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Legal Terms & Conditions

1. Thank you for visiting the CANOE Network. Please read the terms and conditions set forth below carefully as they contain the legal terms that govern your use of any Website or Web page operated (collectively "Website") or provided by CANOE. The terms and conditions may be modified BY CANOE from time to time in its sole discretion so please return to the terms and conditions from time to time to review them. Your use of the Website means that you accept any and all changes. If you do not agree with any of the terms and conditions you may not use this Website.

2. CANOE endeavors to include accurate and up-to-date information on its Website. However, CANOE offers no guarantees, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained or referenced therein. All users accept that all access to and use of the Website, and any site linked to the Website, and the content thereof, is at their own risk. The Website is operated in the Canada in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. CANOE does not represent that content or materials presented on the Website are appropriate or available for use in other locations or jurisdictions. If you access the Website from a jurisdiction other than Canada, you agree that you do so on your own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

3. Personal information from those who communicate with us online may be collected for the purpose of responding to specific questions, advising visitors of new online material, activities and events, and offering opportunities for contributing to our website. Our web server recognizes consumer domain names for the purpose of analyzing website access and improving the content of our website.

4. Any personal data submitted by the visitor to this Website will not be used for any direct marketing or unsolicited follow-up unless CANOE has previously informed the visitor of this possible use and the visitor has given the CANOE an express permission for such utilization. For further information please see our Privacy Policy.

Copyright and reproduction

5. All copyright rights in the text, images, photographs, graphics, user interface, and other content provided on the Website, and the selection, coordination, and arrangement of such content, are owned by CANOE, or its third-party licensors, to the full extent provided under the Canadian copyright laws and all international copyright laws. Under applicable copyright laws, you are prohibited from copying, reproducing, modifying, distributing, displaying, performing, storing in any retrieval system or transmitting any of the contents of the Website for any purposes. Nothing stated or implied on the Website confers on you any license or right under any copyright of CANOE or any third party.

6. The Website and the information contained therein is for informational purposes only. Any reproduction, distribution, display, performance, copying, or redistribution for commercial purposes of any materials or design elements of the Website is strictly prohibited, without the prior written consent of CANOE. Systematic retrieval of data or other content from the Website to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without written permission from the CANOE Network is prohibited.

Trade and Service Mark Rights

8. All rights in the product names, company names, trade names, logos, product packaging and designs of CANOE or third-party products or services, whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, belong exclusively to CANOE or their respective owners, and are protected from reproduction, imitation, dilution or confusing or misleading uses under national and international trademark and copyright laws, as applicable. The use or misuse of these trademarks or any materials, except as permitted herein, is expressly prohibited and nothing stated or implied on this Website confers on you any license or right under any patent, copyright or trademark of the CANOE or any third party.

Links

9. This Website may contain links to other services or sites ("Linked Services"). The Linked Services are independent of CANOE are not under the control of CANOE. CANOE is not responsible for the contents of the Linked Services, including, without limitation, links contained on Linked Services, or any changes or updates to Linked Services. CANOE provides Linked Services to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any such Linked Services is not an endorsement by CANOE in favor of any company offering Internet services, products or services on the Linked Services.

Additional Agreement by Linked Services

10. Any third party website with permission that links to the Website: shall not create a frame, browser or border environment around any of the content of the Website; may link to, but not replicate, Website content; shall not imply that CANOE endorses or sponsors it or its products or services; shall not present false information about CANOE or its products or services; shall not use CANOE trademarks without the prior written permission from CANOE; and shall not contain content that could be construed as distasteful, offensive or controversial. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, we reserve the right to deny or rescind permission to link to the Website, and to require termination of any link to the Website, for any reason in our sole and absolute discretion.

Prohibited Uses and Obligations

11. You are required to comply with all applicable laws in connection with your use of the Website and such further limitations as may be set forth below and in any written or on-screen notice from CANOE. You may not use the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the terms and conditions or that hams CANOE, its affiliates, its service providers, suppliers or customers.

12. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree not to transmit, distribute, post, communicate or store information or other material on, to or through the Website that: is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or valid licensee to such materials and you have the right to grant CANOE the rights and licenses set forth in Section 19 below; reveals trade secrets, unless you own them, or you are the valid licensee to such materials and you have the right to grant CANOE the rights and licenses set forth in Section 19 below; infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity or in violation of applicable law as determined by CANOE in its sole discretion; is sexually-explicit; constitutes advertisements or solicitations of business, surveys, contests, chain letters or pyramid schemes; or contains viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, time bombs, or other computer programming routines or engines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.

