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Is The Ontario Court of Justice Now A Debt Enforcement Court?

Recently, an Ontario Court Justice found that justices overseeing sentencing hearings under the Provincial Offences Act  (the “POA”) have the jurisdiction, in exceptional cases, to pierce the veil of asset-less…
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Not All OHSA Offences Are Strict Liability (Part 2)

In a previous case comment, I wrote that in R. v. Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp Drilling (“Precision”) the Alberta Court of Appeal would shortly have the opportunity to consider whether, properly…
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Government Tables Enabling Legislation for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

A month after it announced as part of the federal budget that it intended to introduce deferred prosecution agreements, the government tabled Bill C-74 on March 26. Through proposed amendments to…
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Employee Negligence Does Not Relieve Employers From Liability For Workplace Criminal Negligence

The tragic Christmas Eve 2009 deaths of four workers who fell twelve floors when the swing stage on which they were working collapsed stands as one of Canada’s worst workplace…
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Workplace Fatality Results in Manslaughter Charge Against Contractor

In a Canadian criminal law first, a Quebec construction contractor is under indictment and will be tried in November on a charge of unlawful act manslaughter arising from the tragic…
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Are OHSA Offences Necessarily Strict Liability?

This is the question that the Alberta Court of Appeal has the opportunity to consider after granting the Crown leave to appeal the Queen’s Bench decision in R. v. Precision Diversified…
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“Critical Injury” Clarified

Section 51 of Ontario’s OHSA requires employers to immediately report critical injuries. Failures to report are treated seriously by the courts, levying substantial fines on offenders. Regulation 851 defines “critical…
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Fisheries Act Violations: Landowner and Two Logging Contractors Fined a Total of $600,000 and Ordered to pay $1.6 Million Towards the Protection of Fish Habitat

The streams on Graham Island, located in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), are home to pristine habitat for juvenile salmonids including Coho salmon. In 2010, the owner of…
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