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Lawyers’ Weekly Article: Quebec railway tragedy will test the law

The flexibility of the criminal law as a sanction for catastrophic environmental damage is soon to be tested.  On Jan. 15, it is expected that the preliminary inquiry will be…
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Workplace Fatalities Lead to Large Fines and Jail Time for Directors

In the first two weeks of 2015 the Ontario courts have levied a total $985,000 in fines and ordered 50 days of jail time in relation to four separate prosecutions…
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The Divisional Court Upholds the Constitutional Validity of Renewable Energy Approvals

Section 7 of the Charter can be engaged in situations outside of the criminal law when policy supported regulatory legislation seriously threatens the security of the person. “Serious” in this…
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The Limits of the Criminal Law: The Superior Court Declines to Quash Bar Owners’ Discharges on Wrongful Act Manslaughter Charges

In February 2012, a patron and sometimes employee of the Angry Beaver bar in Belleville was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Highway 401.  She had entered…
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SNC Lavalin: Too Big Not to Prosecute

I really had to give my head a shake after reading the October 7 Globe & Mail article: “SNC-Lavalin chief warns criminal charges could force closing or sale” In an editorial…
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Rarely Applied Revenue Stripping Provision Results in Huge Fines

A large number of regulatory offences are subject to so called “revenue stripping” provisions. Their purpose is to authorize justices to increase fines imposed on convicted defendants by an amount…
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Anti-Money Laundering: The Federal Court Releases its First Decisions on Appeals From Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

FINTRAC started imposing AMPs in 2009, but it has taken until 2014 for the first appeals from the decisions of the FINTRAC Director reviewing AMPs to be heard and decided…
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Lac-Mégantic TSB Report Released

The TSB report (released August 19) on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment really held no surprises when it came to the failures of the MM&A. The company was found to have…
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