City of Montreal reviewing infrastructure contracts

The city of Montreal is combing through its infrastructure contracts to cancel or rethink work that has been given to construction firms convicted of tax fraud.

The man in charge of overseeing infrastructure work in Montreal was unable to estimate how many contracts will have to be re-tendered or receive government dispensation to be completed.

“With Bill 35 the provincial government has given municipalities a tool with which to ensure the proper management of public funds,” executive-committee vice-chairperson Richard Deschamps said Tuesday.

Bill 35, which was adopted unanimously by the Quebec Legislature earlier this month, allows the Province to bar companies belonging to Antonio (Tony) Accurso from bidding on provincial contracts.

The bill makes it clear that any conviction of tax fraud by a construction company within the previous five years can be a valid reason for stripping it of existing and future government contracts.

This closes a loophole, specifying that the fraud had to be linked to construction work. Accurso’s companies have been contesting the power to stop them from bidding on public-sector contracts in drawn out hearings, based on that loophole.


Frozen Pipes? Canadian innovation keeps pipes flowing.

Like a growing number of Canadians, Mike and Alice Ogden have traded their city home for full-time life at the cottage. And as anyone who has attempted this will tell you, one of the biggest technical challenges is getting year-round running water from a landscape with shallow soil cover, delivered reliably to buildings without basements.

Preventing water lines from freezing during cold weather is the trick, and it requires specialized plumbing technology...


How to Pay for America's Infrastructure

America's transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of an update, and most politicians would agree that more funding should be dedicated the nation’s highways and mass transit systems. Yet there is little consensus about where to find those new funds.

One potentially fertile place for compromise may be in the form of state infrastructure banks, which have gained support from both the left and right in recent months.


LEED certifications pose new legal challenges?

Sustainable building is transforming the Canadian construction industry. However, new construction techniques and new contract terms may be creating legal risks around liability, insurance and project certification that have not yet been fully explored.

“We haven’t seen a lot of cases involving LEED-igation or sustainable building projects, but we know they’re coming,” says Danielle Stone, an associate with Blaney McMurtry LLP and a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group. “In the United States since 2007, there have been about 13 cases related to sustainable building.”


Fight over infrastructure project goes... bananas

A fight over a proposed energy pipeline to send Canadian oil into the USA has literally 'gone bananas.'

Chiquita banana thought it was siding with environmentalists and announced it would no longer use oil 'derived from the Canadian Tar Sands.' That's when the Canadian advocacy group 'Ethical Oil' had enough.

They've launched - a website dedicated to boycotting Chiquita Banana.



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Veso Sobot, P.Eng
Ipex Management Inc.
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