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LexSage is a boutique Canadian international trade and sales tax law firm operating from the historic Gooderham “Flatiron” Building in Toronto, Ontario. LexSage was founded by Cyndee Todgham Cherniak.

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LexSage offers specialized legal expertise that is based on 20 years of experience in some of Canada’s most prestigious national and international law firms.  LexSage offers sage legal counsel to domestic and international businesses and individuals who need specialized advice from lawyers who look at international trade, customs, export controls and/or sales tax issues on a daily basis.
LexSage compliments and supplements legal services offerings of large and small Canadian and international law firms that do not have in-house expertise in international trade and/or sales tax law.  LexSage is a resource and an outsource destination focussed in the areas of antidumping and countervailing duties, customs law, NEXUS pass confiscations/appeals, import and export controls and economic sanctions/trade restrictions, anti-corruption and anti-bribery, safeguards, technical barriers to trade, World Trade Organization strategic planning and litigation, North American Free Trade Agreement strategic  planning and litigation/arbitrations, NAFTA Chapter Eleven investor-state arbitrations, free trade agreements, bilateral investment treaty arbitrations and strategic planning, government procurement bid challenges, international sale of goods contracts, food and consumer safety, harmonized sales tax, goods and services tax, provincial sales tax, employer health tax, land transfer tax, etc.
Sage legal advice is delivered in a flexible, practical, holistic and cost-effective manner.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on CTV Your Morning this morning to talk abotu NAFTA 2.0 and VP Pence's visit

    To see Cyndee Todgham Cherniak's appearance on CTV Your Morning, please click the link.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a The Lawyer's Daily aricle entitled "Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a May 29, 2019 article in The Lawyer's Daily" by Terry Davidson entitled "Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit". Cyndee says “I can tell you that most lawyers don’t do it,” ... What they are doing is travelling across the border with everything in their electronic devices, including client documents and all their personal data. When I travel, however, I have a … clean laptop. The only thing on my laptop are the documents I’m working on for that particular client. … If I cross the border and the customs officers want to look at my computer, I have a little file folder that says solicitor-client privilege containing the documents for specific client I’m going to visit. I put the information in there, so it is clearly marked solicitor-client privilege.”

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  • On May 30, 2019 Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is a speaker participating in a Strafford Webinar entitled "Canadian VAT Issues for U.S. Sellers: Goods & Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax Requirements"

    On May 30, 2019, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is speaking on a Strafford Webinars panel with Brian Litvin about "Canadian VAT Issues for U.S. Sellers: Goods & Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax Requirements". This presentation will assist US sellers understand the basics about the Canadian GST/HST and other sales tax rules. Many U.S.-based businesses sell to Canadians and run into difficulty with Canadian sales taxes.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is speaking at "Strong Moms and Empowered Women"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is speaking at "Strong Moms and Empowered Women" at the Ontario Legislature. Cyndee is speaking about "Slaying the Dragon in the Legal Profession". Cyndee will also receive a Women Empowerment Award".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was on the John Oakley Show on May 17, 2019 speaking with Alex Pierson about the Canada-US Agreement to end tariffs on steel and aluminum.

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was on the John Oakley Show on May 17, 2019 speaking with Alex Pierson about the Canada-US Agreement to end tariffs on steel and aluminum. Cyndee said that this is good news for the Canadian steel industry and suppliers to steel companies, such as scrap sellers.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Law Times article written by Gabrielle Girody entitled "CBA launches online resource for lawyers crossing international borders"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Gabrielle Girody's May 15, 2019 article entitled "CBA launches online resource for lawyers crossing international borders". Cyndee has been involved in CBA initiatives since the 2013 Resolution to obtain clarity on rights of lawyers at the Canadian border to protect electronic records and claim solicitor-client privilege.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBA National article entitled "How Canada can defend against Helms-Burton"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Justin Lang's April 30, 2019 article in the CBA National Magazine entitled "How Canada can defend against Helms-Burton". Cyndee is quoted as saying “I think that, with Trump, any form of economic warfare that he can engage in — to disadvantage corporations in a foreign jurisdiction — he will find a way to do it.”

