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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.

Article LawRisk Management

Fundamentals of materials liens: Payment for materials in construction contracts

June 11, 2018 Alexander J. Spraggs

In a typical subcontract, a subcontractor will periodically, throughout the duration of their work on or supply for the project, apply for payments at a value proportionate to the amount of the subcontract work performed and/or the materials delivered to

News ConstructionFinancingLaw

Federal government spending $4.5B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, B.C. terminal

May 29, 2018 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the government’s plan to save the pipeline just days before Kinder Morgan’s self-imposed deadline

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Canada blocks Aecon takeover by Chinese state-owned firm, citing national security

May 23, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The rejection follows a lengthy federal probe and months of divisive rhetoric exchanged between supporters and opponents of the deal

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SNC-Lavalin settles shareholder class action suits in Ontario and Quebec for $110M

May 22, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has moved further from its troubled past by settling two class action lawsuits worth a total of $110 million over allegations of misleading investors about its activities in Libya. The company said it will contribute $88 million

News ConstructionLabourLaw

Manitoba introduces bill to end forced unionization on construction projects

May 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MANITOBA—The Manitoba government has tabled a bill to eliminate collective labour agreements on major public construction projects. Introduced by the former NDP administration, collective agreements required employees and contractors to hire from specific unions. If an exception was made, dues

News LabourLaw

Minimum wage act passes in Ontario

May 9, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ONTARIO—Ontario has passed minimum wage legislation, introduced in April, for private-sector contractors in construction, building cleaning and security services. Under Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, minimum pay-rates will be established for work on government-owned contracts and buildings. It will cover

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Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co.

May 4, 2018 Dirk Laudan and Lindsey von Bloedau

The Limited Duty to Advise Potential Claimants of the Existence of an L&M Bond



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