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What’s Next For Administrative Monetary Penalties (“AMPs”)?

In July 2015, the Supreme Court released its decision Guindon v. Canada finding that AMPs were not offences attracting the protections contained in s.11 of the Charter. As a result, entities…
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Advocate Daily: Report highlights FINTRAC’s reach into Canadians’ lives

The latest FINTRAC annual report gives a glimpse into the extensive reach of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and the significant penalties that businesses can face for…
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Lawyer’s Weekly: Criminal Liability Rises to the Top

A robust environmental compliance system can certainly minimize the risk of a catastrophic incident occurring. But if a disastrous spill like that in Lac-Mégantic nevertheless occurs causing serious injuries and/or fatalities,…
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Workplace Criminal Negligence Results in Lengthy Prison Sentence

R.v.Kazenelson is the first case in which an individual has been sentenced for the offences of criminal negligence causing death and bodily harm within the context of a breach of…
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Canada Should Consider Using Deferred Prosecution Agreements

A Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) is a discretionary tool available to prosecutors for the resolution and disposition of corporate criminal conduct. Essentially it is an agreement between a criminal prosecutor…
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Advocate Daily: $750,000 penalty for bird deaths shows ‘creative sentencing’ value

Corporate litigator and regulatory lawyer Bruce McMeekin says a New Brunswick court demonstrated the effectiveness of “creative sentencing” when it ordered Canaport LNG LP to pay most of a $750,000 penalty to various environmental…
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Ontario Enacts Anti-SLAPP Legislation

SLAPP, an acronym for “Strategically Lawsuit Against Public Participation”, is a legal tactic used by organizations intent on muzzling public criticism of their policies and practices. Usually framed in defamation,…
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AML & ATF Regulation: Unreasonable to Tinker With Reasonable Grounds to Suspect – Proposed Regulatory Changes Increase Regulatory Risk

On July 4 FINTRAC released its proposed amendments to many of the regulations promulgated under the PC(ML)TFA. One of the proposed changes to the PC(ML)TFSTR would amend s.9(2) deleting “that constitutes…
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