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Shareholders Agreements, Control and Governance CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Randy Williamson Dec 18, 2020 CLICK TO REGISTER This program is hosted by Aird & Berlis LLP, Aird & McBurney LP, Fullbr...
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Fall Economic Update: Major GST/HST Changes to Non-Resident Businesses Selling to Canadian Consumers Angelo Gentile Dec 01, 2020 On November 30, the Government of Canada released its Fall Economic Statement, which includes sweeping proposed changes to the GST/HST treatment of certain goods and services sold by non-residents of Canada.
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Check Your Numbers Twice: Receiver and Its Counsel Denied Their Inadvertently-Omitted Fees and Disbursements Jeremy Nemers Nov 30, 2020 In what can only be described as a bitter pill to swallow for the professionals involved, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Duca Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. v. 2203284 Ontario Inc.​ has refused to approve the inadvertently-omitted fe...
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2020 Neil Bass, Steven L. Graff, L.E. Trent Horne and Steve J. Tenai Nov 27, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Neil Bass, Steven Graff, Trent Horne and Steve Tenai are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2020.
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Conservation Authorities Reimagined: Amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act Through Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 John Pappas Nov 24, 2020 The provincial government proposes to revise the role and operations of Ontario’s conservation authorities. As part of Bill 229, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budg...
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Online Accessibility Requirements Approaching for Large Ontario Employers Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Alex Kagan Nov 23, 2020 Employers in Ontario are required to make their workplaces accessible. As of January 1, 2021, accessibility standards will extend to the internet websites and web content controlled by “large organizations” with 50 or more employees.
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New Obligation for Condominium Developers Coming Into Force on January 1, 2021 Andrew Webster, Tammy A. Evans, Gobind Ahuja and Peter A. Dalglish Nov 19, 2020 Upcoming changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 will come into force on January 1, 2021 that will add an additional document which must be delivered by developers to purchasers of condominium units.
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A Cautionary Tale in Publishing Misleading Technical Reports Adria Leung Lim and Emily Chittick Nov 18, 2020 In the wake of a resurgence of interest and activity in the Canadian mining sector, the importance of compliance by mining companies with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) cannot be overlooked.
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Kyle Plunkett Recognized as 2020 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 Kyle B. Plunkett Nov 16, 2020 Aird & Berlis is proud to announce that partner Kyle Plunkett has been recognized as a 2020 Lexpe...
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020 Fred D. Cass, Ron W. Clark and David Stevens Nov 16, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Fred Cass, Ron Clark and David Stevens are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020.
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Aird & Berlis Recognized as One of the Top Law Firms Specializing in Psychedelics Jeffrey K. Merk, Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Danny Kharazmi, Russell J. Sanders and Sean Green Nov 13, 2020 Aird & Berlis has been recognized by Psychedelic Invest as one of the top law firms that specialize in psychedelics.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Partner Danielle Shields Danielle M. Shields Nov 12, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Danielle Shields has joined the firm as a partner and m...
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The Use of Flow-Through Shares in the Canadian Mining Sector Amidst COVID-19 Adria Leung Lim Nov 10, 2020 The use of flow-through shares is particular to the resource sector in Canada. Many companies in the mining sector issue FTSs to help finance their exploration and project development activities, while at the same time, providing certain tax benefits to investors.
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Understanding Today’s Vulnerable Businesses: Financial Integrity Pre- & Post-COVID-19 CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jeremy Nemers and Sam Babe Nov 05, 2020 External Speaker: Daniel Wootton - Senior Vice President, Grant Thornton Limited ACCESS ARC...
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The Province of Ontario, Yet Again, Proposes to Reduce Hearing of Necessity Rights in Expropriations and Related Rights Ajay Gajaria and Matthew Helfand Oct 28, 2020 For the third time in 2020, the Province of Ontario has proposed legislation to further remove hearing of necessity and other rights for landowners faced with an expropriation related to certain transit projects.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Partner Clifford Rand Clifford Rand Oct 27, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Clifford Rand has joined Aird & Berlis as a partner and member of...
