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Tim Lowman and Ken Clark Recognized as 2022 IP STARS Timothy M. Lowman and Ken Clark Jun 22, 2022 Two of our leading intellectual property lawyers have been recognized as Trademark stars in the 2022 edition of IP STARS, Managing Intellectual Property’s guide to the world's leading IP firms and practitioners.
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Dasha Peregoudova Named Director of Sanctions and Outcomes for Abuse-Free Sport Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jun 20, 2022 Dasha Peregoudova, an associate and member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Workplace Law and Sports, Media & Entertainment Groups, has been named the Director of Sanctions and Outcomes for Abuse-Free Sport, Canada’s new independent safe sport mechanism.
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Bar Exam Breach: Law Society of Ontario Moves Ahead With Claim While Affected Candidates Are Left on Outside Looking In Hannah Downard and Josh Suttner Jun 17, 2022 On May 25, 2022, following months of investigation, the Law Society of Ontario announced that it had commenced an action against Aamer Chaudhry and NCA Exam Guru for their alleged role in the breach and distribution of confidential exam m...
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Historic NFT Insider Trading Charges in U.S. of Relevance to Canadian Operators Russell J. Sanders, Sean Green and Ali Kwinter Jun 16, 2022 On June 1, 2022, the United States Department of Justice laid the first-ever insider trading charges in relation to digital assets. The accused, Nathaniel Chastain, was arrested in Manhattan, New York, in connection with a scheme to commit insider trading of non-fungible tokens.
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Creating Inclusive Workplaces for Transgender Professionals CPD Information: 1.25 EDI Professionalism Hours for LSO CLE Reporting, 1.25 hours for HRPA and CHRP Members Angela Swan, Lorenzo Lisi and Andrea Skinner Jun 14, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speaker: Emily O'Donohue - Director and Associate General Counsel,&n...
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Enhanced French Language Requirements Under Bill 96: An Update for Employers with Quebec-based Employees and Operations Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova, Michelle Lacroix and Madeline Grubert Jun 13, 2022 On May 24, 2022, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, amending language laws in the province previously set out in the Charter of the French Language.
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Aird & Berlis Wins Outstanding Canadian Firm of the Year Award at 2022 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America Jun 10, 2022 Aird & Berlis is honoured to announce that it is the recipient of the 2022 Chambers Diversity & I...
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Linamar Corporation Completes Acquisition of the Salford Group Jeffrey K. Merk, Gary Volman, Francesco Gucciardo, Ryan Cohen, Christian Nianiaris, Stephen Zolf, Nevethan Balendra, Neill Kalvin, Daniella Guzzi, Steve Hundal, B.Eng., Ken Clark, Dennis M. O'Leary, Michael F. Horvat and Portia Biswas Jun 09, 2022 On June 3, Linamar Corporation, a global leader in advanced manufacturing solutions and a world-class developer of highly engineered products, completed its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Salford group of companies for an aggregate purchase price of CAD $260 mill...
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CSA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects Adria Leung Lim, Jeffrey K. Merk and Joshua Ward May 25, 2022 The Canadian Securities Administrators recently published Consultation Paper 43-401 – Consultation on National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects to obtain stakeholder feedback about the efficacy of several key provisions of...
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Aird & Berlis and Aird & McBurney Welcome Partner Peter S. L. Wong Peter S. L. Wong, M.A.Sc. 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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Asian Canadians in the Legal Sector: Industry Leaders Talk Success, Challenges and the March Forward CPD Information: 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Credit for LSO CLE reporting. Hansen Wong May 16, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers: ...
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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 requir...
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Young Professionals: Navigating Your Career in the New World CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Hour of Professionalism Credit for Lawyers Sean Green, Alex Kagan, Jessie Lewis and Felix Ng Apr 27, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speaker: ...
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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 Parkla...
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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 Janu...
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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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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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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 Inv...
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Further Guidance on Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021 Lorenzo Lisi and Jessica Schissler Apr 04, 2022 On February 18, 2022, Ontario’s guide to the ESA was amended to include two new chapters on the prohibition of non-competition clauses or agreements and an employer’s obligation to develop a “written policy on disconnecting from work." The amendments provide some much-needed clarity for employers...
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Working for Workers: Understanding Bill 88 in Ontario Lorenzo Lisi and Jessica Schissler Mar 31, 2022 For employers in Ontario, the pace of change continues to gain speed. On February 28, 2022, the Ontario government introduced Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022. As Bill 88 progresses through the legislative stages to become law in Ontario, one thing is for sure – employers will have more wor...
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Decision Making by the Declining Mind: How Friends and Family Can Help, and the Risk for Abuse CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Holly V.A. Cunliffe , Andrea McEwan and Archie Rabinowitz Mar 21, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE When a person’s mental ...
