Seriously, the Government has introduced numerous changes to the venerable Trade-marks Act (enjoy the spelling while you can) – above and beyond removing the hyphen from "trade-mark". These numerous changes to the Trade-marks Act are hidden in plain sight in the omnibus budget implementation Bill C-31 and they can be found here.
Fortunately, Rob Kittredge has gone to the trouble of preparing both a consolidated and redlined version that can be found on his blog, here, along with a short discussion by him, including his thoughts on the process of including these changes in an omnibus budget bill. All Canadian IP practitioners owe Rob a big vote of thanks for making these changes transparent and doing this so quickly over the weekend.
In days to come, I may and others no doubt will discuss the changes and how the bill is likely to be handled – and whether committee hearings should be undertaken. Along with Bill C-8 - the anti-counterfeiting legislation that goes well beyond what is needed to address counterfeiting and which had only perfunctory committee hearings - we are about to see a massive revision of the one piece of Canadian IP law that arguably needs little or no revision and which has worked really well since 1954, when it was introduced after a model consultation process led by the late John Osborne, an eminent practitioner in his day. No - I don't remember this first hand. But I heard a lot about it from the late Gordon Henderson and Bill Hayhurst, who both thought very highly of the legislation and the way that it was developed. Unfortunately, the days when such a process would work effectively are probably gone forever, given the role of lobbyists and well-funded trade associations.