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Metanor Resources and the Americanization of prosecuting companies

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 9:15 AM | By Laurelly Dale

Metanor Resources (Metanor), in Quebec is the first company in Canada to proceed to trial on a charge of criminal negligence causing death. The case concerned the drowning deaths of three miners from 2009. Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled for June 18-19, 2017.

Companies in Canada fall within the broadly defined “organizations” in s. 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada and are subject to criminal liability. The prosecution of companies in the U.S. conjures images of Enron executives entering court with file cabinets of disclosure...