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IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES ACT,
R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5 AS AMENDED

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IN THE MATTER OF MBS GROUP (CANADA) LTD., BALBIR AHLUWALIA AND
MOHINDER AHLUWALIA

TEMPORARY ORDER
(Subsections 127(1) & 127(5))



    WHEREAS it appears to the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Commission”) that:

  1. MBS Group (Canada) Ltd. (“MBS Group”) is a corporation incorporated pursuant to the laws of Ontario;
  2. Mohinder Ahluwalia (“Mohinder”) is a resident of Ontario and a director of MBS Group;
  3. Balbir Ahluwalia (“Balbir”) is a resident of Ontario and a director of MBS Group;
  4. From approximately June 2004 to June 2007 (the “Material Time”), MBS Group, Balbir and Mohinder (collectively the “Respondents”), directly and/or through representatives, distributed, offered for sale, and sold securities in The Electrolinks Corporation (“Electrolinks”) to members of the public in Ontario;
  5. During the Material Time, the Respondents engaged in and held themselves out as engaging in the business of trading in securities;
  6. During the Material Time, Electrolinks was not a reporting issuer and the Electrolinks securities were not qualified by a prospectus; and
  7. None of the Respondents have ever been registered with the Commission in any capacity;

    AND WHEREAS on June 30, 2011, the Commission issued a Notice of Hearing accompanied by Staff’s Statement of Allegations, alleging the following:

  1. that the Respondents traded in securities without being registered to trade in securities, contrary to subsection 25(1) of the Securities Act R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as amended, (“the Act”) and contrary to the public interest;
  2. that the actions of the Respondents related to the sale of securities of Electrolinks constituted distributions of securities of Electrolinks where no preliminary prospectus and prospectus were issued nor receipted by the Director, contrary to subsection 53(1) of the Act and contrary to the public interest;
  3. that Balbir being a director and/or officer of MBS Group authorized, permitted or acquiesced in the violations of subsections 25(1) and 53(1) of the Act, as set out above, by MBS Group or by the salespersons, representatives or agents of MBS Group, contrary to section 129.2 of the Act and contrary to the public interest; and
  4. that Mohinder being a director and/or officer of MBS Group authorized, permitted or acquiesced in the violations of subsections 25(1) and 53(1) of the Act, as set out above, by MBS Group or by the salespersons, representatives or agents of MBS Group, contrary to section 129.2 of the Act and contrary to the public interest;

    AND WHEREAS by Notice of Motion dated August 5, 2011, Staff brought this motion for a temporary cease trade order on notice to the Respondents;

    AND WHEREAS on August 17, 2011, Staff, Balbir and Mohinder attended before the Commission and Balbir and Mohinder consented to the making of this order;

    AND WHEREAS the Commission is of the opinion that the time required to conclude a hearing could be prejudicial to the public interest as contemplated in subsection 127(5) of the Act;

    AND WHEREAS the Commission is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to make this order;

    IT IS ORDERED:

  1. pursuant to clause 2 of subsection 127(1) of the Act, that MBS Group, Mohinder and Balbir cease trading in all securities, with the exception that Mohinder and Balbir are permitted to trade securities in mutual funds that are reporting issuers through a registered dealer (to whom a copy of this order is delivered in advance of any such trading) for the account only of their own respective registered retirement savings plans (as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada));
  2. pursuant to clause 3 of subsection 127(1) of the Act, that any exemptions contained in Ontario securities law do not apply to MBS Group, Mohinder or Balbir;
  3. this temporary cease trade order shall take effect immediately and shall expire on September 2, 2011 unless extended by order of the Commission; and
  4. a hearing to consider an extension of this temporary cease trade order is scheduled for September 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Commission.

 

    DATED at Toronto this 17th day of August, 2011.

 

"James E. A. Turner"
James E. A. Turner