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Mental Health in the Workplace: The Impact of COVID-19 CPD Information: 1.5 Professionalism Hours for Lawyers, 1.5 Hours for CHRP and HRPA Members Lorenzo Lisi and Andrea Skinner Oct 07, 2020 External Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ungar - Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael's Hospital CLI...
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The Future of Privacy Laws in Canada CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Paige Backman and Donald B. Johnston Sep 30, 2020 Join our panel of privacy experts as they discuss privacy guidance recently released by the Offic...
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The Science of Psychedelics: How Law & Science Support the Sector CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Sherri M. Altshuler, Jeffrey K. Merk and Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Sep 22, 2020 External Speakers: Dr. Roger McIntyre - CEO, Champignon Brands Inc.  CLICK TO REGISTER U.S...
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Canadian Scientific R&D Tax Incentives Fiona Brown and Aaron Baer Sep 18, 2020 Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program uses tax incentives to encourage businesses to perform research and development (R&D) in Canada.
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Tim Lowman Elected Secretary of IPIC Board of Directors Timothy M. Lowman Sep 17, 2020 Congratulations to Tim Lowman on being elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) for 2020-2021.
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The Canadian Landscape for Business Expansion and Relocation CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Aaron Baer and Fiona Brown Sep 16, 2020 External Speakers: Naumaan Hameed - KPMG Law LLP, Sean Smith - Waterloo EDC, David Wigg - Enlight...
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Jeffrey Merk Featured in Law Times Story on Building a Psychedelic-Drug-Focused Corporate Law Practice Jeffrey K. Merk Sep 15, 2020 Jeffrey Merk provides commentary in Law Times’ story on business opportunities in Canada arising in the psychedelics space.
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What Will Happen if You Become Incapable of Managing Your Financial Affairs and You Do Not Have a Proper Power of Attorney for Property? Sep 15, 2020 We are sure that many of our readers will want to ensure their planning is up-to-date. For our readers who are advisors, it is important to ensure that your clients’ planning is also up-to-date. To that end, we have produ...
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Aaron Bains Named One of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential for 2020 Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains Sep 15, 2020 Congratulations to Aird & Berlis associate Aaron Bains for receiving the highest number of votes in the Young Influencer category of Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2020.
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Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Extended to January 2, 2021 Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Sep 11, 2020 On September 3, the Government of Ontario announced that the temporary measures introduced by O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave under the ESA have been extended until January 2, 2021.
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Is Your Business Growing? Make Sure You’re Compliant With Pay Equity Obligations Fiona Brown, Aaron Baer and Matthew Patterson Sep 10, 2020 Employers with 10 or more employees in Ontario are required to preserve pay equity in accordance with the Ontario Pay Equity Act, RSO 1990, c P7 (“PEA”). When many American or international companies first expand into Canada, their operations are small enough that the PEA ofte...
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NAIOP Toronto Honours Jane Pepino with Community Service Award N. Jane Pepino Sep 09, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Jane Pepino has been recognized by the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for her extraordinary contributions to the local community.
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What the Choueifaty Decision Means for Software Patents in Canada Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Sep 09, 2020 On August 21, in Choueifaty v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 FC 837, the Federal Court held that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office erred in determining the essential elements of the claimed invention by using the “problem-solution” approach.
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ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF (APART FROM WEARING MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING)? Sep 08, 2020 We are sure that many of our readers will want to ensure their planning is up-to-date. For our readers who are advisors, it is important to ensure that your clients’ planning is also up-to-date. To that end, we have produced a weekly series of Alerts which will provide basic i...
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020 Douglas J. S. Younger, Ron W. Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva and Heidi Visser Sep 03, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Ron Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva, Heidi Visser and Douglas Younger are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020.
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AGCO Increases Rate of Cannabis Retail Store Authorizations Jeremy D. Burke Sep 02, 2020 The AGCO has announced that the current maximum of 20 RSAs per month will be doubled to a maximum of 40 per month commencing this fall.
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A Primer on Disclosure Standards and Requirements in the Canadian Mining Sector Adria Leung Lim and David Mba Sep 02, 2020 This article is a primer on the NI 43-101 disclosure standards and the core elements that should be part of any Canadian public company’s mining project disclosure.
