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Tech Strikes Back Peter K. Czegledy Jul 15, 2020 New and evolving technologies continue to ho...
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Post-Pandemic Financial Considerations: Reopening vs. Closing the Business Jill P. Fraser, Faruk Gafic, Jeremy Nemers and Hon. Hugh D. Segal Jul 14, 2020 Join our panel of finance and restructuring experts as they provide high-level insight on how bus...
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Uber v. Heller: Supreme Court Throws Out Dutch Arbitration Clause As Unconscionable Aaron Baer, Fiona Brown, Benjamin Mayer-Goodman and Steve J. Tenai Jul 09, 2020 Most people would find that a mandatory $14,500 arbitration fee hidden in their employment contract is an unexpected and unfair contractual term. The Supreme Court of Canada agrees. On June 26, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Uber Technologies Inc...
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An Employer’s Guide for Addressing Racial Discrimination in the Workplace Lorenzo Lisi Jul 09, 2020 Please join our panel of esteemed speakers as they provide you with an employer’s guide to addres...
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Aird & Berlis Recognized as Leading Firm in Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Melanie A. Yach Jul 09, 2020 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as one of the top law firm advisors for international private wealth in Chambers HNW 2020.
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Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Psychedelics Companies Considering “Going Public” in Canada Sherri M. Altshuler, Jeffrey K. Merk, Danny Kharazmi and David Mba Jul 08, 2020 Over the past few months, many of the most actively traded stocks on the Canadian Securities Exchange have been shares of companies involved in the psychedelics industry.
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Court Permits Trustee to Access Bankrupt’s Premises and Assign a Lease Over Landlord’s Objection That the Premises Were Previously Surrendered by Receiver Ian Aversa, Sam Babe and Shakaira John Jul 07, 2020 On June 18, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released an endorsement in Cerberus Business Financial, LLC v. B & W Heat Treating Canada, ULC, holding that the Commercial Tenancies Act grants a ...
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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 ...
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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 i...
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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 C...
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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 C...
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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 o...
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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...
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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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Province Announces Proposed Amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2019 Patrick Harrington and Laura Dean Jun 19, 2020 This past week, the province announced a number of proposed changes to A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The proposed amendments are intended to support municipalities to make it faster and easier to plan for anticipated growth. Thi...
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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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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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Unpacking Cross-Border Cannabis Sector Class Action Risks Archive Now Available! Sherri M. Altshuler and Steve J. Tenai Jun 16, 2020 Join our panel of Canadian and U.S. class action litigators and damages and insurance experts as ...
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Champignon Brands Completes $15 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Jeffrey K. Merk, Melanie Cole, Russell J. Sanders and Francesco Gucciardo Jun 11, 2020 Aird & Berlis advised Champignon Brands Inc., a ketamine clinic operator, psychedelic medicine IP aggregator and novel drug discoverer, in connection with its $15 million bought deal private placement.
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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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The Rise of the Psychedelics Sector Archive Now Available! Jeffrey K. Merk and Sherri M. Altshuler Jun 10, 2020 Mental health and well-being are now at the forefront of our daily lives. The search for alternat...
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The Plan to Reopen the Tax Court and the New Fast Track Settlement Conference System Neil Bass and Josh Kumar Jun 09, 2020 On June 4, 2020, in a special virtual meeting held with the Tax Court of Canada Bench & Bar Liaison Committee, the Tax Court of Canada outlined its tentative plan to resume operations and introduce a new, but temporary, Fast Track Settlement Conference System.
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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 canc...
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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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What’s My Limitation Period Again? Update on the Suspension of Limitation and Time Periods During the COVID-19 Crisis Dillon Collett and John Pappas Jun 08, 2020 This article provides a practical summary of which limitation and time periods are affected by the province’s emergency measures and how litigants can prepare themselves for the post-pandemic legal system.
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On-Site and Excess Soil Management: MECP's New Regulations Archive Now Available! Leo F. Longo Jun 04, 2020 Join our panel of experts for a complimentary webinar as they provide insight on O. Reg. 406/19 a...
