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Recent Developments

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Department of Finance Clarifies Legislative Intent for Amendments to Taxation of Intergenerational Transfers of Businesses Edward Miller and Robert Santia Jul 23, 2021 On July 19, 2021, the Department of Finance released a statement acknowledging that the amendments contained in Bill C-208 form part of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and are now law. The July 19 Announcement replaces the June 30 news release in which Finance previously indicated it intended to introduce legislation providing that the amendments in Bill C-208 would not apply until January 1, 2022.
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Bill C-208: Tax Implications for Family Businesses Edward Miller and Robert Santia Jul 08, 2021 On June 29, 2021, Bill C-208 received royal assent. Bill C-208 contains amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “ITA”) that impact the tax consequences of certain intergenerational transfers by providing exceptions that will allow for the extraction of corporate surplus.
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Divisional Court Finds Statutory Severance Pay Calculation is Based on Employer’s Global Payroll Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Maria Gonzalez Jul 06, 2021 On June 15, 2021, the Ontario Divisional Court released its decision in Hawkes v. Max Aicher (North America) Limited. The Court held that the payroll threshold for determining whether an employer is a severance payor under section 64 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 is based on the employer’s global payroll, rather than just its Ontario or Canadian payroll.
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Aird & Berlis | Aird & McBurney Recognized in 2021 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Erica L. Lowthers, PhD, Kitt Sinden, M.Sc., Timothy M. Lowman and L.E. Trent Horne Jun 30, 2021 Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of the 2021 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.
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Aird & Berlis Awarded 2021 Readers’ Choice Designation by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine Lorenzo Lisi, Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan, Michael F. Horvat, Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jun 28, 2021 Aird & Berlis is honoured to have been chosen by the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine as one of the best OHS legal service providers in the country.
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Canadian Insurance Regulators Issue Proposed Conduct Principles for Intermediaries Pamela Miehls and Maria Gonzalez Jun 25, 2021 On May 25, 2021, the Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations released proposed Principles of Conduct for Intermediaries. CISRO is currently seeking feedback on the Principles from stakeholders. The deadline to submit comments is July 9, 2021.
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Super Group Merges with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp. and Lists on NYSE Peter K. Czegledy, Angela Swan and Lynn Tay Jun 24, 2021 Super Group, the parent of Betway, a global technology company delivering the world’s leading, regulated, online betting and gaming brands, has entered a definitive agreement to merge with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp. (SEAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.
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Fengate Asset Management Completes Sale of its Legacy Portfolio Neill Kalvin and Gobind Ahuja Jun 22, 2021 Fengate Asset Management completed the sale of its legacy portfolio of industrial properties located across Hamilton, Burlington and Stoney Creek, Ontario.
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2021 Edition of Doing Business in Canada Now Available! Jun 22, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the 2021 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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OBCA Amendments to Come Into Force on July 5 Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Ian McLeod Jun 21, 2021 Highly anticipated amendments to the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (OBCA) will take effect on July 5, 2021.
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Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized as 2021 IP STARS Timothy M. Lowman, Ken Clark and L.E. Trent Horne Jun 15, 2021 Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2021 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practitioners.
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IDEL Extension and a Welcome Case for Employers on Constructive Dismissal and Pandemic Layoffs Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jun 15, 2021 The Government of Ontario has once again extended the period that the infectious disease emergency leave (“IDEL”) will apply. IDEL will now extend to September 25, 2021. Prior to this change, IDEL was scheduled to expire on July 3, 2021.
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Spectra7 Microsystems Closes $6.3 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel, Russell J. Sanders and Sean Green Jun 11, 2021 Spectra7 Microsystems Inc., a leading provider of high-performance analog semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, completed a brokered private placement led by Cormark Securities Inc. and a non-brokered private placement, collectively consisting of 211,157,035 units for gross proceeds of $6,334,711.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences 2021 L.E. Trent Horne and Donald B. Johnston Jun 10, 2021 Aird & Berlis partners Trent Horne and Donald Johnston are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences 2021. This publication focuses on health services and the Lexpert-ranked lawyers who serve this industry.
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Galane Gold Completes Acquisition of the Summit Mine and Banner Mill in New Mexico and $9 Million Private Placement Richard M. Kimel, Adria Leung Lim, Sean Green, David Mba and Francesco Gucciardo Jun 07, 2021 On May 19, 2021, Galane Gold Ltd., through a wholly-owned subsidiary, completed the acquisition of the Summit Mine and the infrastructure constituting the Banner Mill in New Mexico from Pyramid Peak Mining, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP.
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The Beginning of the End of Online Piracy in Canada? Federal Court of Appeal Approves Site-Blocking Order: The Consequences Ken Clark and Lawrence Veregin Jun 07, 2021 Under the anonymity of the internet, the worst of humanity is revealed: piracy, defamation, hate speech, privacy violations and harassment flourish and cause immeasurable harm to their victims. The perpetrators hide as zeroes and ones, making enforcement difficult or impossible. Even if a victim could identify the source of the harmful content, the responsible intermediaries, such as web hostin...
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Aaron Bains Named Man of the Year by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains Jun 04, 2021 Congratulations to Aaron Bains on being named the Toronto and National Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
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First Gulf and STACK INFRASTRUCTURE Partner on New Data Centre in Toronto Leonard Baranek, Sean Mason and Barbara Worndl May 06, 2021 First Gulf, a leader in Canadian development and construction, has partnered with STACK INFRASTRUCTURE, a U.S. digital infrastructure company, to develop a 56 MW data centre campus on a 19-acre site located at 3650 Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. The development site, which will provide STACK with immediate capacity ready in mid-2022 as well as future expansion, is the company’s firs...
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OEB Provides Guidance on ICI Eligibility for 2021-2022 David Stevens May 04, 2021 A recent Ontario Energy Board Staff Bulletin indicates that even though existing Industrial Conservation Initiative participants in 2021-2022 will see their Global Adjustment charges determined based on 2019-2020 peak hour consumption, their eligibility to participate in the ICI will be based on their 2020-2021 consumption.
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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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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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OEB Seeking Input on Virtual Hearings Fred D. Cass Jun 17, 2020 The OEB has issued a letter to stakeholders seeking input on virtual hearings. The letter notes that the OEB’s offices have not yet reopened and that some applications may be ready to proceed to oral hearing while the offices remain closed or while participants are unable to attend the OEB in person.
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OEB Receives Comments on Issues Relating to Account for Utilities to Record COVID-19 Impacts Fred D. Cass Jun 16, 2020 The OEB has received comments on the Draft Issues List for its consultation on a deferral account for utilities in the electricity and natural gas sectors to record impacts arising from the COVID-19 emergency.
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Ontario Divisional Court Reverses Minister’s Revocation of Approval of Wind Farm Project David Stevens May 14, 2020 In a decision issued on May 14, Ontario’s Divisional Court granted the project proponent’s judicial review application to reinstate the Environmental Review Tribunal’s approval of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont, Ontario.