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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. 

We focus on your legal issues, so you can focus on your business.

Recent Developments

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Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney Welcome Partner Peter S. L. Wong Peter S. L. Wong May 17, 2022 We are pleased to announce that Peter S. L. Wong has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Intellectual Property Group.
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Election Time in Ontario and Employee Voting Rights Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Bardia Jalayer May 12, 2022 On June 2, 2022, Ontarians will head to the polls to elect the members of the 43rd Parliament of Ontario. With the election taking place on a weekday, employers and employees alike will be asking what obligations and rights they may have when it comes to voting.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Jacob B. Dubelaar Jacob B. Dubelaar May 02, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Jacob Dubelaar has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Real Estate Group.
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Brantford Power and Energy+ Merge to Form GrandBridge Energy Ron W. Clark, Lisa E. Moreau, Barbara Worndl, Dennis M. O'Leary, Danielle M. Shields, Emily Chittick, Christian Nianiaris, Sam Babe and Michael F. Horvat May 02, 2022 On May 2, 2022, Brantford Energy Corporation and Cambridge and North Dumfries Energy+ Inc. merged to form GrandBridge Corporation, the shareholder of GrandBridge Energy Inc., GrandBridge Group Inc., and GrandBridge Solutions Inc.
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British Columbia High-Cost Credit Rules Come Into Effect on May 1, 2022 David Stevens Apr 28, 2022 On May 1, 2022, British Columbia will become the fourth Canadian province to regulate high-cost credit products. After that date, there will be additional disclosure requirements and consumer rights for consumer credit products with interest rates above 32%, along with licensing requirements for lenders offering such products.
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World Intellectual Property Day 2022 Apr 26, 2022 Aird & McBurney and Aird & Berlis are proud to celebrate World IP Day 2022
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Growth Funding Tools: Analyzing Toronto’s Draft Materials Sidonia J. Tomasella, Maggie Bassani, Ajay Gajaria, Meaghan Barrett and Matthew Helfand Apr 25, 2022 Bill 108 and Bill 197 made amendments to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act, 1997 in Ontario, with respect to how municipalities generate funding from development in respect of three primary growth funding tools: Development Charges, Community Benefits Charges and Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate. The new framework is intended to provide more certainty and predictability regar...
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Federal Court Dismisses Motion to Strike Judicial Review Application on Voluntary Disclosure Louise R. Summerhill and Monica Carinci Apr 22, 2022 On March 13, 2022, a prothonotary of the Federal Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s motion to strike the judicial review application of Milgram Foundation.
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Tax Court Allows Unclaimed Rebates for Tax Paid in Error to Subcontractors Louise R. Summerhill and Monica Carinci Apr 22, 2022 On March 17, 2022, The Tax Court of Canada allowed the GST/HST appeal of Mediclean Incorporated, a professional cleaning service company that engages cleaners as subcontractors to provide these services.
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At the Speed of Lightning, Bill 109: More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022, Receives Royal Assent Paula Boutis Apr 19, 2022 Introduced on March 30, 2022, Ontario’s More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022 (“Bill 109”) received Royal Assent on April 14, 2022. Some provisions are immediately in force, while others will wait for a later proclamation or come into force as of July 1, 2022, or January 1, 2023.
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Community Benefits, Development Charges and Parkland Dedication: Draft Details Now Available Apr 14, 2022 In response to the legislative changes of Bill 108 and Bill 197, and as part of its review and update of its growth-related funding tools, the City of Toronto has released draft materials for public input.
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Ghost in the Well: Court Expunges Registration of a Competitor’s Trademark Amy Grenon and Lawrence Veregin Apr 13, 2022 While the concept of “bad faith” has percolated in Canadian trademark law for some time, the Federal Court’s recent decision in Advanced Purification Engineering Corporation (APEC Water Systems) v. iSpring Water Systems, LLC, 2022 FC 388 is one of the first to consider the scope of this now codified ground of invalidity.
