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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

Alberta Court Convicts Drilling Contractor For Workplace Fatality

In 2010 an employee, aged 32, of Precision Drilling Canada Limited was tragically killed when he was struck by drilling rig equipment while working as a floor hand on the…
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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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Workplace Fatalities Lead to Large Fines and Jail Time for Directors

In the first two weeks of 2015 the Ontario courts have levied a total $985,000 in fines and ordered 50 days of jail time in relation to four separate prosecutions…
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The Limits of the Criminal Law: The Superior Court Declines to Quash Bar Owners’ Discharges on Wrongful Act Manslaughter Charges

In February 2012, a patron and sometimes employee of the Angry Beaver bar in Belleville was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Highway 401.  She had entered…
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Rarely Applied Revenue Stripping Provision Results in Huge Fines

A large number of regulatory offences are subject to so called “revenue stripping” provisions. Their purpose is to authorize justices to increase fines imposed on convicted defendants by an amount…
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Anti-Money Laundering: The Federal Court Releases its First Decisions on Appeals From Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

FINTRAC started imposing AMPs in 2009, but it has taken until 2014 for the first appeals from the decisions of the FINTRAC Director reviewing AMPs to be heard and decided…
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