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Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Summit Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter, Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Meghan A. Cowan and Fiona Brown Nov 16, 2017 Join our workplace law experts for an in-person summit as they highlight the challenges of the new workplace and suggest ways to manage it effectively and proactively.
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Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready? Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi Oct 24, 2017 Join us to gain insight on the rights and responsibilities of employers in managing both medicinal and recreational marijuana use on the job.
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Canadian Women in STEM Conference Oct 14, 2017 Canadian Women in STEM Conference: Success Stories and Strategies for Closing the Gender Gap #Can... Canadian Women in STEM Conference: Success Stories and Strategies for Closing the Gender Gap #CanWomenSTEM150 As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, we are celebrating Canadian Women in STEM with a one-day conference on October 14 at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events . This conferenc...
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Growing Your 'Cannabusiness': From Seeds to the Stock Exchange Margaret T. Nelligan, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Fiona Brown Sep 27, 2017 Join our panel of leading legal experts for an informative discussion on how to take your ‘cannabusiness’ from seeds to the stock exchange and avoid getting caught in a pipe dream.
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Future Festival Sep 27, 2017 "THE WORLD'S BEST INNOVATION CONFERENCE" Join Starbucks, Netflix, Samsung, Red Bull, Lego, MTV &a... "THE WORLD'S BEST INNOVATION CONFERENCE" Join Starbucks, Netflix, Samsung, Red Bull, Lego, MTV & World's Top Trend Hunters 97% rated it the best innovation conference. Future Festival will begin with immersive trend conference safaris in the afternoon and end off with a Future Party complete ...
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Bill 148: The Overhaul of the Employment Standards Act Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan, Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi Sep 26, 2017 Join us to find out how the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 would affect your business and garner insight on how best to prepare for the implications and manage the changes, should they come into effect.
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Planning Tips for Canadian Snowbirds: Prep Before You Pack Clare A. Sullivan and Elise M. Pulver Sep 13, 2017 In this webinar, our panel of speakers will discuss some of the key travel, tax, and real estate concerns for snowbirds,
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Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Completes $300 Million Public Equity Offering Barbara Worndl, Aaron Silver, Michael D. Smith, Tyler Brent, Daniel Everall, Melanie Cole, Anne E. Miatello, Sherri M. Altshuler and Margaret T. Nelligan Aug 17, 2017 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Allied”), a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments operating in Canada’s major cities, recently completed a $300 million public equity offering of units. On August 17, 2017, Allied completed an offering ...
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Dare To Differentiate with TorontoStarts Aug 16, 2017 Every Startup and small business needs to learn to stand out and differentiate themselves from th... Every Startup and small business needs to learn to stand out and differentiate themselves from the competition.  Join us and get the secrets and best advice from Toronto's marketing, branding, and PR experts.
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The Cannabis Act and Residential Tenancies Tom Halinski and Meaghan Barrett Aug 16, 2017 In April, the federal government introduced Bill C-45 (the “Cannabis Act”), which provides for the legalization of recreational marijuana in June 2018. Until the Cannabis Act comes into force, the possession of marijuana for recreational use remains illegal (although individuals with ...
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Congratulations to Denis Shapovalov Aug 14, 2017 Aird & Berlis is proud to sponsor Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year old tennis sensation from Richmond Hill, Ontario. We congratulate Denis who enjoyed great success at the Rogers Cup in Montreal this past week. Due to his strong showing, Denis moved up 76 places and is now ranked 67th in the...
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Business Blogging and Content Marketing Aug 09, 2017 Savvy business owners and marketers know that business blogging is an essential part of a modern ... Savvy business owners and marketers know that business blogging is an essential part of a modern digital marketing strategy. So why does it often fall to the bottom of the priority list? Join us for this new class taught by professional blogger and online marketing expert Wendy Kam Marcy. You'll ...
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Riverside Lobster International Inc. Completes Divestiture to Champlain Financial Corporation Joel M. Rose, Joanne C. Coldwell, Barbara Worndl, Jeremy D. Burke and Sarah Newman Aug 08, 2017 Riverside Lobster International Inc. recently completed its divestiture to Champlain Financial Corporation, a private equity firm headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Riverside is a prominent seafood processor and wholesale distributor located in Meteghan Center, Nova Scotia, that supplies lobster ...
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Ontario Proposes to Ease Rule Against Payments to Charity Directors Jeremy D. Burke Aug 02, 2017 On July 10, 2017, the Ontario government published a draft amendment to a regulation under the Ontario Charities Accounting Act (the “Act”). The proposed amendment would modify the Ontario common law rule that currently prohibits a charity’s directors from receiving any compensation from the char...