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Design Engineering in an article entitled "New U.S. trade report predicts modest economic gains from new NAFTA"

    On April 24, 2019, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in Design Engineering in an article entitled "New U.S. trade report predicts modest economic gains from new NAFTA". Cyndee says That’s it? All this time and all this headache, and the disruption to the North American supply chain and to the companies for the sake of 176,000 jobs?”

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CTV News article entitled "U.S. allows lawsuits against foreign companies in Cuba, imperilling Canada"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in an article written by Mike Blanchfield on April 17, 2019 and posted by CTV News entitled "U.S. allows lawsuits against foreign companies in Cuba, imperilling Canada". Cyndee discusses President Trump's decision to allow Helms-Burton Title III claims to proceed. Cyndee urged the Canadian government to look at updating the law for the digital age, to allow Canadian companies to collect additional damages from eager American litigants who might bring unfounded claims. She said "Your reputation can be damaged by online allegations of inappropriate expropriation of property," she said. "We want to discourage U.S. persons from pursuing claims against Canadians."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Financial Post article entitled "Domestic steelmakers angry as Ottawa waives tariffs on another $110-million worth of U.S. steel"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a Financial Post article written by Naomi Powell on April 18, 2019 entitled "Domestic steelmakers angry as Ottawa waives tariffs on another $110-million worth of U.S. steel". Cyndee is quoted as saying the Canadian Government's plans to impose new countermeasures again U.S goods has been given a boost.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a Mike Blanchfield article entitled "New U.S. trade report predicts modest economic gains from new NAFTA"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in an article written by Mike Blanchfield for the Canadian Press on April 18, 2019 entitled "New U.S. trade report predicts modest economic gains from new NAFTA". Cyndee discusses a 379 page USITC Report about the impacts of USMCA.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "What you should know if you are detained at the border".

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article written by Angela Bosse on April 16, 2019 entitled "What you should know if you are detained at the border". Cyndee is quoted as saying that you can always ask to speak to a supervisor or lawyer, but Todgham-Cherniak cautions that could escalate the situation depending on the personality of the officer.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "An Indigenous artist takes a vacation alone - CBSA holds him, X-rays him for drugs"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article written by Maria Jose Burgos on April 15, 2019 entitled ""An Indigenous artist takes a vacation alone - CBSA holds him, X-rays him for drugs". Cynde is quoted as saying "The Customs Act allows the CBSA to detain persons. You don't have charter rights at the border saying you can't undergo a strip search, or you can't be detained for an X-ray search."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "Canada ends surtax on 5 kinds of foreign steel"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a CBC article written by Janyce McGregor on April 6, 2019 entitled "Canada ends surtax on 5 kinds of foreign steel". Cyndee is quoted as saying "If the Canadian government were to ignore the CITT decision or report, then what does that do, on a going forward basis, for all of the anti-dumping cases? They'd undermine every decision that they've had in the past, and our ability to use it in the future, if they ignore a tribunal report for political reasons."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBA National article entitled "A fix to NAFTA's roster problem?"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Doug Beazley's March 29, 2019 article publcished in the CBA National Magazine entitled ""A fix to NAFTA's roster problem?". Cyndee is quoted as saying USMCA “says nothing about what happens if the roster never gets established in the first place,...and given how few challenges there have been under this section, it’s not really a problem if there’s no roster … until it is a problem.”

