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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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On October 19, I wrote about Ian Hanna, the Big Island resident who is suing for an injunction to block the Ministry of Environment from issuing any renewable energy approvals for wind projects. Such an injunction would prevent the construction of almost all new commercial wind projects. Based on this, I drew a conclusion about Mr. Hanna’s support of or opposition to commercial wind energy.

I suppose it is a sign of the powerful emotions that surround wind projects that I promptly received a letter from his lawyer citing the Libel and Slander Act. In response to this threat, I have removed four non-essential words from the October 19 post.

I strongly disagree with Mr. Hanna’s lawsuit, but no personal offence was or is intended.

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