Aug. 25: Crown Dismisses Union-Brought C-45 Case

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In 2004, Lyle Hewer smothered to death after getting trapped by debris in the “hog”—that is, a machine that converts wood waste to chips—at a Weyerhaeuser sawmill. In March 2010, the United Steelworkers union launched a rare private criminal negligence (aka C-45) prosecution against Weyerhaeuser for his death. But the Crown just “stayed”—that is, dismissed—the prosecution, saying the evidence doesn’t present “a substantial likelihood of conviction against the company.”