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Lawyer’s Weekly: Criminal Liability Rises to the Top

A robust environmental compliance system can certainly minimize the risk of a catastrophic incident occurring. But if a disastrous spill like that in Lac-Mégantic nevertheless occurs causing serious injuries and/or fatalities,…
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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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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

Advocate Daily: SCC clarifies issues around admissibility of expert evidence

The Supreme Court of Canada has settled the long-standing debate about how issues of independence and impartiality of expert evidence should be resolved, says corporate litigator and regulatory lawyer Bruce…
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Lawyers’ Weekly Article: Quebec railway tragedy will test the law

The flexibility of the criminal law as a sanction for catastrophic environmental damage is soon to be tested.  On Jan. 15, it is expected that the preliminary inquiry will be…
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