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article written by David Thurton entitled "Canada risks deep prestige damage from OECD review of SNC-Lavalin affair, experts say"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted as saying "If countries believe Canada is not living up to its obligations, they will see whether or not their own investigation will find a sufficient nexus so that they can prosecute under the foreign law. And that would be worse."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article that is entitled "Canada quietly moves to resolve steel spat with Mexico"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in the February 14, 2019 article written by Janyce McGregor and posted on CBC online entitled "Canada quietly moves to resolve steel spat with Mexico". Cyndee is quoted as saying "We are in an age where the finding of injury in anti-dumping cases involving steel is quite common. ...Are [American] steel producers bringing cases because they know they can? Probably."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "International trade in 2018: making sense of a "tariffying" year"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this December 28, 2018 article written by Janyce McGregor for CBC online entitled "International trade in 2018: making sense of a "tariffying" year". Cyndee is quoted as saying "she thinks businesses are only just beginning to wake up to the consequences of politicians escalating economic sanctions against countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. The arrest of a Huawei executive in Vancouver, she said, may be only the beginning. Canada's new Magnitsky Act — a law allowing Canada to go after the assets of foreign officials implicated in human rights violations — should get more attention, she added, particularly if it's applied to Saudi Arabia. "It will have a significant effect on companies carrying on business worldwide."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Vice article entitled "How the U.S. government shutdown could impact Canadians"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this January 8, 2010 Vice article written by Anne Gaviola entitled "How the U.S. government shutdown could impact Canadians". Cyndee discusses the impact of the U.S. government shutdown on Canadians.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "International trade is 2019: getting worse before it gets better"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this January 1, 2019 CBC article written by Janyce McGregor entitled "International trade is 2019: getting worse before it gets better". Cyndee spoke about Canada's safeguard proceedings.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBC article entitled "Canada's new steel tariffs will "kill businesses" in push to please U.S., lawyers warn"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in the October 20, 2018 article by Janyce McGregor entiled "Canada's new steel tariffs will "kill businesses" in push to please U.S., lawyers warn". Cyndee is quoted as saying "It's working well in the United States, with President Trump saying to unions and to workers, 'I got your back.' So are we doing the same thing because oh, we have an election in 2019?"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted extensively in this The Lawyer's Daily article entitled "Challenges await with NAFTA 2.0, say lawyers"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted extensively in this October 5, 2018 The Lawyer's Daily article written by Christopher Guly entitled "Challenges await with NAFTA 2.0, say lawyers". This article acknowledges that my paternal grandfather, Ron Todgham, was the first Canadian-born president of Chrysler Canada. He held that position during the Auto Pact negotiations.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBA National Blog article entitled "Why the U.S. agreed to scrap NAFTA's Chapter 11"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBA National Blog article written by Doug Beazly on October 5, 2018 entitled "Why the U.S. agreed to scrap NAFTA's Chapter 11". Cyndee says “I think that, in the end, this all came down to what President Trump wanted and what he cared about, ... he just wasn’t as wound up about getting rid of Chapter 19 as his negotiators were. He got what he wanted on autos and dairy and he didn’t really care about the sovereignty argument. He saw Chapter 19 as temporary leverage.”

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Vancouver Sun article entitled "Trudeau affirms China trade aspirations after USMCA's 'non-market' requirement"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Mike Blanchfield's October 2, 2018 Vancouver Sun article entitled "Trudeau affirms China trade aspirations after USMCA's 'non-market' requirement". Cyndee says of the USMCA clause: "This impinges on Canadian sovereignty; the U.S. gets to tell us who we can enter into a free trade agreement with."

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in the Washington Post article entitled "With new trade deal, Canada avoids a doomsday scenario. But is it a win?"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Selina Ross' October 1, 2018 Washington Post article entitled "With new trade deal, Canada avoids a doomsday scenario. But is it a win?". Cyndee says: “This is a situation where President Trump took away some of the concessions that were granted under the original NAFTA.” “So it’s about U.S. farmers winning and Canadian farmers losing. U.S. pharmaceutical winning and Canadian pharmaceutical losing. U.S. steel companies winning, Canadian steel companies losing.”