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ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF (APART FROM WEARING MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING)? Oct 23, 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 Welcomes Partner Leonard Baranek Oct 19, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Leonard Baranek has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Esta...
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Are Employees Entitled to Incentive Payments During the Notice Period? Fiona Brown and Lorenzo Lisi Oct 19, 2020 The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent unanimous decision in the case of Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. provided guidance with respect to employee entitlement to incentive payments during the period of notice at common law.
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The Return of the SPAC Russell J. Sanders Oct 16, 2020 This bulletin describes the anatomy of a special purpose acquisition company in a Canadian regulatory context.
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A Wrap Up of Our Estate Planning Alerts Oct 14, 2020 In the final Alert of this series, we (a) address two specific possible pitfalls, (b) make a suggestion and (c) re-emphasize some problems that may result if there is a failure to plan properly.
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Jeffrey Merk Comments on Psychedelic Decriminalization in Canada Jeffrey K. Merk Oct 13, 2020 Jeffrey Merk weighs in on the key factors the Ministry of Health and Health Canada look at to determine a government exemption for the legal import and consumption of the psychedelic substance ayahuasca.
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Ontario Proposes Changes to its Business Corporations Statute to Enhance Flexibility Removal of Director Residency Requirements and Reducing the Voting Threshold for Private Company Ordinary Written Resolutions David Mba and Jeffrey K. Merk Oct 13, 2020 On October 6, the Ontario government introduced a bill to amend, among other things, the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) in an effort to remove certain long-standing constraints and allow Ontario corporations to operate with additional flexibility.
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What if You or Any of Your Beneficiaries Have U.S. “Connections”? Oct 07, 2020 It is essential to realize that if you, or a beneficiary of your estate, have U.S. “connections”, there could be exposure to U.S. Federal Estate Tax, with substantial negative consequences.
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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 ACC...
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Provincial Government Introduces Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Requirement for Ontario Workplaces Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Stacey Blydorp Sep 30, 2020 On September 26, amendments to Ontario Regulation 364-20, the “Rules for Areas in Stage 3,” came into effect, making it mandatory for all businesses and organizations in Ontario to screen workers and essential visitors for COVID-19 before entry to the premises.
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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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When Should You Review/Amend Your Planning Documents? Sep 29, 2020 Having made your will(s) and power(s) of attorney, it is unwise to forget about your planning. Circumstances naturally change for everyone. Having “out-of-date” planning documents can be as disastrous as having none at all. Keeping those documents “up-to-date” is as important as originally creati...
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Community Benefits, Development Charges and Parkland Dedication: The New Framework Rebecca Hines and Patrick Harrington Sep 25, 2020 After much consultation by the Province (and just as much speculation by industry folks), the features of the new community benefits, development charges and parkland dedication legislative framework have been confirmed.
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Litigation Strategy Should Be Integrated Into Development Strategy to Succeed in Both Arenas Caroline O'Driscoll and Scott Stoll Sep 23, 2020 A recent decision from the Superior Court should caution developers to be mindful of the implications of their decisions and actions on their ability to successfully pursue an environmental claim.
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What Happens if I Die Without a Valid Will? Sep 22, 2020 An individual is said to die "intestate" if there is no properly executed Will. When a person dies intestate a number of questions present themselves. Among them will be, who will administer my estate? How will my assets be distributed?
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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: Evan Levine - Co-Founder, CEO and Director, PsyBio Therapeutics Dar...
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TSXV Extends Temporary Relief From Minimum Pricing Requirements Russell J. Sanders Sep 22, 2020 On September 16, the TSX Venture Exchange announced an extension to the temporary relief granted to issuers from the minimum pricing requirements set out in the TSXV Corporate Finance Manual.
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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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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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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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