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CORPORATIONS MAY HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION AGAINST UNREASONABLE TRIAL DELAY

Three months after the Supreme Court in R. v. Jordan rewrote the analytical framework by which claims of unreasonable trial delay are to be tested, the Ontario Court of Appeal has applied…
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When Is Trial By Jury A Constitutional Requirement?

On May 26, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in an Alberta case that could expand the scope of the constitutional requirement to trial by jury. Section 11(f)…
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We’re Under Investigation. What Now?

Hands down, the question I get asked most frequently by in-house counsel or senior management is: “We’re under investigation. The officer wants to interview some of our employees. How do…
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What’s Next For Administrative Monetary Penalties (“AMPs”)?

In July 2015, the Supreme Court released its decision Guindon v. Canada finding that AMPs were not offences attracting the protections contained in s.11 of the Charter. As a result, entities…
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Advocate Daily: Report highlights FINTRAC’s reach into Canadians’ lives

The latest FINTRAC annual report gives a glimpse into the extensive reach of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and the significant penalties that businesses can face for…
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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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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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