Bruce McMeekin Law

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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Toronto Scaffolding Convictions Provide Insight Into the Criminal Workplace Duty of Care

On June 26 MacDonnell J. released his Reasons for Judgment in R. v. Kazenelson convicting the defendant of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence…
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Advocate Daily: Regulatory charges laid in train disaster not surprising

Corporate litigator and regulatory lawyer Bruce McMeekin says it isn’t surprising that the federal government has laid new charges in connection with the 2013 train derailment disaster in Lac-Megantic…..Read more

Alberta Court Convicts Drilling Contractor For Workplace Fatality

In 2010 an employee, aged 32, of Precision Drilling Canada Limited was tragically killed when he was struck by drilling rig equipment while working as a floor hand on the…
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