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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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Tech Strikes Back Peter K. Czegledy Jul 15, 2020 New and evolving technologies continue to hold investor interest now more than ever. While the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to its very direct cost to life and health, has created massive social and economic disruption, tech businesses have b...
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Court Enforces Exculpatory Clause Dismissing Condominium Class Action Steve J. Tenai, Brian Chung and Martin Henderson Jul 03, 2020 Over the last several years, we have seen the cancellation of several significant condominium developments. In response, for projects going to market after January 1, 2020, Tarion now requires that agreements of purchase and sale include an information sheet at the front of the purchase agreement that outlines some of the key potential risks of buying a residential condominium unit in a pre-con...
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Using the ATM to Avoid the Teller – The CSA Approves Amendments to Streamline ATM Offerings Liam Tracey-Raymont and Portia Biswas Jul 02, 2020 The Canadian Securities Administrators have approved amendments to National Instrument 44-102 – Shelf Distributions (“NI 44-102”) and Companion Policy 44-102CP Shelf Distributions relating to At-the-Market Distributions that eliminate the requirement for reporting issuers to seek exemptive relief in order to conduct an at-the-market offering.
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A Stark Warning to Candidates for Municipal Office When Filing Their Campaign Election Statements John Mascarin and Matthew Patterson Jul 02, 2020 The Ontario Court of Appeal made headlines recently when it released its decision in Karygiannis v. Toronto (City), 2020 ONCA 411, removing Toronto City Councillor Jim Karygiannis from office for the second time this term.
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Ontario Government Bans Commercial Evictions in Ontario: What Bill 192 Means to Landlords and Tenants Kenneth Pimentel, Monty Warsh, Marco Gammone and Faruk Gafic Jun 25, 2020 Bill 192 (Protecting Small Business Act, 2020), which received Royal Assent on June 18, amends certain provisions of the Commercial Tenancies Act. The amendments are temporary in nature and are intended to limit enforcement action by landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day: An Interview With Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames Kimberly Thomas and Andrea Skinner Jun 25, 2020 In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are delighted to host an online interview with Chief Jessica Hill of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. This program will impart broader cultural awareness through the eyes of an Indigenous leader.
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As Businesses Reopen, They Need to Be Thinking About Their Workplace Safety Plans The Ministry of Labour Has Just Made That Task Easier By Providing a Guide David S. Reiter Jun 24, 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns have been our collective reality for the past four months. But with summer here and the increased openings across the province, businesses need to be thinking about how they are going to make their workplaces safe, as well as protect the health and safety of their workers. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), employers must take all reasonable precautions to p...
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Go Beyond Mental Health Resources: Strategies to Drive Employee Well-Being and Performance Reena Kotecha and Barbra H. Miller Jun 23, 2020 Join our panel as they unravel the psychological and behavioural repercussions of the pandemic on our workplaces and provide insight on specific strategies to drive employee performance and well-being.
Representative Matters
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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The Pendulum Swings Back Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi Jun 22, 2020 On June 17, 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued a disappointing and (for employers) concerning decision with respect to the enforceability of termination provisions and the issue of severability.
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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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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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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 Archive Now Availabe! Lorenzo Lisi and Michael McDonald Jun 09, 2020 As in-person Pride gatherings have been cancelled or postponed due to pandemic-related public health concerns, LGBT2Q+ inclusion celebrations will still proceed across Canada in digital formats. Developing an inclusion strategy for ...
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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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Successes and Challenges: Hearing the Stories of Leading Asian-Canadian Lawyers Archive Now Available! Sanjeev Mitra and Hansen Wong May 28, 2020 Join us as we hear from Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel of Ryerson University, Sanj Mitra, Senior Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and Sony Gokhale, General Counsel of The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. on their journeys through the legal profession.
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The Business of Esports Archive Now Available! Peter K. Czegledy May 27, 2020 Join our esteemed panel of experts for a deep dive into one of today’s most exciting sectors, esports.
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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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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.
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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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Maintaining Employee Mental Health through Digital Technologies Lynn Tay and Lorway Gosse May 08, 2020 The rapid advancement of technology has resulted in a movement towards all kinds of digital tools. One tool that a growing number of employers are embracing is telemedicine. By leveraging technology, employers provide employees with access to professional advice in a convenient and cost-effective manner, ultimately improving employee relations.
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Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized as IP STARS by Managing Intellectual Property Timothy M. Lowman, Ken Clark and L.E. Trent Horne May 01, 2020 Three members of the Aird & Berlis Intellectual Property Group have been recognized in the 2020 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practitioners.
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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.
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Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity Measures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Paige Backman and David Mba Mar 27, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, cyber criminals are finding ways to capitalize on the growing levels of concern and fear accompanying the pandemic.