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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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Cannabis 2.0 - An Overview of Edibles, Topicals & Extracts Jeremy D. Burke, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD and Ken Clark Jan 30, 2020 Join Aird & Berlis partners, Jeremy Burke and Ken Clark, along with Aird & McBurney patent agent, Erica Lowthers as they discuss the regulations of Cannabis 2.0 and provide insight on how to bring new cannabis products to market legally and effectively.
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Top Labour and Employment Trends 2019: A Look Back, A Look Forward Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jan 29, 2020 Join the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group as they review the top workplace law matters from 2019 and provide insight on what may be in store for employers in 2020.
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OEB Approves Capital Funding Requests by Two Electricity Distributors for a Shared Building Fred D. Cass Jan 27, 2020 On January 23, the Ontario Energy Board issued its decision in respect of Incremental Capital Module applications made by two electricity distributors, Brantford Power Inc. and Energy+ Inc.
Representative Matters
Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd. Acts As Trustee in NIS 500 Million Bond Offering Nili Goldman, Aaron T. 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.
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A New Year’s Reminder From the Ministry of Labour About Workplace Violence David S. Reiter Jan 23, 2020 Last week, the Ministry of Labour laid nine charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against an Ontario health facility. These charges are a reminder for businesses that workplace violence continues to be a significant problem in Ontario, and they highlight why employers need to fully...
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Recent and Significant Decisions in Employment and Labour Law Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jan 23, 2020 More and more commonly, employers are offering alternatives in how they compensate their employees, such as the granting of share options and restricted share units. When faced with interpreting which of these incentives an employee is entitled to upon termination in cases where the employee has ...
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Partner Randy Williamson Recognized For His Contributions to Innovation York at StartupSource Market Entry Award Ceremony Jan 21, 2020 Last week, the top three startups from the 2019 LaunchYU Accelerator program presented their final pitches in competition for our annual Aird & Berlis Startup Source Market Entry Award. The startups eligible for this award are graduates of York University’s LaunchYU Accelerator program and this y...
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EnergyInsider - 2019 Year in Review David Stevens Jan 21, 2020 As 2020 is now upon us, we look back at some of the interesting developments that took place over the past year in the energy sector, both in Ontario and across Canada. The initiatives announced by the Ontario government to reform the structure of the Ontario Energy Board and lower electricity co...
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Supreme Court of Canada Confirms B.C. Cannot Stop Trans Mountain Expansion David Stevens Jan 17, 2020 On January 16, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal from the Government of British Columbia that sought to confirm that BC has jurisdiction to regulate the shipment of “heavy oil” through the province. In a unanimous judgment issued from the bench the same day as the appeal was heard, ...
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Upcoming Pitch Competition Recognizes Top Startup Ventures Jan 14, 2020 On January 16, the top three startups from the 2019 LaunchYU Accelerator program will present their final pitches in competition for our annual StartupSource Market Entry Award. Aird & Berlis is proud to present this award for the third year in a row and showcase our commitment to the ongoing sup...
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Federal Privacy Law – Is It About to Change: Part Deux? Donald B. Johnston Jan 13, 2020 In my last blog, I speculated about whether privacy law is about to change and promised to write more about it. My speculation was sparked by the 2018-2019 Annual Report to Parliament made by the Office of the Privacy Commission. Here’s a bit more about this excellent report.
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OEB Decision Confirms Policy and Treatment of Behind-the-Meter Storage Is a Topic for the Responding to DERs Consultation David Stevens Jan 10, 2020 A recent decision by the Ontario Energy Board in Toronto Hydro’s “Custom IR” rate application confirms that utilities wishing to include behind-the-meter storage in their regulated operations should seek policy changes in the OEB’s ongoing Responding to Distributed Energy Resources consultation.
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Canada (Minister Of Citizenship And Immigration) v. Vavilov: Supreme Court of Canada Revisits the Standard of Review Matthew Helfand Jan 06, 2020 In Canada (Minister Of Citizenship And Immigration) v. Vavilov, the Supreme Court of Canada charts a new course forward for determining the standard of review that applies when a court reviews the merits of an administrative decision.
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Delayed Implementation of New Stock Option Rules Barbara Worndl and Carol J. Burns Dec 20, 2019 In Canada’s 2019 Federal Budget, the Government announced its intent to limit the use of the current employee stock option tax regime that results in preferential personal tax treatment for certain employee stock options. Under the existing rules, an employee is entitled to deduct one-half ...
