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At Aird & Berlis, we provide strategic legal and business advice in all principal areas of corporate commercial law, including corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology and intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. 

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Trump and Trade Sam Billard Jun 27, 2017 On June 6, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an interesting speech to the House of Commons. It is being viewed as a manifesto outlining the response of our federal government to recent international events. It was followed closely by a speech by Harjit Sajja...
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NEB Reports Discuss GHG Emissions By Economic Sector, Including Residential Electricity Consumption David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 In two recent “Market Snapshot” reports, the National Energy Board (NEB) provided information about the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada during 2015. These reports offer some insight into the main areas where GHG emissions reductions might be targeted in coming...
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OEB Announces New Electricity Prices to Reflect the Fair Hydro Plan David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 On June 22, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board announced new electricity prices that are intended to implement the promised 25% bill reduction from the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan.1 For most consumers, the impact will be seen in the form of reduced Regulated Price Plan (RPP) electricit...
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Regulations Published to Implement Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan David Stevens Jun 22, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Government passed Bill 132, which is intended to implement the Government’s promised Fair Hydro Plan (discussed in earlier posts, here, here and here). The main part of Bill 132 is the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan Act, 2017, which is included as Schedule I and is ref...
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Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: The Cannabis Industry’s Race to the Patent Office Kimberly A. McManus, PhD and Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Jun 21, 2017 In April 2017, the Canadian federal government tabled a number of bills that are projected to legalize and regulate access to recreational marijuana by July 2018. It is estimated that the recreational marijuana market in Canada will generate approximately $5 billion in annual revenue, leading to ...
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OEB Provides First Look at Proposed New Cyber Security Framework Gaurav Gopinath and David Stevens Jun 16, 2017 In December 2015, the lights blinked out across multiple provinces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. Nearly a quarter of a million people lost power. Shortly after power was restored, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team announced they had identified the root cause: a cyb...
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IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Firms' Patent Professionals Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD and Timothy M. Lowman Jun 15, 2017 Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney were recently recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.
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The Tricky Question of Director Benefits Jeremy D. Burke Jun 14, 2017 Charities across Canada are generally prohibited by federal tax policy and provincial law from compensating directors for acting as directors. However, many charities rely on directors for functions that extend beyond governance and charities might see good reasons to consider compensating direc...
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OEB’s First Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report Jasmine Chung and David Stevens Jun 09, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its first Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report (the Report). The Report covers the 2018-2028 period and was prepared by ICF Consulting Canada. The Report projects a carbon price of $17 per tCO2e in 2018 rising to $57 per tCO2e in 2028....
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Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office Finds That “Fair Hydro Plan” Has a Net Cost of $21 Billion David Stevens May 25, 2017 On May 24, 2017, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) published its Assessment of the Fiscal Impact of the Province’s Fair Hydro Plan. This Assessment reviews how Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan (FHP) will impact electricity ratepayers and provincial finances. As set out in...
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Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Churchill Falls Contract Dispute David Stevens Apr 24, 2017 On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted leave to appeal to Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited (CFLCo) against Hydro-Quebec in a case challenging the pricing for a 65-year power purchase agreement signed by the parties in 1969. As we described in an earlier post, C...
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Highway 427 Expansion Project Reaches Financial Close Douglas J. S. Younger, Heidi Visser, Lorway Gosse and Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains Mar 21, 2017

Infrastructure Ontario, Grupo ACS and Miller Construction reached financial close on the Highway 427 Expansion Project. The project has a capital cost of $363 million and is being financed through a bank-bond hybrid.

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Aird & Berlis LLP Partners Recognized in Chambers Global 2017 Jack Bernstein, Barbara J. Worndl, Douglas J. S. Younger and Stephen Zolf Mar 16, 2017 Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to announce that Jack Bernstein, Barbara Worndl, Douglas Younger and Stephen Zolf were recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
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Doing Business in Canada - March 2017 Mar 10, 2017 Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to present the March 2017 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law and is intended for those planning to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada.
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A&B Advises on Award-Winning Management Buyout Deal Stanley W. L. Freedman, Steven L. Graff and Francesco Gucciardo Feb 16, 2017 The M&A Advisor recognized the management buyout of Thane International Inc. as the Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year in the over $50 million to $100 million category as part of its 11th Annual Turnaround Awards.
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Triple M Successful in Tax Court of Canada Louise R. Summerhill and Meghan A. Cowan Feb 06, 2017 Triple M Metal LP was recently successful in winning an appeal in the Tax Court of Canada. Triple M appealed a Notice of Confirmation dated September 15, 2014 relating to an Ontario Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax reassessment covering the period from August 1, 2010 to September 30, 2...
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Mettrum Health Corp. Completes Sale to Canopy Growth Corporation Margaret T. Nelligan, Daniel Everall and John D. Andrew Jan 31, 2017 Mettrum Health Corp. announced the successful closing of the acquisition of Mettrum by Canopy Growth Corporation pursuant to the terms of an arrangement agreement. Under the arrangement, Canopy acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mettrum, and Mettrum’s shareholders became ...
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Four A&B Partners Appointed to International Bar Association Committees Andrew Magnus, Donald B. Johnston, Jeffrey K. Merk and Martin E. Kovnats Jan 02, 2017 Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to announce that the International Bar Association has promoted Martin Kovnats and Jeffrey Merk within the Professional Ethics Committee and appointed Donald Johnston and Andrew Magnus to the Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee.
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Chris Williams' Supreme Court of Canada Win Featured in The Lawyers Weekly Christopher J. Williams Dec 21, 2016 Chris Williams was featured in The Lawyers Weekly as counsel who successfully represented the City of Windsor in a Supreme Court of Canada decision that allows municipalities to access justice locally when battling federal initiatives.