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The 10th anniversary of Bill C-45: Reflecting on a decade of OH&S liability under the Criminal Code

March 31, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada which had the effect of broadening the scope of criminal liability for organizations, senior officers and management in relation to occupational health and safety matters. Specifically, Bill C-45 redefined the terms “every one”, “person” and “owner” to include

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Guilty verdict and prison sentence handed down in BC ferry tragedy

On March 22, 2006, the ferry “Queen of the North” ran aground and sank in Wright Sound, British Columbia.   Tragically, two passengers were lost and presumed drowned. The ensuing Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that the ferry’s navigation officer, Karl Lilgert, had at the time of the accident been engaged in conversation with Karen Briker,

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Charges following workplace tragedy result in guilty pleas and record fines

In a tragic and well-publicized occupational safety accident that occurred in Toronto on Christmas Eve 2009, four workers of Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) were killed and a fifth was seriously injured when the swing-stage they were standing on collapsed 13 stories above the ground.  Investigation into the incident revealed that none of the workers who

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