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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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Tax Law Essentials for Private, Owner-Managed and Family Businesses Nick Torchetti, Edward Miller, David Malach, Stuart F. Bollefer and Elisabeth V. Atsaidis Nov 20, 2018 Tax laws and issues for private enterprises such as family-owned, privately-managed and owner-operated businesses are unique and complex. They can also differ greatly from one business to the next depending on a number of variables. Join our esteemed panelists as they shed light on some essentia...
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Ontario’s Cannabis Regulations: Rushed to Release Jeremy D. Burke Nov 16, 2018 The Ontario government has released General Regulation 468/18 (the Regulation) under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (the Licence Act) and has announced that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (the AGCO) will begin accepting retail store applications (online only) on December 17, 2018.
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Postal Strike Alert Nov 16, 2018 As reported through multiple media outlets, Canada Post may undergo strike or lockout conditions as early as September 26, with Canadians seeing disruptions to their postal service before the end of September. Please note that invoices and cheques sent to and from Aird & Berlis LLP/Aird & McBurne...
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The New Construction Act: What You Need to Know Sam Babe and Courtney Raphael Nov 14, 2018 The Construction Lien Act, now renamed the Construction Act, received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017. The amendments to the Construction Lien Act and holdback rules came into effect on July 1, 2018, while the new prompt payment and adjudication processes, and amendments related to liens agains...
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Cameco Corporation v. The Queen: A Lesson in Sham and Canadian Transfer Pricing Adjustments Jack Bernstein, Edward Miller and Tyler Brent Nov 13, 2018 On September 26, 2018, the Tax Court of Canada released its decision in Cameco Corporation v. The Queen. The case addressed the transfer pricing provisions contained in subsection 247(2) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act”) and whether the transactions in question were a sham. In a win for ...
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A Problem Crying out for an Early Resolution Donald Carr Nov 13, 2018 The current wholesale upset of Ontario’s estates and trusts legal community over the decision in Re Milne is not only disturbing, but causes reflection on the origin of multiple wills in this province, as well as earnest hope for an early resolution of a huge problem.
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NEB Agrees to Consider Whether Pipeline Serving LNG Canada Project Requires NEB Approval David Stevens Nov 12, 2018 In late October 2018, the National Energy Board issued a letter indicating that the NEB will consider a jurisdictional challenge over whether the NEB must approve the Coastal GasLink Pipeline that would serve the recently-confirmed LNG Canada project.
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Will the EU Copyright Directive Break the Internet? Ken Clark and Monica Carinci Nov 12, 2018 On September 12, 2018, the European Union passed a proposed directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. Once the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union agree on a final form of the directive, member states will be required to amend their own la...
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Federal Government Announces Carbon Tax Systems For Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Zoë Thoms and Jonathan Yantzi Nov 09, 2018 On October 23, 2018, the federal government announced details regarding the federal carbon tax systems that it will implement in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan (the “federal backstop jurisdictions”) in 2019. The federal backstop jurisdictions did not design their own pollution ...
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Supreme Court of Canada Allows Appeal in Canada v. Callidus Capital Corporation Steven L. Graff and Alyssa Gebert Nov 08, 2018 Secured creditors can breathe a sigh of relief. We have received word that the Supreme Court of Canada has allowed the appeal from the bench in Canada v. Callidus Capital Corporation.
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The Power of Sport Paige Backman Nov 08, 2018 Sport’s power is stunning. Its ability to unite, inspire inclusivity, promote global health and strive for equality and peace beyond political borders can be unparalleled. I’ve been blessed to be a part of global initiatives that bring together world leaders in sport, faith and business to help m...
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IP Budget 2018 – Changes to Canada’s IP laws Ken Clark and Brandon Carter Nov 07, 2018 On October 29th, 2018, Canada’s federal government tabled an omnibus budget implementation bill, entitled the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No.2. At over 800 pages long, it amends dozens of existing federal laws, creates various new government departments, and includes new statutes in their en...
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Canada’s New Industrial Design Act and Industrial Design Regulations Come into Force on November 5, 2018 Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. and Kitt Sinden, M.Sc. Nov 02, 2018 On November 5, 2018, Canada’s new Industrial Design Act and Industrial Design Regulations come into force. This article outlines some key changes to the Act and Regulations.
