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April 14, 2014

Green bonds could be tax-free solution to transit funding

With the prospect of an election growing more likely every day, the minority Liberals’ spring budget may turn out to be more campaign platform than peace treaty.

April 4, 2014

Drive for Bill 69 results in Ontario lien act review

Many in Ontario’s construction industry are applauding the provincial government’s decision to undertake an independent review of the Construction Lien Act.

March 28, 2014

Should Ontario prompt payment bill and Lien Act be linked?

During the second day of committee hearings for Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, presenters were asked if the issue should be encompassed within reforms to the Construction Lien Act.

March 25, 2014

EDC to work with construction for bonding solution

Export Development Canada (EDC) made its case to Canada’s construction industry recently that a permanent industry-based solution is needed for bonding P3 projects domestically.

March 21, 2014

The ‘perfect’ lien act a step closer to reality?

Development of a “perfect” lien act for construction took some significant steps at the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) recent 96th annual conference.

February 26, 2014

Contract amendments and bid repair

In its October 2010 decision in Bois A. Lachance Lumber Ltd. v. Conseil Scolaire Catholique de District des Grandes-Rivières, the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a trial decision that originally found a school board liable for accepting a non-compliant bid.

February 5, 2014

Canadian insurance industry calls for increased P3 use to deliver infrastructure

Though it might sound unusual to some, Canada’s life and health insurers are pushing for an increased role for public-private partnerships (P3s) to deliver infrastructure.

February 4, 2014

A little spec test can go a long way for an RFP

Sometimes it can be a good idea to test the marketplace with specific types of specifications to make sure you have the best “go to market” RFP.

January 29, 2014

EDC issues its first Green Bond

Export Development Canada (EDC) has priced its first Green Bond in the principal amount of US$300 million, reflecting EDC’s commitment to the environmental aspects of its Corporate Social Responsibility principles.

January 20, 2014

Martini-Wong joins Surety Association of Canada

Saskia Martini-Wong, currently manager of operations and corporate services at Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), is poised to join the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) as director of membership and stakeholder services effective Feb. 3.

January 19, 2007

Simple steps to maximizing your surety credit

Surety is a form of credit, much like banking. Having spent the past 20 years in both the surety and banking industries, I have developed an appreciation of the characteristics demonstrated by the most successful contractors. Many of these traits happen to be the key areas surety underwriters focus on, and if put into practice, should result in greater credit being made available.

January 19, 2007

Digital documents raise legitimacy, storage concerns

In some construction industry contracts, a letter is not deemed to be an official communication if it is sent via email.

January 19, 2007

Study raises questions about actual costs

Public-private partnerships in British Columbia have sparked $4.7 billion in construction projects since 2002, but critics say taxpayers may end up paying more than they bargained for in the long run.

January 19, 2007

Interior environment requires careful consideration

As the link between adverse health effects and mould exposure grows, liability for insurance and other industry groups – including those in the building sector – are likely to increase.

January 19, 2007

Accountability Act casts wide net around work

Depending on how meetings are arranged and their purpose, under changes to Canada’s Federal Accountability Act engineers, construction company employees and members of other professional organizations may find they’re now considered lobbyists — with heavy penalties for failing to identify themselves and their interactions with government.

January 19, 2007

Non-compliance a sticking point in legal battles

In 1981, the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Ontario v. Ron Engineering changed the legal landscape of invitations to tender.

January 19, 2007

Keep those old liability policies

Ever dispose of something one day only to find out the very next day that you could have used it? The construction project has been over for a few years or your annual general liability policy has been renewed several times so there is no need to keep the old policy, right? Wrong!

January 19, 2007

University research takes aim at efficiency

In the overheated Calgary construction market, the last thing one would expect from competing companies is collaboration. In a bid to improve industry efficiency, several construction powerhouses are collaborating for a unique research project.


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