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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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Recent Developments

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Tax News Flash - Changes to the Income Tax Act Marni Pernica and Barbara Worndl Jul 18, 2017 On July 18, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the release of a consultation paper and draft legislation to amend the Income Tax Act which target what the Liberal government perceives as unfair tax benefits afforded to private corporations and shareholders of these private co...
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Breach of Drug Policy Can Support Termination SCC Decides Michael F. Horvat Jul 13, 2017 Whether it is due to increased workplace drug testing or the impending legalization of recreational marijuana use, the legal landscape of drug and alcohol addiction and the workplace continues to evolve. Canadian companies must be able to adapt to this changing dynamic with sound workplace polici...
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Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan to Be Released Around Late Summer of 2017 David Stevens Jul 11, 2017 On July 7, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Energy released a proposal for a new Regulation under the Electricity Act, 1998 that will specify the timing for Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). If the Regulation is issued, then the new LTEP will be released within three months of the Regula...
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Supply Crunch in Canadian Marijuana Market Sherri M. Altshuler, Daniel Everall and Gaurav Gopinath Jul 11, 2017 With less than a year to legalization, a new challenge has surfaced: a shortage of high-quality legal cannabis. The supply crunch stems from the fact that demand for medical marijuana has outstripped production. The number of registered clients under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Re...
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Cyber Security, Risk, Response and Cyber Insurance Paige Backman, Aaron Baer and Monica Carinci Jul 10, 2017 Relying on cyber infrastructure to operate has become fundamental to most businesses. Critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, hospitals, emergency response, water and transportation (land, water and air) rely heavily on cyber infrastructure that is often networked with many other systems...
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Forum Selection Clauses in Canada: Enforceability in Consumer Contracts May be an Issue after Recent Supreme Court of Canada Decision Paige Backman, Aaron Baer and Brandon Carter Jul 04, 2017 Key Implications for Businesses A recent Supreme Court of Canada (“Supreme Court”) decision has created uncertainty for businesses who rely on forum selection clauses in consumer contracts, particularly those online contracts which are not negotiated. In its decision, the Supreme Cour...
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Canadian Securities Regulators Turn Attention to Climate Risk Disclosures Thomas A. Fenton and Gaurav Gopinath Jul 04, 2017 On March 21, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that it will undertake a review of public company disclosures of climate-related risks. The review will assess Canadian and international disclosure practices and collect anonymous feedback from investors and issuers. The a...
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Supreme Court of Canada: The Promise Doctrine “is Not Good Law” Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Jun 30, 2017 AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc., 2017 SCC 36 In a long-fought battle, AstraZeneca has prevailed over Apotex and has succeeded in realigning Canada’s stance on utility with most of the rest of the world. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Promise Doctrine is “punitiv...
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How to Get it Right – Increased Use of Rights Offerings Leads to New Guidance By the CSA Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall and Liam Tracey-Raymont Jun 30, 2017 Issuing securities through prospectus-exempt rights offerings is on the rise in Canada. The recent Staff Notice 45-323 (the “Staff Notice”), Update on Use of the Rights Offering Exemption in National Instrument 45-106 – Prospectus Exemptions from the Canadian Securities Administ...
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California's Supreme Court Confirms Dismissal of Challenge to Cap and Trade Program David Stevens Jun 29, 2017 On June 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a case that had confirmed the constitutionality of California's Cap and Trade Program. As explained in a news article, this marks the end of the current legal challenges to the Cap and Trade program in California. As we...
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Municipal & Planning Law Bulletin - Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Bill 139 Meaghan Barrett and Tom Halinski Jun 28, 2017 Bill 139 (Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017), which has received First Reading, proposes to continue the Ontario Municipal Board as the renamed Local Planning Appeal Tribunel, make fundamental changes to the Planning Act approval process, and revise the Conservation ...
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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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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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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.