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ACTION COLLECTIVE CONTRE LES FORCES ARMÉES CANADIENNES - COMMENT FONCTIONNENT LES FRAIS JURIDIQUES?

Victor Lewin
Friday, December 23, 2016

Il est important de savoir que TOUTES les communications entre les membres du recours proposé et Wagners resteront strictement confidentielles. Les informations reçues de tous les membres du recours ne seront pas divulgées, sauf si un membre désire et authorise que ses propres informations soient alors dévoilées. Le fait que vos informations deviennent publiques dépend uniquement de votre discrétion et de votre contrôle.  ..

Canadian Armed Forces Class Action - When should I contact Wagners?

Victor Lewin
Monday, December 19, 2016

It is important to know that communications between class members and Wagners will be kept confidential. Information we receive on any class members will not be made public, unless a class member desires and consents to the release of their information. Whether your information becomes public is within your discretion and control.  ..

ACTION COLLECTIVE CONTRE LES FORCES ARMÉES CANADIENNES - DE QUELLE FAÇON FONCTIONNE UNE ACTION COLLECTIVE?

Victor Lewin
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Une action collective, aussi connue sous le nom de “recours collectif”, est une catégorie de poursuite pour laquelle une ou plusieurs personnes, appelées les “représentants Demandeurs”, poursuivent au nom d’un large groupe de personnes (l’action ou le recours) et qui partagent des dommages et circonstances similaires. L’action collective tente de résoudre des réclamations communes ou similaires en un seul processus, plutôt qu’une multitude d’actions individuelles et répétitives, avec comme résultat que l’action collective étant obligatoire pour tous les membres de l’action ainsi que des parties adverses.
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Canadian Armed Forces - Sexual Misconduct & Harassment

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wagners is actively investigating a potential class action into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Misconduct and harassment is a deep-rooted problem in Canadian military culture. Complaints of sexual misconduct deemed “founded” have risen by 22 per-cent in 2016 compared with 2015. In 2015, 174 founded complaints of sexual offences were identified. Moreover, a 2015 external review into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the CAF concluded that underreporting is a common phenomenon.

The external review, headed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Marie Deschamps, revealed a sexualized environment in the CAF, which is conducive to serious incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The external review report concluded that members of the military frequently suffer from degrading expressions, sexual jokes and unwelcome touching. Reports of inappropriate relationships between members of differing ranks and date rape highlighted the use of sex to enforce power relationships and to punish and ostracize members. The report noted that there is a broadly held perception in the lower ranks that those in the chain of command either condone inappropriate sexual conduct, or are willing to turn a blind-eye to it.

The report also concluded that the CAF processes to identify, report, investigate and resolve incidents of sexual harassment are too complex to be effective, and do not yield appropriate outcomes. Resulting sanctions are often a mere slap on the wrist, making it unsurprising that most victims choose not to report an incident.

In addition, the review uncovered insufficient data collection relating to occurrences of sexual harassment or sexual assault, and thus little accountability in the chain of command for the incidents.

A survey of 40,000 members of the CAF is currently underway by Statistics Canada to determine members’ personal experiences with sexual misconduct. The results are due to be published later this year.

Last month alone, two members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Halifax were charged with sexual assault of fellow members arising from unrelated incidents.

If you or a loved one have been affected by sexual harassment or misconduct in the CAF, we invite you to contact Wagners on a confidential basis for more information.

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Investigating Three Decades of Sexual Abuse by a Saint John, NB Police Officer

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The class action law firm of Wagners is investigating a class action for the harm caused by the sexual abuse committed by former Saint John police officer Kenneth Estabrooks. The class action lawyers at Wagners have experience in handling class actions in New Brunswick and are the largest class action firm in the Maritime Provinces. The decades of sexual abuse shows that there are important systemic issues which need to be answered by the New Brunswick Courts. Why did it take so long to come to light? What knowledge did the Police Force have about these abuses? What systems were in place to protect the victims of sexual abuse? These questions can be answered in a New Brunswick class action for the benefit of all sexual abuse victims, making a class action the best means to pursue justice.
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