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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 Feb 2016 By

Further wind litigation in the Oak Ridges Moraine: Part II

Recently, the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) allowed in part the appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) approving the construction of a wind turbine facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine Area in the City of Kawartha Lakes (the “Project”). The Tribunal concluded that, with…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2016 By

Further wind litigation in the Oak Ridges Moraine: Part II

Recently, the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) allowed in part the appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) approving the construction of a wind turbine facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine Area in the City of Kawartha Lakes (the “Project”). The Tribunal concluded that, with…

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Published on: 2 Feb 2016 By

Further wind litigation and the Oak Ridges Moraine: Part I

Another appeal of a Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) for a wind turbine project has made its way to, and been refused by, the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”). The appeal in SR Opposition Corp v Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, 2015 CanLII 86926 (ON ERT) concer…

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Published on: 1 Feb 2016 By

Thorco seeks leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada

On January 26, 2016, Siskinds LLP filed an Application for Leave to Appeal on behalf of John Thordarson and Thorco Contracting Limited (“Applicants”), seeking leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision. The court awarded Midwest Properties Ltd. judgment against the Applicants, jo…

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Published on: 22 Jan 2016 By

Methane catastrophe in California: implications for cap and trade

Southern California is, at this very moment, in the throes of what is potentially the most prolific gas leak to have ever occurred. The disaster–a methane leak at a natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch, California–has yet to galvanize the kind of media and popular attenti…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2016 By

Northern Gateway Pipeline requires provincial environmental approval

A BC court has declared that an agreement (Agreement) between the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the National Energy Board is invalid to the extent it purported to remove the need for an environmental assessment approval under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). Th…

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Published on: 19 Jan 2016 By

Cement Manufacturer fined $200,000 for dust discharge

Following a guilty plea in December 2015, Essroc Canada Inc., a cement manufacturer, based in Picton Bay, Ontario, was fined a total of $200,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge (an additional $50,000). This was for causing a discharge of dust into the natural environment and for failing t…

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