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This Week in Construction Law: March 14 – 18, 2022

In Alberta, the Edmonton-based Progressive Contractors Association of Canada – representing more than 100 construction companies – has pledged to make jobs available to Ukrainian refugees seeking employment in the industry. The province of Alberta has also announced its intention to fast-track the permanent residency applications of Ukrainian refugees and waive post-decision service fees for applicants.

In Manitoba, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg ruled that the City of Winnipeg’s former chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl accepted a $327,000 bribe from the contractor who built Winnipeg’s police headquarters, which was disguised in the form of a fake Arizona land deal.

In commentary, John Hyde discusses vaccination policy on job sites, which have recently been subject to arbitral judgments in fields other than construction. Hyde extrapolates from those decisions to provide advice to construction companies regarding the structure and implementation of vaccine policies, including the issue faced by many construction companies of third-party vaccine mandates.

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