Bruce McMeekin Law

Rowbotham Orders: An Alberta Court Orders a Securities Act Prosecution Stayed Until the Crown Agrees to Pay for the Defendant’s Defence

For over twenty years, Canadian courts have been prepared to order the Crown to fund the cost of retaining a lawyer to defend an unrepresented defendant at trial. The basis…
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“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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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