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBC article entitled "Trump's Canadian envoy Kelly Craft says U.S. respects Chrystia Freeland"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this September 27, 2018 article written by Mike Blanchfield entitled"Trump's Canadian envoy Kelly Craft says U.S. respects Chrystia Freeland". Cyndee is quoted as saying Freeland "has made negative comments towards the U.S. administration, which (Trump) takes to be him. I think he's got a hate on for Canada right now".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Globe & Mail article "U.S. procurement demand on Canada, Mexico fading from NAFTA: sources""

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in Mike Blannchfield's Globe & Mail article on September 19, 2018 "U.S. procurement demand on Canada, Mexico fading from NAFTA: sources". Cyndee said governments will be likely more inclined to take Chapter 20 cases forward in the interest of large enterprises such as softwood lumber or metals companies. “The problem with it being in Chapter 20 is you’ve got to convince your government to bring the case.” “The government may not want to because it’s too small of an industry to spend the resources. This will create an injustice for small and medium-sized businesses, who quite frankly are the backbone of North American business.”

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  • Cyndee Todgam Cherniak is quoted CBC article entitled "Canada has taken almost $300 million from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Kathleen Harris' September 11, 2018 article posted on CBC News entitled "Canada has taken almost $300 million from retaliatory tariffs of U.S. imports". Cyndee says tariffs will cost the consumers in both countries.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Canadian Free Press article "Liberals won't compromise on culture, dispute resolution in NAFTA talks: Trudeau"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak s quoted in Mike Blanchard's September 5, article entitled "Liberals won't compromise on culture, dispute resolution in NAFTA talks: Trudeau" posted online on September 5, 2018. Foreign companies seeking relief through the Federal Court of Appeal are often repeatedly coming up empty handed, said Todgham Cherniak.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Talks to Alex Pierson About the NAFTA Developments

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak regularly is invited to talk on "ON Point with Alex Pierson" about trade related matters. On September 5, 2018, Cyndee and Alex spoke about the unhelpful comments made by Prime Minister Trudeau on September 5, 2018 as Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland was meeting in Washington regarding sensitive NAFTA negotiations.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in National Post article "Trudeau says Canada won't sign NAFTA deal without a dispute settlement process, cultural protections"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Mike Blanchfield's September 4, 2018 National Post article entitled "Trudeau says Canada won't sign NAFTA deal without a dispute settlement process, cultural protections". Cyndee says the U.S. has a need for NAFTA Chapter 19 and should do some research.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Ken Hanly's Op-Ed in Digital Trade entitled "Trump's remarks threaten U.S.-Canada NAFTA negotiations"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Ken Hanly's September 1, 2018 Op-Ed in Digital Trade entitled "Trump's remarks threaten U.S.-Canada NAFTA negotiations". Cyndee says the NAFTA energy chapter is unique for a trade agreement. There are only three free trade agreements in the world that have energy chapters, and the other two don't have NAFTA-like proportionality clauses.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Talks to Alex Pierson About the NAFTA Developments

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak regularly is invited to talk on "ON Point with Alex Pierson" about trade related matters. On September 5, 2018, Cyndee and Alex spoke about the unhelpful comments made by Prime Minister Trudeau on August 31, 2018 as Canada returned without a NAFTA deal.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Talks to Alex Pierson about Mexico reaching NADTA deal without Canada

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBC article entitled "Morneau ready to use 'emergency' measure to protect steel sector"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Janyce McGregor's August 14, 2018 article on the CBC website entitled "Morneau ready to use 'emergency' measure to protect steel sector". Section 55 of the Customs Tariff has never been used before.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Law Times article entitled "Privacy of documents at the border under question"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this August 6, 2018 article written by Meagan Gillmore entitled "Privacy of documents at the border under question". Cyndee says that there needs to be “a robust policy that is written, publicly available, transparent and accessible" relating to solicitor-client privilege at the border.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Coast Reporter article entitled "Canada faces 'collateral damage' in escalating US-China trade war"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in an article written by Mike Blanchfield of the Canadian Press and discusses the potential effects of the US-China trade war on Canadian companies who export to the United States.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this CBC article entitled "U.S. launches tariff challenge at WTO against Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China & EU"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this July 16, 2018 article written by Peter Evans for CBC News and talks about how the newly filed U.S. case against Canada's countermeasures may not see the end of the WTO dispute settlement process.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Vancouver Sun article entitled "Collateral Damage: Canada hit by escalating U.S.-China tariff wars"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in a July 16, 2018 article written by Mike Blanchfield of the Canadian Press and discusses the potential effects of the US-China trade war on Canadian companies who export to the United States.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in the Globe & Mail and provides comments about whether Canadians pay customs duties on U.S. made goods

