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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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Compliance and Liability in the Era of Cannabis Legalization: Tips, Traps and Strategies for Employers Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Meghan A. Cowan and Fiona Brown Sep 25, 2018 Canadian employers are required to ensure a safe workplace and environment for their employees. With the onset of legalized cannabis in Canada (and continued rise in medicinal marijuana use), workplace safety issues related to impairment at work are of growing concern.  Generally, there is ...
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Postal Strike Alert Sep 24, 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...
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Trump & Trade – Fear (with apologies to Bob Woodward) Sam Billard Sep 20, 2018 In my last blog, I predicted much bluster and threat to try to get a deal before the mid-term elections – but no tariffs. The bluster and threat are a permanent feature of the Trump administration and so easy to predict. I was wrong on tariffs, and I was wrong about the Canadian response.
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OEA Releases Discussion Paper on Load Serving Entities Ron W. Clark Sep 20, 2018 On September 13, 2018, the Ontario Energy Association released “Policy Case: Recommendations for an Ontario Load-Serving Entity Model.” In the paper, the authors make the case for allowing local electricity distribution companies to act as Load Serving Entities and procure electricity generation ...
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Protecting Sensitive Data and Communications Using Encryption Donald B. Johnston Sep 20, 2018 Join leading technology lawyer Don Johnston and encryption experts Sarah Happé and Chris Peel as they provide an overview of the legal and practical aspects of encryption.
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Bill 148 Update: Getting Ready for “On-Call” Changes to the Employment Standards Act Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Sep 19, 2018 Since the passage of Bill 148, (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017), which made significant changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), employers have been trying to keep track of the new obligations under the legislation and how they will impact their ability to manage business.
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Powerful Women: Michelle Branigan Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 18, 2018 Michelle Branigan is the CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada. In her interview, Michelle encourages women to not worry about being perfect and avoid limiting themselves. She also highlights the opportunities ahead as the industry undergoes a major transformation.
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OEB Issues Report Proposing Changes to Utility Customer Service Rules David Stevens Sep 17, 2018 As we discussed in an earlier post, the Ontario Energy Board has been engaged in a review of Customer Service Rules for Electricity and Gas consumers. This was promised at the time that the OEB first implemented new rules to ban local electricity distribution companies from disconnecting resident...
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Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity | EHRC Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 14, 2018 In anticipation of our interview with Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada, this week’s blog post takes a preliminary look at the Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity, its genesis, purpose and the effect it is having on the industry.
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Innovation Canada’s Interactive Digital Platform Connects Startups with Quick Resources Sarah Newman Sep 12, 2018 Startup entrepreneurs will be excited to know that Innovation Canada launched an interactive online portal that provides easy access to information about government grants, tax credits and more. The digital platform is a one-stop shop for all things innovation and startup. This platform brings to...
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Sunny Day for Lenders: ClearFlow Energy Appeal Successful Alyssa Gebert and Jonathan Yantzi Sep 12, 2018 Lenders can breathe a sigh of relief: the use of formulas to express annual interest rates can satisfy Section 4 of the Interest Act (Canada). The Court of Appeal for Ontario, in reasons written by Justice Sharpe, allowed an appeal of a surprising decision by the Superior Court of Justice, which ...
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Powerful Women: Teresa Sarkesian Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 07, 2018 Teresa Sarkesian is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Distributor’s Association. In her interview, Teresa discusses the importance of all leaders carving out time to contemplate long-term strategy, allowing leaders to be proactive in their practice and initiatives. She al...
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OEB Allows Hydro One Motion to Review and Vary 2017/2018 Transmission Revenue Requirement Decision David Stevens Sep 06, 2018 On August 31, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Decision on Hydro One’s Motion to Review and Vary aspects of the OEB’s earlier Decision and Order setting Hydro One’s transmission revenue requirement for 2017 and 2018.
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Cannabis Promotion: Seller Beware Jeremy D. Burke and Ken Clark Sep 05, 2018 The federal Cannabis Act and its regulations are scheduled to come into force on October 17, 2018. The Act imposes strict restrictions on promotional and advertising activities relating to cannabis in pursuit of a key policy goal of the government: to avoid exposure of young people to cannabis.
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Legal Tech: Key Takeaways from a Unique Secondment from Aird & Berlis LLP to Diligen, a Legal Tech Company Aaron Baer Sep 05, 2018 Aaron Baer recently completed his secondment with Diligen, a Toronto-based legal tech company. His well-publicized secondment with a startup that provides artificial intelligence technology for due diligence and contract review was the first known secondment between a leading law firm and a legal...
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Federal Court of Appeal Quashes Cabinet Approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion David Stevens and Matthew Helfand Sep 05, 2018 On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in the matter of Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al. In this decision, the court has quashed Cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
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The Future Is Green, but Cloudy Fiona Brown Aug 21, 2018 Canada is the first G7 economy to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018 will result in significant societal changes. This article highlights some of the social issues on the horizon, and provides some commentary on how they might be re...
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Manitoba Hydro Appeals PUB Approval of Special Rates for On-Reserve First Nations Customers David Stevens Aug 17, 2018 In its Final Order with respect to Manitoba Hydro’s 2017/18 and 2018/19 General Rate Application, the Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB) ordered and approved a new rate class and rate for On-Reserve Residential Customers in Manitoba to address bill affordability issues for those customers. Spe...
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Aird & Berlis Awarded 2018 Readers’ Choice Designation by Canadian Occupational Safety Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter, Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Fiona Brown, Patrick Copeland and Meghan A. Cowan Aug 17, 2018 Aird & Berlis is proud to have been chosen as one of the leading OHS Legal Services providers by the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety.
