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Nova Scotia getting creative with sentencing

April 17, 2018
Canadian Occupational Safety Mag - Amanda Skilliker

Nova Scotia is one of the few provinces that allows for creative sentencing for safety violations and it is seeing success with this approach, according to the government’s special prosecutor for occupational health and safety, Alex Keaveny.

“We have one of the broadest set of powers that judges have to sentence under our OHS act,” he said, speaking at the Safety Services Nova Scotia workplace health and safety conference in Halifax on April 9. “Many provinces have no creative sentencing ability or very limited. We have a very broad one and we use that. We try to be as creative as possible. We really want the sentence to have an impact.”

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