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in June 19, 2018 a Globe & Mail Article written by Steven Chase entitled "Canada's duties for shoppers to smuggle, Trump wrongly accuses" Canada does not charge customs duties on U.S.-made shoes when a Canadian shopper goes to the United States for a day of shopping (less than 24 hours). Canada only charges sales tax at the border - just as Canadians have to buy sales tax when they buy shoes in Canada. If a Canadian buys non-U.S. shoes (e.g., shoes made in China), a Canadian pays customs duties and sales taxes at the border). So, Canada give a preference to U.S.-made products bought by Canadians in the United States.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this Herald article and talks about supply management and what President Trump wants

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this June 15, 2018 article in the Herald entitled "U.S. pressure on supply management concerns local farmers". Cyndee says “My belief is Trump is all about managed trade... “He just wants a bigger piece of the pie so he can go back to Wisconsin and say ‘Look what I got you.’".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in this MacLeans article about Trump and Supply Management Trade War

    On June 13, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in "Donald Trump doesn't really want to kill supply management. Neither do American farmers." This article was written by John Geddes for MacLeans.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in CBA National Article "Canada's trade fight: The legal options are slim"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Yves Faguy's article "Canada's trade fight: The legal options are slim" on June 1, 2018. Cyndee says "It makes no sense that [the 5 year sunset clause] is his critical piece ... He'll never use it even assuming he gets re-elected. He's two-years into his current term and in year seven, he'll be a lame-duck president. I just don't see why Trump is making the sunset clause his red line.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Heather Innes quoted in CBA National "Can we do business? Making trade deals work for you?"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Heather Innes spoke on a CCCA panel about how in-house counsel can take advantage of trade agreements and trade variables for the benefit of their companies. Some of the points raised are quoted and discussed in the CBA National (blog) article "Can we do business? Making trade deals work for you?" written by Kim Covert.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Vice Canada article "How Canadian Customs Decides Which Porn is Too Hardcore"

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Justin Rohrlich's article entitled "How Canadian Customs Decides Which Porn is Too Hardcore". Who said that customs is not interesting? This article does contain too much information - Cyndee said “Sometimes you know it when you see it; other times, you don’t know what you’re watching”. A former CBSA Officer provides the colourful details...

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on Global News Radio On Point with Arlene Bynon

    On May 2, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was a guest on Global News Radio "On Point" with Arlene Bynon. She spoke about the Trump steel and aluminum tariffs, the Canadian temporary exemption and the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations.

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  • Heather Innes' article "Know Your FTAs" is published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (April 2018)

    Heather Innes' article "Know Your FTAs" was published in the April 2018 Issue of the Journal o the Law Society of Scotland. Heather explains the value of using trade agreements to gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Heather Innes spoke at the 2018 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association National Conference in Toronto

    On April 30, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Heather Innes spoke on a panel about managing trade risks and communicating information about trade variables to the Board of Directors. Cyndee and Heather provided useful information to in-house counsel about various free trade agreements, trade remedies and economic sanctions. Cyndee and Heather also discussed how advice about trade variables can help save money.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in Digital Journal about NAFTA's Energy Chapter

    On April 26, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in Ken Hanly's Op-Ed in Digital Journal entitled "Op-Ed: Top Officials pushing for a NAFTA Agreement soon". Cyndee discusses the uniqueness of NAFTA 1.0's energy chapter.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is quoted in the Globe & Mail giving advice on digital devices searches at the Canadian border

    On April 25, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Allan Lynch in the Globe and Mail entitled "Facing a digital strip search at the border? Here's how to keep things under wraps". Cyndee discusses what the Canada Border Services Agency is permitted to do under Canadian law. She also discusses what travelers can do to minimize the intrusion into their digital suitcase.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak spoke at the ABA Section of International Law Annual Meeting in New York on the topic of "Blockchain and Trade Compliance"

