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Outlook on the Canadian Mining Sector: Opportunities for Growth and Investment CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jeffrey K. Merk and Adria Leung Lim Feb 11, 2021 External Speaker: Bruce Sprague - National Mining Leader, BDO CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Canadian mining sector has experienced a resurgence throughout 2020, with a significant rise in the number of financing and M&A deals. This, coupled with what appears to be a change in investor ...
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Top Labour and Employment Trends From 2020: Preparing for the Unpredictable CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers, 1 Hour for CHRP and HRPA Members Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Fiona Brown, Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Feb 02, 2021 CLICK TO REGISTER 2020 was a year no one could have predicted. We watched as the global pandemic took the world by storm and created long-lasting effects we need to navigate. Businesses around the world faced a myriad of challenges and some are still struggling with issues such as contract amendm...
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A Look Back at Our Top Energy Stories From 2020 David Stevens Jan 21, 2021 In the energy sector, the Ontario government announced a number of initiatives in 2020 to help those who were struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. However, a few other issues made headlines as well and in this article, we look back at a few of the top stories we covered on EnergyInsider this past year.
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What’s New at Tarion Commencing February 1, 2021 Tammy A. Evans and Peter A. Dalglish Jan 20, 2021 There are a number of changes to Tarion’s structure, processes and documentation commencing 2021 that require the attention of developers. This alert will summarize some of those items effective February 1, 2021.
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10th IBA London Finance and Capital Markets Virtual Tax Conference January 18 - February 24, 2021 Jack Bernstein and Clifford Rand Jan 18, 2021 Jack Bernstein is chairing the IBA Finance and Capital Markets Tax Conference for the 10th consecutive year and Clifford Rand is part of a panel on “Contested settlements and reliance on rulings and APAs.”
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The Largest Cannabis SPAC in History Launches The Parent Company with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Roc Nation, Caliva and Left Coast Ventures Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo, Richard M. Kimel and Russell J. Sanders Jan 15, 2021 Aird & Berlis, in conjunction with U.S. law firms Reed Smith LLP and Cummings & Lockwood LLC, acted as legal counsel to Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and his affiliate entities in connection with the launch of The Parent Company.
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New COVID-19 Measures Introduced by Province and City of Toronto: What a Stay-at-Home Order and the New Reporting Obligations Mean for Employers Lorenzo Lisi, Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Stacey Blydorp Jan 14, 2021 The Ontario government, following a review of current COVID-19 modelling trends, announced on January 12, 2021, a stay-at-home order that took effect on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01a.m.
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Tim Lowman Recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021 Timothy M. Lowman Jan 13, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021. Tim is one of 25 Canadian IP advisors selected for inclusion in this inaugural guide, which is a supplement to the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
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Inclusionary Zoning – What Does It Mean for My Development Project? Eileen P. K. Costello and John Pappas Jan 13, 2021 The City of Toronto has released details of its proposed inclusionary zoning framework. While final approval by Council is still many months away, the details of the report paint a clearer picture for the development community in Toronto of what is to come.
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Ontario Government Announces Changes to Eviction Moratorium Monty Warsh, Marco Gammone, Faruk Gafic, Kenneth Pimentel and Peter A. Dalglish Jan 07, 2021 On December 17, 2020, the Ontario government enacted a new regulation to Bill 229, which extended the protection of tenants from evictions and helped resolve the ambiguity as to whether the landlord would be eligible to receive CECRA (and therefore subject to the eviction moratorium).
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Trent Horne Contributes to Canadian Federal Courts Practice 2021 Edition L.E. Trent Horne Jan 06, 2021 LexisNexis Canada, a leading global publisher, recently released Canadian Federal Courts Practice, 2021 Edition.
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Legislative Amendments in Response to COVID-19 for Flow-Through Shares Obligations in the Canadian Mining Sector Adria Leung Lim and Al Turnbull Jan 06, 2021 In response to an anticipated market-wide inability of junior resource companies to meet their expenditure obligations, the Department of Finance has proposed two extensions to the statutory periods under the General Rule and the Look Back Rule. This article provides an overview of the amendments to these two rules.
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The Hydrogen Strategy for Canada David Stevens and Christian Nianiaris Jan 04, 2021 On December 16, 2020, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. As stated in the announcement, Canada will be leveraging its position as one of the world’s top hydrogen producers to stimulate the Canadian economy and reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions.
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Government of Ontario Extends “COVID-19 Period” Until July 3, 2021 Lorenzo Lisi and Fiona Brown Dec 22, 2020 The Ontario government enacted Ontario Regulation 765/20, which extended the “COVID-19 period” until July 3, 2021. What this means is that under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, a layoff until July 3, 2021, does not automatically trigger a statutory layoff or constructive dismissal.
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Aird & Berlis Advises on Sale of E-Commerce Wellness Company to PlantX Life, Inc. Jeffrey K. Merk and Paige Backman Dec 21, 2020 Aird & Berlis advised the shareholders of Bloombox Club, a privately-held e-commerce company that sells and delivers indoor plants and natural products across the United Kingdom, in connection with its sale to digital Canadian health organization PlantX Life, Inc.
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Ron Clark Comments on the Ontario Generation Contract Review Report Ron W. Clark Dec 17, 2020 In a recent article published in Energy Regulation Quarterly, Ron Clark provides commentary on a report which reviewed existing generation contracts and identified changes that might result in cost savings.
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Baylin Technologies Inc. Completes $5 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Dec 15, 2020 Baylin Technologies Inc., a leading, diversified, global technology company, recently completed a private placement offering of 6,666,700 units at a price of $0.75 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $5 million.
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The Swiss Shield: A Trademark Registration Is a Defence to Damages Even if Later Invalidated Lawrence Veregin and Ken Clark Dec 14, 2020 Switzerland’s historic neutrality does not extend to the use of its iconic cross. Wenger, the Swiss company behind the legendary “Swiss Army Knife”, commenced a trademark claim against Travelway, a Canadian distributor of luggage. Both companies sold luggage adorned with a logo evoking the Swiss flag.
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OEB Issues Order in Respect of Province-Wide Pole Attachment Charge Fred D. Cass Dec 11, 2020 On December 10, the OEB issued an order embodying the pole attachment charge that was the subject of the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision.
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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.