Category Archives: Internet Advertising

CRTC Dismisses Constitutional Challenge to CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation)

On October 19, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an important CASL (anti-spam law) related decision in Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-367 (CompuFinder). In this case, CompuFinder had launched a constitutional challenge of CASL, relating to a notice of violation it … Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Marketing Strategies and Legal Issues For Associations & Their Members

I am pleased to be presenting again at the Canadian Society of Association Executive’s (CSAE) National Conference – this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ll be co-presenting a session this year, with Andrew Schiestel of tbk Creative, on Digital Marketing Strategies and Legal Issues for … Read the rest of this entry »

Misleading Concert Prices Could Be Your Ticket to a Fine: Competition Bureau

On July 4, 2017, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a statement warning sporting and entertainment vendors to ensure that their upfront pricing was accurate. In particular, the Bureau cautioned ticket sellers that engaging in “drip pricing” (i.e., only disclosing a portion of the price upfront … Read the rest of this entry »

A Legal Tiptoe Through the Hot World of Influencer Advertising

My new Canadian Lawyer column discusses practical tips for brands and influencers in the expanding area of endorsements and testimonials, in light of Federal Trade Commission, Competition Bureau and industry regulator guidance. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full column. _________________ Anyone … Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for the Expiry of CASL’s Transitional Provision

tbk Creative has published a very good and thorough post of the upcoming expiry of CASL’s (Canada’s anti-spam law) transitional provision on July 1, 2017. While a significant amount has recently been written on the upcoming private rights of action for CASL (i.e., civil and … Read the rest of this entry »

Current Competition Issues For Digital Marketers

Practical Law Canada Competition has published a new Legal Update, which discusses key current competition and advertising issues for digital marketers in Canada, including the upcoming private right of action rights for the digital marketing sections of the Competition Act. Below is an excerpt with … Read the rest of this entry »

Reforming CASL – Time to Lighten Up

In my new Canadian Lawyer column, I discuss Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) and make several recommendations to amend the law before the upcoming three-year review and private rights of action come into force in July. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full … Read the rest of this entry »

Fake Online Endorsements Remain Competition Bureau Priority, Topic of Upcoming Twitter Chat March 9th

Misleading advertising remains a top Competition Bureau (Bureau) enforcement priority. One of the more specific focuses for the Bureau is (and has been over the past several years) fake online endorsements, which is often referred to as “astroturfing”. In this regard, the Bureau announced earlier … Read the rest of this entry »

E-Commerce: Ontario Government to Review Ticket Hunting Bots, May Impose New Rules

In an interesting development, the Ontario Government announced earlier today that it was reviewing the rules for the purchase and sale of online tickets in an effort to give consumers a fairer chance at buying sporting, theatre and other event tickets online and to potentially … Read the rest of this entry »

Need Canadian Contest Rules and Forms For a Promotion?

Are you running a Canadian contest or sweepstakes and need forms for terms and conditions, disclosure and winner releases? I can help and offer a variety of contest forms and contest packages for running popular types of contests in Canada, excluding Quebec. These include rules … Read the rest of this entry »