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Cannabis Security Clearances in Canada – Current Issues and Practical Implications for Industry Participants Melanie Cole and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Sep 01, 2020 In this article, we will outline the security clearance requirements and process at a high level, discuss some recent court challenges, and provide market participants with some practical guidance to assist them in navigating this process.
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Lowering the BAR by Raising the BAR Danny Kharazmi Aug 31, 2020 On August 20, the Canadian Securities Administrators published amendments to the business acquisition report requirements for reporting issuers that are not venture issuers.
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Estoppel by Convention: The Ontario Court of Appeal’s Latest Take on a Relatively Rare Form of Estoppel and the Implications for Contracting Parties Mark van Zandvoort, Dillon Collett and Simon Dugas Aug 31, 2020 The Ontario Court of Appeal’s August 7 decision in Grasshopper Solar Corporation v. Independent Electricity System Operator serves as a cautionary reminder that the certainty of contractual terms will not be l...
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Maritime Resources Completes $8.7 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Jeffrey K. Merk, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Russell J. Sanders, Carol J. Burns, Barbara Worndl and Vernon Lin Aug 21, 2020 Maritime Resources Corp., a Canadian gold mining and exploration company, completed a bought deal private placement of common shares and flow-through common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $8.7 million.
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Guide to Incorporating in Canada Fiona Brown, Aaron Baer and Matthew Patterson Aug 19, 2020 We regularly advise clients incorporating in Canada. This guide outlines considerations that organizations should be aware of when deciding what jurisdiction to incorporate in, as well as key tax and employment aspects of setting up a business.
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Key Differences in Employment Law between Canada and the United States Fiona Brown, Aaron Baer and Matthew Patterson Aug 19, 2020 We regularly advise American clients expanding their businesses to Canada. In this document, we outline key differences between employment law in Canada and the United States and discuss some of the most common considerations for businesses with employees in one or both countries.
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The Family Cottage: Ownership and Succession from a Legal Perspective CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Marni Pernica and Ed Esposto Aug 19, 2020 External Speaker: Barbara Benoliel - President and Professional Mediator, Preferred Solutions Inc.
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Court of Appeal Upholds Termination Clause in RESOP Contract – Contract Terminated Automatically on Bankruptcy Does Not Violate Stay Provisions Under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Maria Gonzalez Aug 18, 2020 On July 2, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in Hutchingame Growth Capital Corporation v. Independent Electricity System Operator. The Court held that a c...
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Ministry of Transportation’s GTA West Corridor Project Likely to Raise Expropriation Issues Ajay Gajaria and Matthew Helfand Aug 17, 2020 In a news release dated August 7, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has confirmed the preferred route for a new 400-series highway and transportation corridor, the GTA West Corridor project.
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What's Next for the Cannabis Industry? CPD Information: 1.5 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Sherri M. Altshuler and Richard M. Kimel Aug 12, 2020 External Speakers: Richard Carleton - Canadian Securities Exchange, CEO David Danziger - MNP,&nbs...
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The Last Word on Shergar? The Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds the Relevance of Subsequent Settlement Offers in Expropriations Ajay Gajaria, David P. Neligan and Matthew Helfand Aug 10, 2020 On August 4, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld and affirmed the Ontario Divisional Court decision in Shergar Development Inc. v. City of Windsor. The Court of Appeal decision has significant implications on the law governing cost ...
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Energy+ Closes $55 Million Offering of Unsecured Debentures Jill P. Fraser, Melanie Cole and Meredith McCann Aug 10, 2020 On August 10, 2020, Energy+ Inc. closed a $55 million offering of 2.968% senior unsecured debentures due August 10, 2060.
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Remembering Hayden Solomons Aug 07, 2020 Aird & Berlis is profoundly saddened by the passing of Hayden Solomons on August 2, 2020. In the ...
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Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. Completes Acquisition of Licensed Processor Melanie Cole, Alicia McKeag, Barbara Worndl and Saam Nainifard Aug 04, 2020 Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., an innovative Canadian cannabis extractor, recently completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Nextleaf Labs Ltd., a company that holds Health Canada standard processing and research licenses under the Cannabis Act (Canada).
