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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Ontario introduces minimum pay-rate legislation for contractors

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Legislation to establish minimum pay rates for Ontario private-sector contractors has been introduced. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 46, in Toronto. If passed, the province

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Trade contractors summit held on federal, provincial prompt payment

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trade contractors and associations from across Canada came together on April 4, 2018 in Toronto, ON to discuss payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit included member presentations on new developments and discussion on

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Changes to Ontario Labour Relations Act could impact worker rights: LiUNA

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Amendments to Ontario’s Labour Relations Act could see over 4,000 concrete form workers lose bargaining rights, according to the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Changes to the act would allow The Carpenters’ Union to represent other trades in

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After takeover, Aecon could still bid on infrastructure projects, docs suggest

April 11, 2018 Andy Blatchford, Mike Blanchfield and Jordan Press

The Aecon construction firm will likely be allowed to bid on government-funded infrastructure projects even if Ottawa approves a Chinese state-owned company’s controversial proposal to take it over, an internal federal document says. Last October, the CCCC International Holding Ltd.,

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Aecon extends deadline to complete CCCI deal as federal review continues

April 10, 2018 Dan Healing

The deadline for Aecon Group Inc. to complete its sale to a Chinese state-owned business has been extended to July 13 as Ottawacontinues its national security review of the $1.5-billion deal. The Toronto-based construction company and acquirer CCCC International Holding