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Are you insured? Hidden parties in builder’s risk policies

February 15, 2019 Siobhan Small

Whatever your role on a project, always be sure to read the Course of Construction policy. It is surprising how often parties overlook potential coverage for a loss by assuming they are not insured. Knowing who is covered by the

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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Anti-corruption squad arrests former head of Montreal construction trade school

January 24, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The former head of a Montreal construction trade school was arrested by the province’s anti-corruption unit Jan. 23 and charged with fraud-related crimes against the school. The anti-corruption unit said officers arrested Alain Prud’homme, who was director of the trade

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Former exec at engineering firm Dessau gets 12 months for rigging Quebec infrastructure bids

January 18, 2019 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Competition Bureau says a former executive of Quebec engineering firm Dessau received a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty Jan. 17 in the Court of Quebec to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts. Dave Boulay, formerly Dessau’s director

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Pipeline construction imbroglio: Trudeau says protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

January 9, 2019 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday. RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in

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Credit in the construction industry

December 5, 2018 Siobhan Small

When we think of credit, we usually think of a method of paying for goods or services. In the construction context, however, credit can serve a role analogous to that of a performance bond. While owners can choose to request

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TransCanada pushes to get Keystone XL pre-construction work back underway

November 28, 2018 Matt Volz, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont.—The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a judge to change his order blocking the project to allow pre-construction work to continue, such as purchasing materials and finalizing contracts. Attorneys for the company will

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Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers

November 24, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The workers building the new $4.2-billion Champlain Bridge toil in difficult conditions, high above the St. Lawrence River. But one of their biggest challenges has been to find a clean—and heated—portable toilet on the work site. Quebec’s workplace safety board

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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