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Ontario Court of Appeal Holds Mortgage Guarantees Subject to Real Property Limitations Act 10-year Limitation Period Dec 19, 2019 On December 18, 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal (the “OCA”) released its decision in Hilson v. 1336365 Alberta Ltd.
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Our Municipal & Land Use Planning Group is Number One! Tom Halinski, Meaghan Barrett, Maggie Bassani, Eileen P. K. Costello, Tarah Coutts, Laura Dean, Andrew Everton, Patricia A. Foran, Ajay Gajaria, Patrick Harrington, Matthew Helfand, Rebecca Hines, Kim Kovar, Leo F. Longo, Sandra Marki, John Mascarin, David P. Neligan, N. Jane Pepino, Corinna Prior, Andrea Skinner, Sidonia J. Tomasella, Hon. Peter Van Loan, Christopher J. Williams and Steven Zakem Dec 18, 2019 We are pleased to announce that our Municipal & Land Use Planning Group was the top firm in Novae Res Urbis’ annual ranking of planning and development law firms in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
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Off-Duty Conduct and the Employment Relationship: Where Is the Line? Lorenzo Lisi and Michael F. Horvat Dec 18, 2019 While the Remembrance Day telecast of Hockey Night in Canada wasn’t particularly lengthy, Don Cherry’s comments on support for the troops that night created a social media storm, which ultimately led to the end of his relationship with Sportsnet. More than anything else, this is a reminder that w...
Representative Matters
1Password Completes a US$200-Million Series A Round Steven Kelman, David Takenaka, Aaron Baer, Paige Backman and Barbara Worndl Dec 16, 2019 1Password, a leading password manager and digital vault, completed a US$200-million Series A Round led by Accel, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
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Ontario Minister of the Environment Revokes Approval of Under-Construction Wind Farm Project David Stevens Dec 12, 2019 On December 4, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks granted an appeal overturning the approval of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont, Ontario.
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Aird & Berlis Opens the Market with Passport to Canada's Cannabis Sector Alliance Richard M. Kimel and Sherri M. Altshuler Nov 20, 2019 Aird & Berlis partners Sherri Altshuler and Richard Kimel joined forces with MNP LLP, MGO | ELLO and the Canadian Securities Exchange to open the market and to launch their “Passport to Canada Alliance.”
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Drake Launches Cannabis Wellness Company with Canopy Growth Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo, Andrew Nicholls, Martin Kovnats, Liam Tracey-Raymont and Faruk Gafic Nov 07, 2019 Aubrey Drake Graham, in agreements with Toronto-based Canopy Growth Corporation, launched More Life Growth Company™.
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TD Bank Leads $64 Million Syndicated Credit Facilities Jill P. Fraser and Kyle B. Plunkett Oct 23, 2019 Sangoma Technologies Inc. and Sangoma U.S. Inc. entered into a syndicated loan agreement with certain Schedule 1 banks.
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Pistil Partners Completes Financing and Strategic Acquisition Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole and Meredith McCann Oct 21, 2019 Pistil Partners Inc. completed a private placement of its common shares and acquisition of Ironside Hemp Company Inc., a private U.S.-based hemp management company.
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Doing Business in Canada - Fall 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the Fall 2019 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for those planning to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada.
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MediPharm Labs Closes $38.7 Million Credit Facility with a Leading Canadian Schedule 1 Bank Aaron T. Collins and Randy T. Hooke Oct 10, 2019 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in cannabis extraction, distillation, purification and cannabinoid isolation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., closed a credit facility with a prominent Canadian Schedule 1 bank for an aggregate $38.7 million. The credit facility is c...
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A Mareva Injunction Refresher: Can a Strong Prima Facie Case of Fraud Alone Support an Inference of Asset Dissipation and/or Disposal Risk? Mark van Zandvoort, Dennis M. O'Leary and Codie Mitchell Oct 09, 2019 In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Aetna Financial Services Ltd. v. Feigelman. The Court adopted the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Chitel v. Rothbart, holding that a Mareva injunction is limited to circumstances in which there is a real risk that the defendant will remove its as...
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Allied Properties REIT Completes $300 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Oct 09, 2019 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.113% series E senior unsecured debentures.