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Bill 148 – Barely Here and Now Gone Michael F. Horvat Oct 24, 2018 Confirming their stated election platform, the new Ontario Conservative government tabled on October 23, 2018, Bill 47 – The Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which includes a major repeal of Bill 148 and its prior changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, ...
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Stephen Zolf Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment Analysis Stephen Zolf Oct 24, 2018 Stephen Zolf is highlighted in Who's Who Legal's Sports and Entertainment 2018: Analysis, which looks at the leading sports and entertainment lawyers in the international marketplace.
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Cannabis Legalization in Canada is Here Answers to Your Most-Asked Cannabis in the Workplace Questions Michael F. Horvat Oct 23, 2018 Cannabis is now a legal substance in Canada. Michael Horvat provides some answers to your most-asked questions about the use of Cannabis in the workplace.
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R. c. Fournier: A Recent Lesson in Indifference to Workplace Safety, and in Jail Sentences David S. Reiter Oct 23, 2018 On March 1, the Court of Quebec registered the first manslaughter conviction against an employer/supervisor in Canada for a workplace accident. A few weeks ago, the Court sentenced that employer/supervisor to an 18 month jail term. The jail term will be followed by two years of probation. The cas...
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Ontario Proposes New Approach for Expansion of Natural Gas to Unserved Communities David Stevens Oct 22, 2018 The Ontario government recently proposed amendments to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEB Act) that are intended to support the expansion of natural gas service to unserved communities. The amendments will provide “rate protection” for consumers where the gas distributor makes investments to...
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Multiple Wills – An Important Notification Oct 18, 2018 A decision on September 11, 2018, by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice known as “Re Milne” may affect planning you have put in place to reduce the Estate Administration Tax (“probate tax”).
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Get into the Octave-gon with the New MMA Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 16, 2018 Last week, the White House signed into law the Music Modernization Act, bringing American copyright law further into the digital age. The MMA offers several key updates to the copyright regime in the United States. This article provides a few highlights.
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Ontario Repeals Green Energy Act, 2009 Zoë Thoms and Jonathan Yantzi Oct 12, 2018 The Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines recently introduced legislation to repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009 and its regulations. The Green Energy Act, 2009 was enacted ten years ago to expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation and create jobs in the...
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Aird & Berlis Wins CBS Summer Law Challenge Aaron Silver Oct 11, 2018 Aird & Berlis defended its title and won the Canadian Blood Services 2018 Summer Law Challenge for having the highest number of donations!
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MediPharm Labs Corp. Completes Qualifying Transaction and Commences Trading on the TSXV Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Brandon Church Oct 10, 2018 On October 1, 2018, MediPharm Labs Corp. completed its business combination with MediPharm Labs Inc., which resulted in a reverse take-over of the Company by the shareholders of the Target and constituted the “Qualifying Transaction” of the Company as such term is defined in the policies of the T...
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SLAPP Fight! Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies SLAPP Legislation Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 10, 2018 On August 30, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released six decisions involving Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation. The six appeals were heard together. These decisions present a roadmap of the ambit of the new anti-SLAPP law.​
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Over Before it Began – Online Petition Halts Expropriation of Family Farmland Rebecca Hines and David P. Neligan Oct 10, 2018 A proposal by the Halton Catholic District School Board to expropriate farmland in the Town of Milton was nipped in the bud after it was met with significant public backlash.
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Tales from the Crypt(ocurrency) Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 09, 2018 The cryptocurrency fad has started to enter the legal mainstream. Unusually, this has happened in the context of a mysterious death. In a case of a mistaken transfer of cryptocurrency tokens, the British Columbia Superior Court has ordered that the tokens be traced so that they can be returned t...
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Powerful Women: Indy Butany-DeSouza Zoë Thoms and Corrine Kennedy Oct 05, 2018 This week’s Powerful Women series profiles Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President Regulatory Affairs & Privacy Officer, at Alectra Utilities Corporation, the second-largest municipally-owned electricity utility in North America. In her dynamic interview, Indy shares her journey to the energy sector,...
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Doing Business in Canada - September 2018 Oct 05, 2018 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the September 2018 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.