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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: 21 Oct 2013 By

Supreme Court upholds Castonguay: "When in doubt, report"

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected Castonguay’s appeal of its conviction for failing to report, to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, a fly rock incident during road construction.  They were fined $25,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge. This decision greatly expands the…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2013 By

MOE Director admits that the Northstar directors were not polluters

Our high-stakes case, appealing the imposition of infinite retroactive personal liability on directors for contamination they did not cause,  will be heard by the Environmental Review Tribunal starting October 28. Initial witness statements in Baker v Director, Ministry of the Environment we…

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Published on: 15 Oct 2013 By

Imposing liability on the innocent bad news for economy

Current Ministry of the Environment efforts to impose environmental cleanup liability on the innocent are bad news for the Ontario economy, according to an Expert Report by noted economist Sherry Cooper. They are also harmful to the social contract and the rule of law, according to Dianne…

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Published on: 10 Oct 2013 By

Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty

The federal government is continuing its strategy of infrequent environmental prosecutions with large penalties. Last week, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven offences for the illegal export of  250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States over sev…

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Published on: 8 Oct 2013 By

Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries

The Ministry of the Environment has reminded Ontario businesses that toxic substance reduction plan summaries under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and its regulation (O. Reg. 455/09) must be filed through Environment Canada’s Single Window (formerly known as the One Window to National Enviro…

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Published on: 8 Oct 2013 By

Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner

Ashford Cleaners Inc., a Toronto dry cleaner operating in Toronto, Ontario, is one of the first to pay the new, higher fines for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), as it was amended last year. Ashfor Cleaners agreed to pay $60,000 to the Environmenta…

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Published on: 3 Oct 2013 By

Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals

The Ontario Court of Appeal has released its decisions in the Ministry of the Environment’s appeals from Justice Geoffrey Morawetz in Re Nortel and Re Northstar. In both cases, Justice Morawetz rejected MOE attempts to claim priority over secured creditors by ordering insolvent compani…

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