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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 20 Nov 2009

Foreign Suppliers Cannot Initiate Complaints under Agreement on Internal Trade

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued a ruling that clearly restricts the ability of foreign companies to initiate procurement complaints under the Agreement on Internal Trade. The court found that the agreement is focused on domestic trade, and that in order to have standing to complain under the agreement, the complainant must fall within the agreement's scope.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 2 Oct 2009

Government Tables Text of Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement

The texts of the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement and several parallel agreements were recently presented to Parliament. The agreements will be open for review and debate for 21 sitting days. If brought into force, the free trade agreement will eliminate all non-agricultural tariffs and most agricultural tariffs, in addition to introducing commitments to reduce non-tariff barriers.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 26 Jun 2009

Outsourcing for NAFTA Benefits: How Marking Rules Can Remove Duties

A recent Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision demonstrates the complexity of international trade rules, but also the resulting benefits to those companies that take extra care to work through them in detail. In this case an importer of t-shirts successfully demonstrated that the goods were eligible for duty-free importation into Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 12 Jun 2009

Moving Towards EU-Canada Economic Agreement: Results of Scoping Exercises

The historic launch of negotiations towards an economic partnership agreement between Canada and the European Union was recently announced. The negotiations will be guided by a joint 'scoping exercise' that culminated in the Joint Report on the EU-Canada Scoping Exercise, which outlines the areas proposed by both parties as subjects for upcoming negotiations.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 29 May 2009

Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement Enters into Force

Bill C-2, the domestic legislation required to implement the Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement, has passed its final reading in the Senate, meaning that the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will come into effect on July 1 2009. The agreement will open new markets for exporters and alleviate some of the burdens faced by those that import goods......
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 22 May 2009

Supreme Court Broadens GST Rebate Entitlement

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a precedent-setting decision in the first appeal of a goods and services tax (GST) assessment to be heard by Canada's highest court. The decision serves to broaden the number of eligible claimants beyond the person with the 'legal liability' to pay GST in the case of claims for rebate in respect of GST paid in error.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 15 May 2009

Tariff Ruling in Force Beyond 'Best Before' Date

A recent decision illustrates a possible strategy available to an importer to delay implementation of a Canada Border Services Agency ruling that will have significant negative implications for its business. The court granted a stay of a revocation of an existing tariff classification ruling, thereby allowing the status quo to continue indefinitely until such time as a challenge to the......
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 15 May 2009

Sub-tenants' Rights under the Commercial Tenancies Act (Ontario)

The ongoing uncertainty in the economy and the resultant market slowdown have tenants re-evaluating their space needs. After considering their options and weighing demand, some tenants determine that the appropriate way to shed space on a cost-effective basis is to sub-let all or a portion of it to a third-party sub-tenant. Often a condition of a sub-lease is the sub-tenant's waiver of its......
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 8 May 2009

Preventing an Insecurity Complex: What to Do Before Your Landlord Goes Under

In economic downturns, talk in the commercial leasing industry inevitably turns to what to do with unreliable tenants and how best to protect the position of the landlord. However, it is not only landlords and sub-landlords that are facing problems; tenants and sub-tenants are increasingly finding themselves left out in the cold, figuratively and literally, when their landlord or sub-landlord......
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | 1 May 2009

Buying Time: Rent Relief Agreements

As a result of the current economic downturn, many commercial tenants are finding themselves in precarious financial positions and are approaching landlords to seek rent relief in order to survive until the economy recovers. While landlords are often hesitant to diminish their revenue stream by granting rent relief, they may have a strong self-interest in facilitating a successful lease......
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