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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 Oct 2016 By

More Stringent Regulatory Requirements – Water Taking

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) has posted a draft regulation to the Environmental Registry proposing to establish a moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for the purposes of water bottling. We previously blogged about the water ta…

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Published on: 11 Oct 2016 By

$12,000 Fine for Failing to Submit Records

A sole proprietor of a drinking water well company was fined $12,000 plus the twenty-five per cent victim fine surcharge by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The sole proprietor was convicted for maintaining four separate drinking water wells at two locations in the Peterbo…

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Published on: 6 Oct 2016 By

$900,000,000 Class Action launched against Ontario for flooding in Muskoka Lakes

Residents of Muskoka launched a $900,000,000 class action against the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (“MNRF”) on September 14, 2016. They allege damages related to “[MNRF’s] failure to adequately manage and lower the water levels of Lake Joseph, Lake Muskoka and Lake Rous…

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Published on: 28 Sep 2016 By

Failure to Notify brings $150,000 Fine Despite no Damage to Property

Two companies, Consbec Inc. and Bruman Construction Inc., were fined a collective total of $150,000 for failing to notify the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) of a fly-rock discharge. Bruman owns and operates an aggregate quarry located in North Bay.  Consbec was hire…

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Published on: 26 Sep 2016 By

Former counsel escapes damages award when new counsel fails to sue on time

In June, 2016, Justice Faieta of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded damages of $57,712.31 plus interest against legal counsel who failed to file a claim within the required limitation period. Missed deadline and time-management errors are the biggest cause of claims against lawyer…

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