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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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Steeper Fines and New Reporting Obligations for Employers Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter and Lorenzo Lisi May 08, 2018 The Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill 177) has brought about significant changes to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and employers need to understand how the amendments affect them. Join our panel of occupational health and safety law experts as the...
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Protecting Your Intellectual Property During the Cannabis Boom Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Ken Clark May 03, 2018 New products, strains, delivery methods, methods of medical treatment and uses are just some of the many innovations being protected in the cannabis industry. In order to gain a competitive edge in this booming sector, it is important to acquire the appropriate intellectual property rights to pro...
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The Power of Blockchain in Business Donald B. Johnston and Aaron Baer Apr 25, 2018 The number of companies interested in using blockchain has exploded in the past year, and businesses are changing the way they run their day-to-day operations. There are, however, still a few common misconceptions regarding blockchain. Join Aird & Berlis legal experts Aaron Baer and Don John...
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Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan and Michael F. Horvat Apr 24, 2018 Addressing mental health in the workplace is important to ensure employees can work productively and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Join Aird & Berlis legal experts Fiona Brown, Meghan Cowan, Michael Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi as they discuss and address mental health issues in the workpl...
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Myth-Busting the Cannabis Sector on International Cannabis Day Archive Now Available! Daniel Everall and Sherri M. Altshuler Apr 20, 2018 There are many imaginative misconceptions about the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada. As the dawn of the Canadian recreational market nears, there seems to be more misinformation than ever before.  Join our panel of cannabis-sector experts on International Cannabis Day as we b...
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Legal Lens on Women’s Health: Age and Your Career Archive Now Available! Barbra H. Miller, Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Pamela Miehls Apr 19, 2018 Join our panel of experts as we discuss career, cognitive and physical changes and expectations at various life stages, legal considerations and how to thrive in today’s workplace.
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New Ontario Rule Permits Payments to Charity Directors Jeremy D. Burke Apr 17, 2018 On April 1, 2018, Ontario Regulation 112/18 came into effect amending O. Reg 4/01 (Approved Acts of Executors and Trustees) under the Charities Accounting Act. The Amendment modifies the existing Ontario common law rule that prohibits a charitable corporation from compensating a director (or any ...
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Important Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 Jody E. Johnson Apr 13, 2018 All across Ontario, municipal elections are just over six months away. On April 1, the most recent amendments that will impact the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 came into force. There are a lot of changes to the rules for this election, but this article discusses some of the most important ones t...
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What You Need to Know When the OMB Becomes LPAT on April 3 Archive Now Available! Leo F. Longo and Patrick Harrington Apr 03, 2018 April 3, 2018 is the day a significant portion of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139), was proclaimed in force. As of that date, the Ontario Municipal Board will be continued as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The Ontario Municipal Boa...
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Doing Business in Canada - March 2018 Mar 29, 2018 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the March 2018 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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Increased Transit Funding Could Mean an Increased Need for Expropriations: What You Need to Know David P. Neligan and Christopher J. Williams Mar 19, 2018 On March 14, 2018, the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Infrastructure announced a deal that will see $11.8 billion of federal money to support provincial infrastructure projects over the next ten years. Of that $11.8 billion, $8.34 billion will be earmarked for public transit ($4.89 billion o...
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Changes to WSIB - Nothing New Under the Sun... David S. Reiter Mar 19, 2018 A recent article in the Toronto Star proclaimed coming changes to Ontario’s WSIB regime as being almost a game changer in the way that the government will be approaching workplace injuries going forward. The headline read “New Law to make employers accountable for temp worker injuries” and the ar...
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Trump and Trade - A Closer Look at "Fair" Trade Sam Billard Mar 06, 2018 The Montreal round of NAFTA talks is now finished and round seven, this time in Mexico City, has begun. Donald Trump went to the World Economic Forum in Davos and told everyone that he does not want to isolate America, he just wants trade to be “fair.” The meaning of “fair” is, of course, the big...
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Recent “Interest” in Annual Rates Alyssa Gebert and Jesse Waslowski Mar 01, 2018 In a recent and surprising decision, Solar Power Network Inc. v. ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp., the borrower, Solar Power Network Inc., successfully attacked loan agreement interest rate provisions on the basis that the provisions did not comply with Section 4 of the Interest Act (Canada). Despi...
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Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance for Public Companies Steve J. Tenai Mar 01, 2018 On February 21, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission issued interpretive guidance on cybersecurity disclosure obligations for public companies subject to U.S. securities laws. The Guidance underscores that public companies should inform investors about material cybersecurity...
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Highlights of the 2018 Federal Budget Elisabeth V. Atsaidis, Neil Bass, Jack Bernstein, Rachel L. Blumenfeld, Stuart F. Bollefer, Carol J. Burns, Donald Carr, Ed Esposto, Angelo Gentile, Francesco Gucciardo, David Malach, Saam Nainifard, Andrew Nicholls, Marni Pernica, Elise M. Pulver, Robert Santia, Louise R. Summerhill, Barbara Worndl and Melanie A. Yach Feb 27, 2018 Canada’s Department of Finance (“Finance”) released Canada’s federal budget for 2018 (“Budget 2018”) on February 27, 2018 (“Budget Day”). Finance has made good on its promise made on October 18, 2017 to introduce proposals regarding the taxation of ...
