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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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The Rise of the Psychedelics Sector Jeffrey K. Merk and Sherri M. Altshuler Jun 10, 2020 Mental health and well-being are now at the forefront of our daily lives. The search for alternative mental health treatments has led Western medicine to consider the efficacy of psychedelic substances.  Doctors and others are administering substances, including psilocybin (i.e. magic mushr...
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Fostering an Authentic LGBTQ2+ Inclusion Strategy for Your Business: Legal & Organizational Considerations Lorenzo Lisi and Michael McDonald Jun 09, 2020 As in-person Pride gatherings have been cancelled or postponed due to pandemic-related public health concerns, LGBT2Q+ inclusion celebrations will still proceed across Canada in digital formats. Developing an inclusion strategy for ...
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On-Site and Excess Soil Management: MECP's New Regulations Leo F. Longo Jun 04, 2020 Join our panel of experts for a complimentary webinar as they provide insight on O. Reg. 406/19 and discuss the application of these regulatory changes from a legal and municipal perspective.
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Ontario Government Introduces Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Fiona Brown and Lorenzo Lisi Jun 02, 2020 The Government of Ontario has introduced a new regulatory amendment that places employees that have been or will be temporarily laid off on “Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.”
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CRA Resumes Audit Activity Jesse L. Waslowski Jun 01, 2020 On May 28, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that audit activity, slowed by COVID-19, is resuming. The CRA continues to prioritize matters beneficial to taxpayers, large dollar value files, and files with “strategic importance” to Canada, provinces/territories and treaty partners.
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What’s My Limitation Period Again? Update on the Suspension of Limitation and Time Periods During the COVID-19 Crisis Dillon Collett and John Pappas May 29, 2020 This article provides a practical summary of which limitation and time periods are affected by the province’s emergency measures and how litigants can prepare themselves for the post-pandemic legal system.
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Successes and Challenges: Hearing the Stories of Leading Asian-Canadian Lawyers Archive Now Available! Sanjeev Mitra and Hansen Wong May 28, 2020 Join us as we hear from Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel of Ryerson University, Sanj Mitra, Senior Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and Sony Gokhale, General Counsel of The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. on their journeys through the legal profession.
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COVID-19 & Esports – Part 3 – Implications For the Future Peter K. Czegledy May 27, 2020 In this article, the author suggests what such increased affinity may imply for the gaming and esports industry in the future.
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The Business of Esports Archive Now Available! Peter K. Czegledy May 27, 2020 Join our esteemed panel of experts for a deep dive into one of today’s most exciting sectors, esports.
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COVID-19 & Esports – Part 2 – The Socio-Cultural Context Peter K. Czegledy May 26, 2020 This article explaines some of the attributes of gaming and esports, citing them as reasons that might support a strong affinity for participants that perhaps should not be underestimated in the longer term.
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COVID-19 and the Workplace: Remote Working Legal Considerations and Recommendations Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova May 26, 2020 COVID-19 continues to disrupt workplaces across the country and a return to “normal” could be months away. As employees remain sequestered, many businesses will have to maintain remote working conditions for a much longer time, and to a much larger group of employees, than they may be accustomed. Consequently, it is important for employers to understand the legal strategies available to manage ...
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Jack Bernstein Recognized in WWL Thought Leaders - Corporate Tax 2020 Jack Bernstein May 19, 2020 Congratulations to Jack Bernstein on being recognized as a thought leader in corporate tax by Who's Who Legal.
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Laridae Communications Inc. Successful in Bringing Application Against the Co-Operators General Insurance Company Timothy J. Hill and Brian Chung May 15, 2020 Laridae Communications Inc., a communications and media consulting firm, successfully brought an application against its insurer, the Co-Operators General Insurance Company, requiring it to defend Laridae in respect of a third party claim arising from a class action seeking damages for $75 million resulting from a data breach.
