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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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An Update on Corporations and Unreasonable Trial Delay

Six months after the Supreme Court released its decision in R. v. Jordan rewriting the law governing pretrial delay, there are at least three decisions of the Ontario Court of Justice confirming…
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Supreme Court Acts to Protect Joint Submissions as a Means of Resolution

It happens infrequently, but when it does, it can be really unsettling. After a lengthy and considered discussion with the Crown, counsel agrees to what is called a joint submission….
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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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