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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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Ontario Court of Appeal: A Debtor’s Assurances May Postpone the ‘Discovery’ of a Claim Max Muñoz and Simon Dugas Mar 17, 2022 In its recent decision, Thermal Exchange Service Inc. v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 1289, 2022 ONCA 186, (“Thermal Exchange Services”) the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that, under certain circumstances, a debtor may postpone the commencement of a ...
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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.
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Hullmark and First Capital REIT Grow Portfolio With Latest Closing Nili Goldman and Ethan Eisen Mar 04, 2022 Hullmark and First Capital REIT completed the closing of 102 Atlantic Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes New Partner Rochelle Perera Rochelle Perera Mar 03, 2022 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Rochelle Perera has joined the firm as a partner and member of our Corporate/Commercial Group.
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Canadian Securities Administrators Propose Climate-Related and ESG Disclosure Requirements Melanie Cole and Christian Nianiaris Mar 01, 2022 On October 18, 2021, the Canadian Securities Administrators released proposed National Instrument 51-107 Disclosure of Climate-related Matters and its Companion Policy 51-107CP Disclosure of Climate-related Matters for a comment period which ended on February 16, 2022.
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From the Locker Room to the Boardroom: Empowering Women Through Sport CPD Information: 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Credit Paige Backman, Jennifer A. Bishop, Andrea Skinner and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Mar 01, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE In recognition of International Women’s Day, hear from four women lawyers wh...
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Signet Healthcare Partners Completes Growth Equity Investment in Juno Pharmaceuticals Corp. Richard Epstein, Lorway Gosse, Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Francesco Gucciardo Feb 25, 2022 Juno Pharmaceuticals Corp., a Canadian specialty generics pharmaceuticals company, announced that it had received a strategic growth investment from Signet Healthcare Partners, a New York-based healthcare growth equity firm.
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SQI Diagnostics Acquires Precision Biomonitoring’s Human Diagnostic Testing Business Marek Lorenc, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Ryan Cohen, Al Turnbull, Francesco Gucciardo, Angelo Gentile, Kyle B. Plunkett and Jose Garcia-Bonilla Feb 23, 2022 On February 14, 2022, SQI Diagnostics Inc., a leader in the science of lung health that develops and manufactures respiratory health and precision medical tests, completed the acquisition of the assets underlying Precision Biomonitoring Inc.’s human diagnostic COVID-19 PCR...
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Licensed Producers Can’t Sweeten the Deal: AGCO Updates Standards on Inducing Cannabis Retailers Russell J. Sanders and Portia Biswas Feb 23, 2022 On February 8, 2022, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced key changes to the inducement rules in the Registrar’s Standards for Cannabis Retail Stores.
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TSXV Revises Rules for Security Based Compensation: Implications for the 2022 Proxy Season and Beyond Melanie Cole, Sean Green and Angela Oh Feb 22, 2022 In November 2021, the TSX Venture Exchange announced a significant overhaul of its policy on equity incentive plans. The new policy, Policy 4.4 – Security Based Compensation replaced the old Policy 4.4 – Incentive Stock Options effective as of November 24...
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Tenants Successful at the Ontario Court of Appeal Vedran Simkic and Matthew Helfand Feb 17, 2022 A group of tenants, represented by Vedran Simkic and Matthew Helfand, litigators at Aird & Berlis LLP, successfully obtained leave from, and subsequently overturned, a three-judge panel of the Ontario Divisional Court. In its decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that occupancy limitations ...
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Black Women Leaders: Diversity in the Legal Profession CPD Information: 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Credit Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD Feb 17, 2022 ACCESS ARCHIVE External Speakers:  Sarah Coderre - Partner | Lawyer & Co-Founder, Bow Ri...
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Fengate Asset Management Completes Purchase of Land in GTA Neill Kalvin and Peter A. Dalglish Feb 17, 2022 Fengate Asset Management completed the purchase of approximately 49 acres of land in the Greater Toronto Area.
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2021 Year in Review: Top Labour and Employment Trends Meghan A. Cowan and Alex Kagan Feb 11, 2022 Aird & Berlis LLP’s Workplace Law Group recently presented its “2021 Year in Review: Top Labour and Employment Trends” webinar, which focused on vaccination policies, emergency government leave provisions and the Ontario government’s recent announcements with respect to non-competition clauses an...
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Key Takeaways From 2021 Ontario Securities Class Action Decisions Steve J. Tenai and Matthew Patterson Feb 10, 2022 We summarize in this bulletin key securities class action decisions from the last year.
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Maritime Resources Corp. Completes Sale of Royalty Portfolio Jeffrey K. Merk and Ryan Cohen Feb 09, 2022 Maritime Resources Corp. (TSXV: MAE), a Canadian gold mining and exploration company, has closed an asset sale transaction with Nomad Royalty Company Ltd. Maritime Resources sold a portion of its royalty portfolio to Nomad for cash and Nomad common shares.
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