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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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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.
Representative Matters
TerrAscend Closes US$70 Million Acquisition of Keystone Canna Remedies Sherri M. Altshuler, Sean Mason and Al Turnbull May 03, 2021 On May 3, 2021, TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, completed its acquisition of Keystone Canna Remedies for US$70 million.
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Small Pharma Completes $63 Million Brokered and Non-Brokered Private Placements, Qualifying Transaction and Initial Listing on the TSX Venture Exchange Richard M. Kimel, Melanie Cole, Danny Kharazmi, Sean Green, Emily Chittick and Al Turnbull May 03, 2021 Aird & Berlis acted as Canadian legal counsel to Small Pharma with a team that included Richard Kimel, Melanie Cole, Danny Kharazmi, Sean Green (Capital Markets), Emily Chittick and Al Turnbull (Articling Students).
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Ontario Government Announces Plan to Introduce Legislation Providing for Three Paid Sick Days Michael F. Horvat and Meghan A. Cowan Apr 29, 2021 On April 29, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that it would introduce new legislation that would provide for three paid sick days for employees impacted by COVID-19.
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Vaccinations and the Workplace: Update Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Apr 27, 2021 Since our last article on workplace vaccinations, the pandemic has significantly worsened, requiring the dramatic reallocation of hospital resources, school closures and an extended “Stay-at-Home” order in Ontario. Employers are obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every reasonable precaution necessary in the circumstances to protect their workers.
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New “Go Public” Platform for Mid-Market Growth Companies: NEO Exchange Unveils G-Corp™ Pilot Program Melanie Cole, Russell J. Sanders and Emily Chittick Apr 20, 2021 The NEO Exchange Inc. has introduced a new pilot program for a publicly-traded vehicle known as a Growth Acquisition Corporation™.
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A Long-Awaited Canadian Federal Budget Apr 20, 2021 On April 19, 2021, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered Canada’s budget for 2021 – the first federal budget released by the Department of Finance in more than two years.
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Aird & Berlis Shortlisted for Chambers D&I Awards: North America 2021 Apr 19, 2021 We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2021 in the Canada Private Practice – Firm Award category.
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Maritime Resources Announces Closing of Strategic Investment by Tembo Capital Jeffrey K. Merk, Liam Tracey-Raymont and David Mba Apr 13, 2021 Aird & Berlis represented Maritime Resources in connection with the closing of a strategic investment by Tembo Capital for a total investment of approximately $4 million via a non-brokered private placement.
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Maritime Resources Announces Closing of Nugget Pond and Property Portfolio Acquisition Jeffrey K. Merk, Adria Leung Lim and David Mba Apr 13, 2021 Aird & Berlis represented Maritime Resources Corp. in connection with the closing of an asset purchase agreement with two subsidiaries of Rambler Metals and Mining PLC valued at approximately US$2.7 million.
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Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Condominium Class Action Based on a Limitation of Liability Clause Brian Chung and Steve J. Tenai Apr 08, 2021 This is an update to our July 3, 2020 bulletin summarizing Justice Perell’s decision in Ritchie et al. v. Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc., 2020 ONSC 3840.
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Aird & Berlis Featured in Globe and Mail Article on Pay Equity Steven Zakem and Andrea Skinner Apr 05, 2021 Aird & Berlis was featured in an article about compensation for its male and female equity partners.
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Jeffrey Merk and Sherri Altshuler Featured in The Globe and Mail Sherri M. Altshuler and Jeffrey K. Merk Apr 05, 2021 Jeffrey Merk and Sherri Altshuler, co-leaders of the firm's Capital Markets Group, were featured in a Globe and Mail article.
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Supreme Court of Canada Rules Federal Carbon Pricing is Constitutional Emily Chittick Mar 25, 2021 On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on the constitutionality of the federal government’s carbon pricing regime. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the federal government has the right to impose minimum carbon-pricing standards on the provinces.
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Dasha Peregoudova to Serve as Team Canada’s Ombudsperson for the 2020 Olympic Games Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Mar 16, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Dasha Peregoudova, an associate and member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Workplace Law Groups, has been appointed as the Ombudsperson for Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate: The Employer’s Dilemma Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Mar 11, 2021 One of the topics that generated the most feedback in our last Workplace Law webinar was vaccinations in the workplace. As such, this article summarizes our insight on the topic.
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MediPharm Labs Closes $33 Million Bought Deal Equity Financing Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and Barbara Worndl Mar 09, 2021 Aird & Berlis LLP advised MediPharm Labs Corp. in connection with its bought deal offering of units for total gross proceeds of $33,350,000.
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The Valens Company Completes Acquisition of Leading Canadian Edibles Manufacturer LYF Food Technologies Inc. Jeffrey K. Merk, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Francesco Gucciardo and Michael F. Horvat Mar 05, 2021 Kelowna, British Columbia with expertise in novel product creation, white label manufacturing and infusion technologies, was acquired by The Valens Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of cannabis products.
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The 411 on File Wrapper Estoppel in Canada Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Feb 26, 2021 Section 53.1 of the Patent Act changed the point of view regarding the construction of claims in a patent litigation matter. Canada now has file wrapper estoppel and the courts are actively figuring out the bounds of how far that goes.
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Aird & Berlis Trademark Practice and Practitioners Recognized in 2021 WTR 1000 Timothy M. Lowman, L.E. Trent Horne, R. Grant Cansfield and Ken Clark Feb 16, 2021 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized in the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals at both the firm and individual levels.
Events
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 ACCESS ARCHIVE 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 sentimen...
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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, Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Feb 02, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE 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 amendment...
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Jeffrey Merk Comments on the Explosion of New Psychedelics Companies Jeffrey K. Merk Jan 26, 2021 Jeffrey Merk sat down with the Dales Report last week to answer some additional questions about the legalities of the psychedelics space, and to find out just how busy lawyers are in the emerging industry.
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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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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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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.