    On April 20, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was a speaker on a panel "Blockchain: Disrupting the Economy of Trust in International Trade" at the American Bar Association, Section of International Law Annual Meeting. Cyndee spoke on the topic of "Blockchain and Trade Compliance". Cyndee discussed the importance of incorporating customs and trade compliance in Blockchain solutions for international trade.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak to speak at World ECR Export Controls and Sanctions Forum in Washington DC June 4 & 5, 2018

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak will be speaking at the World ECR Export Controls and Sanctions Forum that will be held in Washington DC on June 4 & 5, 2018. Cyndee supports World ECR because it is one of the best forums to discuss export controls & economic sanctions. The speakers are top in the field and knowledgeable about the current issues (speakers include in-house compliance officers). If you would like to know more, please click on this link to the brochure- https://www.worldecr.com/wp-content/uploads/WorldECR-Forum-Programme-2018-WASHINGTON-DC-1.pdf

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in this Globe & Mail article

    On April 12, 2018, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in this Globe & Mail article written by Guy Dixon. The article is entitled "When it comes to multisourced products like autos, what's on the NAFTA table?" Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the auto rules of origin in the NAFTA modernization and how she did not think this even possible two years ago.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Talks to Alex Pierson about the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak regularly is invited to talk on "ON Point with Alex Pierson" about trade related matters. On March 8, 2018, Cyndee and Alex spoke about Canada's exemption from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been appointed to the NAFTA Chapter 19 Roster

    LexSage Professional Corporation is pleased to announce that Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been appointed to the NAFTA Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) Roster for a term of ten years commencing on 6 February 2018, at pleasure. In Canadian law, the roster is found in the Members of Panels (NAFTA) Regulations made under the Special Import Measures Act.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed on AM640 News

    On February 7, 2018, Ms. Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Alex Pierson, on the AM640 program called "On Point". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the issues surrounding the provincial government's proposed bill regarding "Buy America".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the Financial Post

    On February 7, 2018 Ms. Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article in the Financial Post written by Mike Blanchfield. The article was titled "Buy America has 'consequences' including proposed Ontario Law. Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed whether Ontario should move forward with the proposed Act or pursue the issue at the WTO.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak speaks on the Rick Gibbons show on 1310 News

    Ms. Cyndee Todgham Cherniak spoke with Rick Gibbons of 1310 News. Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the US Government shutdown and how it affects Canadians. The next date to worry about is February 8, 2018. Ms. Todgham Cherniak suggests that Canadians should be proactive to avoid any delays that could result from a further government shutdown. To listen to the interview please click the link. Ms. Todgham Cherniak appears on the program at the 9:08 time mark in hour one of the January 22, 2018 recording.

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  • Invitation to Thompson Reuters Inaugural Tax Round Table

    You're invited to a complimentary event – Join us for breakfast at the inaugural tax round table by Thomson Reuters. This event will take place on January 23, 2018 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at the Bay Adelaide Centre, West Tower 333 Bay Street, 29th Floor. For more information and to register please click "read more".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been named a "Client Champion" for 2017 by Martindale-Hubbell

    LexSage is pleased to announce that its founder, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, has been named a client champion by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Todgham Cherniak was selected for this honour based on exceptional reviews provided by her clients. To see the plaque awarded to Ms. Todgham Cherniak please click "read more"

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  • LexSage is pleased to announce that we have received a favourable decision on behalf of our client Conares Metal Supply with respect to the importation of Carbon Steel Welded Pipe.

