Blog

Bruce McMeekin Law

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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….
Read more »

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…
Read more »

Foreign Anti-Corruption: The Ontario Superior Court Finds it Lacks Jurisdiction Over the Prosecution of a Bangladeshi Citizen

On April 28, Nordheimer J. stayed the prosecution of Abul Hasan Chowdbury who was charged with a single offence contrary to s. 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Officials Act…
Read more »

Disclosing Personal Information

It was interesting to hear the mini-flap in the media earlier this week over the Interim Privacy Commissioner’s revelation as to the number of times in 2011 internet service providers…
Read more »