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Nova Scotia Utility Withdraws from Tidal Generation Project David Stevens Aug 16, 2018 Recent events seem to signal the end of the Cape Sharp Tidal project. As previously discussed, Cape Sharp Tidal has been a joint venture between Ireland-based OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power affiliate Emera, created to deploy two 2MW tidal turbines in Minas Passage at the Fundy Ocean Research Cen...
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The Ultimate Blockchain Patent Teardown Why blockchain applications are patent-eligible Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Aug 15, 2018 As a patent practitioner, one of the questions I often get asked is whether distributed ledger technology (DLT), such as blockchain, is patentable. I naturally respond in the affirmative (with some qualifiers of course), and inevitably there is a deluge of follow-up questions and statements such...
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Ontario Government Confirms Private Retail Model Fiona Brown and Gobind Ahuja Aug 14, 2018 Yesterday evening, and less than three months before Canada legalizes the recreational use of cannabis, the Ontario provincial government confirmed that the province would reverse the previous government’s plan and allow private retailers to sell cannabis in retail locations. Confirmation that On...
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Ottawa Eases Carbon Tax Threshold While Ontario Government Launches Court Challenge Against Tax Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Aug 10, 2018 On July 27, 2018, the federal government announced that large industrial companies will face a less-stringent threshold on emissions penalties when Ottawa’s carbon tax rolls out on January 1, 2019.
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Federal Government Invests Heavily in a New Cyber Security Strategy Paige Backman and Ara Dungca Aug 09, 2018 A few weeks ago the Canadian federal government released a new National Cyber Security Strategy backed by more than 500 million dollars in committed funding from Budget 2018. Thus far, it is the largest investment in cyber security by any Canadian government. Despite the fact that the National C...
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Acquiring Cannabis Genetics Under the New Cannabis Regime Fiona Brown, Jeremy D. Burke, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Gaurav Gopinath Aug 07, 2018 Licensed cannabis producers currently don’t have the genetic variety that is available to suppliers in the illicit market. As of August 7, there are 114 licensed producers in Canada and only 289 dried cannabis products are being sold in the Canadian medicinal market. Health Canada's current rules...
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Regulatory Changes to the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006: Increased Brokerage Obligations for Non-Qualified Syndicated Mortgage Transactions Steven L. Graff, Jeremy Nemers and Andy Nguyen Aug 01, 2018 Regulatory amendments that became effective on July 1, 2018 significantly expand the disclosure and information-gathering obligations – and, in practice, potential liability – of mortgage brokerages dealing in non-qualified syndicated mortgage transactions.
Representative Matters
Medipharm Labs Inc. Completes $22.3 Million Private Placement Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Barbara Worndl and Damian Lu Aug 01, 2018 On June 29, 2018, MediPharm Labs Inc. completed a private placement of 2,070,571 units at a price of $10.778 per Unit for aggregate proceeds of approximately $22,316,600 in connection with its proposed business combination with POCML4 Inc.
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Aird & Berlis Is Proud to Welcome Hon. Peter Van Loan As Its Newest Partner Aug 01, 2018 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Hon. Peter Van Loan is resuming his law practice as a partner in the firm’s Municipal & Land Use Planning Group.
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Aird & Berlis Recognized as a Leader in Private Wealth Law by Chambers HNW Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Melanie A. Yach Jul 23, 2018 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as a leading Canadian law firm in the 2018 edition of Chambers High Net Worth.
Representative Matters
Baylin Technologies Inc. Completes $40.25 Million Bought Deal Offering and Acquisition of Alga Microwave Inc. Richard M. Kimel, Sherri M. Altshuler, Sean Mason, Christopher F. Berrigan, Aaron Baer, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Aaron T. Collins, Kyle B. Plunkett, Alyssa Gebert, Francesco Gucciardo and Stacey Blydorp Jul 18, 2018 Baylin Technologies Inc., a diversified leading global wireless technology management company, recently completed a $40.25 million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and 6.5% extendible convertible unsecured debentures and the related acquisition of Alga Microwave Inc.
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Cannabis Regulations Published – Licensing Basics Jeremy D. Burke and Gaurav Gopinath Jul 12, 2018 Regulations supporting the implementation of the Cannabis Act were published on July 11th. The regulations include the Cannabis Regulations and the Industrial Hemp Regulations and they will come into force, together with the Cannabis Act, on October 17th. This article focuses on federal licenses ...
Representative Matters
Spark Power Corp. Completes Acquisition of Bullfrog Power Tony Gioia, Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains, Graham Topa, Barbara Worndl, Jeffrey K. Merk, Paige Backman, Michael F. Horvat, Carolyn Elliott and Lynn Tay Jul 09, 2018 On July 1, 2018, Spark Power Corp., a leading independent electrical power services and solutions company, completed the acquisition of Bullfrog Power. Bullfrog Power is Canada’s leading green energy provider, offering renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce th...
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Natural Medco Ltd. Completes $20.8 Million Private Placement and Eve & Co Incorporated Completes Qualifying Transaction and Initial TSXV Listing Richard M. Kimel, Sherri M. Altshuler, Christopher F. Berrigan, Daniel Everall and Francesco Gucciardo Jul 06, 2018 On June 15, 2018, Natural MedCo Ltd. completed a brokered private placement of 25,340,000 subscription receipts at a price of $0.25 per subscription receipt and a non-brokered private placement of 17,852,600 common shares at a price of $0.25 per share for gross proceeds of approximately $10.8 mil...
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Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Completes $299 Million Public Equity Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Daniel Everall, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Michael D. Smith, Aaron Silver and Carol J. Burns Jul 06, 2018 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments operating in Canada’s major cities, recently completed a $299 million public equity offering of units.