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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Archive Now Available! Corrine Kennedy, Kimberly Thomas, Meghan A. Cowan and Lorenzo Lisi Feb 27, 2018 In this webinar, our panel of experts provide insight on everything from workplace discrimination, Indigenous matters, address race and gender and tips on developing your own diversity and inclusion strategy.
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Ontario Issues Canada’s Largest Green Bond David Stevens Feb 20, 2018 On February 14, the Ontario government announced that it had successfully issued a $1 billion green bond. This is the fourth green bond issued by the Government of Ontario, following three successful earlier green bond issuances: a $500 million four-year issue in 2014, a $750 million seven-year i...
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The Powerful Protections of the Ontario Repair and Storage Liens Act Timothy Jones and Jesse Waslowski Feb 15, 2018 An equipment finance company finances the purchase of a truck and registers a purchase-money security interest pursuant to the Personal Property Security Act (Ontario) to protect its interest. The truck breaks down and is taken in for repairs. While the truck is in the shop, the debtor defaults u...
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Cryptocurrency Assets Under Insolvency and Personal Property Security Law Timothy Jones and Dillon Collett Feb 15, 2018 Encrypted digital currencies (“cryptocurrencies”), particularly Bitcoin, have recently become the target of enormous international speculation and market scrutiny. Some expect cryptocurrency payments and other transactions tracked via distributed ledger technology (“DLT”, of which “blockchain” te...
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Patented Love: Our Selection of Innovations for the Romantic at Heart SuMei Cheung, P.Eng. Feb 14, 2018 With Valentine’s Day upon us, one would rightly suspect that there is already an abundance of patents and patent applications related to online dating software. But if you're really in the mood for love, here are some less obvious technologies dedicated to romance.
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Ontario Publishes Documentation Requirements for Exempt HVAC Door-to-Door Transactions David Stevens Feb 12, 2018 Recently, we wrote about new provisions of the Ontario Consumer Protection Act that will prohibit a range of door-to door consumer transactions. The new rules, which come into effect on March 1, 2018, will make unsolicited “direct agreements” unenforceable for HVAC equipment and other items such ...
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Third Strike for Ontario Construction Lien Act Deemed Trust in Bankruptcy Sam Babe Feb 09, 2018 In a January 31, 2018 decision from the bench in the matter of Royal Bank of Canada v. A-1 Asphalt Maintenance Ltd. (Court File No. CV-14-10784-00CL) (“A-1 Asphalt”), Madam Justice Conway of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (the “Court”) held that the deemed trust provision...
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Income Splitting: How Will the Amendments Affect You? Archive Now Available! David Malach and Stuart F. Bollefer Feb 07, 2018 In this webinar our panel discusses the content and consequences of the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act.
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When Can a CCAA Monitor Bring an Oppression Claim Against a Stakeholder? Steven L. Graff, Mark van Zandvoort and Timothy Jones Feb 01, 2018 Until a court orders otherwise, a monitor appointed under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act is a neutral party and may not take sides in favour of one stakeholder over another. When can a monitor depart from this neutral role and launch litigation that favours certain creditors to the detr...
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Bill 139 Reforms Ontario's Planning Approvals System: How Will the Changes Affect You? Archive Now Available! Leo F. Longo and Patrick Harrington Feb 01, 2018 In this webinar, municipal lawyers Leo Longo and Patrick Harrington provide a practical overview of the legislative amendment, and project what lies ahead for both landowners and municipal authorities under Ontario’s new planning approvals system.
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Trump and Trade – Mid NAFTA Negotiation Sam Billard Jan 16, 2018 Rounds one through five of the schedule six rounds of NAFTA trade talks have now been completed and we have much clearer insight into the Trump Administration’s agenda. The parts of it that Canada and Mexico will find hard to live with were further highlighted in the release of an updated Summary...
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Canadian Securities Administrators to Consider Disclosure-Based Regulatory Approach after U.S. Rescinds the “Cole Memorandum” Richard M. Kimel, Daniel Everall and Tyler Brent Jan 16, 2018 On January 12, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) announced that they were considering their disclosure-based regulatory approach for issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities.
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2017 in Review – Top Ten Energy Insider Posts David Stevens Dec 29, 2017 This has been another busy year in Canada’s energy sector. We have enjoyed following and learning about new and ongoing developments in a variety of topic areas and jurisdictions, and hope you found our blog posts informative.
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OEB Issues Draft Report on Wireline Pole Attachment Rates Fred D. Cass Dec 28, 2017 Earlier this month, the Ontario Energy Board issued a draft report on policies for wireline pole attachment rates charged by electricity distributors for attachments by telecommunication and cable companies to distribution poles. The draft report resulted from the OEB’s policy consultation on wir...