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Alberta OHSA case carries implications for Ontario, other provinces

Though most Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and other regulatory offences are generally presumed to be strict liability, there is an exception, corporate litigator and ... Read more

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Are OHSA offences necessarily strict liability?

By J. Bruce McMeekin This is the question that the Alberta Court of Appeal has the opportunity to consider after granting the Crown  leave  to appeal the ... Read more

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AML compliance: some perspective about Manulife

By J. Bruce McMeekin I have been reading with interest the press reports criticizing FINTRAC for its decision in 2016 to publish, anonymously, the $1.15 million in ... Read more

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Fisheries Act violations: landowner, logging contractors fined

By J. Bruce McMeekin Landowner and two logging contractors fined a total of $600,000 and ordered to pay $1.6 million towards the protection of fish habitat The streams ... Read more

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Multi-pronged approach required to stem opioid crisis

New federal regulations that restrict fentanyl production are a step in the right direction, but more must be done to prevent the underlying issue of prescription opioid abuse, ... Read more

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Manslaughter charge in construction death raises concerns

A Quebec Superior Court ruling upholding a charge of manslaughter in a construction site fatality raises many legal issues which will be keenly followed across Canada, says ... Read more

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An update on corporations and unreasonable trial delay

By J. Bruce McMeekin Six months after the Supreme Court released its decision in  R. v. Jordan  rewriting the law governing pretrial delay, there are at least ... Read more

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Corruption in the aviation industry? ‘Please say it isn’t so!’

By Norm Keith The international aviation industry is highly competitive, international, and yes, known for allegations of corruption. Whether buying, selling, maintaining, ... Read more

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Corporate compliance to prevent criminal liability in Canada

By Norm Keith and Jonathan Wansbrough Introduction: the Bill C-45 initiative Effective corporate compliance to prevent regulatory risk requires a foundation of legal ... Read more

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Plan prudently to create an effective internal whistle-blowing system

There is a a diverse range of whistle-blowing legislation globally and corporations should be proactive in setting up an internal system to process red flags and mitigate any ... Read more

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New French anti-corruption law provides for DPAs

By Norm Keith On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, France passed its new anti-corruption legislation, to improve its commitment to business ethics, the prevention of fraud and ... Read more

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Law requiring banks to report large, suspicious transactions 'onerous'

OTTAWA – Efforts by Canada's anti-money laundering agency to pinpoint illicit dealings of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremist organizations helped ... Read more

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SCC acts to protect joint submissions as a means of resolution

By J. Bruce McMeekin It happens infrequently, but when it does, it can be really unsettling. After a lengthy and considered discussion with the Crown, counsel agrees to ... Read more

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Million dollar fine for fatal accident a step forward

A $1 million fine levied against Vale Canada stemming from a fatal mining accident may or may not be a just decision, but corporate prioritization of workplace safety needs ... Read more

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U.S. Appeals Court upholds 180-month prison term for tax fraud

By Norm Keith In a case that demonstrates the remarkable contrast between the American and Canadian enforcement of tax rules, the United States Court of Appeals for the ... Read more

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Corporations may have greater access to trial delay protection

By J. Bruce McMeekin Three months after the Supreme Court in  R. v. Jordan  rewrote the analytical framework by which claims of unreasonable trial delay are to be ... Read more

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OSC program's focus on 'whistleblower bounty' concerning

The recent launch of the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC) new whistleblower initiative has not come without controversy, as there are concerns that it seems to ... Read more

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Melanie Booth creates niche practice in workplace OH&S in BC

With a background in personal injury, workplace occupational health and safety (OH&S), workers’ compensation, and employment law, Vancouver lawyer Melanie D. Booth ... Read more

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Regulatory settlement agreement not binding in subsequent civil action

Toronto professional negligence and liability lawyer Kim T. Duong says a recent Nova Scotia Superior Court decision denying a motion for summary judgment dealt with the ... Read more

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Changes to OHSR could be onerous for construction companies

Vancouver personal injury, workplace occupational health and safety, and employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth says some of the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and ... Read more

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