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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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Work, Stress, Addiction, Resources & Recovery: Important Information for Professionals & Employers Andrea Skinner and Lorenzo Lisi Nov 26, 2019 Join Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Wyman as she provides an overview of what constitutes an addiction, how to assess whether you are at risk and what services are available to support treatment and recovery. Also hear from Lorenzo Lisi, head of the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group, for...
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Opportunities for Partnerships: The Cannabis Sector and Indigenous Nations Jeremy D. Burke and Kimberly Thomas Oct 24, 2019 The cannabis industry provides a unique opportunity for partnerships between Indigenous Nations and other Cannabis-sector participants. From investments to joint ventures, there are a myriad of ways for partnerships to harness the industry&rsqu...
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CCAA Priming Charges May Supersede Statutory Deemed Trusts Shakaira John, Ian Aversa and Gaurav Gopinath Oct 23, 2019 In Canada v. Canada North Group Inc., 2019 ABCA 314, the Court of Appeal of Alberta upheld the decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, which held that the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act permits courts to subordinate statutory deemed trusts in favour of the Crown to court-ordered ...
Representative Matters
Pistil Partners Completes Financing and Strategic Acquisition Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Oct 21, 2019 Pistil Partners Inc. completed a private placement of its common shares and acquisition of Ironside Hemp Company Inc., a private U.S.-based hemp management company.
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Doing Business in Canada - Fall 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the Fall 2019 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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Canada’s New Patent Regime: CIPO’s Eleventh Hour Guidance Erica L. Lowthers, PhD, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD and Kitt Sinden, M.Sc. Oct 15, 2019 On October 30, 2019, the new Canadian Patent Act and Rules will come into force introducing substantive administrative procedural changes. On October 15, 2019, with only 15 days remaining before these changes come into force, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has released its revisions to...
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Ontario Government Should Have Consulted Before Repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation David Stevens Oct 15, 2019 On October 11, the Ontario Divisional Court found that the Ontario government failed to comply with its legal obligation to consult before repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation.
Representative Matters
MediPharm Labs Closes $38.7 Million Credit Facility with a Leading Canadian Schedule 1 Bank Aaron T. Collins and Randy T. Hooke Oct 10, 2019 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in cannabis extraction, distillation, purification and cannabinoid isolation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., closed a credit facility with a prominent Canadian Schedule 1 bank for an aggregate $38.7 million. The credit facility is c...
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A Mareva Injunction Refresher: Can a Strong Prima Facie Case of Fraud Alone Support an Inference of Asset Dissipation and/or Disposal Risk? Mark van Zandvoort, Dennis M. O'Leary and Codie Mitchell Oct 09, 2019 In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Aetna Financial Services Ltd. v. Feigelman. The Court adopted the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Chitel v. Rothbart, holding that a Mareva injunction is limited to circumstances in which there is a real risk that the defendant will remove its as...
Representative Matters
Allied Properties REIT Completes $300 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Oct 09, 2019 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.113% series E senior unsecured debentures.
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Aird & Berlis Recognized Amongst the Top Professional Advisers in Chambers High Net Worth 2019 Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Melanie A. Yach Jul 12, 2019 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as a leading Canadian law firm in the 2019 edition of Chambers High Net Worth.
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Pia-Lauren Reece Has Success with Patent Agent Examinations Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Jul 11, 2019 Pia-Lauren Reece has successfully passed the Canadian Patent Agent Examinations and will become a qualified Canadian Patent Agent.
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Maple Leaf Angels Teams Up With Aird & Berlis Once Again Randy Williamson, Graham Topa and Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. May 27, 2019 Maple Leaf Angels is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with Aird & Berlis LLP. The Aird & Berlis Startups Group, led by Graham Topa and Tony Sabeta, is dedicated to enabling early-stage and emerging growth companies to navigate the commercial, regulatory and competitive challenges related...
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Some Dos and Don’ts for Internal Workplace Accident Investigations David S. Reiter May 09, 2019 This article provides a brief overview of the law on privilege as it pertains to employers’ internal investigations into workplace accidents, and we map out some broad steps that companies may have available to them to protect their workplace accident investigations.
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Province Introduces an Updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe David P. Neligan May 07, 2019 Among the flurry of legislative changes recently announced on May 2, the Province introduced a new Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (“A Place to Grow”), which is anticipated to come into effect on May 16, 2019.
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Bill 108: Summary of Key Amendments to Planning Act and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act Meaghan Barrett May 06, 2019 On May 2, 2019, Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choices Act, 2019 received First Reading. Bill 108 proposes a number of amendments to the land use planning regime in Ontario.