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The End of the Statement of Emergency in Ontario: Primary Implications for Employers Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Jul 31, 2020 On July 24, 2020, Bill 195, Re-opening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 ("Bill 195") came into force and has officially brought an end to the declared State of Emergency in Ontario.
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Extension of Tax Reassessment Periods and Appeal Deadlines Louise R. Summerhill, Josh Kumar and Jesse L. Waslowski Jul 30, 2020 On July 27, 2020, as part of Canada’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill C‑20 received Royal Assent and came into effect, enacting the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID‑19) (the “Time Limits Act”).
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The End of Waiver of Tort Steve J. Tenai and Karlie Nordstrom Jul 29, 2020 A commonly pleaded cause of action in many class actions is “waiver of tort”. Not anymore. The longstanding debate as to whether waiver of tort is an alternative form of remedy or an independent cause of action has been settled by the Supreme Court of Canada in Atlantic Lottery Corp. Inc. v. Babs...
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Province Introduces Consequential Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and Other Statutes with the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 Matthew Helfand Jul 29, 2020 Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020, was passed into law on July 21, 2020. Bill 184 predominantly introduces changes to the Residential Te...
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Shareholder Claims for a Diminution of Share Value: The Ontario Court of Appeal Revisits the Limits of the Rule in Foss v. Harbottle Mark van Zandvoort and Matthew Patterson Jul 24, 2020 In the July 6, 2020 decision of Tran v. Bloorston Farms Ltd, 2020 ONCA 440, the Ontario Court of Appeal revisited the limits of the rule in Foss v. Harbottle, and the circumstances in which a shareholder may sue to recover th...
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Province Restricts New Cannabis Retail Store Openings to Five Per Week Jeremy D. Burke Jul 20, 2020 At the direction of the Ontario government, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is limiting, to five, the number of cannabis retail stores that are permitted to open in Ontario in any single week.
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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s COVID-19 Response Erica L. Lowthers, PhD Jul 17, 2020 Like many other jurisdictions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has implemented extensions of time for certain deadlines relating to patents, industrial designs and trademarks due to COVID-19.
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Ontario Further Reduces Hearings of Necessity for Expropriations Ajay Gajaria and Matthew Patterson Jul 17, 2020 Among the many changes introduced by the provincial government in Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, are significant reforms to the expropriations process for a large subset of future takings of property rights in Ontario in support of infrastructure projects.
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Three Legislative Changes Impacting Class Actions Steve J. Tenai and Aidan Katz Jul 17, 2020 In early July 2020, the Ontario Legislature passed the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019 (Bill 161), which includes several changes to Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992.
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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset – How Lawyers Can Better Embrace the Changes Resulting From COVID-19 Aaron Baer Jul 16, 2020 COVID-19 has resulted in lawyers losing their autonomy – and this has led to great progress. Necessity has truly proven itself to be the mother of invention. Courts are hearing cases remotely, deals are being closed virtually and paper-based processes have been m...
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Global Mobility in the Wake of U.S. Order to Ban the Entry of Foreign Workers to the United States Aaron Baer and Fiona Brown Jul 16, 2020 In late June, the U.S. government enacted an order that prohibits the entry of certain foreign workers to the United States. As a result, U.S.-based and foreign companies with U.S. operations are struggling to accommodate and adapt their global mobility strat...
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Tech Strikes Back CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Peter K. Czegledy Jul 15, 2020 External Speakers: James Black - Canadian Securities Exchange, Richard Carleton - Canadian Securi...
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Post-Pandemic Financial Considerations: Reopening vs. Closing the Business CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jill P. Fraser, Faruk Gafic, Jeremy Nemers and Hon. Hugh D. Segal Jul 14, 2020 External Speaker: Brett House - Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank
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Ontario Proposes Amendments to a Number of Statutes Affecting Municipalities and the Development Industry Laura Dean Jul 13, 2020 Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, was introduced by the provincial government on July 8, 2020. As stated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, “the first priority of the [Act] is to restart jobs and development.”
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Electronic Meetings and Proxy Voting – The Proposed “New Normal” for Municipal Meetings Rebecca Hines and John Mascarin Jul 13, 2020 On July 8, 2020, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing introduced Bill 197, an omnibus piece of legislation that, if adopted, would allow local governmental bodies to continue to hold meetings in an electronic or remote manner. Bill 197 would also make changes ...
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