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Recent Administrative Penalties Published by FINTRAC

On July 28, FINTRAC, Canada’s anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-terrorism financing (ATF) regulator, published on its website the details of sizeable administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) it has recently levied against…
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Protecting the Results of Your Internal Investigation

You have done the right thing by going to the time and expense of finding out what caused a major spill of chlorine from your facility. Workers have been interviewed…
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Recent OHSA Convictions Lead to Big Fines

We are  just within the first week of July and already the Ministry of Labour has obtained fines this month totaling $325,000 on four separate convictions: Parker Hannafin Canada pleaded…
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Is it an Accident? Or a Crime?

The June 20th conviction of a Montreal driver for two counts each of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death, highlights once again the difficulty in distinguishing crimes…
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Disclosing Personal Information Part II: We All Are Anonymous When Using the Internet

In May I blogged that the 2012 decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in R. v. Ward provided a good explanation of how police services could obtain information from…
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Criminal Law: Impaired Driver Convicted of Manslaughter

On May 15, Alberta resident Jonathan Pratt was convicted of three counts of manslaughter contrary to s.236(b) of the Criminal Code. Early on November 26, 2011, Mr. Pratt drove his…
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Railway Safety: Ottawa Announces its Intention to Implement Administrative Monetary Penalties

A few months prior to the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, amendments to the Railway Safety Act came into force, empowering cabinet to implement Administrative Monetary Penalties (“AMPs”) as a Transport Canada enforcement tool….
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Lac-Mégantic Criminal Charges: How is the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway Exposed to Conviction?

Criminal prosecutions of corporations are rare in Canada. The police and Crown appear to prefer the prosecution of individuals, reflecting, perhaps, a shared belief that the conviction and punishment of…
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