UPDATED: Employment Law in the Time of COVID-19:  What Employers and Employees Need to Know

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a health crisis can have substantial economic impact.  Many employers and employees are feeling the crunch already.  Most will feel it at some point as the situation continues to evolve. With that in mind, it is important for employers and employees to understand their legal [...]

By |2020-03-26T10:15:04-07:00March 22nd, 2020|Blog, Employment Law, Employment Standards Act|

Government Support Programs for Canadian Businesses During COVID-19

The Segev team is wishing you well during these challenging times.  We are working remotely, but we are still at work. We've compiled a list of Canadian Government relief and assistance programs available that we'd like to share with you (and please feel free to share with others!). The following measures have been announced, though many [...]

By |2020-03-26T09:43:13-07:00March 19th, 2020|Announcement, Blog|

BC Transparency Register

New Requirements for BC Private Companies Effective May 1, 2020, private companies in British Columbia will be legally required to keep and maintain a transparency register containing information about “Significant Individuals”. In summary, Significant Individuals are individuals who have direct or indirect control of a private company or a significant number of its shares. Significant [...]

Single Game Sports Betting: Legalization Looming?

On February 25, 2020, Kevin Waugh, MP from Saskatoon-Grasswood, put forth bill C-218 to the House of Commons.  The bill would legalize single game sports betting in Canada.  Named “An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting)”, it seeks to ever so slightly change the language of the Criminal Code, a change with potentially [...]

By |2020-03-10T10:55:42-07:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Gaming, Gaming Law, Sports Betting|

Updated Custodian Rules for Cryptocurrency Platforms and Exchanges

Overview On January 16th, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administration (CSA) released new regulatory guidance targeting digital asset and cryptocurrency exchanges (the “Guidance”).  The Guidance would bring the exchanges under derivatives laws, something thought to be necessary in light of recent high-profile issues involving exchanges such as QuadrigaCX. With the Guidance, the CSA is attempting to [...]

By |2020-03-10T10:53:53-07:00March 3rd, 2020|Blockchain, Blog, Cryptocurrency, Securities Law|

Beer, Booze and Vertical Integration: making and selling your own alcohol in BC

In the late 19th Century, brewers in America started to set up “tied houses” in order to get their product to the masses.  Tied houses were saloons financed and supported by specific brewers for the purpose of selling that brewer’s beer.  Anheuser Busch, the legendary St. Louis based company, was one of the brewers at [...]

By |2020-01-27T08:54:41-08:00January 17th, 2020|Blog, Liquor Licensing and Regulations|

Do Securities Laws Apply to Private British Columbia Companies?

There is a common misconception that securities laws are only relevant for companies listed on a stock exchange; however, the fact is that securities laws apply to all companies, whether public or private. Securities laws have two fundamental elements, both aimed at protecting the investing public and maintaining market integrity. The first is the requirement [...]

By |2020-02-06T08:36:46-08:00January 14th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

Direct Listing by Non-Offering Prospectus (NOP) versus Listing by Reverse Take Over (RTO)

Two popular ways for a company to go public, other than by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), are by reverse takeover (RTO), and, increasingly common in the last couple of years, by direct listing using a non-offering prospectus. Both are simpler, therefore faster and less costly, and do not carry the market risk of [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:52:18-08:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

How to Make Money As An Open Source Software Developer

Did you know that it is possible to make money as a developer of open source software? Many software developers are unaware that money can be made with open source licensing. The conventional wisdom is that open source licensing precludes profit making. Thankfully, it turns out this is incorrect. It is quite possible to make [...]

By |2020-02-11T09:29:25-08:00January 7th, 2020|Blog, Technology Law|

Critical Next Steps for Prospective Cannabis Retail Store Owners in Ontario

The Government of Ontario is moving towards an open market for retail cannabis stores starting in January 2020.  For those looking to take advantage of this opportunity, there many things you should be considering and doing immediately. 1. Get Informed The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will start accepting licence applications from prospective [...]

By |2020-02-11T09:39:13-08:00December 19th, 2019|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|