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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: 29 Oct 2012 By

New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues

The new standing rules in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, have now been interpreted the first two times, with contradictory results. The Prosperity Mine panel, in BC, has wisely interpreted the new standing rules broadly, including experts, Non-Governmental Organizations, Fi…

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Published on: 25 Oct 2012 By

Mercury and lead contamination tied to ADHD in Inuit

In the northern Quebec, there are about 11,000 Inuit, the most highly exposed population in the world to PCB and mercury pollution. Air-borne contaminants from the south fall in northern areas and bioaccumulate in the animals that Inuit eat. Burning coal is the largest source of mercury. A Q…

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Published on: 19 Oct 2012 By

More slash and burn: drastic cuts to Navigable Waters Protection Act

Much like their hatchet job on the Fisheries Act, the federal Conservatives’ Bill C-45 has taken a similar axe to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, among other environmental changes in their latest Omnibus Bill. The protection of the Act will be slashed from all Canadian waters that…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2012 By

Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government

What happens when municipal bylaws try to control energy or resource projects authorized by the federal or provincial governments? (They have some scope). How far will the Spraytech precedent take them? Can corporations use federal insolvency laws to cleanse themselves of irksome environment…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2012 By

Controversial sewage sludge processing plant approved

Ontario has also approved a new facility to convert organic waste, such as sewage sludge, into uncontrolled compost that can be used on agricultural lands. The Lystek plant in Southgate has met pitched opposition from many local residents, The newly approved sewage sludge and organic waste p…

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