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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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What’s in a name? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has renamed its longstanding Waste Management Policy Branch the “Resource Recovery Policy Branch“. The renaming is part of Minister Glenn Murray’s vision of a low-carbon circular economy, and of waste management as part of his action on climate change.

Meanwhile, the Resource Recovery Policy branch has wound up its consultations on the latest, greatest plan to replace the Waste Diversion Act.

The new law, promised to be introduced this fall, will be quite different from the minority government’s last attempt, Bill 91. The new statute itself is planned to be very general, leaving most important details to be set out later in Provincial Policy Statements and in material-specific regulations.

The new law will likely be called the “Resource Recovery Act”. It is to be based primarily on producer responsibility, physical and financial, for the wastes created by their products. The concept sounds much like the main outlines of the British Columbia recycling model, and would entail wrenching changes for Ontario’s existing waste management and recycling systems.

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