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Ontario Government Introduces Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Fiona Brown and Lorenzo Lisi Jun 02, 2020 The Government of Ontario has introduced a new regulatory amendment that places employees that have been or will be temporarily laid off on “Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.”
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Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace: From Recruitment to Off-Duty Conduct Archive Now Available! Meghan A. Cowan, Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi Jun 02, 2020 Join the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group as they provide insight on privacy and social media in...
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CRA Resumes Audit Activity Jesse L. Waslowski Jun 01, 2020 On May 28, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that audit activity, slowed by COVID-19, is resuming. The CRA continues to prioritize matters beneficial to taxpayers, large dollar value files, and files with “strategic importance” to Canada, provinces/territories and treaty partners.
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Aaron Bains, 2020 Precedent Setter Award Winner Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains May 29, 2020 Aird & Berlis associate Aaron Bains recognized by Precedent Magazine as one of six outstanding young lawyers who have shown excellence and leadership in their practice and their community.
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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...
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COVID-19 & Esports – Part 3 – Implications For the Future Peter K. Czegledy May 27, 2020 In this article, the author suggests what such increased affinity may imply for the gaming and esports industry in the future.
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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, esp...
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COVID-19 & Esports – Part 2 – The Socio-Cultural Context Peter K. Czegledy May 26, 2020 This article explaines some of the attributes of gaming and esports, citing them as reasons that might support a strong affinity for participants that perhaps should not be underestimated in the longer term.
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COVID-19 and the Workplace: Remote Working Legal Considerations and Recommendations Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova May 26, 2020 COVID-19 continues to disrupt workplaces across the country and a return to “normal” could be months away. As employees remain sequestered, many businesses will have to maintain remote working conditions for a much longer time, and to a much larger group of employees, than ...
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Reopening Your Business in a Post-COVID-19 World David S. Reiter May 26, 2020 Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about what businesses need to be thinking about and doing as we all, hopefully, start to emerge from the throes of the global pandemic. On its face, the conversation can seem complicated and multifaceted. For example, how will we interact with one anothe...
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COVID-19 & Esports – Part 1 – The Economic and Industry Impact Peter K. Czegledy May 25, 2020 This article addresses the stark contrast between how the esports industry was reacting and adapting to the changes forced on society and the economy by the COVID-19 virus in comparison to many other industries.
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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Tax Residency Relief Louise R. Summerhill and Jesse L. Waslowski May 22, 2020 On May 19, the Canada Revenue Agency released guidance respecting potential unexpected tax residency consequences resulting from the travel restrictions around COVID-19.
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Tax Limitation and Appeal Periods Extended Louise R. Summerhill, Josh Kumar and Jesse L. Waslowski May 22, 2020 As part of the government’s ongoing response to the pandemic, draft legislation was proposed on May 19, 2020, to extend limitation periods and appeal deadlines related to tax reassessments and disputes. Similarly, the Tax Court of Canada further extended its closure period.
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Rent Relief Update #2- The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Kenneth Pimentel, Monty Warsh, Marco Gammone and Faruk Gafic May 21, 2020 By way of update to our latest publication entitled “Rent Relief Update – The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program,” the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has released an updated publication that provides further clarification on the details of CECRA and tem...
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The Cannabis Sector’s Public Policy Response to COVID-19: Canada, U.S. and International Impact Archive Now Available! Sherri M. Altshuler and Jeremy D. Burke May 21, 2020 Join our panel of esteemed experts as they provide an update on how the cannabis industry has res...
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Towards A "New Normal": Managing the Return of Staff From a Legal Perspective Archive Now Available! Meghan A. Cowan, Michael F. Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi May 20, 2020 Join members of the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group, as they provide employers with essential l...
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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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Maritime Resources Corp. Completes $3.5 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement Jeffrey K. Merk, Liam Tracey-Raymont, David Mba and Carol J. Burns May 18, 2020 Aird & Berlis advised Maritime Resources Corp., a Canadian gold mining and exploration company, in its non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $3.5 million.
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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 arisi...
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