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Town of Lincoln Successful Against Insurer Timothy J. Hill and Brian Chung May 15, 2020 The Town of Lincoln, represented by litigation lawyers Tim Hill and Brian Chung, successfully brought an application requiring its insurer, AIG Insurance Company of Canada, to defend it in respect of an underlying damages claim for $1 million by a local winery business.
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Ontario Divisional Court Reverses Minister’s Revocation of Approval of Wind Farm Project David Stevens May 14, 2020 In a decision issued on May 14, Ontario’s Divisional Court granted the project proponent’s judicial review application to reinstate the Environmental Review Tribunal’s approval of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont, Ontario.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition on Technology L.E. Trent Horne, Donald B. Johnston and Stephen Zolf May 13, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Trent Horne, Donald Johnston and Stephen Zolf are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology 2020.
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Maintaining Employee Mental Health through Digital Technologies Lynn Tay and Lorway Gosse May 08, 2020 The rapid advancement of technology has resulted in a movement towards all kinds of digital tools. One tool that a growing number of employers are embracing is telemedicine. By leveraging technology, employers provide employees with access to professional advice in a convenient and cost-effective manner, ultimately improving employee relations.
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Aird & Berlis Advises on Acquisition and Sale in the Psychedelic Medicine Sector Jeffrey K. Merk, Russell J. Sanders, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Michael F. Horvat, Francesco Gucciardo and Faruk Gafic May 08, 2020 Aird & Berlis acted for a leading alternative medicine business incubator, IP aggregator and solutions provider in connection with its acquisition of an intravenous ketamine infusion therapy clinic.
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Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized as IP STARS by Managing Intellectual Property Timothy M. Lowman, Ken Clark and L.E. Trent Horne May 01, 2020 Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2020 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practitioners.
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World Intellectual Property Day 2020 Apr 26, 2020 Wishing all of our clients and foreign associates a Happy World IP Day.
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Utilizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Benefit Your Business Francesco Gucciardo, David Malach, Barbara Worndl and Saam Nainifard Apr 16, 2020 Join members of the Aird & Berlis Tax Group as they review the new legislation and answer your questions.
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Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity Measures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Paige Backman and David Mba Mar 27, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, cyber criminals are finding ways to capitalize on the growing levels of concern and fear accompanying the pandemic.
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Geolocation and the Fight Against COVID-19 Could the Emergencies Act Overrule Privacy Law Protections for Cellphone Location Data? Paige Backman and Stephanie D’Amico Mar 27, 2020 While COVID-19 is a “novel” coronavirus, the tension it stokes between public welfare and personal freedom is anything but new. Today, the battle is between public health and personal privacy.
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Beware of Preying Cyber Criminals During the COVID-19 Pandemic Paige Backman Mar 26, 2020 Cyber criminals are parasitic, so the fact that they are using COVID-19 as a backdrop to increase their attacks should not be a surprise.
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Our Response to COVID-19 Steven Zakem Mar 18, 2020 Consistent with the advice of local and national health experts, the majority of lawyers and staff at Aird & Berlis are currently working remotely.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Partner Paul Jachymek Mar 13, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Paul Jachymek has joined the firm as a partner in the Infrastructure, Procurement, Construction and Corporate/Commercial Law Groups.
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OEB Issues Decision on Proposal by Municipalities to Form New Natural Gas Distributor Fred D. Cass Mar 02, 2020 On February 27, the Ontario Energy Board issued a decision in respect of a proposal for a new natural gas distribution company to distribute gas in municipalities located on the north shore of Lake Superior between Nipigon and Sault Ste. Marie.
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Allied Properties REIT Completes $400 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Feb 26, 2020 On February 21, Allied completed an offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of Series F Debentures pursuant to a prospectus supplement dated February 6, 2020 to a short form base shelf prospectus dated November 19, 2019.
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Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd. Acts As Trustee in NIS 500 Million Bond Offering Nili Goldman, Aaron Collins and Eveleen Lal Jan 27, 2020 Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd. acted as the trustee for the Israeli bondholders in connection with the bond offering by The Elad Group, which completed an initial debt issue on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and raised NIS 500 million in a private bond placement to investment institutions.