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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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The Impact of Environmental Factors in an Expropriation Scott Stoll and Jody E. Johnson Mar 08, 2018 In this webinar, our panel of experts discuss both legal and appraisal issues related to environmental factors in expropriation compensation.
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The Powerful Protections of the Ontario Repair and Storage Liens Act Timothy Jones and Jesse Waslowski Feb 15, 2018 An equipment finance company finances the purchase of a truck and registers a purchase-money security interest pursuant to the Personal Property Security Act (Ontario) to protect its interest. The truck breaks down and is taken in for repairs. While the truck is in the shop, the debtor defaults u...
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Cryptocurrency Assets Under Insolvency and Personal Property Security Law Timothy Jones and Dillon Collett Feb 15, 2018 Encrypted digital currencies (“cryptocurrencies”), particularly Bitcoin, have recently become the target of enormous international speculation and market scrutiny. Some expect cryptocurrency payments and other transactions tracked via distributed ledger technology (“DLT”, of which “blockchain” te...
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Patented Love: Our Selection of Innovations for the Romantic at Heart SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Feb 14, 2018 With Valentine’s Day upon us, one would rightly suspect that there is already an abundance of patents and patent applications related to online dating software. But if you're really in the mood for love, here are some less obvious technologies dedicated to romance.
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Ontario Publishes Documentation Requirements for Exempt HVAC Door-to-Door Transactions David Stevens Feb 12, 2018 Recently, we wrote about new provisions of the Ontario Consumer Protection Act that will prohibit a range of door-to door consumer transactions. The new rules, which come into effect on March 1, 2018, will make unsolicited “direct agreements” unenforceable for HVAC equipment and other items such ...
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Third Strike for Ontario Construction Lien Act Deemed Trust in Bankruptcy Sam Babe Feb 09, 2018 In a January 31, 2018 decision from the bench in the matter of Royal Bank of Canada v. A-1 Asphalt Maintenance Ltd. (Court File No. CV-14-10784-00CL) (“A-1 Asphalt”), Madam Justice Conway of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the “Court”) held that the deemed trust provision...
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Income Splitting: How Will the Amendments Affect You? Archive Now Available! David Malach and Stuart F. Bollefer Feb 07, 2018 In this webinar our panel discusses the content and consequences of the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act.
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When Can a CCAA Monitor Bring an Oppression Claim Against a Stakeholder? Steven L. Graff, Mark van Zandvoort and Timothy Jones Feb 01, 2018 Until a court orders otherwise, a monitor appointed under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act is a neutral party and may not take sides in favour of one stakeholder over another. When can a monitor depart from this neutral role and launch litigation that favours certain creditors to the detr...
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Bill 139 Reforms Ontario's Planning Approvals System: How Will the Changes Affect You? Archive Now Available! Leo F. Longo and Patrick Harrington Feb 01, 2018 In this webinar, municipal lawyers Leo Longo and Patrick Harrington provide a practical overview of the legislative amendment, and project what lies ahead for both landowners and municipal authorities under Ontario’s new planning approvals system.
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Trump and Trade – Mid NAFTA Negotiation Sam Billard Jan 16, 2018 Rounds one through five of the schedule six rounds of NAFTA trade talks have now been completed and we have much clearer insight into the Trump Administration’s agenda. The parts of it that Canada and Mexico will find hard to live with were further highlighted in the release of an updated Summary...
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Canadian Securities Administrators to Consider Disclosure-Based Regulatory Approach after U.S. Rescinds the “Cole Memorandum” Richard M. Kimel, Daniel Everall and Tyler Brent Jan 16, 2018 On January 12, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) announced that they were considering their disclosure-based regulatory approach for issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities.
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2017 in Review – Top Ten Energy Insider Posts David Stevens Dec 29, 2017 This has been another busy year in Canada’s energy sector. We have enjoyed following and learning about new and ongoing developments in a variety of topic areas and jurisdictions, and hope you found our blog posts informative.
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OEB Issues Draft Report on Wireline Pole Attachment Rates Fred D. Cass Dec 28, 2017 Earlier this month, the Ontario Energy Board issued a draft report on policies for wireline pole attachment rates charged by electricity distributors for attachments by telecommunication and cable companies to distribution poles. The draft report resulted from the OEB’s policy consultation on wir...