    On December 8, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ("CITT") released its decision in LE-2017-003. The CITT ordered that an expiry review of goods being exported from the UAE by Conares Metal Supply Ltd. is not warranted. To read the CITT's complete Decision and Reasons, please click "read more".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed on the CBC program "On the Money"

    On December 1, 2017, Ms. Todgham Cherniak appeared on CBC's "On the Money" to discuss Prime Minister Trudeau's trip to China and the expectation that it will lead to free trade talks. Ms. Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Peter Armstrong and discussed what could be achieved during this meeting and what issues would need to be discussed during future trade talk negotiations with China.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in the Globe and Mail

    On November 3, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Michelle Zillio in the Globe and Mail entitled "Canada sanctions 52 human-rights violators under new Magnitsky law". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed companies new obligations under the Magnitsky Act.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak wrote an article which was published in the October 30, 2017 Law Times

    On October 30, 2017, Ms. Todgham Cherniak's article titled "Know Your Rights at the Border" was published in the Law Times.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak provided testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

    On October 19, 2017, Ms. Todgham Cherniak appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Ms. Todgham Cherniak provided testimony with respect to Bill C-21 which amends the Customs Act to implement the Beyond the Border initiative between Canada and the United States.

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  • On September 27, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared before the House of Commons ETHI Committee

    Ms. Todgham Cherniak appeared before the House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee. We are pleased to provide a link to the transcript of Ms. Todgham Cherniak's testimony.

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  • On September 27, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared before the House of Commons ETHI Committee

    Ms. Todgham Cherniak appeared before the House of Commons Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee. We are pleased to provide a link to the recording of Ms. Todgham Cherniak's testimony.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Colin Ellis for Canadian Accountant

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Colin Ellis for Canadian Accountant on October 3, 2017 entitled "Do we need NAFTA more than NAFTA needs us?" Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed NAFTA negotiations around government procurement at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Colin Ellis for Canadian Accountant

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article on October 3, 2017 by Colin Ellis for Canadian Accountant titled "Why CFOs should worry about rising U.S. protectionism". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the recent countervailing duty imposed on Bambardier by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Cristin Schmitz in the Lawyer's Daily

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Cristin Schmitz in the Lawyer's Daily on September 28, 2017 entitled "CBA Asks Ottawa for Robust Protections for Solicitor-Client-Privilege at US Border". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed searches of cell phones, laptops and pda's.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jeff Buckstein for the Canadian Accountant

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article on September 28, 2017 by Jeff Buckstein for the Canadian Accountant titled "Canadian manufacturers nervous after 3rd round of NAFTA negotiations". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the three basic options that lay ahead in the NAFTA negotiations.

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  • Privacy of Canadians at Airports and Borders - CBA Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI)

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, as a member of the CBA Privacy at the Border Working Group, contributed to the preparation of a submission entitled "Privacy of Canadians at Airports and Borders". This submission was presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on September 27, 2017.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak provided testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

    On September 27, 2017, Ms. Todgham Cherniak spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Ms. Todgham Cherniak provided testimony with respect to solicitor-client privilege at Canadian airports, Canadian ports of entry, and U.S. pre-clearance areas on Canadian soil.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article published by Thompson Reuters

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article published by Thomson Reuters on September 22, 2017. The title of the article is "Canada Imposes Sanctions on Key Venezuelan Officials". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discusses the scope of the sanctions.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

    On September 27, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak will be appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Ms. Todgham Cherniak will be discussing privacy of Canadians at airports, borders and travelling in the United States.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ann Macaulay

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Ann Macaulay in the CBA National Magazine on September 5, 2017. The title of the article is "Managing the Trump Effect". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed issues regarding NAFTA, and the NEXUS Program.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed on CBC's Power and Politics

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on CBC's Power and Politics hosted by Piya Chattopadhyay. Ms. Todgham Cherniak appeared with Brett House, Economist at Scotiabank to discuss NAFTA Round 2, Trump and Hurricane Harvey

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ken Hanely

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Ken Hanely for the Digital Journal entitled "Canada's NAFTA priorities exclude key proportionality clause"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in article by Michelle Zilio

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail entitled "Ottawa says it lacks law to sanction Venezuelan government officials" written by Michelle Zilio.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio entitled "Opposition, activist call on Liberals to sanction Venezuelan government". Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the lack of Canadian economic sanctions against the Maduro regime.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ken Hanely