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Highlights of the 2022 Federal Budget Apr 08, 2022 On April 7, 2022, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered Canada’s budget for 2022. Budget 2022 continues the trend established in Budget 2021 by adding significant spending initiatives, closing additional perceived tax loopholes and continuing to implement international tax measures.
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Your Song Was Handmade For Somebody Like Me: Court Clears Ed Sheeran of Copyright Infringement in Shape of You Lawrence Veregin Apr 07, 2022 Ed Sheeran, along with the other Shape of You songwriters, brought a claim in the High Court of Justice in London, England, seeking a declaration that they did not infringe Sami Chokri’s copyright in Oh Why. Acknowledging the importance of songwriters being able to clear their names from accusations of deliberate copying, the Court granted the sought declaration in a ruling on April 6, 2022.
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Jill Fraser Featured in Women in Secured Finance 2022 Jill P. Fraser Apr 07, 2022 Jill Fraser was profiled in The Secured Lender’s Annual Women in Secured Finance issue.
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Harborside Inc. Completes Acquisition of Loudpack Sherri M. Altshuler, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Apr 07, 2022 On April 4, Harborside Inc., a California-focused, vertically-integrated cannabis enterprise, completed the acquisition of LPF JV Corporation, a leading manufacturer, cultivator and distributor of award-winning cannabis brands in California.
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Allied Properties REIT Acquires Urban Office Portfolio for $794 Million Margaret T. Nelligan, Melanie Cole, Marek Lorenc, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Leonard Baranek, J. Kyle Genga, Ethan Eisen, Rachel D. Rice, Barbara Worndl, Angelo Gentile and Aaron Collins Apr 06, 2022 On March 31, 2022, Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading operator of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities and network-dense urban data centres in Toronto, completed the acquisition of six urban office properties from Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust for $794 million.
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Gaming Moves Forward: Ontario Launches New iGaming Framework and Sports Betting Expands Peter K. Czegledy and Portia Biswas Apr 04, 2022 April 4, 2022, is the date that two important Canadian gaming legislative and regulatory changes – each years in the making – come to fruition. Firstly, Canadian sports fans nationwide are now able to make bets on single events. And secondly, a Canadian province has opened up regulated online gaming to broader competition, providing equal opportunities for private industry alongside the offerin...
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U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores US$24-Million Goal Jessie Lewis and Corey Fletcher Apr 01, 2022 On February 22, 2022, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team and the country’s top governing body for professional soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, agreed to a settlement of US$24 million in favour of the Women’s National Team, putting an end to a three-year-long gender discrimination lawsuit.
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Spring Cleaning: Getting your IP House in Order Amy Grenon Mar 30, 2022 A considerable portion of many companies’ values is tied to its IP assets and goodwill. All organizations should have a good understanding of those assets and ensure that they are being maximized.
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Oscars 2022: Lights, Cameras and Censors Jessie Lewis and Jose Garcia-Bonilla Mar 29, 2022 The 2022 Oscars were certainly a night to remember. Unfortunately, the tension between Will Smith and Chris Rock overshadowed various achievements throughout the night and led to some confusing audio censorship.
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Aird & Berlis/Aird & McBurney Partner With Black Entrepreneurs to Protect and Drive Innovation Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Mar 18, 2022 Aird & Berlis LLP and Aird & McBurney LP are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with the Black Entrepreneurship Alliance to provide legal guidance and support for Black entrepreneurs.
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Aird & Berlis Named Excellence Awardee for Canadian Law Awards’ Diversity Initiative Mar 14, 2022 We are delighted to be named an Excellence Awardee for the Canadian Law Awards’ Bereskin & Parr Diversity Initiative of the Year. This award celebrates the steps taken by law firms and law departments to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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Harborside Inc. Completes Acquisition of Urbn Leaf Sherri M. Altshuler, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Mar 08, 2022 On March 1, 2022, Harborside Inc. (CSE: HBOR) (OTCQX: HBORF), a California-focused, vertically-integrated cannabis enterprise, completed the acquisition of UL Holdings Inc., a leading California cannabis retailer with a dominant position in southern California.