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SNC-Lavalin CEO aims to ease worries over ongoing court case, diplomatic woes

November 5, 2018 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. tried to assuage concerns over criminal charges at home and diplomatic tensions with the government of Saudi Arabia, saying the challenges will not hurt its business. “Despite the political issues we’ve had to contend

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Inquiry begins into past SNC offshore activity; conviction could bar firm from federal work for 10 years

October 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A month-long preliminary inquiry into SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. kicked off Oct. 29, more than three-and-a-half years after federal authorities slapped the construction and engineering giant with fraud and corruption charges. Prosecutors began to present their case to a Court of

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Stringent use of written change orders risking construction delays, cost overruns

October 30, 2018 Aaron Stavne and Alan Regel

The Canadian engineering and construction industries often insist on using only written change orders when agreeing to alterations to a project’s scope. Other means of communication, such as verbal direction, are often seen as inadequate and non-binding. But this nearly

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Toronto construction company fined $325K after worker fatally pinned by steel casing

October 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A Toronto-based heavy civil construction company was fined $325,000 after a worker was killed by a runaway steel casing on a road reconstruction site in Markham, Ont. Coco Paving Inc. was handed the fine in Newmarket court Oct. 15. The

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SNC Lavalin stock plunges after federal prosecutors decline to negotiate a deal

October 16, 2018 David Paddon and Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares plunged to their lowest close since early 2016 Oct. 10 after the company revealed that federal prosecutors won’t negotiate a deal that could reduce the time SNC spends in court fighting fraud and corruption charges laid

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Muskrat Falls inquiry finds ‘surprising’ lack of evidence of government analysis

October 3, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Former premier Danny Williams told the Muskrat Falls inquiry Tuesday he remained confident in his government’s detailed assessment of the hydro megaproject’s potential risks, even as the judge hearing the inquiry said they haven’t seen evidence that a

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Certificates of completion: The purpose, process and pitfalls

October 2, 2018 Krista Johanson and Siobhan Small

Completion certificates play an important role in any construction contract or subcontract. This article sets out how certificates of completion influence projects, details how to issue a valid certificate and explores some common mistakes that can postpone the lien period.

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With job nearly complete, Graham is out as builder of Grande Prairie hospital

September 11, 2018 David Kennedy

Already years into construction, the province and Graham have sparred over the project’s timeline and budget. Alberta claims to have terminated the deal with the contractor; Graham says it quit

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Is your job site ready for recreational cannabis?

September 4, 2018 Laura Brazil and Paola Ramirez, McMillan LLP

Many contractors fear marijuana legalization will lead to increased impairment on construction sites. Here’s what you need to know to prepare

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Ottawa vows to push ahead with Trans Mountain construction after ruling leaves pipeline in limbo

August 31, 2018 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Opponents cheered the court decision, but business groups, including contractor associations, said the halt will hurt workers and stifle investment in Canada

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Federal Court of Appeal to rule on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

August 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Federal Court of Appeal is expected to release a judgment Aug. 30 on whether the federal government adequately consulted First Nations on the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The court combined into one case nearly two dozen lawsuits calling

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Quebec’s infamous ‘Mr. Three Per Cent’ dies at 79

August 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Bernard Trepanier, a former political fundraiser in Montreal and a central figure during Quebec’s public inquiry into corruption in the construction sector, died Aug. 15, his lawyer said. Trepanier was infamously nicknamed “Mr. Three Per Cent” by witnesses at the

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Lien claims: How much is too much?

August 9, 2018 Krista Johanson and Lindsey von Bloedau

When an owner or contractor seeks to remove a claim of lien from title to land by securing the lien with money in place of the land, a debate sometimes arises as to whether the claim of lien has been

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Alberta roadbuilders take province to court after $500M worth of contracts sold to B.C company

August 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Five Alberta contractors say transferring highway maintenance contracts owned by Carillion Canada to Emcon is “potentially illegal” and will prove costly to taxpayers

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Alberta threatens to end construction contract for Grande Prairie hospital

July 31, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is threatening to cancel the contract of a construction firm building the problem-plagued Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen said Calgary-based Graham Construction has 15 days to submit a plan to get the project back

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With construction well underway, B.C. First Nations seek injunction to halt $11B Site C dam

July 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia. Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of

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Ex Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso gets four year prison term

July 5, 2018 The Canadian Press

LAVAL, Que.—Former Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso received a four-year prison term on Thursday following his conviction on fraud and corruption charges. A jury recently found Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing stemming from a municipal corruption

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Competition Bureau lays criminal bid-rigging charges related to almost two dozen Gatineau, Que. contracts

June 28, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Competition Bureau says criminal charges have been laid against four people who allegedly conspired to rig bids for 21 City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts between 2004 and 2008. The bureau alleges the four, who worked for engineering firms, divided

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Orangeville, Ont. construction company fined $60K after worker injured in flash fire

June 28, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ORANGEVILLE, Ont.—Construction company Roto-Mill Inc. has been fined $60,000 for its failure to prevent a hot asphalt-related flash fire that sent a worker to hospital with critical injuries in June 2016. Roto-Mill, based in Orangeville, Ont., pleaded guilty in court

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Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso found guilty of fraud, other charges

June 26, 2018 Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

LAVAL, Que.—A jury has found Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing including fraud and corruption. Accurso, 66, was impassive as the jury delivered the verdicts on their seventh day of deliberations June 25.



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