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Laura Douglas

Laura Douglas

Investigations: On ambushing, lie detection and a feather

The first surprising thing to discover was that many US-based investigators are quite comfortable with an element of surprise in their interviews with respondents. Providing respondents with the allegations against them in writing, prior to the interview, was not common practice.

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Andrew Tremayne

On The Credibility of Witnesses

The recent acquittal by the Ontario Superior Court of three male police officers who had been charged with sexually assaulting a female colleague has, yet again, shone a bright light on the ongoing challenges posed by some of the bedrock principles of criminal law: the presumption of innocence and the heavy evidentiary burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Ashley Lattal

Ashley Lattal

Defining a “Poisoned Work Environment” in an OHSA Investigation

The terms “poisoned work environment” (“PWE”), “hostile work environment” and “toxic work environment” are now often used by employees to describe work environments that they find to be uncomfortable and negative whether or not the conduct they are experiencing is based on prohibited grounds. 

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Ashley Moore

Mental Health Conditions in Workplace Investigations

Governments and employers have been working hard over recent years to deal with mental health and its stigma in society, including in Canada.

Encouragingly, employees’ understanding and awareness of mental health conditions in the workplace has grown significantly over the last ten years.

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 Kevin Calder

Workplace Violence Investigations

As workplace investigators, we are asked to investigate a wide range of behaviours, actions or concerns in the workplace. Depending on how the investigation will be used and reviewed, our practices must follow the expectations of investigative standard practice, corporate policy, regulatory requirements and legal or labour relations rules.

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