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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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Canada Re-enters the International Ring with Bold New Privacy Law Including Significant Fines Paige Backman, Donald B. Johnston, Aaron Baer and Andy Nguyen Dec 01, 2020 On November 17, 2020, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, proposed a significant overhaul to Canada’s privacy legislation that would reinsert Canada as a leader on the international stage of privacy protection.
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Fall Economic Update: Major GST/HST Changes to Non-Resident Businesses Selling to Canadian Consumers Angelo Gentile Dec 01, 2020 On November 30, the Government of Canada released its Fall Economic Statement, which includes sweeping proposed changes to the GST/HST treatment of certain goods and services sold by non-residents of Canada.
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Check Your Numbers Twice: Receiver and Its Counsel Denied Their Inadvertently-Omitted Fees and Disbursements Jeremy Nemers Nov 30, 2020 In what can only be described as a bitter pill to swallow for the professionals involved, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Duca Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. v. 2203284 Ontario Inc.​ has refused to approve the inadvertently-omitted fees and disbursements of its own receiver and receiver’s legal counsel, notwithstanding the highly-unusual outcome that all other creditors had alrea...
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2020 Neil Bass, Steven L. Graff, L.E. Trent Horne and Steve J. Tenai Nov 27, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Neil Bass, Steven Graff, Trent Horne and Steve Tenai are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2020.
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Conservation Authorities Reimagined: Amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act Through Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 John Pappas Nov 24, 2020 The provincial government proposes to revise the role and operations of Ontario’s conservation authorities. As part of Bill 229, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, the province has proposed a number of amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act.
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Online Accessibility Requirements Approaching for Large Ontario Employers Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Alex Kagan Nov 23, 2020 Employers in Ontario are required to make their workplaces accessible. As of January 1, 2021, accessibility standards will extend to the internet websites and web content controlled by “large organizations” with 50 or more employees.
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New Obligation for Condominium Developers Coming Into Force on January 1, 2021 Andrew Webster, Tammy A. Evans, Gobind Ahuja and Peter A. Dalglish Nov 19, 2020 Upcoming changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 will come into force on January 1, 2021 that will add an additional document which must be delivered by developers to purchasers of condominium units.
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A Cautionary Tale in Publishing Misleading Technical Reports Adria Leung Lim and Emily Chittick Nov 18, 2020 In the wake of a resurgence of interest and activity in the Canadian mining sector, the importance of compliance by mining companies with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) cannot be overlooked.
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Aird & Berlis/Aird & McBurney Continue Sponsorship in Support of Startup Growth Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Nov 17, 2020 Aird & Berlis LLP and Aird & McBurney LP are pleased to announce that they have renewed their sponsorship agreement with the Founder Institute Toronto to help entrepreneurs gain traction and obtain funding.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020 Fred D. Cass, Ron W. Clark and David Stevens Nov 16, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Fred Cass, Ron Clark and David Stevens are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020.
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Aird & Berlis Recognized as One of the Top Law Firms Specializing in Psychedelics Jeffrey K. Merk, Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Danny Kharazmi, Russell J. Sanders and Sean Green Nov 13, 2020 Aird & Berlis has been recognized by Psychedelic Invest as one of the top law firms that specialize in psychedelics.
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Ontario Energy Board Approves Hydrogen Blending Pilot Project David Stevens Nov 05, 2020 On October 30, the Ontario Energy Board issued a decision approving an application from Enbridge Gas Inc. to pursue a pilot project involving the blending of hydrogen with conventional natural gas distributed to customers as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Partner Clifford Rand Clifford Rand Oct 27, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Clifford Rand has joined Aird & Berlis as a partner and member of the firm’s Tax Group and Tax Controversy/Tax Litigation Group.
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Jeffrey Merk Comments on Psychedelic Decriminalization in Canada Jeffrey K. Merk Oct 13, 2020 Jeffrey Merk weighs in on the key factors the Ministry of Health and Health Canada look at to determine a government exemption for the legal import and consumption of the psychedelic substance ayahuasca.
