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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: 21 Feb 2013 By

Golf club fined for taking too much water, providing false records

Mitchell Golf & Country Club Inc. and Alfred John Schmoelzl, its employee, were fined $30,000 (plus 25% victim fine surcharge) for breaching the company’s permit to take water from the North Thames River in West Perth, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act. Based on water level da…

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Published on: 18 Feb 2013 By

Annual review of insolvency law: Why Abitibi rule is backwards

Dianne Saxe gave a well received presentation on the Abitibi case at the Annual Review of Insolvency Law in Montréal during the big snowstorm. In essence, Dianne believes that the Supreme Court’s decision, that the provincial environmental orders were subject to federal insolvency rule…

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Published on: 14 Feb 2013 By

Ostrander Point, wind and birds: is it different?

There definitely are places where renewable energy projects should not go. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists wants me, and you, to know why they think Ostrander Point is one of them, and why wind turbines should not be built there, of all places. This is not about the nocebo effect,…

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Published on: 12 Feb 2013 By

Anti-wind litigation: is there an end in sight?

After nearly two years of vigorous anti-wind litigation in Ontario, anti-wind activists have failed to satisfy any court or tribunal that wind energy development in accordance with government standards will cause serious harm. Many wind projects have been approved, and wind-based electrical …

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Published on: 8 Feb 2013 By

National Energy Board and safety rules for construction near pipelines

The National Energy Board (NEB) is proposing changes to three regulations1 governing construction and excavation activities around NEB-regulated pipelines, two of which have not been updated since they came into effect in 1988. For context, according to Alberta’s Energy and Resources Conserv…

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Published on: 6 Feb 2013 By

Federal Environmental Commissioner tables 2012 report

The 2012 Fall Report of Scott Vaughan, federal Commissioner of the Environment and of Sustainable Development, was tabled today at 10:00 a.m. in the House of Commons. This Report focusses on the gaps between federal programs to promote resource development, and the environmental threats pose…

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Published on: 5 Feb 2013 By

Where is environmental commitment in Wynne’s transition team?

Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team is led by Monique Smith, former MPP and Cabinet member. It includes a wide range of interests and experience, but no one outstanding for their environmental commitment or experience: Tom Allison: Kathleen Wynne Campaign Manager Arnold Chan: Vice President, Ab…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2013 By

Huge fine and jail for drinking water violations in township

The small Municipality of West Elgin (pop. 5,157) and three of its water distribution system operators were fined $154,500 in St.Thomas Provincial Offences Court for drinking water violations, including providing false information and failing to report adverse test results. One of the operat…

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