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Ken Hanely which was posted in the Digital Journal on July 21, 2017. The title of the article was Three key changes Canada should demand in NAFTA negotiations.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Sarah Reid of the CBC

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Sarah Reid of the CBC entitled "Why the U.S. wants to let Canadians buy more stuff duty-free"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Barry Ellsworth

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Barry Ellsworth entitled "US revokes Canadians’ travel cards without explanation"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in the Daily Sabah

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article in the Daily Sabah entitled "US revokes travel cards of Canadians with Muslim sounding names"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC"Canadian citizen has Nexus card revoked in wake of partial travel ban, questions U.S. procedures"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC

    On July 10, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was interviewed by Shanifa Nasser of the CBC. Ms. Todgham Cherniak discussed the recent revocation by the USCBP of NEXUS cards of some Canadian residents after the proposed travel ban to the United States.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Janyce McGregor of the CBC

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article written by Janyce McGregor in an article entitled "2nd wave of softwood lumber duties sets up 'dangerous' talks for Canada".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Nicolas Van Praet and Adam Morrow in the Globe and Mail

    On April 28, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Nicolas Van Praet and Adam Morrow which appeared in the Globe and Mail. The title of the article was Bombardier snared in U.S. trade fight as Boeing takes aim at C Series aircraft.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Nicolas Van Praet and Adam Morrow in the Globe and Mail

    On April 28, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Nicolas Van Praet and Adam Morrow which appeared in the Globe and Mail. The title of the article was Bombardier snared in U.S. trade fight as Boeing takes aim at C Series aircraft.

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  • LexSage is pleased to have assisted Cintasa S.A.

    LexSage is pleased to have assisted Cintasa S.A, a Spanish company, achieve a 0% dumping margin in the CBSA Final Determination in the Fabricated Industrial Steel Components antidumping case.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Greg Keenan in the Globe and Mail

    On April 26, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Greg Keenan in the Globe and Mail. The Article was called "Auto sector gears up for potential changes to NAFTA’s rules of origin"

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Steven Chase and Robert Fife in the Globe and Mail

    On April 18, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail written by Steven Chase and Robert Fife. The title of the article is China's Premier urges Trudeau to relax controls on high-tech exports".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Steven Chase and Robert Fife in the Globe and Mail

    On April 18, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article in the Globe and Mail written by Steven Chase and Robert Fife. The title of the article is China's Premier urges Trudeau to relax controls on high-tech exports".

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  • We are pleased to announce that Heather Innes has joined LexSage

    We are pleased to announce that Heather Innes has joined LexSage as an Advisor after almost 30 years as Senior In-House Counsel, and Global Process Leader, International Trade Law, at General Motors. Heather is available to assist LexSage clients with practical, hands-on experience managing complex legal, trade and corporate compliance issues.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been named as an expert in International Trade

    We are pleased to announce that Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been named by Expert Guides as one of the top leading practitioners advising on international trade.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and LexSage Professional Corporation signed the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations.

    On June 15, 16 and 17, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, stakeholders in the U.S.- Canadian relationship came together on the campus of The Ohio State University to confirm the fundamental principles and essential features of the historic partnership between our two great countries and to explore the parameters of a 21st century relationship. To read the full Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations please choose "read more".

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio in the Globe and Mail

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Michelle Zilio entitled "Nexus cards reinstated pending court decision on Trump order" published in the Globe and Mail

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article by Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak has been quoted in an article entitled "Revoked Nexus trusted-traveller cards reinstated, at least for now: minister" written by Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article by Peter Zimonjic and Shanifa Nasser of the CBC News

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was quoted in an article entitled "Ralph Goodale challenged on claim that no Canadian passport holders lost Nexus access" written for the CBC.

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  • Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was appeared on the CTV news discussing NEXUS Card revocations

    On February 3, 2017, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak appeared on the CTV news discussing the effect that the recent executive order of President Donald Trump has had on Canadian NEXUS pass holders

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