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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Competition Bureau Cautions Businesses to Back Up Environmental Claims, Issues New Guidelines

Earlier today, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a Business Alert warning businesses to ensure that their eco-related claims, such as using the terms “organic”, “green” and “eco-friendly”, comply with the federal Competition Act, particularly the false or misleading advertising and performance claim provisions. See: It’s … Read the rest of this entry »

Ontario to Mandate “All-In” Prices For Travel Advertising, Reflects Larger Regulatory Push For Upfront Pricing

Earlier today, the Ontario Government announced that it was introducing new rules to ensure up-front pricing for travel services (amendments to the Ontario Travel Industry Act). In particular, the Government will require that travel advertising includes taxes and fees as of January 1, 2017. The … Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Increases Scrutiny of Online Paid Endorsements

An interesting Canadian Business article on paid endorsements caught my eye earlier today. It discusses the increasing scrutiny of advertising regulators in Canada and the United States to require clear disclosures of material connections for online endorsements, including new Canadian Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) rules … Read the rest of this entry »

Get in the Know: The Most Popular Social Media Advertising Products Available

Guest post by Nick Hollinger tbk Creative It’s common knowledge that any organization can – and should – set up free social media accounts to start organically reaching individuals without spending a dime. So, that’s all businesses can do with social media, right? Wrong. What … Read the rest of this entry »