13. You further agree not to: use any incomplete, false or inaccurate biographical information or other information for purposes of registering as a user of the Website, or for purposes of registering for any promotions offered through the Website; delete or revise any material or other information of any other user of the Website; harvest, collect, or send information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Website¹s infrastructure; use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activity being conducted on this Website; use or attempt to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including without limitation browsers, spiders, robots, avatar¹s or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the Website to harvest or otherwise collect information to be used for any commercial purpose; allow any other person or entity to use your username or password for posting or viewing comments or sending or receiving materials; or attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Website.

14. You further agree not to violate or attempt to violate the security of the Website, including, without limitation: accessing data not intended for you or logging into a server or account that you are not authorized to access; attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization; attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, by way of submitting a virus to, or overloading, "flooding", "spamming", "mail bombing" or "crashing" the Website; sending unsolicited e-mail, including promotions and/or advertising of products or services; or forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or posting. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. CANOE may investigate occurrences that may involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who are involved in such violations.

15. CANOE reserves the right (but does not have the obligation) to review postings on the Website, to remove any postings, and to terminate your ability to post to the Website at any time without notice, in its sole discretion. CANOE also reserves the right to disclose any information necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part.

16. You are responsible for, and assume all liability associated with, any material you make available or transmit through the Website, whether through chat rooms, messages boards or other forums, including liability for claims of infringement and defamation. You may not post, transmit through or otherwise make available on or through the Service:
(i) any material that violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, that is unlawful, defamatory, obscene, abusive, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, racist, threatening, hateful or otherwise objectionable or that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law;
(ii) without the express written consent of the owner thereof, any copyrighted material; or
(iii) without the express prior written consent of CANOE any advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services (unless posted in an area specifically designated for that purpose).

17. Although CANOE does not and cannot review every message posted on or transmitted through the Website, CANOE ha no obligation to permit any material posted or transmitted to remain on the Website, and may remove from, or refuse to display on the Website any material that CANOE, in the exercise of its sole discretion, believes violates the terms and conditions.

Posting Comments

18. During the registration process, the user must provide accurate personal information. Nobody under the age of 18 years old will be allowed to register on the Website and post comments. The comments that a user posts on CANOE and its affiliate sites are not anonymous: a validated name and email address are the minimum requirements, CANOE and its affiliates retain the right to request additional personal information at any time. CANOE has the right to approve all aliases: an alias that has been deemed improper or that does not conform to CANOE’s policies will be suspended and/or deleted, which can bring about the removal of all the comments posted under the said alias. Moreover, a user can only have one identity.

19. When a user posts comments on CANOE and its affiliate sites, the user: i) grants to CANOE an unlimited, irrevocable, unrestricted, perpetual, and free-of-charge worldwide licence to use, reproduce, store, adapt, translate, modify, create by products, transmit, distribute, broadcast, perform publicly, or provide to the public these postings to all intents and purposes; ii) consents, if need be, to have his/her name, address and email address appear with his/her contribution as well as the disclosure and/or the display of said information and any other information that is related to a comment and its thread; iii) recognizes and agrees that CANOE cannot be held responsible of any loss, damage, or corruption of the user’s contribution; and iv) recognizes and agrees that the comments that the user has transmitted to be posted on the Website shall be considered as non confidential. The user recognizes and agrees that CANOE can, to its own discretion, regularly monitor the Website and disclose the information that has been deemed necessary to respect whatever legislation, regulation or any other governmental or legal request, the Website’s correct operation or to protect itself or protect other users of the Website. Any such disclosure shall be done in accordance with CANOE’s Privacy Policy. CANOE is neither responsible nor liable for the content of the posted comments. The comments represent the opinions and points of view of the people that have posted them and not those of CANOE.

20. A user must always respect the inherent rules of netiquette. CANOE may without prior notice modify the rules of netiquette, in which case the new rules shall apply upon publication.

21. CANOE reserves the right, with no obligation to do so, to edit or delete posted comments. A comment might not be posted or might be removed without any prior notice given to the author. CANOE has no obligation to remove comments already posted even if a user files such a request. CANOE reserves the right, at its own discretion, to close a section of comments on one of its affiliate sites at any time and without prior notice.

