Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc.

Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc., a British Columbia-based mining company, obtained protection under the CCAA on June 3. The company owns 100% of the shares of two mining projects and a service company, as well as partial ownership interests in several other mining projects. Various factors contributed to the company's CCAA filing, including: (a) delays in achieving commercial production beyond what was originally planned for certain projects, resulting in the assumption of significant debt and limited revenues; (b) two creditors, Zhonghe Canada Zhonghe Investment Ltd. and China Shougang International Trade & Engineer Corporation (“Shougang”), obtaining default judgements against the company in the approximate amounts of $5.2 million and $20.8 million respectively; and (c) the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings by Shougang seeking to obtain a bankruptcy order as against the company. FTI was appointed Monitor. Counsel is DLA Piper for the company. By Dina Milivojevic

Freshlocal Solutions Inc. (TSX:LOCL) (“Freshlocal”) and various related entities (the “Freshlocal Group”)

Freshlocal Solutions Inc. (TSX:LOCL) ("Freshlocal") and various related entities (the "Freshlocal Group"), a group of organic grocery companies, were granted protection under the CCAA on May 16. The Freshlocal Group’s core business consists of: a) an online organic grocery store with 2 physical locations in Vancouver, British Columbia operating as Spud or eGrocery; b) traditional brick and mortar organic grocery stores in Alberta operating as Blush Lane Organic Market; and c) a software tool for businesses with online grocery operations operating as Food-X or the eGMS Platform. As a developer of business-to-business technology, the Freshlocal Group requires continuous access to investor financing, and has historically been able to access capital through the capital markets, convertible debenture private placement offerings, borrowing and various grants. Prior to the CCAA application, the Freshlocal Group raised bridge financing, but the bridge facility was not sufficient to avoid the need to commence formal insolvency proceedings. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic caused significant challenges, including global supply chain and labour shortages, for the group. EY was appointed monitor. Counsel is Bennett Jones for the Freshlocal Group, BLG for the monitor, and Aird & Berlis for Silicon Valley Bank. Third Eye Capital is the DIP lender. By Dina Milivojevic

Medipure Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Medipure Pharmaceuticals Inc. a Vancouver, British Columbia-based biopharmaceutical company conducting research in prescription pharmaceuticals, and its parent company Medipure Holdings Inc., each filed an NOI on May 11. At the time of the filing, the companies' secured and unsecured creditor, SHP Capital, LLC, had an outstanding bankruptcy application against the companies, which was to be heard on May 13. Deloitte is the proposal trustee. Counsel is Boughton Law for the companies and Bennett Jones for SHP Capital. By Dina Milivojevic

0876242 B.C. Ltd., Gateway Development Limited Partnership

0876242 B.C. Ltd., Gateway Development Limited Partnership, the owners of a mixed commercial and industrial strata development located at 3333 Bridgeway Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, were placed in receivership on May 10, on application by Institutional Mortgage Capital Canada Inc., as general partner of IMC Limited Partnership, owed approximately $35.4 million. The development property was scheduled to complete in Spring 2020. Completion was delayed for over two years due to cost overruns, construction delays, and disputes between the companies and the general contractor, Prism Construction Ltd. ("Prism"). On March 15, 2022, Stuart Howard Architects Inc. issued a Certificate of Substantial Performance on the project and Certificate of Payment of $214,125 to be paid to Prism. That amount remains unpaid. The companies and Prism continued to have disputes despite the Certificate of Substantial Performance being issued due to, among other things, disagreement in the amount owing to Prism for work completed, various unapproved change orders, and Prism’s refusal to release occupancy documents required by the architect to request an occupancy inspection from the City of Vancouver. Prism issued a Notice of Suspension to stop work on the project on April 14, and various certificates of pending litigation have been filed on the property. The Bowra Group was appointed Receiver. Counsel is Bridgehouse Law for the companies, Lawson Lundell for Institutional Mortgage Capital Canada Inc., Jenkins Marzban Logan for Prism and DLA Piper for the Receiver. By Dina Milivojevic

Choom Holdings Inc. (“Holdings”), Choom BC Retail Holdings Inc., Phivida Holdings Inc., 2151414 Alberta Ltd. and 2688412 Ontario Inc. (collectively, “Choom”)

Choom Holdings Inc. ("Holdings"), Choom BC Retail Holdings Inc., Phivida Holdings Inc., 2151414 Alberta Ltd. and 2688412 Ontario Inc. (collectively, "Choom"), a group of Vancouver, British Columbia-based cannabis companies, obtained protection under the CCAA on April 22. Holdings is the overall corporate parent of the group. It is a public entity listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol “CHOO”. As of the CCAA filing date, Choom operated 17 retail locations in Canada - two in British Columbia, twelve in Alberta and three in Ontario. Cannabis retail operations in Canada have endured a challenging business climate as a result of the industry being in its infancy and there being an oversaturation of cannabis retail operations in certain markets, particularly Alberta. Additionally, Choom has been negatively affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail store closures, physical distancing requirements and lower retail “foot traffic” resulted in lower sales than otherwise anticipated. EY was appointed monitor. Counsel is Dentons for Choom; DLA Piper for the monitor; McCarthy Tétrault for Aurora Cannabis; Fric, Lowenstein & Co. for a creditor; and Clark Wilson for the board of directors of Choom. By Dina Milivojevic

