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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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Recent Developments

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@TheGoldenGlobes: 280 Characters Per Category Jose Garcia-Bonilla and Jessie Lewis Jan 19, 2022 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“HFPA”) announced the annual Golden Globe winners via Twitter. In an unprecedented move, the HFPA adopted this format in lieu of its usual glamourous red carpet event.
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Novak Djokovic’s Rally With the Courts Corey Fletcher and Jessie Lewis Jan 17, 2022 The number one star in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, will not participate in the 2022 Australian Open and was deported from Australia on Sunday, January 16, 2022, following the Australian government’s and court’s decision to revoke his visa. This is part of the ongoing saga related to Djokovic’s unvaccinated status and his hope to play at the Australian Open without being vaccinated against COV...
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Jennifer Bishop Appointed to Davis Cup Committee Jennifer A. Bishop Jan 14, 2022 Congratulations to Jennifer Bishop, partner at Aird & Berlis and co-chair of the firm's Sports, Media & Entertainment Group, who has been appointed to the International Tennis Federation's Davis Cup Committee for the 2022-2023 term.
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English Premier League Streaming Rights Change Hands in Canada (Again!) Stephen Zolf Jan 14, 2022 International football (soccer) media rights have been “handed-off” again. According to the January 13th announcement, fuboTV has acquired exclusive Canadian streaming/media rights for the English Premier League. The deal includes exclusive rights on all media platforms for the EPL for the next three seasons.
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Five Key Appellate Decisions of 2021 Steve J. Tenai and Simon Dugas Jan 11, 2022 We have highlighted five appellate decisions from 2021 that we believe will have a lasting impact on commercial disputes.
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Trees Corporation Completes Go Public Transaction Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Gary Volman, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Ryan Cohen, Al Turnbull, Barbara Worndl and Jeremy D. Burke Jan 11, 2022 On December 23, 2021, Trees Corporation, an independent retail cannabis operator, and 1287406 B.C. Ltd., a reporting issuer under the securities laws of the jurisdictions of Alberta and British Columbia, announced the closing of their business combination (the “Amalgamation”).
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Brendan O'Callaghan Brendan O'Callaghan Jan 10, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Brendan O'Callaghan has joined the firm as a partner in our Municipal and Land Use Planning Group and Expropriation Law Group.
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Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. Closes $3.1 Million Best Efforts Equity Financing Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Christian Nianiaris, Barbara Worndl and Robert Santia Jan 07, 2022 On December 21, 2021, Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that distributes cannabis vapes and oils under its prohibition-era brand, Glacial GoldTM, completed a marketed public offering of units for total gross proceeds of $3,168,841.60.
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11th Annual IBA London Finance and Capital Markets Virtual Tax Conference Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo and Clifford Rand Jan 05, 2022 Jack Bernstein is pleased to be chairing the IBA Finance and Capital Markets Tax Conference for the 11th consecutive year. The six-day event, which kicks off on January 17 and runs until March 4, 2022, will be held virtually.
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Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures: A Practical Guide to National Instrument 52-112 Melanie Cole, Sean Green and Al Turnbull Jan 04, 2022 Public companies in Canada continue to utilize non-GAAP financial measures in their public disclosure documents as part of their financial communications strategy.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Paula Boutis Paula Boutis Jan 04, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Paula Boutis has joined the firm as counsel to our Municipal and Land Use Planning Group and Environmental Law Group
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Workplace Law Year in Review (and Looking Ahead to 2022) Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Jessica Schissler Dec 31, 2021 2021 was a dizzying year for employers. The ever-changing nature of the pandemic required workplaces to continuously adapt to various government-imposed rules and regulations. In light of the surge of the Omicron variant, it remains to be seen what the next few months will look like. Regardless of whether further restrictions or eventual easements are on the horizon, it appears that Ontario wor...
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Angela Swan Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada Angela Swan Dec 29, 2021 Aird & Berlis is honoured to announce that Angela Swan has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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New Tier, New Horizons for the Canadian Securities Exchange The CSE Proposes a New Senior Tier for Larger Issuers and a New CSE SPAC Program Russell J. Sanders, Jeffrey K. Merk and Brodie Kirsh Dec 17, 2021 In order to continue to evolve with developments in the Canadian capital markets, particularly with many more established companies choosing the CSE as their preferred Canadian stock exchange, the CSE has initiated a proposal to create a new senior tier for larger and more advanced issuers which commonly list their securities on the Toronto Stock Exchange or NEO Exchange Inc.
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Miramax Sues Quentin Tarantino to Stop Sale of Pulp Fiction NFTs “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.” Lawrence Veregin and Ken Clark Dec 15, 2021 Quentin Tarantino—the legendary director behind Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood—is now in the midst of a legal dispute with Miramax over his planned sale of non-fungible tokens of unused content from Pulp Fiction.
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PWHPA Returns to Toronto for the Kipling Showcase Second Stop on the 2021-2022 Secret® Dream Gap Tour Jessie Lewis Dec 14, 2021 On December 18–19, 2021, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association will take the ice in Toronto for the Kipling Showcase, as the second stop on the 2021-2022 Secret® Dream Gap Tour.
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Patentability of Dosage Regimes in Canada: Lessons Learned From the Patent Appeal Board Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Dec 07, 2021 In Canada, methods of medical treatment and surgery are not patentable subject-matter. Medical “use” claims, however, are directed to patentable subject-matter. The Supreme Court of Canada has cautioned that problems may arise if medical use claims attempt to “fence in” an area of medical treatment by indicating “how and when” a pharmaceutical composition is to be used.
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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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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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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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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.