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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP majority government. Their platform page is “not found” this morning, but it included several environmental pledges:

  • $5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for energy-efficient retrofits to homes and businesses, such as upgrading windows and doors or installing solar panels and new furnaces;
  • Create energy efficiency strategy and renewable energy strategy; and
  • Reinvest the unused Carbon Capture money for 2015-16 into public transit construction.

Climate Change

Another focus will be bolstering the province’s reputation on climate change. Premier-elect Rachel Notley called the delay in Alberta’s climate change strategy ”profoundly irresponsible” and said the province needs to be at the table with British Columbia and Ontario to better harmonize an approach to controlling carbon emissions. Will Alberta join the Western Climate Initiative?

Notley said her party would work with industry to re-establish energy and environmental standards in the province using ”research-driven” best practices and a ”science-based” approach as opposed to ”the outcome of a lobbyist meeting on a golf course somewhere.” She promised a shake-up at the Alberta Energy Regulator to make protection of Alberta’ s land, air and water more central in the regulator’ s mandate, and to increase penalties for environmental damage.

She also promised a Resource Owners Rights Commission to review Alberta’s royalty structure and look for a way to incentivize local upgrading of bitumen before it is exported. Notley said she would promote oil transport by pipeline.

Now that both the Pope and Alberta are getting serious about climate change, is real change finally coming?

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