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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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One of the successes of Ontario’s 40 years of environmental law and enforcement is Toronto’s marvellous waterfront. Yes, I admit that some of the gains are hard to see from land. But a few minutes’ paddle is all it takes to glory in swans and egrets, swallows and terns, cormorants and ducklings and gulls. Huge fish leap in the shallows, churning the water beneath my kayak. Mother geese share babysitting, 22 goslings at a time. Turtles bask on old logs; beavers swim; terns plunge from the sky after fish. This weekend, I even saw two elusive but delightful otters, cavorting beneath an arc of five great blue herons! Otters! in Toronto, at the mouth of the Humber River! No one would have believed it possible in 1971, when the Environmental Protection Act came into force. My friends from other countries are amazed- how very fortunate we are!

If you’re wondering, a second hand plastic kayak costs no more than a bicycle, and gives you the same freedom of the water that a bicycle gives on land.

Meanwhile, we’re off for two weeks, paddling in other places, and will blog again when we get back. Thanks and best wishes

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