Guilty Plea in R. v. PWGSC
Ottawa – November 20, 2012 – Today in the Ontario Court of Justice, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) pleaded guilty to three counts under the Canada Labour Code.
The charges were laid after a boiler exploded on October 19, 2009 at the Cliff Central Heating and Cooling Plant in Ottawa, killing one person and causing minor injuries to three others.
The PWGSC admitted the facts contained in an initial statement of facts that was filed with the Court. Based on this admission, the Court found the PWGSC guilty of all three counts. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date where additional facts will be put before the Court by both the PWGSC and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.
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