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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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Rowbotham Orders: An Alberta Court Orders a Securities Act Prosecution Stayed Until the Crown Agrees to Pay for the Defendant’s Defence

For over twenty years, Canadian courts have been prepared to order the Crown to fund the cost of retaining a lawyer to defend an unrepresented defendant at trial. The basis…
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Are Transport Drivers Required to Complete Circle Checks Before Every Trip?

A Yukon judge has effectively decided they are. In Director (OHSA) v. North 60 Petro Ltd. et al the defendant’s dispatcher was instructed to pick up a truck that had…
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Rare Jail Term Imposed in Workplace Fatality Prosecution

A roofing company and its owner recently pled guilty to offences arising from the workplace death of an employee who was working on a small residential project. He fell about…
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