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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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Conservation Ontario, the non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, has made their submission for the 2019 Ontario Budget Consultation publicly available on their website, and here’s what we’ve learned:

The Province of Ontario currently provides Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities with annual transfer payments of:

  • $7.4 million for natural hazards work (flooding and erosion);
  • $5 million in matching funds to address flood infrastructure (dams, dykes etc) issues; and
  • $7.2 million under the Ontario Drinking Water Source Protection program to protect sources of drinking water.

It’s not clear whether Conservation Ontario believes that this funding is under threat in the cost-cutting milieu of the current government, but the public comments from Kim Gaine, General Manager, Conservation Ontario, makes the case that this funding, which adds up to “less than $1 per year from taxpayers”, reaps many public benefits:

  1. Saves lives – prevents flooding and protects sources of drinking water.
  2. Provides early warning to Ontario municipalities about flood events.
  3. Prevents millions of dollars in additional flood damages to property, reducing the financial and mental stress and dislocation of many residents.
  4. Makes sure we have enough water for all our needs – people, industry and Ontario’s ecosystems.

You can read the full submission here.

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