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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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Published on: 4 Mar 2014 By

New Ontario Invasive Species law posted for comment

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources is inviting “constructive” comments by by April 14, 2014 on its proposed new Invasive Species Act. The proposed Invasive Species law would make Ontario  the first jurisdiction in Canada with stand-alone invasive species legislation. I…

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Published on: 3 Mar 2014 By

Save monarch butterflies: plant milkweed. Now it will be legal

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is proposing an amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 1096 – General (the Regulation) in order to update the Schedule of Noxious Weeds. This long overdue proposal would remove milkweed spp. (scientific name Asclepias spp.) from the…

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Published on: 27 Feb 2014 By

Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors

Dianne Saxe had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight. It is rarely co…

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Published on: 20 Feb 2014 By

More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California

Last month, we gave brief highlights of a landmark lead paint liability case in California. Here is a more detailed analysis, prepared for the excellent legal blog SLAW. The California Superior Court has held three of five paint companies liable for a lead paint cleanup on the ground of publ…

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Published on: 19 Feb 2014 By

Waste Diversion, monopolies and competition on packaging waste

The Recycling Council of Ontario’s annual meeting February 4 began with an electrifying presentation on the huge cost savings that resulted from the German anti-trust bureau breaking up its stewardship organization’s monopoly on processing packaging waste (the majority of our blu…

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Published on: 18 Feb 2014 By

Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Th…

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Published on: 13 Feb 2014 By

Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw

A Quebec court has struck down a Gaspe municipal bylaw that tried to prevent exploratory oil wells being drilled and fracked uncomfortably close to its drinking water supply. The court ruled that the bylaw was invalid because it prevented Petrolia Inc. from carrying out drilling specifically…

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