22. CANOE declines any liability with respect to comments posted on the Site and affiliate sites. Each user assumes full responsibility for any comment that the user has posted on CANOE’s Website and/or affiliate sites. When using the features that allow a user to post comments on CANOE’s Website and affiliate sites, the user must not: i) impede or prevent another user from using or enjoying the Website, impede or try to impede the proper operation or do something that, at CANOE’s absolute discretion, unreasonably or disproportionately overloads the infrastructure of CANOE’s Website or that of its affiliate sites; ii) post comments that may be deemed racist, hateful, xenophobic, sexist, or that belittle another ethnic group, a sexual orientation or religious belief, comments that could harm a minor, comments that may constitute harassment towards another person, including, notably, the employees and representatives of Quebecor and other users, comments that contravene any law, rule or governmental legislation or comments that promote false, misleading, illegal information or that promotes an illegal behaviour or that promotes violence and defamatory, obscene, insulting, threatening, aggressive, or abusive information, comments that are irrelevant to the proposed topic and/or that adopt the form of a private discussion between two or more users or a speech that inserts itself without consideration towards other users, use words in upper case, use SMS-type texting, and send messages multiple times; iii) use CANOE’s Website or affiliate sites for commercial purposes, including, notably, the posting of presentations that include advertizing or that may endorse commercial activities and/or sales, or that include contests, sweepstakes, exchanges, advertizing and/or pyramid scams; iv) post a presentation that requires entering a password or personal identification from other users for commercial or illegal usages; v) post a presentation that contains a computer virus or worm; vi) post SPAM, chain letters or massive mailings of unsolicited messages; vii) post hypertext links to websites that promote false, misleading, illegal information or that promote an illegal activity or that contain slanderous comments or images that are slanderous, pornographic, obscene, insulting, threatening or abusive – CANOE does allow the posting of hypertext links to third-party websites and/or controlled by a third-party vendor, but the aforementioned shall not be tolerated by neither CANOE nor its affiliates.

License

23. While we do not claim ownership of any information or material ("Your Content") you transmit, distribute, post, communicate or store on, to or through the Website (expressly excluding your user data which is collected in accordance with our Privacy Policy), by submitting or posting Your Content, to or through the Website, you grant CANOE a world-wide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable and non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display Your Content anywhere, for any purpose, and in any form, media or technology now known or later developed. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of Your Content. CANOE is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in Your Content for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products using Your Content. CANOE is under no obligation to maintain any of Your Content and may remove any of Your Content at any time in its sole discretion.

24. By posting or submitting Your Content to this Service, you also represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to Your Content, and that use of Your Content by the CANOE Network will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party or constitute violation of any applicable law.

Notice of Copyright Infringement

25. If you believe that a work has been copied and is accessible on this Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide CANOE Copyright Agent with the following information by written notice by fax to 416-947-2209: identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; identification of the allegedly infringing material on the Website that is requested to be removed; your name, address and daytime telephone number, and an e-mail address if available, so that someone from CANOE may contact you if necessary; a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the signatory is the owner or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright right that is allegedly infringed; and an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner¹s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement. CANOE reserves the right to remove any posted submission which infringes the copyright of any person under the laws of Canada upon receipt of such a statement.

Registration, Username, Password, Security

26. Registration may be required for the use of certain portions of the Website. Your registration shall not impose any duty on us to provide any particular service to you. If the terms of any CANOE registration agreement conflict with these terms and conditions, the registration agreement shall govern. Your User Identity (your username and password) will be your identity for purposes of interacting with the Website and other users through the Website.

27. You shall keep confidential, shall not disseminate, and shall use solely in accordance with the terms and conditions your User Identity. You shall immediately notify CANOE if you learn of or suspect any loss, theft or unauthorized use of your User Identity. In the event of such loss, theft, or unauthorized use, CANOE may impose on you, at its sole discretion, additional security obligations.

28. If any unauthorized person obtains access to the Website as a result of any act or omission by you, you shall use your best efforts to ascertain the source and manner of acquisition and shall fully and promptly notify CANOE. You shall otherwise cooperate and assist in any investigation relating to any such unauthorized access.

Privacy Policy

29. We are committed to protecting your privacy and security and have explained in detail the steps we take to do so in the Privacy Policy, a copy of which you should review by clicking here. You in turn agree and consent to the terms of the Privacy Policy by your use of the Website.

Disclaimer of Warranties

30. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS." CANOE MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING ANY PART THEREOF, OR OTHER CONTENT OR SERVICE THAT MAY BE ACCESSIBLE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THROUGH THE WEBSITE. CANOE DISCLAIMS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY AND ALL SUCH REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, CANOE DISCLAIMS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ANY AND ALL (i)WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, (ii) WARRANTIES AGAINST INFRINGEMENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, (iii) WARRANTIES RELATING TO DELAYS, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, OR OMISSIONS IN THE WEBSITE, OR ANY PART THEREOF, (iv) WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE TRANSMISSION OR DELIVERY OF THE WEBSITE, (v) WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE ACCURACY OR CORRECTNESS OF DATA, AND (vi) WARRANTIES OTHERWISE RELATING TO PERFORMANCE, NONPERFORMANCE, OR OTHER ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY CANOE OR ANY THIRD PARTY. FURTHER, AND WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING, THERE IS NO WARRANTY THAT THE WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS OR THE NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS OF ANY OTHER PERSON.

