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Government of Canada's Proposed Data Breach Reporting Requirements

In 2015, the Digital Privacy Act amended the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to establish new data breach reporting requirements. Recently, the Government of Canada released the proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations. PIPEDA's proposed regulations include the requirement for all organizations to disclose when they have been hit by a data breach, notifying affected individuals and reporting to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

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How manufacturers can safeguard their operations from cybersecurity threats

Over the past few years, as cyber attacks have become more common and larger in scale, organizations have begun to see cybersecurity and protection as integral to their operations. This is especially true among those that collect and store vast amounts of sensitive, personal information. The impact of an attack can be catastrophic, as can be seen with the Equifax breach exposing 143 million people in the US and 100,000 in Canada. However, there are still industries where adoption has been slow, particularly in manufacturing.

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Old purchase agreements may keep condo unit owners from selling their buildings

As of last year, strata corporations can be terminated with an 80% vote. This change in legislation has made it easier for condo unit owners to sell their buildings for redevelopment. While getting enough owners in a strata to meet that threshold is no small feat, there is another point of contention that has arose creating further obstacles.

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Metro Vancouver proposes increased Development Cost Charges

Metro Vancouver is seeking public consultation on its proposed increases to Development Cost Charges. Launched in 1997, the Development Cost Charge (DCC) program was created to ensure that the costs to expand and upgrade liquid waste infrastructure required for new property developments would be covered.

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Government of Canada now posting payments to construction contractors

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) recently announced it will be publicly disclosing payments made to primary contractors of construction projects. Payment delays are a highly common problem in the construction industry that significantly affects small businesses. Subcontractors will now be aware of when they should expect payment from contractors.

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How to protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfires

With the province under a state of emergency and wildfires spreading across south and central BC, it is a highly stressful time for communities at risk. If you are among those residing in these areas, It is important that you take some simple precautions and prepare a plan should wildfires threaten the safety of your family and your home.

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When landlords and tenants disagree over 'reasonable wear and tear' in commercial leases

In disputes between landlords and tenants at the termination of leases, one frequent cause is the condition of the leased property. Typically, the lease agreement will require tenants to maintain the property so that it is left in the same condition as at the beginning of the lease. While there will be variations between the contracts depending on the purpose of the property, most tenants will seek to include a ‘reasonable wear and tear’ exception.

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Government of Canada proposes environmental regulations for cobalt and cobalt-containing substances

A recent government assessment found that cobalt and cobalt-containing substances pose environmental risks that must be mitigated through regulatory measures. Cobalt and cobalt-containing substances are typically used for industrial purposes. The ECCC and Health Canada have proposed to add these substances to the List of Toxic Substances under CEPA and implement regulatory measures for the release of cobalt to water.

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Protect Your Property Against Flood Damage

During this time of year, unpredictable weather and rising water levels are common in areas throughout BC. During this time of year, unpredictable weather and rising water levels are common in areas throughout BC. flood and water damage Many areas have already been struck and it serves as a reminder for property owners to take the necessary precautions to protect their properties against flood damage. Certain areas not usually prone to flooding have also been affected due to low level snowmelt and rainfall.

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BC Energy Step Code for new construction now in effect

The BC Step Energy Code is an amendment to the BC Building Code that is now in effect. It is a voluntary standard that establishes targets for transitioning from existing energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. This transition is a key goal of the BC Climate Leadership Plan released in 2016.

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What to do if you are the target for a construction lien

If you are the owner of a property in the midst of construction, there are a number of situations that could have you on the receiving end of a lien from a contractor or subcontractor. What are your options for resolving this type of dispute and getting the lien removed?

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What you should know about WorkSafeBC fines

As a provincial agency, WorkSafeBC has the authority to impose administrative penalties - monetary fines - against employers who commit health and safety violations under the Workers Compensation Act or the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation. Currently, there are two levels of fines that WorkSafeBC will consider depending on the nature of the violation.

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Employee Safety: Working Alone - Are You Compliant with Provincial and Federal Legislation?

Were you aware that occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws exist at both the provincial and federal level? Approximately 10% of the Canadian workforce falls under the OH&S jurisdiction of the federal government (Canadian Labor Code Part II). The remaining 90% of Canadian workers fall under the legislation of the province or territory where they work; though each province is distinct, there are many similarities in the legislation and intent of the law.

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The risks a landlord should avoid when entering an agreement with a tenant's lender

In many situations where landlords and tenants enter commercial leases, tenants are relying on funding from lenders to cover initial costs. In such cases, the lender may have a security interest in the tenant's business and personal property within the leased premises. In order for the tenant to secure financing, the lender may also require that the landlord sign a separate agreement.

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