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Whose design is it anyway?

June 1, 2012 Chris Eagles and Brad Woods

A common feature of most construction contracts is the inclusion of a detailed specification, prepared by the owner or the owner’s consultant, describing the requirements for the work to be performed by the contractor. Where performance problems arise in connection

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Pick your battles: Is ADR right for you?

April 1, 2012 Matthew Swanson and David Claassen

No party enters into a contract with the intention of getting embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute, but disputes happen, and they can be costly. In recent years, processes for resolving disputes without recourse to traditional litigation, (dubbed “alternative dispute

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Canada’s new Anti-spam & Online Fraud Act

April 1, 2012 Chris Eagles and Bradley Freedman

Canada’s new anti-spam and online fraud act (CASL) creates a comprehensive regime, of offences, enforcement mechanisms, and potentially severe penalties designed to prohibit unsolicited or misleading commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and deter other forms of online fraud. So, what are

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What’s keeping EllisDon CEO Geoff Smith up at night?

March 13, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Part of a discussion panel at the 94th annual Canadian Construction Association conference in Savannah, Ga., Geoff Smith CEO of EllisDon identified several key issues that are scaring the sh– out of him!

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NEB gives go-ahead for $324M Northwest Mainline Expansion Project

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The National Energy Board recently gave NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) the green light for the Northwest Mainline Expansion Project. The $324-million project will comprise of the building and operation of three natural gas pipeline loops in northeast B.C. and

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Law: Resolve disputes out of court

March 1, 2012 Chris Eagles & Trish Morrison

Construction disputes have increased dramatically in number and complexity over the past few years. As a result of the high cost and delay commonly associated with traditional litigation, and with recent mandatory requirements to participate in a dispute resolution process,

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Avoiding IP ownership surprises

February 1, 2012 Bradley Freedman and Chris Eagles

Construction contracts often include obligations related to the ownership of the intellectual property in work product (designs and other project documents) created in connection with the project. To fulfill those obligations, businesses often include intellectual property provisions in their agreements

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Mandatory workers compensation legislation draws criticism from CFIB

January 4, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has drawn criticism from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) after Ontario’s Ministry of Labour announced that mandatory coverage for independent operators within the construction industry will come into effect on Jan.

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The 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings now 25% more energy efficient

December 5, 2011 NRC

Some 245 technical changes have been made to the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings to accommodate new technologies and construction practices that have emerged in Canada over the past 15 years.  “We are working with the provinces

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Neighbours can be a nuisance

November 1, 2011 Chris Eagles and Brad Woods

Everyone has the right to the enjoyment and use of their land. A wrongful interference with that right is called nuisance. A nuisance occurs when an act indirectly causes physical injury to property or substantially interferes with the use or