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Current Challenges and Opportunities for M&A Activity in the Cannabis Industry Sherri M. Altshuler, Kathryn Esaw, Francesco Gucciardo and Jeffrey K. Merk Dec 05, 2019 Join our panel of esteemed legal professionals as they discuss mergers and acquisitions within the Canadian cannabis sector and provide you with insight on how to gain a competitive advantage while avoiding common pitfalls
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Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms Equipment Lessor’s Right to Sue on Guarantee Despite Assignment of Lease Rights Jill P. Fraser Dec 05, 2019 On December 3, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in 1951584 Ontario Inc. (Maxium Financial Services Inc.) v. Altavision Plus Inc., upholding a summary judgment in respect of personal guarantees of equipment lease obligations.
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Tips & Pitfalls for Acting as an Attorney for Property and Personal Care Andrea McEwan Dec 04, 2019 Join Andrea McEwan, Aird & Berlis Estates & Trusts Group Partner, as she provides tips and pitfalls for acting as an attorney for property and personal care.
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Denis Shapovalov Visits Aird & Berlis After Canada’s Historic Run in the Davis Cup Nov 29, 2019 Aird & Berlis is a proud sponsor of Denis Shapovalov, who achieved yet another significant career milestone this past weekend by making it to the Davis Cup Final in Madrid.
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What Employers Should Know About Ontario’s Pay Equity Act Fiona Brown and Jasmine Chung Nov 28, 2019 Despite the Ontario Pay Equity Act being in force since Jan. 1, 1988, many employers remain unaware of their pay equity obligations and, also, the significant penalties for failing to do so.
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The Ministry of Labour is Appealing the Greater Sudbury Decision What this means for businesses that contract out work David S. Reiter Nov 28, 2019 When a business hires a contractor, is the business the Employer of its subcontractor and of its subcontractor’s workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act?
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Work, Stress, Addiction, Resources & Recovery: Important Information for Professionals & Employers Archive Now Available! Andrea Skinner and Lorenzo Lisi Nov 26, 2019 Join Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Wyman as she provides an overview of what constitutes an addiction, how to assess whether you are at risk and what services are available to support treatment and recovery. Also hear from Lorenzo Lisi, head of the ...
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Top Ten Legal Lessons Learned for Private, Owner-Manager and Family Businesses Archive Now Available! Ken Clark, Francesco Gucciardo, Cecilia M. Moffat, Marni Pernica and Nick Torchetti Nov 21, 2019 Join our panel of seasoned legal professionals as they provide insight on the best solutions for common problems faced by private businesses.
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Aird & Berlis Opens the Market with Passport to Canada's Cannabis Sector Alliance Sherri M. Altshuler and Richard M. Kimel Nov 20, 2019 Aird & Berlis partners Sherri Altshuler and Richard Kimel joined forces with MNP LLP, MGO | ELLO and the Canadian Securities Exchange to open the market and to launch their “Passport to Canada Alliance.”
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Alberta Court of Appeal Confirms Soundair Test Sam Babe Nov 20, 2019 On November 14, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its decision in PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. v. 1905393 Alberta Ltd., dismissing an appeal of an approval and vesting order made in the context of a receivership proceeding.
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CSA Highlights Need for Financial Interest Disclosure in Cannabis-Related M&A Transactions and Expresses Corporate Governance Concerns of Cannabis Issuers Jeffrey K. Merk, Sherri M. Altshuler and Russell J. Sanders Nov 19, 2019 On November 12, 2019, staff of the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia issued CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-35...
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Ian Aversa Recognized as 2019 Lexpert Rising Star Nov 08, 2019 Aird & Berlis is proud to announce that partner Ian Aversa was recognized as a 2019 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40.
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Drake Launches Cannabis Wellness Company with Canopy Growth Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo, Andrew Nicholls, Martin Kovnats, Liam Tracey-Raymont and Faruk Gafic Nov 07, 2019 Aubrey Drake Graham, in agreements with Toronto-based Canopy Growth Corporation, launched More Life Growth Company™.
