Bruce McMeekin Law

“Reprehensible” Crown Misconduct Not Enough to Stay a Criminal Prosecution as an Abuse of Process

Is a trial court justified in staying or dismissing a criminal prosecution as an abuse of process when faced with state misconduct? Yes, but only in the clearest of cases…
Read more »

The Elliot Lake Mall Collapse: When Does a Regulatory Contravention Constitute a Crime?

In January the structural engineer who concluded the Algo Centre mall was structurally sound some ten weeks before its collapse was charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death…
Read more »

Are Transport Drivers Required to Complete Circle Checks Before Every Trip?

A Yukon judge has effectively decided they are. In Director (OHSA) v. North 60 Petro Ltd. et al the defendant’s dispatcher was instructed to pick up a truck that had…
Read more »

Environmental Liability: The Risk of Ignoring the Reasonable Advice of Your Consultant

I recently came across the decision of the B.C. Provincial Court in R. v. Mission Western Developments. This was a Fisheries Act prosecution in which the Crown alleged that the…
Read more »

Rare Jail Term Imposed in Workplace Fatality Prosecution

A roofing company and its owner recently pled guilty to offences arising from the workplace death of an employee who was working on a small residential project. He fell about…
Read more »

Bruce McMeekin Speaking at Federated Press Seminar

Bruce McMeekin will be speaking at a Federated Press Seminar coming up in Toronto at the end of April entitled “Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions”.  Bruce’s topic for the presentation…
Read more »