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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: 26 Mar 2013 By

Home Depot: Excessive enforcement causing recycling set back?

Home Depot’s decision to stop accepting waste paint and compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling is a sad setback, and another sign of trouble in Ontario’s waste reduction and diversion strategy. It is important to collect every possible used fluorescent bulb (and not throw them i…

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Published on: 18 Mar 2013 By

Information Commissioner asked to stop muzzling of government scientists

The Environmental Law Centre of the University of Victoria has written to Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada, asking her, pursuant to s. 30(1)(f) of the Access to Information Act, to: investigate the federal government’s policies and actions to obstruct the right of the publ…

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Published on: 14 Mar 2013 By

Environment Minister Bradley: what he’s done and doing on waste

Last week, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, spoke to the Ontario Waste Management Association. He summarizes his Ministry’s considerable achievements of the last year on the waste file, and promises a new program for end of life vehicles, plus new framework legislation…

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Published on: 13 Mar 2013 By

Sunrise Propane explosion – landlords added to class action

Here’s an update on the Sunrise Propane explosion in Downsview, Ontario, and the gradual progress of the class action by the aggrieved neighbours. In July 2012, the Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against all proposed defendants except the Teskey defendants, whic…

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Published on: 12 Mar 2013 By

Timminco motion: A new twist in insolvency v environment

The insolvent metal processing company, Timminco, is attempting a new twist to “cleanse” creditors of environmental claims through insolvency law. They have applied to the Commercial List for permission to sell their valueless contaminated sites, for virtually nothing, to new sub…

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Published on: 11 Mar 2013 By

Antrim: Supreme Court gives compensation for nuisance when highway moved

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored compensation to the Antrim truck stop, which lost its coveted place on the edge of a major highway when the highway was moved. The Court held that the $393,000 loss in business loss and property value was too heavy to expect Antrim to shoulder alone, …

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Published on: 7 Mar 2013 By

Waste Excellence, $25,000 fine, forbidden partners at waste site

Yesterday, we reported the $20,000 fine imposed on Keele North Recycling Inc., relating to breaches of its Environmental Compliance Approval for its waste transfer and processing site at 10525 Keele Street. This troubled site was previously operated by Robert Sansone, 310 Waste and related c…

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