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Increases Are Coming to the Monetary Jurisdictions of the Small Claims Court and for Rule 76 Simplified Procedure Actions Effective January 1, 2020 Mark van Zandvoort and Stephanie D’Amico Oct 28, 2019 A recent announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General has advised that, effective January 1, 2020, a party will be permitted to claim up to $35,000 in Ontario Small Claims Court proceedings, and up ...
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What U.K. Employers Should Know About Canadian Termination, Dismissal Law Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Oct 24, 2019 Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislati...
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Managing Terminations: Q&A Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Oct 24, 2019 Thank you to those who attended the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law webinar on September 26, covering the topic of Managing Terminations. We were thrilled to have over 3600 registrants participate. A number of important follow up questions were asked, which generally revealed some common areas of con...
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Opportunities for Partnerships: The Cannabis Sector and Indigenous Nations Archive Now Available! Jeremy D. Burke and Kimberly Thomas Oct 24, 2019 The cannabis industry provides a unique opportunity for partnerships between Indigenous Nations and other Cannabis-sector participants. From investments to joint ventures, there are a myriad of ways for partnerships to harness the...
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TD Bank Leads $64 Million Syndicated Credit Facilities Jill P. Fraser and Kyle B. Plunkett Oct 23, 2019 Sangoma Technologies Inc. and Sangoma U.S. Inc. entered into a syndicated loan agreement with certain Schedule 1 banks.
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CCAA Priming Charges May Supersede Statutory Deemed Trusts Shakaira John, Ian Aversa and Gaurav Gopinath Oct 23, 2019 In Canada v. Canada North Group Inc., 2019 ABCA 314, the Court of Appeal of Alberta upheld the decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, which held that the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act permits courts to subordinate statutory deemed trusts in favour of the Crown to court-ordered ...
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Pistil Partners Completes Financing and Strategic Acquisition Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Oct 21, 2019 Pistil Partners Inc. completed a private placement of its common shares and acquisition of Ironside Hemp Company Inc., a private U.S.-based hemp management company.
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Doing Business in Canada - Fall 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Aird & Berlis LLP is pleased to present the Fall 2019 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for those planning to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada.
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Doing Business in Canada - Fall 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the Fall 2019 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for those planning to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada.
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MediPharm Labs Closes $38.7 Million Credit Facility with a Leading Canadian Schedule 1 Bank Aaron T. Collins and Randy T. Hooke Oct 10, 2019 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in cannabis extraction, distillation, purification and cannabinoid isolation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., closed a credit facility with a prominent Canadian Schedule 1 bank for an aggregate $38.7 m...
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A Mareva Injunction Refresher: Can a Strong Prima Facie Case of Fraud Alone Support an Inference of Asset Dissipation and/or Disposal Risk? Mark van Zandvoort, Dennis M. O'Leary and Codie Mitchell Oct 09, 2019 In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Aetna Financial Services Ltd. v. Feigelman. The Court adopted the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Chitel v. Rothbart, holding that a Mareva injunction is limited to ci...
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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, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Oct 09, 2019 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.113% series E senior unsecured debentures.
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Compensation, Time Off Differences Between Canadian, U.K., Employment Law Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Oct 08, 2019 In this article, we discuss other elements of the employment agreement in Canada.
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What U.K. Employers Should Know About Canadian Employment Law Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Sep 30, 2019 Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislation operates ...
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Changes Coming to Ontario Regulations Coming January 1, 2020 – Will You Be Ready? Cynthia R. C. Sefton Sep 30, 2019 Amendments to two regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act come into effect on January 1, 2020. If your workplace exposes workers to biological or chemical agents or to materials which are defined designated substances, you should review the coming changes and...
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It’s Election Time (Again): Your Employees’ Voting Rights Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Sep 30, 2019 As an employer, you are likely asking what rights your employees have during the upcoming federal election on October 21, 2019, and what your corresponding obligations might be.
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Managing Terminations: A Practical Overview and Employment Law Update Archive Now Available! Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova, Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Meghan A. Cowan Sep 26, 2019 Ending an employment relationship is often the last thing employers want to think about. However, due to a slowdown in work, a restructuring, performance issues, misconduct or lack of “fit” within the organization, sometimes an employment relationship has to come to an end. M...