31. CANOE MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE FREE FROM ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DEFECT, OR DELAY IN OPERATION. ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, AND WE DISCLAIM ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE CHANGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CHANGES TO PRICES, DISCOUNTS, AND HOURS OF OPERATION.

Limitation of Liabilities

32. IN NO EVENT WILL CANOE OR ITS AFFILIATES, OR ANY PERSON OR PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DELIVERING THIS WEBSITE, OR ON ANY SITE LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE, BE LIABLE IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, TRADING LOSSES) INDIRECT, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN AN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE WEBSITE OR ANY SITE LINKED TO THE WEBSITE OR YOUR ACCESS, USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE OR ANY SITE LINKED TO THE WEBSITE, OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS OR LINE OR SYSTEM FAILURE. THE ABOVE SHALL APPLY EVEN IF CANOE OR ANY THIRD PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES.

33. CANOE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER THE CONTENT OF THE WEBSITE IN ANY WAY, AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION, AND WILL NOT BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH CHANGES.

34. THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF CANOE OR ANY THIRD PARTY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, CANOE¹S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IN NO EVENT SHALL CANOE¹S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) IN CANADIAN CURRENCY.

Indemnification

35. Upon a request by CANOE, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless CANOE and its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, agents, licensors, co-branders or other partners and employees from and against all liabilities, claims and expenses, including legal fees and disbursements on a substantial indemnity basis, made by any third party due to or arising out of your conduct including content you submit, post to or transmit through the Website, your use of the Website, your violation of the terms and conditions or your violation of any rights of another.

Choice of Law and Forum

36. This Agreement shall be governed solely by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, excluding its conflict of law rules. You expressly and irrevocably consent and agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts in the Province of Ontario in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Website. YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO COMMENCE OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS ACTION AGAINST CANOE OR ITS AFFILIATES OR ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO THE WEBISTE, THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR ANY RELATED MATER.

Severability and Integration

37. Except for other agreements you may enter into through use of a specific part of the Website, these terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and CANOE and governs your use of this Service, superceding any prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and CANOE. If any portion of the terms and conditions is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intention of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. The terms and conditions may be modified only by our posting on the Website changes to the terms and conditions or by a subsequent writing signed by CANOE.

No Waiver

38. The failure of CANOE to enforce any provisions of the terms and conditions or respond to a breach by you or other parties shall not in any way waive its right to enforce subsequently any of the terms or conditions or to act with respect to similar breaches.

No Professional Advice

39. Any information supplied by any employee or agent of CANOE whether by telephone, e-mail, letter, facsimile or other form of communication, is intended solely as general guidance on the use of the Website, and does not constitute legal, tax, accounting or other professional advice and may not be relied on to base any claim or action. Individual situations and provincial laws vary and users are encouraged to obtain appropriate advice from qualified professionals in the applicable jurisdictions. CANOE makes no representations or warranties concerning any course of action taken by any person following or otherwise using the information offered or provided within or through the Website. Sections 26-30 above apply to this section.

Miscellaneous

40. References to CANOE in the terms and conditions shall include all of CANOE¹s affiliates and all of its and their directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, advisers, suppliers and insurers. You are prohibited from assigning your rights and obligations under the terms and conditions. CANOE may assign its rights and obligations in its sole discretion at any time or times, in whole or in part, without notice to you. Nothing contained in the terms and conditions is in derogation of CANOE¹s right and obligation to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Website. A printed version of the terms and conditions and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to the terms and conditions to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. The section titles used in the terms and conditions are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual significance. Where the context permits all words in the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.

Termination

41. CANOE reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of the Website, with or without notice and with or without cause. Termination of your access to the Website means the revocation of the limited and temporary license and permission to use the software and other resources of the Website granted to you under the terms and conditions by CANOE. The provisions of the terms and conditions survive the termination of your access to the Website. You are prohibited from terminating your rights and obligations under the terms and conditions.

Notices

42. CANOE may give notices to users of the Website, at its option, by posting a message on the Website, by electronic or conventional mail or by any other means by which users obtain actual knowledge thereof. Notices by users to CANOE must be given by electronic or conventional mail. Notices to CANOE by electronic mail must be sent by accessing CANOE¹s online feedback page. Notices to CANOE by conventional mail must be sent to: CANOE Network, 333 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3X5. Notices by a user to the CANOE Network will not change the terms and conditions unless the change is expressly accepted in writing by an authorized officer of CANOE.