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Glass Lewis, ISS Update Proxy Guidelines for 2015 Season

On November 5, Glass Lewis released updates to its Canadian voting guidelines for the upcoming 2015 proxy season.

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New Proposed Provincial Capital Markets Legislation: What It Means For Registrants and Other Market Participants

The Canadian government and the British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan governments have signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the terms and conditions of the new proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System).

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Activism: Every Season is Now Open Season

Activism has become omnipresent and now targets virtually every industry sector regardless of a company's size. The number of campaigns are up, the amount of capital allocated to activism is at an all-time high and activists are becoming increasingly aggressive. The asset class has matured and the lines are blurring between activists and private equity, strategic bidders and mainstream investors.

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Senators Urge SEC to Fix Unequal Access to Market Data

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission must ensure its system for distributing companies' financial information doesn't give unfair advantages to private-feed subscribers, two lawmakers said in a letter today.

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When Shareholders Get Vote, CEO Pay Gets Altered, Not Lowered

Having shareholders vote on CEO pay was seen as a way to tackle high executive compensation but a new study shows many companies shift money from salary to other means of compensation.

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Panelists Highlight Major Trends, Takeaways From 2014 Proxy Season

The Securities and Exchange Commission saw "12 percent fewer requests for [shareholder proposal] no-action relief" this proxy season, a sign that companies may be pursuing greater shareholder engagement.

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Hallmarks of a Great Board Chair

Excelling as chairman of a public company board is a complicated task - but you'll never lift your game from good to great without embracing three key attributes.

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Federal Securities Regulator In View

Draft legislation paves way for 2015 implementation, while Ottawa works to get more provinces onside.

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Exclusive: SEC Probing Private Equity Performance Figures - Sources

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining how private equity firms report a key metric of their past performance when they market new funds to investors, as the regulator boosts its scrutiny of the industry, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Where Will Activist Investors Strike Next?

Financial Post takes a weekly look at the tools and strategies that will help make your investment decisions. This week: Banking on activist investments in a volatile market.

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Differences Narrow Between GAAP and IFRS Under FASB's Simplification Initiative

Some of the proposed accounting simplifications the Financial Accounting Standards Board plans on making will narrow differences between U.S. GAAP and IFRS, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of the board's discussions to date.

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New Canadian Resource Revenue Transparency Rules Released

On October 23, 2014, the Government of Canada introduced its Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (the Bill), which will impose mandatory reporting requirements for each entity engaged in the "commercial development of oil, gas or minerals" (exploration, extraction, or having permits to do so) in Canada or elsewhere or that controls an entity that is so engaged. Introduced as part of the omnibus Bill C-43, the Bill represents a significant step in the Government's commitment to establish mandatory reporting standards for the extractive sector by June 2015, "with a view to enhancing transparency on the payments they make to governments". The purpose of the Bill is to implement Canada's international commitments to participate and engage in the fight against corruption in the extractive sector.

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