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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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After 15 productive years, Gord Miller is winding down his term as Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner.

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario is the province’s independent environmental watchdog. Appointed by all parties in the Legislative Assembly, the ECO is tasked with monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the government’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in achieving greater energy conservation in Ontario. The Commissioner also helps manage and monitor citizens’ requests for reviews and investigations of government action and policies.

The Commissioner’s reports help to set the Ontario environmental agenda, and to bring more facts and analysis to the public conversation on environmental issues. For those interested in environmental policy, these reports are always mandatory reading and useful references. The Commissioner’s oversight and reporting role is particularly important as the ministries involved, principally the Ministries of Environment and Climate Change, and of Natural Resources and Forestry, struggle with larger mandates and limited budgets.

Mr. Miller is rightfully proud of his many accomplishments, such as persuading the government to adopt the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, and to take action to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. He has also played an important role in keeping climate change on the provincial agenda. Thank you, Gord, for everything that you and your staff have done in the last 15 years.

The Legislative Assembly is now looking for the next Commissioner. The job ad is posted here.

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