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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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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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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.
Representative Matters
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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Ontario Proposes Significant Changes to the Expropriations Act in Bill 245 Ajay Gajaria and Matthew Helfand Mar 05, 2021 The Province of Ontario has proposed new legislation which will introduce amendments to the Expropriations Act respecting hearings of necessity, the board of negotiation and statutory interest rates. The changes represent some of the most significant changes to the Ontario Expropriations Act in the past 25 years and may be a sign of further substantive changes to come.
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Are You Prepared for the Changes Coming to Ontario’s Corporate Law Requirements? Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains, Ian McLeod and Christian Nianiaris Mar 04, 2021 On December 8, 2020, the Ontario legislature enacted the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020, which includes several significant amendments to the Ontario Business Corporations Act.
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SCC Expands the Application of the Principle of Good Faith: What You Should Know When Exercising Discretionary Power at Contract Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Ian McLeod Mar 04, 2021 In Wastech Services Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage, the Supreme Court considers the contours of the duty to exercise contractual discretion in good faith.
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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.
Representative Matters
5045299 Completes Disposition of Common Shares and Options of Greenland Resources Inc. Jeffrey K. Merk and David Mba Feb 24, 2021 5045299 Ontario Inc., a corporation formed on the amalgamation of 2449539 Ontario Inc. and Gupta Group Mining and Resources Inc., has disposed of 17,333,333 common shares in the capital of Greenland Resources Inc.
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Otso Gold Corp. Completes US$11 Million Strategic Investment Thomas A. Fenton, Russell J. Sanders and Al Turnbull Feb 22, 2021 Otso Gold Corp. (TSXV:OTSO), the owner of the Otso Gold Mine in Raahe, Finland, recently completed a US$11 million private placement offering of 284,944,440 units to a strategic investor at an issuance price equal to $0.05 per unit.
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PsyBio Completes Reverse Takeover and $14.5 Million Private Placement Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, David Mba and Barbara Worndl Feb 19, 2021 Aird & Berlis represented PsyBio Therapeutics, Inc. in a reverse takeover transaction and $14.5 million private placement.
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EQ Inc. Closes Overnight Marketed Public Offering of Common Shares Jeffrey K. Merk, Russell J. Sanders, Alicia McKeag, Meredith McCann and Francesco Gucciardo Feb 19, 2021 EQ Inc. (TSX-V: EQ) (the “Company”), a leader in geospatial data and artificial intelligence driven software, closed its previously announced overnight marketed offering of an aggregate of 7,187,500 common shares in the capital of the Company at a price of C$1.60 per Offered Security for total gross proceeds of C$11,500,000.
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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.
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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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Here Are Six Important Securities Litigation Cases From 2020 That You Need to Read Hansen Wong Feb 05, 2021 Now that we are into 2021, it seems like an ideal time to reflect on six noteworthy securities law cases from the past year.
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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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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Five New Partners Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains, Danny Kharazmi, Josh Kumar, David P. Neligan and Kenneth Pimentel Jan 26, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Aaron Bains, Danny Kharazmi, Josh Kumar, David Neligan, and Kenneth Pimentel have become partners of the firm.
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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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10th IBA London Finance and Capital Markets Virtual Tax Conference January 18 - February 24, 2021 Jack Bernstein and Clifford Rand Jan 18, 2021 Jack Bernstein is chairing the IBA Finance and Capital Markets Tax Conference for the 10th consecutive year and Clifford Rand is part of a panel on “Contested settlements and reliance on rulings and APAs.”
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Tim Lowman Recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021 Timothy M. Lowman Jan 13, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021. Tim is one of 25 Canadian IP advisors selected for inclusion in this inaugural guide, which is a supplement to the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
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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.
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The Swiss Shield: A Trademark Registration Is a Defence to Damages Even if Later Invalidated Lawrence Veregin and Ken Clark Dec 14, 2020 Switzerland’s historic neutrality does not extend to the use of its iconic cross. Wenger, the Swiss company behind the legendary “Swiss Army Knife”, commenced a trademark claim against Travelway, a Canadian distributor of luggage. Both companies sold luggage adorned with a logo evoking the Swiss flag.