Another case was added to the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program today, July 10. The Department of Justice will offer a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the following case: — Tanya Jean Brooks of Halifax, homicide. “Ms. Brooks was last seen two months ago today,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We are hoping that by releasing Ms. Brooks’ photo and offering a cash reward, it will trigger memories and prompt people to come forward with information that could help solve this case.” Tanya Brooks, also known as Tanya Lynch, was last seen leaving Halifax Regional Police Headquarters on May 10, 2009, at about 8:20 p.m. Ms. Brooks was known to frequent the Gottingen Street area. At 2 p.m. the following day, May 11, Ms. Brooks’ body was discovered in a basement window well of St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School in Halifax. It was determined that Ms. Brooks died of unnatural causes. An investigation ensued but no criminal charges have been laid. Although the case remains unsolved, the investigation is still ongoing. “Investigators believe there are people who know what happened to Tanya Brooks and we are imploring them to come forward,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “We are also asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary around St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School after 9 p.m. on May 10 to come forward. “Ms. Brooks was someone’s daughter, mother and sister and we require the public’s assistance in the investigation into her untimely death.” At the time of her death, Ms. Brooks was 36-years old and a mother of five children. Ms. Brooks was an Aboriginal female, associated with the Millbrook First Nation. Anyone with information about this case can call the Department of Justice toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are now 57 cases in the program. NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo of Tanya Jean Brooks is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2009/Jul/brooks-tanya.jpg .
As the federal policy does not overstep provincial jurisdiction, Ontario’s top court has sided with Trudeau’s carbon tax. But the Doug Ford government says their fight against this tax is not over and in a statement today Premier Ford says he is disappointed in the courts ruling.“We know, as do the people of this province, that the federal government’s carbon tax is making life more expensive for Ontarians and is putting jobs and businesses at risk”The province argued that the federal carbon tax overstepped provincial authority, but the chief justice with the Ontario court says climate change is a matter of national concern.Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna said “carbon pollution which knows no borders, is a clear issue of national concern, and which presents an urgent threat to canadians and the world. One of the Ford government’s top priorities since taking office has been abolishing the federal carbon tax in Ontario.”She went on to say that the tax will cost the average household nearly $650 000 a year by 2022. And Ford isn’t the only one fighting Trudeau on this. The top court of Saskatewan also sided with the feds last month. Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick are also fighting against the tax on carbon pollution.Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner says the Ford government has tried to distract Ontarians with stickers at gas pumps and selfies, adding that “for the past year, the Premier has wasted our money in a $30 million misinformation campaign to sabotage climate solutions.”Ford says his government will appeal the ruling. Political analyst Keith Leslie says Ford was expecting this outcome.“Premier Ford has spoken before about losing a couple of battles but planning to win the war. They want to get this to the supreme court. They’ve budgeted $30 million to do so”The province says it doesn’t need the carbon tax to address climate change.Adding to that, Ottawa is increasing the carbon tax on new natural-gas plants as part of the final regulations for its carbon-pricing system for big industrial greenhouse-gas emitters.The move is intended to discourage power companies from building the facilities. Changes taking effect this week mean that new natural-gas plants will have their emissions standard toughened each year after 2021, to the point that in 2030 they will pay the carbon price on every ounce of their emissions.