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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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Malware, Malfeasance and the Network Effect Stephen Zolf and Donald B. Johnston Jun 12, 2018 Join Aird & Berlis legal experts, Stephen Zolf and Don Johnston, along with the principal risk advisor at Informatica, Claudiu Popa, as they discuss the intersection of net neutrality, malware and malicious traffic. They will also highlight the duties of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to opera...
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What’s Next Under Ontario’s New Government? David Stevens Jun 11, 2018 On June 7, 2018, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative (PC) party won a majority of seats in the Ontario election. Before the end of June, the PC party will form Ontario’s next government, led by Premier-elect Doug Ford. Over the course of the election campaign, the PC party released its Plan for th...
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Aird & McBurney | Aird & Berlis Patent Professionals Recognized as Leaders in Canada Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Timothy M. Lowman and L.E. Trent Horne Jun 07, 2018 Aird & McBurney and Aird & Berlis are recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2018.
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Blitz-Proof Your Workplace: How to Survive and Thrive During an Inspection Archive Now Available! Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter and Lorenzo Lisi May 29, 2018 Each year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour visits various workplaces without warning as part of its Occupational Health and Safety Act enforcement strategy, issuing orders and laying charges in its wake. Is your workplace prepared for an unannounced inspection? Cynthia Sefton and David R...
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Once Again, All Current Allowances Sold Out in Ontario’s Joint Cap and Trade Auction David Stevens May 23, 2018 On May 23, 2018, the Ontario government posted the results of the second joint Ontario, Quebec, California auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances, held May 15, 2018. The report shows that all current vintage allowances from each of the three jurisdictions were sold. Additionally, around on...
Representative Matters
A&B Acts in Formation of Skyline Mortgage Investment Trust and Financing of up to $13 Million Margaret T. Nelligan, Anne E. Miatello, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Barbara Worndl, Neil Bass and Carol J. Burns May 22, 2018 Aird & Berlis acted for Skyline Enterprises Management Inc. in the formation of Skyline Mortgage Investment Trust) and the private placement offering of units for gross proceeds of up to $13 million.
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Trump & Trade – The Heat is On Sam Billard May 16, 2018 It has been an interesting time in the NAFTA talks. After the Mexico round, the Trump Administration increased the pressure to announce an agreement in principle on NAFTA before the end of April. The idea is clearly to have a “win” to deliver for the mid-term elections in the United States. Mr. L...
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ESA Update: Ontario Set to Return to Its Former Public Holiday Pay Calculation Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Nicholas Smith May 15, 2018 On May 7, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Ontario Regulation 375/18, signalling the end of the holiday pay calculation recently brought in by Bill 148. As of July 1, 2018, the public holiday pay calculation provided for in the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will revert back to the old for...
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Collective Agreement Benefits vs. Paid Emergency Leave – First Look After Bill 148 Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Nicholas Smith May 15, 2018 Bill 148 introduced, for the first time in Ontario, a requirement that all employers provide paid leave for the first two days of Personal Emergency Leave taken by an employee in a calendar year. Labour arbitrators are frequently tasked with examining the interplay between the benefits provided u...
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Bill 53 Proposes Minimum Pay Rates for Workers Under Government Contracts Fiona Brown and Nicholas Smith May 14, 2018 In mid-April, the Ontario government introduced Bill 53, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Bill”). The Bill, if passed, will set out new wage rates for workers in certain sectors under contract with government entities.