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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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InnovateTO150 Nov 03, 2017 In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the City of Toronto is collaborating with York University, ... In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the City of Toronto is collaborating with York University, OCAD University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto to showcase the best of Toronto’s next generation of changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
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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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iVentures 2017 Oct 26, 2017 The 10th anniversary edition of Interactive Ontario’s flagship conference (formerly Ga... The 10th anniversary edition of Interactive Ontario’s flagship conference (formerly GameON: Ventures) marks an evolution for this two-day event. This year, iVentures will expand to act as a marketplace for ideas across all forms of interactive digital media (IDM), focused around three ...
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Startup Grind Toronto Presents: Raymond Reddy CEO Ritual Oct 25, 2017 Ritual, founded by Ray Reddy in 2014, is a mobile app that’s partnered with over 1000 restaurant ... Ritual, founded by Ray Reddy in 2014, is a mobile app that’s partnered with over 1000 restaurant partners across Canada and the United States to allow customers to order in from their favourite hot spots. After taking over Toronto, Ritual has expanded to Chicago and has raised over $70MM in fundi...
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Marijuana Legalization: Is Your Workplace Ready? Fiona Brown, 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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Startup Canada Day on the Hill Oct 19, 2017 Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual national entrepreneurship event convening mo... Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual national entrepreneurship event convening more than 1,100 leading entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, industry executives, and government representatives annually to raise the bar for Canada as a globally competitive innovation nation.
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Halton FUTURES 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Haltech is pleased to announce the 2017 Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit, an event that will... Haltech is pleased to announce the 2017 Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit, an event that will gather technology developers, healthcare innovators and business leaders to discuss the digital transformation of healthcare for the Halton region community.
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CIX Oct 17, 2017 CIX is a leading technology conference where investors, innovative companies, founders and facili... CIX is a leading technology conference where investors, innovative companies, founders and facilitators converge to learn, network, and do deals. In celebration of our 10th anniversary we've introduced a new look, new venue and an expanded 2-day program format.
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Startup Fashion Week Toronto Oct 16, 2017 #SFWToronto will be taking place Oct 16 – 20 2017! Tickets will be on sale up until the day... #SFWToronto will be taking place Oct 16 – 20 2017! Tickets will be on sale up until the day of the event or when they are sold out. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door. 
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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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Startup Weekend York Region Oct 13, 2017 Startup Weekend is designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-tech... Startup Weekend is designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demo...
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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. Doing Busines...
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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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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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Growing Your 'Cannabusiness': From Seeds to the Stock Exchange Archive Now Available! Margaret T. Nelligan, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Fiona Brown Sep 27, 2017 In this webinar, our panel of leading legal experts discuss how to take your ‘cannabusiness’ from seeds to the stock exchange and avoid getting caught in a pipe dream.
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Bill 148: The Overhaul of the Employment Standards Act Archive Now Available! Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan, Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi Sep 26, 2017 In this webinar, our speakers discuss 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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Overcoming Gender Stereotypes and Social Constructs in Leadership Archive Now Available! Melanie Cole Sep 19, 2017 In this webinar, our speakers discuss workplace gender equality issues and the challenges women face in their quest for leadership as a result of social constructs.
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Chambers HNW Ranks Aird & Berlis as a Leader in Private Wealth Law Rachel L. Blumenfeld, Melanie A. Yach and Jack Bernstein Sep 15, 2017 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as a leading Canadian law firm in the 2017 edition of Cha... Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as a leading Canadian law firm in the 2017 edition of Chambers High Net Worth.
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Proposed Changes to the Income Tax Act: How Will These Amendments Affect Your Constituents? Archive Now Available! David Malach Sep 14, 2017 In this webinar, David Malach, a senior tax lawyer with over 35 years of experience in advising private companies, explains in simple terms the effects on the taxation of private companies if the proposed amendments are enacted.
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The Government of Ontario Reveals Proposal for Regulatory Structure for the Sale and Distribution of Recreational Cannabis Fiona Brown and Daniel Everall Sep 13, 2017 During the past couple of days, the Government of Ontario has announced a long-awaited decision regarding the anticipated expansion of the market for the legal use of cannabis. Until the implementation of amendments of the current federal legislation, the market for the legal use of cannabis in C...
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Planning Tips for Canadian Snowbirds: Prep Before You Pack Archive Now Available! Clare A. Sullivan and Elise M. Pulver Sep 13, 2017 In this webinar, our panel of speakers discuss some of the key travel, tax, and real estate concerns for snowbirds,
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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...
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Trevali Mining Corporation Completes $417 Million Acquisition of Glencore’s Rosh Pinah and Perkoa Zinc Mines Thomas A. Fenton, Peter K. Czegledy, Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Christopher F. Berrigan, Daniel Everall, Barbara Worndl, Aaron T. Collins, Stephen Zolf, Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Sean Green Sep 08, 2017 On August 31, 2017, Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX:TV) completed the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of a portfolio of zinc assets from Glencore PLC and certain of its subsidiaries, including an 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, a 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burk...
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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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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 licenses iss...
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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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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? Archive Now Available! Barbara Worndl, David Malach, Stuart F. Bollefer and Elisabeth V. Atsaidis Jul 27, 2017 In this webinar, our panel discusses the content and consequences of the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act.
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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 Tribunal, 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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