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Criminal Liability of Employers for Workplace Negligence
201610.28
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Criminal Liability of Employers for Workplace Negligence

Criminal Liability of Employers, the Case of Stave Lake Quarries Stave Lake Quarries in 2015 was the first employer in B.C. to face criminal liability as it was charged with criminal negligence causing the death of an employee. This article should be of interest to employers and the families of deceased employees because the same…

The Collision Regulations (ColRegs): Guidelines, or actual rules?
201610.21
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The Collision Regulations (ColRegs): Guidelines, or actual rules?

Clearly the Collision Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act 2001 (the “ColRegs”) serve an important purpose in promoting the safe navigation of vessels in international, coastal and non-coastal waters.  Like laws governing motor vehicles on land, these rules of the road reduce the risk of damage through collision by requiring predictable behavior.  Mariners expect other…

201503.03
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Understanding Marine Collision Regulations – More like guidelines, than actual rules

Clearly the Collision Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act 2001 (the “ColRegs”) serve an important purpose in promoting the safe navigation of vessels on coastal and non-coastal waters.  Like laws governing motor vehicles on land, these rules of the road reduce the risk of damage through collision by requiring predictable behaviour. Mariners expect other mariners…

Must the Captain Always Go Down with His Ship?
201410.27
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Must the Captain Always Go Down with His Ship?

This is an article by Darren Williams, a founding partner of League and Williams. Darren has written and published over 100 articles on maritime law in Canada. This article was originally published in February 2012.  If not physically, then at least symbolically, the captain must always go down with his ship. This cold reality of our maritime culture…

201410.22
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Court’s Reasons for Queen of the North Officer’s Sentence

Although the B.C. Supreme Court sentenced the Queen of the North’s Fourth Officer (“FO”) on June 24, 2013, the reasons for this sentence were not available in writing until late July.  Needing no editorial, the most significant portions of the Court’s reasons are captured by the excerpts below.  While this tragedy has, in my view,…

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