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ECO ORO: OSC Trumps TSX and Shows Willingness to Unwind Transactions Daniel Everall, Liam Tracey-Raymont and Jonathan Yantzi Jul 27, 2017 On June 16, 2017, the OSC released the reasons for its earlier order (the “Order”) which reversed a tactical private placement in the context of a proxy contest involving Eco Oro Minerals Corp. (“Eco Oro”).1 The Order was initially issued in April of 2017. The OSC’s ...
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Changes to the Income Tax Act: How Will These Amendments Affect You? Barbara Worndl, David Malach, Stuart F. Bollefer and Elisabeth V. Atsaidis Jul 27, 2017 Join us for a complimentary webinar, as our panel discusses the content and consequences of the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act.
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Startup Grind Summer Party Jul 26, 2017 Join us for our annual summer celebration! A 4-hour mixer complete with great food, cold beverage... Join us for our annual summer celebration! A 4-hour mixer complete with great food, cold beverages, and great company. Tickets will not last long, sign up (and bring a friend) while you can! Parking is extremely limited. Public transit is recommended. + Great People! + Drinks and Light Snacks!* ...
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Find Your Place in Tech Info Session Jul 26, 2017 Interested in building your digital skills? You've come to the right place. Our goal is to empowe... Interested in building your digital skills? You've come to the right place. Our goal is to empower you to stand out digitally, through courses, bootcamps, workshops, and events. Whether you're looking to transform your career or level up in your current role, we host free Info Sessions to give yo...
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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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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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Limitation Periods: When is Litigation Appropriate? Lynn Tay Jul 05, 2017 In the recent Ontario Court of Appeal (the “Court”) case of 407 ETR Concession Company Limited v. Day, the Court delineated the “appropriateness” requirement for the discovery of claims under the Limitations Act (the “Act”). The Court also clarified the ability...
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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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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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OSC Reports Uneven Use of New Prospectus Exemptions Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall, Liam Tracey-Raymont and Jonathan Yantzi Jun 30, 2017 On June 15, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”) published OSC Staff Notice 45-715 2017 Ontario Exempt Market Report (the “Report”). The Report summarizes exempt market activity in Ontario and provides data regarding the use of recently introduced prospectus...
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CSA Publishes Proposed Amendments to Form 45-106F1 Report of Exempt Distribution Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall and Liam Tracey-Raymont Jun 30, 2017 On June 8, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments”) to Form 45-106F1 Report of Exempt Distribution (the “Form”) that could simplify the way issuers report prospectus-exempt distributions. The...
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TSX Publishes Proposed Amendments to Personal Information Form, Declaration and TSX Listing Application Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall, Liam Tracey-Raymont and Gobind Ahuja Jun 30, 2017 On June 1, 2017, the TSX published proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments”) to the TSX Reporting Form 4 Personal Information Form (the “PIF”), the TSX Reporting Form 4B Declaration (the “Declaration”) and the TSX Listing Application (together with the PI...
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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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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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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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Collateral Matters - A Fixtures FAQ Jun 14, 2017 The law of “fixtures” – items, most commonly equipment, that can be affixed to real property – falls at the intersection of real property law and personal property security law. The friction between these two legal regimes can create frustration and confusion for equipment financiers, mortgage le...
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Collateral Matters - Down to the Wire: Modernizing Canada’s Payment Systems Alyssa Gebert Jun 14, 2017 Launched in 1999, the Large Value Transfer System (“LVTS”) is Canada’s system for the transfer of large electronic wire payments between Canadian financial institutions. The Payment Clearing and Settlement Act provides the legal framework to support the functioning of the LVTS. While the Bank of ...
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Collateral Matters - Receivers, Unions and the Lifting of the Stay: Are the Floodgates Open or Have They Merely Sprung A Leak? Jeremy Nemers Jun 14, 2017 In what may prove either to be a landmark decision or a mere outlier confined to its unique facts, the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Romspen Investment Corporation v. Courtice Auto Wreckers Limited, et al.1 has overturned an earlier decision and lifted the stay of proceedings against a court-app...
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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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A&B Advises Medicinal Marijuana Company on Funding Jun 13, 2017 Advising a medical marijuana company on various corporate work, including creating the shareholde... Advising a medical marijuana company on various corporate work, including creating the shareholders’ agreement, funding agreements, build-out agreement and merger agreement for sale of company
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A&B advises Medical Marijuana Compliance Company Jun 13, 2017 Aird & Berlis advised a company that assists medical marijuana companies to comply with regulator... Aird & Berlis advised a company that assists medical marijuana companies to comply with regulatory requirements on various employment and intellectual property matters.
