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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

Avoiding a Privacy Breach: How to Train Employees and Contractors Donald B. Johnston, Meghan A. Cowan and Paige Backman Oct 31, 2017 Join our panel of leading legal experts for an informative discussion on practical things you, and your employees, can do that will reduce the risk of a cyber-attack and protect your data.
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Leasing to Cannabis Businesses Marco Gammone and Daniel Everall Oct 12, 2017 The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act currently lists cannabis as a controlled substance.​1 The Act also stipulates that the production, possession and sale of cannabis is illegal. Though the Act carves out an exception for medicinal marijuana, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regula...
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Doing Business in Canada - October 2017 Oct 06, 2017 Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to present the October 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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TransCanada Abandons Energy East Project David Stevens Oct 05, 2017 On October 5, 2017, TransCanada Corporation announced that it will not proceed with the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. As a result, TransCanada will withdraw its applications to the National Energy Board for these projects.
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‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings Stephen Zolf Sep 29, 2017 Yesterday’s posts (here and here) outlined Netflix’s agreement with the government to invest a minimum of $500 million in original productions in Canada over the next five years. Under the agreement, Netflix “will also work to promote Canadian films and programs on its platform ...
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Aird & Berlis Recognized in Chambers Canada 2018 Jack Bernstein, Fred D. Cass, Ron W. Clark, D. Robb English, Steven L. Graff, Martin Kovnats, Lorenzo Lisi, N. Jane Pepino, Hayden Solomons, Heidi Visser, Barbara Worndl, Douglas J. S. Younger, Steven Zakem and Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that the following members of the firm have been recognized as top practitioners in the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Jack Bernstein  Tax (Nationwide) ...
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Aird & Berlis Supports York University Startups with Annual Award Sep 26, 2017 Aird & Berlis recently announced that it had committed to providing $100,000 worth of support to the next generation of top entrepreneurs coming out of York University’s AccelerateUP program. For each of the next four years, select companies in the AccelerateUP program will compete for ...
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Equifax Breach - The Breach That Will Keep on Giving Paige Backman and Meghan A. Cowan Sep 14, 2017 At this point, if you haven’t heard of the Equifax data breach, it could only be because you have rightfully been glued to the coverage of (or living through) Hurricane Irma, Harvey or Jose. On September 7, 2017, Equifax revealed that it was the subject of a cybersecurity breach over the s...
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General Partner Distributions: Subject to GST/HST? Neil Bass and Angelo Gentile Sep 12, 2017 On September 8, 2017, the Department of Finance (“Finance”) released a series of draft legislative changes to the Excise Tax Act (Canada) (the “ETA”). Of particular note is legislation that will have broad ranging impact on limited partnerships that are engaged in investme...