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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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Legal Fundamentals for Private, Owner-Managed and Family Businesses Nick Torchetti, Cecilia M. Moffat, Lorenzo Lisi, Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Paige Backman Sep 06, 2018 Legal considerations are fundamental for private enterprises like family-owned, privately-managed and owner-operated businesses. The needs of these businesses can differ greatly from public companies and may be daunting due to the many hats owners wear.  Join our esteemed panellists as they...
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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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2018: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months David Stevens and Jasmine Chung Aug 07, 2018 The energy storage market continues to gain momentum over the past year. McKinsey reported that from 2012 to 2017, battery costs fell more than 15% per year, for a total five-year drop of more than 50%. The total cost of energy storage systems (i.e. battery-pack costs; other hardware costs such ...
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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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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Cancel the Cap and Trade Program David Stevens and Peter Dalglish Aug 03, 2018 On July 25, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 4, referred to as the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 1998. The new legislation will implement the Government of Ontario’s commitment to wind down Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program, and follows up on the July 3, 2018 announcement that the gov...
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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.
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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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New Ontario Government Introduces Hydro One Accountability Act Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jul 24, 2018 On July 16, 2018, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford introduced Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018, into the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The bill marks the first major piece of legislation tabled by the new Progressive Conservative government, and directly ...
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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.
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The Value of a Copyrighted Photograph Is Not Necessarily in the Eye of the Beholder Ken Clark and Stan Fedun Jul 19, 2018 In the May 2018 decision, Gaudreau c Néomédia inc., the Québec Small Claims Court considered the amount of damages to award for the unauthorized use of a copyrighted photograph.
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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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New Ontario Government Outlines Plan for Energy, Gas in First Throne Speech Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jul 13, 2018 The incoming Progressive Conservative provincial government delivered its first Speech from the Throne on July 12, 2018, in the Ontario Legislature. The speech set out the government’s agenda for the first legislative session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, which was officially opened on July ...
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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 ...
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Ontario to Cancel White Pines Wind Project David Stevens Jul 11, 2018 On July 10, 2018, the Ontario government announced its three “top legislative priorities” for the upcoming summer sitting of the legislature. Two of these have energy implications. First, the Ontario government is cancelling the Cap and Trade Program. Second, the Ontario government also announced...
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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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Toronto to Host Fastest-Growing Tech Conference in North America in 2019 David Mba and Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Jul 06, 2018 Collision, one of North America’s largest tech conferences, is coming to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit, announced that the event, which brings together tech CEOs, founders and investors from over 120 countries, will be held in Toronto from May 20 to M...
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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.
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Government of Ontario Officially Ends Cap and Trade David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jul 05, 2018 On July 3, 2018, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Government of Ontario has revoked Ontario Regulation 144/16 – The Cap and Trade Program under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and that his government will take immediate steps towards an “orderly wind-down” of al...