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Due Diligence – A Brief Refresher Cynthia R. C. Sefton May 05, 2019 May 5th marks the start of what is now called Safety and Health Week, also known as North American Occupational Safety And Health Week. It is a good opportunity for employers, supervisors and workers to take time to assess whether their policies, procedures, training, monitoring and enforcement r...
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Ford Government Launches Sweeping Planning Law Changes Hon. Peter Van Loan May 03, 2019 The Ford government launched a sweeping package of changes to the land use planning system with the objective of stimulating the supply of housing. Increasing housing supply is seen as critical to increasing affordability and helping Ontario residents achieve their dreams of home ownership.
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The Ontario Cannabis Control Act and Implications for Commercial Landlords Lessons Learned From a Prosecution Under the CCA David S. Reiter and Brian Chung Apr 24, 2019 This article discusses the CCA and the broad enforcement powers it contains. It also discusses a range of other potential impacts that commercial landlords can face under the new regime, and it offers insight into some steps that landlords can take to protect themselves.
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2019 Ontario Budget Hints at Continued Phased Approach for Cannabis Retail Jeremy D. Burke and Gobind Ahuja Apr 23, 2019 The 2019 Ontario Budget provides a revealing glimpse into the Ontario government’s plans for the province’s cannabis retail sector. Although the Budget does not include the details of any phasing plan, the language in the document appears intended to signal that some type of phased approach shoul...
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You Asked, We Answered: Managing Absenteeism in the Workplace Michael F. Horvat Apr 10, 2019 We recently held our Managing Absenteeism in the Workplace webinar, where our legal experts discussed the challenges presented by absenteeism in the workplace and proactive steps you can take to build an effective absence policy. A few recurring themes arose in the questions our audience asked. ...
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Elevating Devices and Safety, a Reminder to Learn From the Mistakes of Others Cynthia R. C. Sefton Apr 08, 2019 Do you manufacture, own, operate or service elevators or escalators in Ontario? If so, you should be aware of (and be reminded of ) your legal obligations to prevent incidents. This article deals with cases, separated by over a decade, where people have been injured or died in connection with uns...
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Supreme Court Dismisses Solar Power Network Application for Leave to Appeal Alyssa Gebert and Jonathan Yantzi Mar 29, 2019 The Supreme Court has dismissed an application for leave to appeal Solar Power Network Inc. v. ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp. The Court of Appeal for Ontario earlier held that the use of formulas to express annual interest rates can satisfy Section 4 of the Interest Act.
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting… Federal Infrastructure Funds? David P. Neligan and Matthew Helfand Mar 27, 2019 In Chapter 2 of the 2019 Federal Budget under the heading “Building Strong Communities,” the Government of Canada announced a “one-time top-up” of $2.2 billion dollars to support municipal infrastructure projects.
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OEB Announces New Performance Standards For Processing Rate Applications Zoë Thoms Mar 22, 2019 The OEB is updating its rate application processing performance standards as of April 1, 2019. Current rate application performance standards were established in 2009 and were delineated by hearing type – oral or written. The new performance standards will instead be organized by the size of the ...
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Highlights of the 2019 Federal Budget Mar 19, 2019 On March 19, 2019 ("Budget Day"), the Department of Finance (Canada) tabled Canada's federal budget for 2019 ("Budget 2019"). The highlights include proposals (or intentions to proceed with proposals) to: Extend the foreign affiliate dumping rules so as to also apply to any corporation resid...
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Ontario Announces “Made-in-Ontario” Emissions Standards Zoë Thoms Feb 22, 2019 The Ontario government announced new emission reduction standards as part of its plan to address climate change without imposing a carbon tax. The province developed the Emissions Performance Standards as an alternative to the federal Output-Based Pricing System.
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“Privacy is Not an All-or-Nothing Concept”: The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jarvis Donald B. Johnston and Brandon Carter Feb 20, 2019 On February 14, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R. v. Jarvis, a case that centered on determining when and where a person will be criminally liable for observing or recording others, without their knowledge, for sexual gratification.
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Data Breaches – What Will Cost You and What Will Save You Money Paige Backman Feb 11, 2019 For the last number of years, Ponemon Institute has published reports on data breaches. The latest report, “2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview”, is worth the read. It explores not just the cost in dollars and organization expended (direct and indirect costs), but also which element...
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All’s “Well” That Ends “Well” The Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. David Stevens, Jeremy Nemers and Brandon Carter Feb 07, 2019 On January 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. The majority of the SCC held that end-of-life environmental remediation costs mandated by specific Alberta legislation against a bankrupt oil and gas company must be satisfied ...
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Come On, They’re Children! Paige Backman Feb 04, 2019 A few days ago, a friend forwarded on the Slashdot story about Facebook paying individuals, ages 13-35, $20/month to essentially spy on them. The story is all over the Internet, apparently.