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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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father-son-and-fieldBill 150, the Green Energy Act, will directly affect lawyers all over Ontario, including those  in the environmental, energy, municipal, and natural resource fields. As a result, the Ontario Bar Association is preparing detailed comments that will address at least the following issues:

  • The new renewable energy  approvals, which will allow green energy projects to be built regardless of zoning, building code and similar restrictions, subject to provincial regulations on setbacks, etc.
  • The rights of appeal objectors to such projects should have, including the heavy onus of proof  put on objectors by proposed section 145.2 .1(3) of the Environmental Protection Act.
  • The right to connect  green energy projects to the electrical grid at public expense and the creation of renewable energy cooperatives.
  • The guaranteed feed in tariff for green power, the environmental attributes of such power, and the special pricing for community- generated power.
  •  The Environmental Bill of Rights amendments and public access to information.
  •  The impact of increased electrical rates on low income families.
  •  The implications for First Nations, especially in relation to small hydro development, and possibly
  •  Mandatory energy audits and disclosure on the sale of real estate.

 

 As the Environmental Law Section’s Public Affairs chair, Dianne will be quarterbacking the submission.

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