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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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Lac-Mégantic TSB Report Released

The TSB report (released August 19) on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment really held no surprises when it came to the failures of the MM&A. The company was found to have…
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Protecting the Results of Your Internal Investigation

You have done the right thing by going to the time and expense of finding out what caused a major spill of chlorine from your facility. Workers have been interviewed…
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Recent OHSA Convictions Lead to Big Fines

We are  just within the first week of July and already the Ministry of Labour has obtained fines this month totaling $325,000 on four separate convictions: Parker Hannafin Canada pleaded…
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Is it an Accident? Or a Crime?

The June 20th conviction of a Montreal driver for two counts each of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death, highlights once again the difficulty in distinguishing crimes…
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Lac-Mégantic Criminal Charges: How is the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway Exposed to Conviction?

Criminal prosecutions of corporations are rare in Canada. The police and Crown appear to prefer the prosecution of individuals, reflecting, perhaps, a shared belief that the conviction and punishment of…
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Regulatory Modernization Act: The Ontario Court of Justice Relies on Multiple Previous Convictions Under the EPA to Impose a Rare Continuous Jail Sentence for Workplace Safety Offences

The Regulatory Modernization Act (RMA) was enacted by the legislature in 2007. Under section 15, it permits the Crown to request a more severe penalty for convictions under a provincial…
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