regulations Re Canada's Export Controls

On February 5, 2009, an amendment to the Exemption Regulations (Persons) was registered and brought into force. This amendment addresses an issue raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations regarding...

Lobbying to Ottawa Politicians and Bureacrats 101

This blog posting comes from Keith (“Cameron”) Cameron of Lang Michener’s Ottawa office. He knows more about lobbying than most lawyers and, his Ottawa location provides him with access to the Prime Minister’s office and the...

There They Go Again - U.S. Auto Protectionism at its Worst

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that they plan to introduce an amendment to the Senate stimulus package that would help American automakers sell their cars, while also taking older, less...

Amendments to Canada's Sanctions Against Liberia and Lebanon

On January 29, 2009 the Regulations Amending the United Nations Liberia Regulations and the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Lebanon came into effect. Canada imposes economic sanctions against Liberia and...

Canada and Brazil Signed a Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Agreement

We are late to report that on November 17, 2008, Canada and Brazil signed the Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation. This is a step in the right direction - increasing trade...

Canada Concluded Investment Treaty Negotiations with Madagascar

Canada and Madagascar concluded negotiations for a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in August 2008. This bilateral FIPA will enhance Canadian investors’ confidence when considering investment...

HURRY- -February 12, 2009 Deadline for Air Cargo Settlement Claims

In poor economic times, make sure you knw whether you are entitled to claim settlement monies and file your claim on time. This is an opportunity for Canadian companies and other companies which have shipped goods by air.

You...

Canadian Rubber Footwear Manufacturers File Antidumping Case Against China and Vietnam

On February 2, 2009, the Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada has filed a complaint with the Canada Border Services Agency requesting that it re-investigate pricing of waterproof rubber footwear from China and Vietnam. The...

Second Rumour - Canada Is Moving Forward with FTA Negotiations With South Korea

On February 5, 2009, Canada's Minister of International Trade surprised attendees at a Toronto Board of Trade breakfast meeting when he said that Canadian officials had recently been to South Korea to further free trade agreement...

Rumour - Is Canada Close to Signing an FTA with Panama?

On February 5, 2009, Canada's Minister of International Trade suggested at a Toronto Board of Trade breakfast meeting that Canada is close to signing a free trade agreement with Panama.  It sounded like the final details are...

What is "National Treatment"?

There is a lot of talk in the media about the "Buy America" provisions making their way through the legislative process in the United States.  Commentators are saying that the "Buy America" provisions breach the...

Is the World Already Heading Down a Protectionist Path?

David McQuarrie has written a very good article for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on protectism.  Go to the following link - it is a really good read -...

Canada Returned Bad Peanut Shipment 9 Months Ago

Once and a while a trade lawyer comes across a story of how the import laws saved lives.  This is means international trade can save lives because another set of eyes are watching out for consumers.  When the domestic...

Obama Orders Further Regulatory Review

In addition to the Emanuel and OMB memos previously issued, the Obama Administration has also issued a directive to all agency and department heads to cooperate with OMB in reviewing how regulations are crafter. Specifically, the...