The world of the contract lawyer should never be immune from the press for efficiency; the reliable, predictable and confidently reproducible contract in standard form is the one-size solution to fit most client needs.
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, on September 18, 2015 and clarified the interaction between lien claims and statutory trusts upon the filing of a lien bond. The Court found that filing a lien bond to remove a lien from property does not satisfy a contractor’s trust obligations.
Work sites today can present many safety hazards but even more hazardous may be the pitfalls of trying to negotiate the right insurance package for any given project. In Nova Scotia, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, along with its Regulations, offers contractors guidance on acceptable safe practices, but there is no handy guide to negotiate through the insurance process.