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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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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 R...
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The Last Word on Shergar? The Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds the Relevance of Subsequent Settlement Offers in Expropriations Ajay Gajaria, David P. Neligan and Matthew Helfand Aug 10, 2020 On August 4, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld and affirmed the Ontario Divisional Court decision in Shergar Development Inc. v. City of Windsor. The Court of Appeal decision has significant implications on the law governing cost awards in expropriation proceedings under the Expropriations Act for both expropriation claimants and expropriating authorities.
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The End of the Statement of Emergency in Ontario: Primary Implications for Employers Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jul 31, 2020 On July 24, 2020, Bill 195, Re-opening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 ("Bill 195") came into force and has officially brought an end to the declared State of Emergency in Ontario.
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The End of Waiver of Tort Steve J. Tenai and Karlie Nordstrom Jul 29, 2020 A commonly pleaded cause of action in many class actions is “waiver of tort”. Not anymore. The longstanding debate as to whether waiver of tort is an alternative form of remedy or an independent cause of action has been settled by the Supreme Court of Canada in Atlantic Lottery Corp. Inc. v. Babstock, released on July 24, 2020.
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Shareholder Claims for a Diminution of Share Value: The Ontario Court of Appeal Revisits the Limits of the Rule in Foss v. Harbottle Mark van Zandvoort and Matthew Patterson Jul 24, 2020 In the July 6, 2020 decision of Tran v. Bloorston Farms Ltd, 2020 ONCA 440, the Ontario Court of Appeal revisited the limits of the rule in Foss v. Harbottle, and the circumstances in which a shareholder may sue to recover the diminution in share value.
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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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Province Restricts New Cannabis Retail Store Openings to Five Per Week Jeremy D. Burke Jul 20, 2020 At the direction of the Ontario government, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is limiting, to five, the number of cannabis retail stores that are permitted to open in Ontario in any single week.
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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s COVID-19 Response Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Jul 17, 2020 Like many other jurisdictions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has implemented extensions of time for certain deadlines relating to patents, industrial designs and trademarks due to COVID-19.
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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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Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Jul 03, 2020 On July 2, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application for leave to appeal from a group of First Nations in British Columbia who sought to challenge the federal Cabinet’s second approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.
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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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OEB Issues Decision Regarding COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Fred D. Cass Jun 18, 2020 The Ontario Energy Board has issued a decision regarding the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program.
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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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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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Aird & Berlis | Aird & McBurney Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 Erica L. Lowthers, PhD, Kitt Sinden, M.Sc., Kimberly A. McManus, PhD, Lola A. Bartoszewicz, PhD, Timothy M. Lowman and L.E. Trent Horne Jun 16, 2020 Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney are proud to be recognized in the Canada section of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2020.
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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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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition on Agribusiness and Cannabis Jack Bernstein, Steven L. Graff, Donald B. Johnston, Martin Kovnats and Lorenzo Lisi Jun 11, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Jack Bernstein, Steven Graff, Donald Johnston, Martin Kovnats and Lorenzo Lisi are among the leading lawyers noted in the Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis 2020.
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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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Jack Bernstein Honoured by OBA for Excellence in Taxation Law Jack Bernstein Jun 08, 2020 Congratulations to senior tax partner Jack Bernstein for being honoured with the 2020 Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Taxation Law.
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Jack Bernstein Recognized in WWL Thought Leaders - Corporate Tax 2020 Jack Bernstein May 19, 2020 Congratulations to Jack Bernstein on being recognized as a thought leader in corporate tax by Who's Who Legal.
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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.
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Town of Lincoln Successful Against Insurer Timothy J. Hill and Brian Chung May 15, 2020 The Town of Lincoln, represented by litigation lawyers Tim Hill and Brian Chung, successfully brought an application requiring its insurer, AIG Insurance Company of Canada, to defend it in respect of an underlying damages claim for $1 million by a local winery business.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition on Technology L.E. Trent Horne, Donald B. Johnston and Stephen Zolf May 13, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Trent Horne, Donald Johnston and Stephen Zolf are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology 2020.
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Aird & Berlis Advises on Acquisition in the Psychedelic Medicine Sector Jeffrey K. Merk, Russell J. Sanders, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Michael F. Horvat, Faruk Gafic and Francesco Gucciardo Apr 29, 2020 Aird & Berlis represented a leading alternative medicine business incubator, IP aggregator and solutions provider in connection with its acquisition of a Canadian intravenous ketamine infusion therapy clinic.