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Federal Budget 2017
On March 22, 2017, the Honourable William Francis Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance, tabled Canada’s annual federal budget (“Budget 2017”). Budget 2017 proposes to build on the current Government’s previous actions and to introduce targeted investments aimed at fostering economic growth and benefitting the middle class.

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A&B In the News
Chris Williams' Supreme Court of Canada Win Featured in The Lawyers Weekly
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.

Lorenzo Lisi writes for HR Professional
Lorenzo Lisi writes about how far Canadian employers have to go to accommodate family status in HR Professional.

Chris Williams interviewed by Legal Feeds
Chris Williams was interviewed by Legal Feeds about the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in the dispute between the City of Windsor and the Canadian Transit Company.

Patrick Harrington quoted in the Caledon Citizen
Patrick Harrington was quoted in this article about the Peel regional councillors’ decision in the Bolton Residential Expansion Study.

Ron Clark writes an opinion piece for the Financial Post
Ron Clark writes about power purchase agreements and the contracts between power generators and central agencies that have recently come under attack in Alberta and Ontario in the Financial Post.

Hugh Segal quoted in the Waterloo Chronicle
Hugh Segal was quoted in a Waterloo Chronicle article about the Senate expenses scandal and the fallout from it.

Zoë Thoms quoted in Canadian Consulting Engineer
Zoë Thoms was quoted in this article about the Canadian government's approval of the $11-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

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Success Stories
Highway 427 Expansion Project Reaches Financial Close

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.

Triple M Successful in Tax Court of Canada

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, 2010.

Mettrum Health Corp. Completes Sale to Canopy Growth Corporation

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 entitled to receive 0.7132 common shares of Canopy.

A&B Advises on Award-Winning Management Buyout Deal
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.

Firm News
Aird & Berlis LLP Partners Recognized in Chambers Global 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.

Four A&B Partners Appointed to International Bar Association Committees
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.

The Honourable Hugh Segal Promoted Within the Order of Canada & Appointed to the Order of Ontario
Congratulations to the Honourable Hugh D. Segal on being promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada and appointed to the Order of Ontario.