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Cryptocurrencies: securities law implications
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • September 28 2017

Securities markets around the world are grappling with new concerns: As fintechs make cryptocurrency offerings such as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs


New Brunswick's final cannabis report: government operated stores, guidance on growing at home
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • September 6 2017

New Brunswick's Final Report of the Select Committee on Cannabis was released September 1, 2017. The Committee was appointed by the Legislature of New


Adoption & access to justice: Judge erred in making "self-directed constitutional reference" in adoption case
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • August 28 2017

A child and her adoptive parents “found themselves caught up in a judge-made vortex of uncertainty and delay” when a judge made a “self-directed


Knowing your limitations: a new NS case on limitation periods
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • August 17 2017

The recent Nova Scotia Supreme Court decision in Dyack v Lincoln is a nice case study on how to work through a limitations issue. It


Good faith expected of employers!
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • August 16 2017

While the concept of good faith is not new to employment law, its limits and implications remain uncertain. In a recent decision, Avalon Ford v Evans


New Nova Scotia temporary solvency relief for defined benefit pension plans
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • August 10 2017

On August 9, 2017, the Nova Scotia Superintendent of Pensions announced temporary solvency relief for defined benefit pension plans available


Canada's infant cannabis industry starting to require a patchwork quilt of governance: updates from Calgary, Edmonton & Nova Scotia
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • July 28 2017

Edmonton wants "Cannabis Lounges", Nova Scotia Landlords don't want tenants to smoke marijuana in their rental homes, and Calgary City Council


Where there's smoke, there may be coverage: an insurer's obligation to indemnify for medical cannabis
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada, USA
  • July 14 2017

Legal cannabis will have numerous implications for insurers. The federal Cannabis Act (discussed here), the provincial acts (discussed here) and the


Driving high - the future is hazy for Canadian automobile insurers once cannabis goes legal
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada, USA
  • July 6 2017

Legalized and regulated cannabis is on track to become a reality in Canada in just under a year (on or before July 1, 2018). This will create a number


Client Update: "Lien"-ing Towards Efficiency: Upcoming Amendments to the Builders' Lien Act
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Canada
  • June 29 2017

Bill 81 and Bill 15, receiving Royal Assent in 2013 and 2014 respectively, are due to take effect this month. On June 30, 2017, amendments to the