0989705 B.C. Ltd., Alderbridge Way GP Ltd., and Alderbridge Way Limited Partnership

0989705 B.C. Ltd., Alderbridge Way GP Ltd., and Alderbridge Way Limited Partnership, Richmond, British Columbia-based real estate development companies, were granted CCAA protection on April 1. The companies have spent several years developing a high-density, mixed-used construction project, which will comprise seven mid-rise towers atop a multi-level podium with three levels of underground parking. In March 2020, citing the effects of COVID-19 and the economic outlook, Romspen Investment Corporation, the companies’ senior secured construction lender, suspended all further draws and advances under the companies’ construction facility. The companies spent the next year seeking alternative construction financing, economic concessions from project proponents, and additional injections of equity, while securing several further advances from the companies’ second-lien lenders (the "2ML Lenders"). However, the companies were unable to secure the considerable replacement construction financing that the development required. Currently, the companies have completed the major pre-construction phases of the development, pre-sold a significant portion of the development and largely finished the major undertaking of site excavation and off-site civil work. They have worked with their 2ML Lenders on a restructuring transaction to be effected by way of a credit bid that would, among other things, see Romspen and any other priority claims paid and a significant portion of the 2ML Lenders’ debt converted to equity and, concurrently with the development of a credit bid, a sale and investment solicitation process run with the assistance of a monitor with enhanced powers. A&M was appointed monitor. Counsel is Dentons for the companies; Fasken Martineau for A&M as monitor; Blakes for Romspen; Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson (counsel) and KPMG (advisors) for CIBT Education Group Inc., GEC Education City (Richmond) Limited Partnership and GEC (Richmond) GP Inc.,; McMillan for R. Jay Management Ltd. and MNB Enterprises Inc.; Digby Leigh & Co. for MNB Enterprises Inc.; Bennett Jones for JV Driver Investments Inc.; McCarthy Tetrault for Metro-Can Construction (AT) Ltd.; and McLean & Armstrong for Metro-Can Construction (AT) Ltd. By Dina Milivojevic

Pirate Industries Ltd. and Pirate Excavating Ltd.

Pirate Excavating Ltd., a Vancouver Island-based excavating and landscaping company, and Pirate Industries Ltd., a holding company which leased construction equipment to Pirate Excavating Ltd., each filed an assignment in bankruptcy on January 18. Crowe MacKay is the bankruptcy trustee. RBC holds first charge against all present and after-acquired property of the companies. It appointed BDO as receiver pursuant to its security on or about January 31, 2022. By Dina Milivojevic

1188308 B.C. Ltd.

1188308 B.C. Ltd., the owner of a commercial property comprised of a community shopping centre known as Maple Park Shopping Centre located in Quesnel, British Columbia, was placed in receivership on February 22, on application by 0891701 B.C. Ltd. (the “Petitioner”), which holds a mortgage on the property. The company has failed to maintain property and liability insurance, in breach of the terms of the mortgage. In addition, the Petitioner has received correspondence from the City of Quesnel and its fire department outlining several issues with the maintenance of the property, including fire code violations. The Petitioner has also discovered that there are significant tax arrears owing on the property, and that the company has been receiving rent from a tenant, contrary to its representations to the Petitioner. The Bowra Group was appointed receiver. Counsel is Norton Rose for the Petitioner. By Dina Milivojevic

1143924 B.C. Ltd., Buffalo-Gentai (St. Johns) Investment Limited Partnership and Buffalo-Gentai Development Ltd.

1143924 B.C. Ltd., Buffalo-Gentai (St. Johns) Investment Limited Partnership and Buffalo-Gentai Development Ltd., the owners of certain lands in Port Moody, British Columbia, had a receiver appointed on January 27, on application by Prospera Credit Union, which provided mortgage financing in connection with the purchase of the lands. The companies have committed various events of default under the Prospera loan agreement, including by seeking a windup and dissolution of Buffalo-Gentai (St. Johns) Investment Limited Partnership, one of the debtors. The Bowra Group was appointed receiver. Counsel is Owen Bird Law Corporation for Prospera. By Dina Milivojevic

BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd.

BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based cannabis company, filed an NOI on January 24, listing approximately $8.6 million in liabilities, including approximately $3.4 million to MMCAP International. For the nine months ended June 30, the company reported a loss of approximately $1.9 million and revenue of approximately $636,000, with approximately $84,000 of cash on hand. The purpose of the filing is to allow the company to restructure its debt. Crowe MacKay is the proposal trustee. Counsel is Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation for the company. By Dina Milivojevic