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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: 19 Sep 2013 By

Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later

Following a recent loss in the Federal Court of Appeal, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq announced earlier this week that the federal government will (later) introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, or at least for those of this rapidly declining species…

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Published on: 17 Sep 2013 By

New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy

Ontario’s “Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application” which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements for renewable energy projects under Ontario Regulation 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act w…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2013 By

Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?

On January 1st, 2012 the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans Regulation (O.Reg. 397/11) came into effect. By now, all Ontario public agencies are required to have prepared and published a summary of their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: On or before July 1, …

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Published on: 10 Sep 2013 By

Pipeline safety: regulators spar, but public gets no enforcement data

The National Energy Board has responded strongly to recommendations on pipeline safety by the Alberta Pipeline Safety Review. The National Energy Board argues, defensively, that it is already ahead of the game, even as environmental groups savage the Alberta report as a whitewash. According …

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Published on: 9 Sep 2013 By

One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted

The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…

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Published on: 5 Sep 2013 By

New Cycling Strategy- another small step in the right direction

As passionate cyclists, we are glad to see that Ontario HAS a cycling strategy (update just released, after 1106 comments on the previous draft). Now we’d like to see more money, and better laws, to give it teeth and concrete presence in our cities.We have a long way to go to achieve t…

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Published on: 4 Sep 2013 By

Ontario environmental permit by rule approvals (EASR) expanding slowly

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has proposed some modest expansions of its permit-by-rule approval program for low impact activities similar to those already covered by the EASR system. The proposal, Regulatory Amendments to Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Regulatio…

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Published on: 3 Sep 2013 By

Can municipalities require climate warning labels on gasoline?

Here’s a great new idea for municipal action on climate change: warning labels! Our Horizon1 is a non-profit organization with a mandate to empower people and communities to take action on climate change. Their new campaign aims to get municipalities to use their existing powers in new ways …

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Published on: 29 Aug 2013 By

Tiny amount of hazardous material can make a whole waste load “hazardous”

A recent court decision has dramatically widened Ontario’s rules on what constitutes “hazardous waste”. Now, any hotspot can be enough to make an entire load “hazardous waste”. This is a particular risk for those handling spill cleanup materials and other small …

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