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Causation - Significant Contributing Cause

R v Singh (Ont CA, 2015)

In this criminal case, against a landlord found to have caused the death of a tenant, the Court of Appeal endorsed the following definition of causation:
[7] As the trial judge correctly noted, the test for determining legal causation is whether the appellant’s conduct was a significant contributing cause of Mr. Dhaliwal’s death: R v. Nette, 2001 SCC 78 (CanLII), [2001] 3 S.C.R. 488, at paras. 69-72; R. v. Shilon, 2006 CanLII 41280 (ON CA), 240 C.C.C. (3d) 401, [2006] O.J. No. 4896 (C.A.), at paras. 27, 30.

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