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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. 

We focus on your legal issues, so you can focus on your business.

Recent Developments

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TSXV Extends Temporary Relief From Minimum Pricing Requirements Russell J. Sanders Sep 22, 2020 On September 16, the TSX Venture Exchange announced an extension to the temporary relief granted to issuers from the minimum pricing requirements set out in the TSXV Corporate Finance Manual.
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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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Jeffrey Merk Featured in Law Times Story on Building a Psychedelic-Drug-Focused Corporate Law Practice Jeffrey K. Merk Sep 15, 2020 Jeffrey Merk provides commentary in Law Times’ story on business opportunities in Canada arising in the psychedelics space.
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What Will Happen if You Become Incapable of Managing Your Financial Affairs and You Do Not Have a Proper Power of Attorney for Property? Sep 15, 2020 We are sure that many of our readers will want to ensure their planning is up-to-date. For our readers who are advisors, it is important to ensure that your clients’ planning is also up-to-date. To that end, we have produced a weekly series of Alerts which will provide basic information in response to questions we are frequently asked.
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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.
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Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Extended to January 2, 2021 Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Sep 11, 2020 On September 3, the Government of Ontario announced that the temporary measures introduced by O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave under the ESA have been extended until January 2, 2021.
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NAIOP Toronto Honours Jane Pepino with Community Service Award N. Jane Pepino Sep 09, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Jane Pepino has been recognized by the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for her extraordinary contributions to the local community.
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What the Choueifaty Decision Means for Software Patents in Canada Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Sep 09, 2020 On August 21, in Choueifaty v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 FC 837, the Federal Court held that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office erred in determining the essential elements of the claimed invention by using the “problem-solution” approach.
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ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF (APART FROM WEARING MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING)? Sep 08, 2020 We are sure that many of our readers will want to ensure their planning is up-to-date. For our readers who are advisors, it is important to ensure that your clients’ planning is also up-to-date. To that end, we have produced a weekly series of Alerts which will provide basic information in response to questions we are frequently asked.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020 Douglas J. S. Younger, Ron W. Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva and Heidi Visser Sep 03, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Ron Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva, Heidi Visser and Douglas Younger are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020.
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AGCO Increases Rate of Cannabis Retail Store Authorizations Jeremy D. Burke Sep 02, 2020 The AGCO has announced that the current maximum of 20 RSAs per month will be doubled to a maximum of 40 per month commencing this fall.
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OEB Proposes Updated Rules for Consumers Switching Away From TOU Pricing David Stevens and Angela Oh Aug 31, 2020 As discussed previously, the Government of Ontario has announced that Regulated Price Plan consumers will be able to opt out of time-of-use pricing in favour of tiered prices starting November 1, 2020.
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2020: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months David Stevens, Angela Oh and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 28, 2020 Each year, we highlight the growing prominence of the energy storage market. This article is our annual update on the topic of energy storage in Canada, the United States and beyond since our post last summer.
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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OEB Staff Bulletin Opens Door for LDCs to Own Behind-the-Meter Storage Assets in Regulated Operations David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 12, 2020 On August 6, 2020, Ontario Energy Board Staff released a Staff Bulletin suggesting that local distribution companies may own and operate behind-the-meter energy storage, and treat the assets as part of regulated operations, if the purpose is to remediate poor service reliability.
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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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OEB Proposes to Amend the Standard Supply Service Code to Allow Consumers to Opt-Out of TOU Pricing David Stevens and Angela Oh Jul 21, 2020 As discussed in a previous post, the Government of Ontario recently announced that Regulated Price Plan consumers will be able to opt out of time-of-use pricing in favour of tiered prices starting November 1, 2020.
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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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Aird & Berlis Recognized as Leading Firm in Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Melanie A. Yach Jul 09, 2020 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as one of the top law firm advisors for international private wealth in Chambers HNW 2020.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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, Zale Skolnik 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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Fostering an Authentic LGBTQ2+ Inclusion Strategy for Your Business: Legal & Organizational Considerations CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 EDI Professionalism Hour for Lawyers Lorenzo Lisi and Michael McDonald Jun 09, 2020 External Speaker: ​Colin Druhan - Executive Director, Pride at Work Canada / Fierté au travail Canada
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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.