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Upcoming Webinar - Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready? Jun 13, 2017 Lorenzo Lisi & Michael Horvat will present Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready? Upcom... Lorenzo Lisi & Michael Horvat will present Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready? Upcoming Webinar - October 24, 2017.
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Upcoming Webinar - Growing Your 'Cannabusiness': From Seeds to the Stock Exchange Jun 13, 2017 Margaret Nelligan, Kim McManus, Erica Lowthers & Fiona Brown will present Growing Your 'Cannabusi... Margaret Nelligan, Kim McManus, Erica Lowthers & Fiona Brown will present Growing Your 'Cannabusiness': From Seeds to the Stock Exchange. Upcoming Webinar - September 27, 2017.
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Decriminalization vs. Legalization: The Cannabis Act Fiona Brown Jun 08, 2017 Canada is on track to be the first G7 country to provide for the legalization of cannabis on a national basis. On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the much anticipated Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code an...
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Big Changes are Coming for Ontario Workplaces! Ontario Government Announces Intent to Amend Employment Standards Act Michael F. Horvat and Meghan A. Cowan Jun 01, 2017 On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce new workplace legislation, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which would significantly amend Ontario’s existing Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995.   The proposed legis...
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$100 Million Purchase and Servicing Agreement with Chartered Bank Jill P. Fraser May 31, 2017 As counsel to the chartered bank, Jill Fraser negotiated and structured various intercreditor and... As counsel to the chartered bank, Jill Fraser negotiated and structured various intercreditor and other priority agreements.
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$155 Million Syndicated Credit Facility for Specialty Food Distributor Jill P. Fraser and Jacqueline (Jack) Goslett May 31, 2017 Aird & Berlis represented the agent and the lenders with a team that included Jill Fraser and Jac... Aird & Berlis represented the agent and the lenders with a team that included Jill Fraser and Jacqueline Goslett.
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Real Estate Law Bulletin - What You Need to Know About the New Non-Resident Speculation Tax (and the PIPS5 Form) Haley Wong May 29, 2017 The Ontario government has introduced a 15% non-resident speculation tax that applies to the purchase or acquisition of residential properties located in certain areas of Ontario by foreign corporations, foreign nationals and taxable trustees. NRST is payable in addition to provincial and municip...
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Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Completes $200 Million Offering Barbara Worndl, Michael D. Smith, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Daniel Everall, Melanie Cole, Anne E. Miatello, Sherri M. Altshuler and Margaret T. Nelligan May 26, 2017 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Allied”), a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments operating in Canada’s major cities, recently completed its $200 million public offering of 3.636% series C senior unsecured debentures. On April 21, 201...
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Cheticamp Fisheries Completes Sale to Quebec-Based Private Equity Firm Joel M. Rose, Joanne C. Coldwell, Barbara Worndl, Jesse Rosensweet, Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown and Ken Clark May 26, 2017 Pêcheries Cheticamp Fisheries Intl. (2016) Ltd. announced the completion of its acquisition... Pêcheries Cheticamp Fisheries Intl. (2016) Ltd. announced the completion of its acquisition by Champlain Financial Corporation, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Cheticamp Fisheries is a prominent seafood processor located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, supplying premium snow crab and...
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Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review: A Focus on Penalties and Enforcement of Employment and Labour Standards in the Province Michael F. Horvat May 26, 2017 After more than two years of review, which included twelve public consultation sessions held across Ontario, 200 presentations, 300 written submissions from stakeholders, and an interim assessment, the Ontario government’s long-awaited final report, The Changing Workplaces Review: An Agenda...
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A&B Advises on Legality of Marijuana Production May 26, 2017 Aird & Berlis advised on the legality of the recreational production of marijuana for medicinal u... Aird & Berlis advised on the legality of the recreational production of marijuana for medicinal use and implications under the Criminal Code.
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Securities Law Bulletin - OSC Hits Pause, and Potentially Rewinds, Eco Oro’s Share Issuance Liam Tracey-Raymont and Daniel Everall May 25, 2017 On April 23, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission issued an order with potentially broad implications regarding the acceptable actions that a board of directors may undertake in the context of a proxy battle. The Order, among other things, set aside the Toronto Stock Exchange’s conditio...
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