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Construction Law: When is a contractor’s extra work a compensable “extra”?

March 18, 2016 Robin Davis & John Pratt

Even in the face of the most comprehensive construction contracts, an owner may request that the contractor performs additional work that is not expressly included in the original agreement. Should the owner make such a request, two questions will likely

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New National Energy Code for buildings

March 15, 2016 On-Site Magazine

New buildings in Canada will become more energy efficient with the introduction of some 90 changes to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015. “As Canada’s go-to research and technology organization, the National Research Council is providing Canadians

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Improper site sanitation can spread disease: Video

February 19, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Clean-up and toilet facilities are probably the last place you would look for hazards on construction sites. Inadequate facilities are a major cause of the spread of diseases to construction workers and their families, according to the Ontario Ministry of

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Contractor claims for owner interference

February 10, 2016 By: John Pratt and Lauren Kristjanson

Regardless of its size or scope, two elements are essential to a contractor’s ability to successfully complete any construction project: access to the work site; and the freedom to carry out the work without interference. An owner’s attempt to constrain

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CSA standard for bridge construction updated

January 20, 2016 On-Site Magazine

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the 2014 edition of CSA S6 – Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code will be mandated in legislation for use in Ontario beginning in this month. The 11th edition of CSA S6 applies to

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Construction manager jailed for fatal swing stage accident

January 11, 2016 On-Site Magazine

4 workers fell 13 storeys to their death Christmas Eve, 2009

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Corruption in Quebec construction sector included gangs, mafia: Charbonneau

November 25, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

Corruption in the Quebec construction industry was far more widespread than originally feared, with organized crime, including biker gangs and the Mafia, infiltrating much of the sector, a long-awaited report from the Charbonneau Commissionrevealed on Tuesday. The 1,600 page report

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Quebec’s municipal auditors’ association to study Commission report

November 25, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

The Association of Municipal Auditors General of Quebec (AVGMQ) will study and comment on the report from the Commission of Inquiry into the awarding and managing of public contracts in the construction industry. AVGMQ filed a brief with the Commission on July 7,

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Manitoba modifying workers’ compensation guidelines

November 13, 2015 STAFF REPORT

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) is introducing changes to its current rate model to enhance fairness and balance. Following consultations that were conducted with stakeholders last year, improvements were recommended and compiled into a report. “We gathered feedback from

The Quebec government has released a plan to revamp construction procurement procedures and contracts
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Quebec to revamp construction contract bidding

November 11, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Quebec construction association supports changes

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‘Saskatchewan First’ procurement policies moving forward

November 9, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Public works and transportation legislation amended allowing ‘value-based’ procurement

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Ontario’s quarry industry not a consumer of water, association rebuts

November 4, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

OSSGA counters environmental commissioner’s comments

NTCCC and MCABC lobby political parties and candidates for prompt payment legislation
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Trade contractors lobby candidates for prompt payment legislation

October 19, 2015 STAFF REPORT

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada is encouraging its members to support political parties that will champion federal prompt payment legislation for the construction industry. NTCCC and Mechanical Contractors Association of British Columbia (MCABC) have called on all parties

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SNC-Lavalin to pay $1.5 million to settle corruption allegation case

October 1, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Deal reached with African Development Bank over two contracts

Saskatchewan Power Corporation is one of the province's Crown corporations which will be applying a local priority to procurement.
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Saskatchewan gives local priority to procurement

September 21, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Local construction association praises move

Builders Lien Act changes are coming and one victim might be the notorious so-called Shimco Lien
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Builders Lien Act changes coming

August 15, 2015 Lauren E. Kristjanson and Alexander Bjornson

One victim may be the notorious Shimco Lien

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Billion Dollar Babies

August 1, 2015 JIM BARNES

Inventory of super-megaprojects reaches new heights

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Big Deals: A sampling of billion-dollar babies

August 1, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

LNG  Billion-dollar projects related to the energy industry have become commonplace, and two of the biggest are LNG terminals planned for B.C. Petronas’s $11-billion Pacific Northwest project is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island. The

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Global coalition formed to unify construction standards

July 10, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Canadian quantity surveyors join International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition

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Project manager convicted in fatal scaffolding collapse

July 9, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

4 workers fell 13 storeys to their death Christmas Eve, 2009