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Supreme Court affirms workers’ compensation board’s authority to impose fine on forestry company

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 5:59 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

In a noteworthy judicial review case from B.C., the Supreme Court of Canada has divided over how to determine whether a workers’ compensation board had the requisite statutory authority to promulgate the workplace safety regulation under which a forestry company was fined for not ensuring the safety of a worker killed on the job.

Retired Chief Justice Beverley McLachlinOn May 18, the top court split 6-3 (in four separate opinions) to dismiss the appeal of West Fraser Mills Ltd., a forestry company which unsuccessfully challenged in the...