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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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Going Public in Canada Sherri M. Altshuler Feb 06, 2019 Join our panel of experts from MNP, Aird & Berlis, the Canadian Securities Exchange, MGO | Ello Cannabis Alliance and Haywood Securities Inc. as we take you through the steps needed to go public in Canada. Listing in Canada provides greater access to capital and liquidity for shareholders, a...
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Top Energy Insider Posts of 2018 Zoë Thoms Jan 21, 2019 2018 saw many interesting developments in the energy sector, both in Ontario and across Canada. The topic that got the most reads on Energy Insider in 2018 was the changes implemented by Ontario’s new provincial government. Other widely-read topics included developments at the Ontario Energy Boar...
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Province Releases Proposals to Change Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe Changes Aim to Increase Housing Supply and Stimulate Economic Growth Hon. Peter Van Loan Jan 18, 2019 On January 15, 2019, the Minister of Municipal Affairs posted proposed changes to the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. The province is now receiving comments on the proposed changes for 45 days.
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Top Workplace Issues of 2018: Looking Back and Preparing for the Year Ahead CPD for HRPA and CHRP Members Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan and Michael F. Horvat Jan 16, 2019 2018 was a year of change for the Canadian workplace. On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Ontario increased by 20% to $14/hour. Employers were planning for a number of other changes resulting from Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017), the province’s largest labour bill ...
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Patricia Foran and Patrick Harrington Author Book Focused on Planning Legislation Reform in Ontario Patricia A. Foran and Patrick Harrington Jan 11, 2019 Patricia Foran and Patrick Harrington have written Ontario Planning Legislation & Commentary, 2019 Edition, published by LexisNexis Canada.
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Ron Clark's Latest Book Focuses on Municipally-Owned Corporations in Ontario Ron W. Clark Jan 07, 2019 Ron Clark, a corporate/commercial and energy lawyer at Aird & Berlis, has written Regulation and Governance of Municipally-Owned Corporations in Ontario, published in January 2019 by LexisNexis Canada.
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Ontario Cannabis Retail: Just Painful Jeremy D. Burke and Gobind Ahuja Dec 19, 2018 On December 13, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking a phased approach to the licensing of brick-and-mortar retail cannabis stores. Citing cannabis product supply shortages, Ontario will now initially limit the number of retail licences to 25. Such limited number of stores ...
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OEB Takes Next Steps to Implement Changes to Utility Customer Service Rules David Stevens Dec 19, 2018 On December 18, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Notice setting out next steps to implement the findings in the Report on the Review of Customer Service Rules for Utilities.
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The Press Freedom Paradox in R. v. Vice Media: the Supreme Court of Canada’s Review of Press Freedoms Versus the Investigative Powers of Police Paige Backman and Brandon Carter Dec 13, 2018 On November 30, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc., a case many describe as pitting press freedoms against the investigative powers of police.
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BCUC Report Finds No Need For Regulation of Public EV Charging Stations David Stevens Dec 12, 2018 On November 26, 2018, the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued its Phase I Report from its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service. In this Report, the BCUC found that the public EV charging market does not exhibit monopoly characteristics and economic regulation ...
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Government of Ontario Announces Proposed Changes to the Planning Act Patricia A. Foran, Tom Halinski and Matthew Helfand Dec 07, 2018 On December 6, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, had undergone first reading by the Legislature. If it becomes law, Bill 66 will introduce sweeping amendments to a wide variety of statutes.
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Ford Government Launches First Salvo in War on Red Tape Hon. Peter Van Loan Dec 07, 2018 Premier Ford launched his first advance on this deregulatory agenda on December 6, 2018, with the introduction of a bill entitled “An Act to Restore Ontario’s Competitiveness by Amending and Repealing Certain Regulations.” This red tape reduction legislation aims to eliminate barriers to job crea...
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Additional Changes to Ontario Employment Standards – Hours of Work and Overtime Averaging Michael F. Horvat Dec 07, 2018 The Ontario government introduced omnibus legislation on December 6, 2018, that, when passed, will amend multiple statutes which the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade stated were designed to “reduce red tape and regulatory burden” as part of the Provincial government’s Open...
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Don’t Leave Workplace Safety out in the Cold Three Steps That Every Employer Should Be Taking to Protect Their Workers This Winter David S. Reiter Dec 07, 2018 Winter weather is once again upon us. With it comes the joy of the season, but also an increased risk to worker safety. That increased risk imposes special obligations on employers under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA). Some of the obligations are addressed in the OHSA’s Regulations....
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Ontario Government Files Arguments in Federal Carbon Pricing Challenge Zoë Thoms Dec 07, 2018 The Ontario government recently filed a factum setting out its argument against the federal government’s carbon pricing legislation as unconstitutional. The factum expands on the arguments outlined in the statement of particulars previously filed by the Attorney General of Ontario.
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Ontario Releases Its New Environment Plan David Stevens Dec 06, 2018 On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its promised plan to address climate change, titled Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The Environment Plan addresses four main topics: protecting air and water; addressing cli...
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OEB Increases Service Charges From Distributors to Energy Retailers and Customers David Stevens Dec 06, 2018 On November 29, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued its Report on Energy Retailer Service Charges. The OEB concluded that the current retail service charges from electricity distributors to electricity retailers and their customers need to be increased so that all of the distributors’ costs are...
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What Happens at the Office Holiday Party Doesn’t Necessarily Stay at the Party Michael F. Horvat Dec 06, 2018 It’s that time of year again when companies across the country celebrate the holiday season, spread good cheer, reflect on the long (and hopefully successful) year past and toast the new year ahead. However, just because the party has begun, it does not mean that an employer’s obligation to its e...
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AGCO’s Registrar’s Standards Published Jeremy D. Burke Dec 05, 2018 The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario today released their Registrar's Standards for the Private Retail Sale of Cannabis in Ontario. The AGCO Standards reflect the provincial regulator’s preference for outcome or objective-based standards, rather than highly-prescriptive rules.
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Postal Strike Alert Nov 28, 2018 As reported through multiple media outlets, Canada Post may undergo strike or lockout conditions as early as September 26, with Canadians seeing disruptions to their postal service before the end of September. Please note that invoices and cheques sent to and from Aird & Berlis LLP/Aird & McBurne...
Representative Matters
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Successful at Board of Review Hearing David S. Reiter Nov 20, 2018 The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, the Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation, has issued a final prohibitory order that will prevent the delivery of the publication Your Ward News, or any substantially similar material developed by its authors, through Canada Post’s unaddressed bulk mail.