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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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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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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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Aird & Berlis Advises in Formation of M Residential REIT Margaret T. Nelligan, Alicia McKeag, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, Neill Kalvin, Gobind Ahuja, Barbara Worndl, Angelo Gentile and Jesse L. Waslowski May 28, 2021 Aird & Berlis advised Melchior Management 777 Corporation in the formation and initial acquisitions of M Residential REIT, a new private residential real estate investment trust consisting of residential tenants located throughout southern Ontario.
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Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and Constructive Dismissal Alex Kagan May 27, 2021 On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government enacted Ontario Regulation 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave, which extended the length of time an employee could be temporary laid off without triggering an automatic termination under the Employment Standards Act. The regulation only applies to reductions in wages or hours during the statutorily defined “COVID-19 period,” which was intended to ...
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goeasy Ltd. Acquires LendCare for $320 Million Donald L. West, Jill P. Fraser, David Malach and Barbara Worndl May 04, 2021 On April 30, 2021, goeasy Ltd. (TSX: GSY), a full-service provider of goods and alternative financial services, completed its acquisition of LendCare Holdings Inc., a Canadian point-of-sale consumer finance and technology company, from LendCare’s founders and CIVC Partners for $320 million
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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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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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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Two New Estates & Trusts Group Members Archie Rabinowitz and Holly V.A. Cunliffe Apr 26, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that partner Archie Rabinowitz and associate Holly Cunliffe have joined the firm as members of our Estates & Trusts Group.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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.