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OEB Decision Addresses Slow Uptake of COVID-19 Energy Assistance Funding Fred D. Cass Oct 01, 2020 On September 30, the OEB issued a further decision to address issues that have arisen in terms of the level of participation by customers in the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Energy Assistance programs and facilitate achievement of the government’s goal for the programs.
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Financial Tech Startup goPeer Receives Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award Randy Williamson Sep 30, 2020 goPeer, a financial technology startup that makes non-traditional lending accessible on a peer-to-peer platform, is this year's recipient of the $25,000 Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award.
News
Tim Lowman Elected Secretary of IPIC Board of Directors Timothy M. Lowman Sep 17, 2020 Congratulations to Tim Lowman on being elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) for 2020-2021.
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Ron Clark Appointed to the Board of Directors of QUEST Ron W. Clark Sep 11, 2020 Ron Clark, partner at Aird & Berlis and a member of the firm’s Energy Group, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of QUEST, a national non-government organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers.
Representative Matters
Maritime Resources Completes $8.7 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Jeffrey K. Merk, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Russell J. Sanders, Carol J. Burns, Barbara Worndl and Vernon Lin Aug 21, 2020 Maritime Resources Corp., a Canadian gold mining and exploration company, completed a bought deal private placement of common shares and flow-through common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $8.7 million.
Events
The Family Cottage: Ownership and Succession from a Legal Perspective CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Marni Pernica and Ed Esposto Aug 19, 2020 External Speaker: Barbara Benoliel - President and Professional Mediator, Preferred Solutions Inc.
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What's Next for the Cannabis Industry? CPD Information: 1.5 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Sherri M. Altshuler and Richard M. Kimel Aug 12, 2020 External Speakers: Richard Carleton - Canadian Securities Exchange, CEO David Danziger - MNP, SVP, Assurance & National Leader, Public Companies Barrington Miller - Canadian Securities Exchange, Director, Client Listed Services James Parker - Trava Capital, Founding Principal A...
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Energy+ Closes $55 Million Offering of Unsecured Debentures Jill P. Fraser, Melanie Cole and Meredith McCann Aug 10, 2020 On August 10, 2020, Energy+ Inc. closed a $55 million offering of 2.968% senior unsecured debentures due August 10, 2060.
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Tech Strikes Back CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Peter K. Czegledy Jul 15, 2020 External Speakers: James Black - Canadian Securities Exchange, Richard Carleton - Canadian Securities Exchange, Dr. Rahul Kushwah BSc. (Honours) Ph.D.- PredictMedix (CSE:PMED, John Muffolini - MNP
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An Employer’s Guide for Addressing Racial Discrimination in the Workplace CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Lawyers Lorenzo Lisi Jul 09, 2020 External Speakers: Esi Codjoe - Turnpenney Milne LLP, Nadine Spencer - Black Business and Professional Association
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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day: An Interview With Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 EDI Professionalism Hour for Lawyers Kimberly Thomas and Andrea Skinner Jun 25, 2020 External Speaker: Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames
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Go Beyond Mental Health Resources: Strategies to Drive Employee Well-Being and Performance CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Reena Kotecha and Barbra H. Miller Jun 23, 2020 External Speakers: Dr. Shelbie Sutherland - BEworks, Dhushan Thevarajah - BEworks
Representative Matters
MediPharm Labs Completes $37.8 Million Private Placement Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and Aaron Collins Jun 22, 2020 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, recently completed a private placement with an institutional investor for aggregate gross proceeds of $37,822,500.
Representative Matters
Aird & Berlis Successfully Resists Summary Judgment Motions in Lawyer Negligence Case Timothy J. Hill and Vedran Simkic Jun 16, 2020 The corporate plaintiffs successfully resisted two summary judgment motions brought by the defendant law firms seeking a dismissal of the underlying professional negligence action.
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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, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin and Barbara Worndl Jun 11, 2020 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading owner, manager and developer of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities and network-dense urban data centres in Toronto, recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.131% series G senior unsecured debentures.
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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.