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Recent Developments

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Where is Peng Shuai? Best Evidence or Verifiable Proof? Jessie Lewis Dec 02, 2021 On December 1, 2021, the Women’s Tennis Association announced the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, following the growing concerns about the safety and whereabouts of former World No. 1 doubles tennis star, Peng Shuai.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Christopher Slade Christopher Slade Dec 02, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Christopher Slade has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Tax Group and Tax Controversy/Tax Litigation Group.
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Treat Other Counsel How You Wish to Be Treated: The Rules Versus the Golden Rule Josh Suttner and Simon Dugas Nov 30, 2021 When a plaintiff serves a statement of claim, the Rules of Civil Procedure (the “Rules”) require that a defendant must serve a statement of defence within a prescribed time (usually 20 days), failing which the plaintiff can note the defendant in default and obtain default judgment. Default proceedings are a crucial mechanism for ensuring that defendants respond to claims and take them seriously.
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Rethinking Diversity in Canada’s Capital Markets: Beyond Gender Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and Angela Oh Nov 29, 2021 Almost seven years following the adoption of the gender focused corporate governance disclosure rules set out in National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, recent data published by the Canadian Securities Administrators in Multilateral Staff Notice 58-313 Review of Disclosure Regarding Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions indicates that the progress i...
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Modernizing Ontario’s Capital Markets: Capital Markets Act (Ontario) Melanie Cole, Meredith McCann and Portia Biswas Nov 29, 2021 On October 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario published the draft Capital Markets Act, which is designed to streamline and modernize the regulatory framework of the province’s capital markets. If approved, the CMA will replace both the Securities Act (Ontario) and the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario) in the province.
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Angela Swan Presented with Honorary Degree from McGill University Angela Swan Nov 26, 2021 Congratulations to Angela Swan, Counsel at Aird and Berlis, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University on Friday, November 26.
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Miranda Spence Recognized as 2021 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 Miranda Spence Nov 26, 2021 Aird & Berlis is proud to announce that Miranda Spence has been recognized as a 2021 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40.
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Excess Claims Fees to Be Introduced Into Canada’s Patent Regime Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Nov 25, 2021 The Canadian patent regime has always been unique and flexible. However, many of these unique aspects are disappearing in order to bring Canada’s patent regime into procedural harmony with the practice in other jurisdictions.
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Emerging Case Law Regarding the Enforcement of Vaccination Policies Alex Kagan and Jessica Schissler Nov 23, 2021 In this article, we summarize several recent decisions which provide guidance regarding how courts and arbitrators will assess the complex issue of workplace vaccination policies.
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Aird & Berlis Successful at Supreme Court of Canada Steve J. Tenai, Sanj Sood and Angela Swan Nov 11, 2021 Aird & Berlis successful before the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the dismissal of an application under Ontario’s reciprocal enforcement statute to enforce a foreign judgment against our Caribbean state client.
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D2L Completes Initial Public Offering Jeffrey K. Merk Nov 09, 2021 D2L Inc. closed its initial public offering of Subordinate Voting Shares consisting of a treasury offering of 5,489,757 Subordinate Voting Shares by D2L and a secondary offering of 3,335,243 Subordinate Voting Shares by the Desire2Learn Employee Stock Trust.
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Will 100-Year Old Debentures Derail the Canadian Pacific Acquisition of Kansas City Southern? John D. Andrew Nov 09, 2021 Canadian Pacific’s pending acquisition of Kansas City Southern again raises the last remaining historic anomaly and unresolved issue in CP’s capital structure which negatively impacts or constrains CP’s financing and corporate actions and could become an impediment to completing the transaction.
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Forest Gate Completes Acquisition of Two Toronto Properties Leonard Baranek, Ethan Eisen, Mistrale Lepage-Chouinard and Shannon Morris Nov 05, 2021 Forest Gate Advisors Inc. completed the acquisition of 189 Cedarvale Avenue and 4875 Dundas Street West. The Toronto-based properties collectively comprise 134 apartment units.
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Rachel Blumenfeld Quoted in Financial Post Article About Estate Planning Rachel L. Blumenfeld Nov 03, 2021 Rachel Blumenfeld, a partner in the firm's Estates & Trusts Group, was featured in this article about how COVID-19 motivated Canadians to ensure that they had proper plans in place to protect their families should they fall ill from the virus.
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The City of Stratford Successful in Ontario Land Tribunal Decision Christopher J. Williams, Timothy J. Hill, Andrea Skinner and Hansen Wong Nov 03, 2021 The OLT released its decision in 1353837 Ontario Incorporated v Stratford (City), concerning expropriation of the former Grand Trunk Railway lands in Stratford.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Amy Grenon Amy Grenon Nov 01, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Amy Grenon has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Group.
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Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. Completes $14.8 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel and Sean Green Oct 29, 2021 Spectra7 Microsystems Inc., a leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, completed a brokered private placement of 11,183,990 common shares at a price of $1.32 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $14.8 million.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Mario Pedro Mario Pedro Oct 18, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Mario Pedro has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Real Estate Group.
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Commissioner’s Decision 1590 – Inputs, Outputs and Everything in Between Steve Hundal, B.Eng. Oct 15, 2021 The Commissioner of Patents of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently released its decision in Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. The Decision concerns Canadian patent application number 2,837,728 owned by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., which “relates generally to methods and systems for determining an optimum quality control schedule for testing reference samples and patient samples subject t...
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Federal Court of Appeal Affirms Use of Reverse Class Actions For Copyright Infringement Claims Ken Clark and Lawrence Veregin Oct 15, 2021 On September 8, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Salna v. Voltage Pictures, LLC, 2021 FCA 176 regarding certification of a reverse class action (i.e. where there is a class of defendants rather than plaintiffs) for pursuing copyright infringement claims, overturning the earlier Federal Court decision .
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The Beginning of the End of Online Piracy in Canada? Federal Court of Appeal Approves Site-Blocking Order: The Consequences Ken Clark and Lawrence Veregin Jun 07, 2021 Under the anonymity of the internet, the worst of humanity is revealed: piracy, defamation, hate speech, privacy violations and harassment flourish and cause immeasurable harm to their victims. The perpetrators hide as zeroes and ones, making enforcement difficult or impossible. Even if a victim could identify the source of the harmful content, the responsible intermediaries, such as web hostin...
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OEB Provides Guidance on ICI Eligibility for 2021-2022 David Stevens May 04, 2021 A recent Ontario Energy Board Staff Bulletin indicates that even though existing Industrial Conservation Initiative participants in 2021-2022 will see their Global Adjustment charges determined based on 2019-2020 peak hour consumption, their eligibility to participate in the ICI will be based on their 2020-2021 consumption.
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Competition Bureau Brings Big Stick to Privacy Claims – $9.5 Million Penalty for Privacy Claim Paige Backman Jul 07, 2020 The Competition Bureau recently concluded that Facebook Inc. made false or misleading claims to the public about the privacy of Canadians’ personal information on Facebook and Messenger. As a result, Facebook Inc. is required to pay a $9 million penalty, plus an additional $500,000 for the costs of the Bureau’s investigation.