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Thar Process Completes US$10 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement Richard M. Kimel, Adria Leung Lim and Russell J. Sanders Sep 20, 2019 Thar is a U.S.-based provider of CO2 extraction and purification solutions for the hemp and cannabis industries.
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Insolvency Legislation Reforms to Take Effect November 2019 Ian Aversa, Shakaira John and Andy Nguyen Sep 19, 2019 On November 1, a number of amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act will come into force pursuant to the Canadian federal government’s budget implementation legislation for 2018 and 2019.
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Ontario Cannabis Lottery Disqualifications on the Rise Jeremy D. Burke Sep 16, 2019 The Ontario court has ordered a two-week stay of the entire lottery process, preventing the AGCO from advancing the application process for any of the lottery winners.
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Where’s My Income? Donald Carr Sep 13, 2019 It is sometimes suggested that providing for spousal trusts in “family wills” today is less frequent than before amendments to the Income Tax Act substantially removed the ability to reduce income taxes by the use of them. Nevertheless, my own experience dictates that, tax issues aside, many test...
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Bill 108 Updates: Key Amendments Archive Now Available! Leo F. Longo, Patrick Harrington and Tom Halinski Sep 13, 2019 On September 3, 2019, the Province proclaimed into force a number of amendments to the land use planning regime in Ontario.
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Welcome (Back) to the (New) Planning Act Patrick Harrington Sep 06, 2019 As of September 3, 2019, the Bill 139 regime is no more. As previously summarized by our Group, Bill 108, which received Royal Assent on June 6, 2019 as the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, effectively repeals the Bill 139 regime and (re) introduces a number of amendments to the Planning Act an...
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Aird & Berlis Awarded 2019 Readers’ Choice Designation by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter, Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Fiona Brown and Meghan A. Cowan Aug 19, 2019 Aird & Berlis is honoured to have been chosen by the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine as one of the best OHS legal service providers in the country.
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What American Employers Should Know About Canadian Employment Law Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Aug 19, 2019 For American companies, expanding operations into Canada often makes good business sense. Our similar professional cultures make doing business together easy, and our economic ties make it almost inevitable. However, employers who take the countries’ similarities for granted put themselves i...
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OHS Due Diligence: If There Isn’t a Record, Did It Even Happen? David S. Reiter Aug 19, 2019 Much has been, and continues to be, written about the corporate due diligence defence in Occupational Health and Safety Act prosecutions. Scores, if not hundreds, of articles have been written both about what it means and how courts will assess due diligence once it has been raised.
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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, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Aug 16, 2019 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.394% series D senior unsecured debentures.
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An Expensive Power of Attorney, Courtesy of the Income Tax Act Donald Carr Jul 26, 2019 One might assume that neither CRA nor the Ministry of Finance intended that the innocent appointment of a power of attorney would trigger associated corporation status of totally unconnected or “unrelated” corporations. However, that is what can easily occur under the present legislation.
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Charlesfort Developments Awarded $4.5 Million in Damages in Lawsuit with the City of Ottawa Timothy J. Hill, N. Jane Pepino, Mark van Zandvoort, Angela Swan and Dillon Collett Jul 25, 2019 Charlesfort Developments Ltd. has been successful in its lawsuit brought against the City of Ottawa regarding a land use planning matter related to a new condominium development.
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Ontario's Second Round Cannabis Retail Lottery: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape Archive Now Available! Jeremy D. Burke Jul 25, 2019 Ontario’s cannabis retail market is set to expand with the government’s recent announcement that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will issue 50 new cannabis retail licences. The 25 winners of the first lottery round have begun successfully building t...
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Ontario Court of Appeal Provides Guidance on Vesting Orders in Receivership – and Beyond Kathryn Esaw and Miranda Spence Jul 17, 2019 Vesting orders have become one of the most powerful tools in an insolvency professional’s toolkit, providing a purchaser with the comfort that the encumbrances contributing to the debtor’s financial difficulties cannot follow to the new owner. In light of their importa...
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Amendments to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act Facilitate Chattel Paper Financing Portia Biswas Jul 17, 2019 Recent amendments to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act to accommodate electronic chattel paper will expedite the process of financing and securing electronic chattel paper, while modernizing Ontario’s PPSA legislative regime.
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