Monthly Archives: September 2012

Contests are Contracts: Are You Covered By Your Rules?

I am in the habit of doing a daily media sweep for Canadian regulatory law developments.  Yesterday, a few contests being run by Canadian companies caught my eye, one, involving social media related follows and blog comments by entrants for a chance to win a … read more »

Competition Bureau September In Brief – Includes Online and Mobile Fraud Sweep

On September 28, 2012, the Competition Bureau published its September In Brief newsletter, which includes recent announcements of the appointment of John Pecman as Interim Commissioner of Competition, publication of the Bureau’s final Abuse of Dominance Guidelines, commencement of its new misleading advertising suit against … read more »

Using Social Media for Your Contest? Do You Know the Rules?

Social media is increasingly important for effective marketing and promotion, including the operation of contests.  Contest organizers should be aware, however, that there can be specific terms of use that apply to the promotion and administration of a contest using social media. For example, Facebook’s … read more »

New Trade & Professional Association Books from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE)

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is offering a number of new trade and professional association related books.  From the CSAE: “Books to help your Board, your staff, and you.  If you lead an association or not-for-profit organization, these publications will help. 

The following … read more »

Practical Competition Law and Compliance Case Studies for Trade and Professional Associations: CSAE National Conference (November 1-3, Ottawa)

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) will be holding its annual National Conference in Ottawa on November 1-3, 2012. I am pleased to be co-presenting a seminar on Practical Competition Law and Compliance Case Studies for Trade and Professional Associations with the co-author (Mark … read more »

Competition Bureau Posts New Acting Commissioner of Competition: John Pecman

The Competition Bureau has updated its organizational chart with John Pecman (formerly head of the Criminal Matters Branch) as Acting Commissioner of Competition.  From the Bureau: “John Pecman is Acting Commissioner of Competition. The Commissioner is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Competition … read more »

Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation: A Short Overview, Some Recent Developments & Practical Steps to Consider Before CASL Comes Into Force

I’ve been seeing an increasing flutter of updates and newsletters recently discussing the status of Canada’s new (though still unclear when) anti-spam legislation (“CASL”).  So I thought I would have a poke around the web, see what Industry Canada, the CRTC, the Competition Bureau and … read more »

Telemarketing in BC or to BC Residents? The Telemarketer Licensing Regulation May Apply

In speaking to some industry groups recently, I’ve had some questions about provincial licensing requirements for telemarketing (and who the rules apply to and the basic requirements). Most companies engaged in telemarketing (as well as the agencies and lawyers assisting and advising them) will already … read more »

Protecting the Minds of Youth: Advertising Standards Compliance Report on Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

Last week the Advertising Standards Canada released its fourth annual Compliance Report on the Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (see: Advertising Standards Canada releases 2011 Compliance Report on Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative). The Initiative was launched by members of Canada’s … read more »

A Few Thoughts on the Bureau’s New Abuse of Dominance Guidelines: Short, Crisp and (a Little) Controversial

On September 20, 2012, the Competition Bureau issued new final Abuse of Dominance Guidelines (see: Competition Bureau Issues Abuse of Dominance Guidelines). The Bureau’s new Guidelines replace its former 2001 Guidelines and are the result of some fairly significant public consultations, including comments from the … read more »