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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: 18 Aug 2013 By

Your Uninsurable Home? What is climate change’s wild weather doing to insurance?

Across Canada, this year has brought severe storms, floods, wildfires and other catastrophic weather. As people in Calgary, Toronto and other hard hit areas try to rebuild their lives, most of them expect that someone should help them pay for the damage. Oil-rich Alberta has promised $1 bill…

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Published on: 13 Aug 2013 By

Feds must disclose: will they save the endangered sage grouse?

As we wrote earlier, sage grouse are on the brink of extinction in Canada due to the destruction of their habitat, largely related to oil and gas development. The federal Minister of the Environment has refused to disclose if they will do anything about it. Last week’s Federal Court of Appea…

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Published on: 7 Aug 2013 By

$40,000 fine for asbestos and other waste offences

KNR Landfill Managers Inc., based at the controversial Vaughan transfer station, operate a landfill in Cayuga, Ontario (perhaps the controversial Edward Street landfill that was rebuilt and reopened several years ago.) They were fined $40,000, plus victim fine surcharges of $10,000, for fail…

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Published on: 6 Aug 2013 By

Fish farm company silences activist opponent with defamation order

The BC Court of Appeal has ordered well-known anti-fish farm activist Don Staniford to pay $75,000 in damages because the mock cigarette packages he had made criticizing Norwegian-owned fish farm companies lacked footnotes or other appropriate citations. The court also granted a permanent in…

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Published on: 2 Aug 2013 By

The silence of the bees – Nix the neonics! Sign the petition…

Bees are dying; we can do something about it. Three thousand or so registered beekeepers manage around 100,000 honeybee colonies in Ontario. In the spring of 2012, bees began to die in record numbers. No one knows, for sure, what’s killing the bees, but one class of pesticides is likely part…

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Published on: 1 Aug 2013 By

Few complaints once wind farms start operating

Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are particularly accepted in Alberta, which has had large wind farms for 20 years. The Pembina Institute …

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Published on: 30 Jul 2013 By

Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?

Should company directors and officers be personally liable for contamination they did not cause? “Directors’ liability is one of the primary instruments used by policymakers to promote good corporate governance. However, … [t]he imposition of ever-increasing personal liability on directors m…

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