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Fairness Consultants No Substitute for Internal Due Diligence

By Paul Emanuelli (This article was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.)...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This article was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) As the deals keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher, the risks of...

Vague Evaluation Factors Lead to Re-evaluation of Waste Disposal Bids

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.)...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its March 2007 decision in Natural World Products Limited v. ARC 21, the Northern...

Alberta Auditor General Calls for Better Project Governance

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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Alberta Auditor General Calls for Better Project Governance
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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) In its November 2011 Report, the Alberta Auditor General found that the project launched...

Air Force Ordered to Re-evaluate
Refuelling Tender

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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Refuelling Tender
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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its March 2006 decision in United Paradigm Corporation, the United States Government Accountability Office (the...

World Bank Recommends Modernizing Moldova’s Procurement System

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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World Bank Recommends Modernizing Moldova’s Procurement System
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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) In its June 2010 procurement review of Moldova, the World Bank recommended that the...

Cooperative Purchasing at a Crossroads

By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine.) With fiscal cliffs looming on the horizon, public institutions are attempting to...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine.) With fiscal cliffs looming on the horizon, public institutions are attempting to leverage their group purchasing power through federal standing offers, provincial vendor-of-record arrangements, regional and sector-based...

Council Rejects Contractor Due to Spousal Conflict of Interest

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its July 1993 decision in Fairclough Building Ltd v. Borough Council of Port Talbot, the...

Stimulus Spending Rush Leads to
Flawed Approval Process

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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Flawed Approval Process
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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) In its 2010 Annual Report, the Ontario Auditor General found significant flaws in how...

Prime Minister’s Heated Remarks Undermine Impartiality of Evaluation

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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Prime Minister’s Heated Remarks Undermine Impartiality of Evaluation
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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its May 2001 decision in Caribbean Communications Network Limited v. The Attorney General of Trinidad...

Energy Costs Surge as Ontario Phases Out Competitive Bids

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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Energy Costs Surge as Ontario Phases Out Competitive Bids
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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) In its 2011 Annual Report the Ontario Auditor General found that the provincial government’s...

World Bank Recommends Bidder Ban Instead of Samoan Bid Security

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its May 2006 Operational Procurement Review of Samoa’s procurement operations, the World Bank recommended that...

World Bank Advises Mexico to Cut Red Tape and Increase Efficiency

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) The World Bank’s November 2007 review of Mexico’s government procurement system offers a clear...

Saskatchewan Pulls Plug on Housing Project

The Saskatchewan government found itself in a crossfire of criticism for cancelling a public housing construction project over a relatively...

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The Saskatchewan government found itself in a crossfire of criticism for cancelling a public housing construction project over a relatively minor extra-cost dispute with its contractor, Devereux Developments. Escalating news stories covering the controversial decision included the following...

Late Tender Trapped in Port of Spain Traffic

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its March 2000 decision in Star Telecommunications Company Limited v. Trinidad, the Trinidad and Tobago...

Is Red Tape Paralyzing Public Purchasing? Considering the Bigger Picture

By Paul Emanuelli (This article was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.)...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This article was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) Recent high-profile public purchasing scandals have left little doubt that our government institutions need effective...

Court of Appeal Recognizes Process Contract in Blackpool Late Bid Battle

By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In...

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Court of Appeal Recognizes Process Contract in Blackpool Late Bid Battle
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By Paul Emanuelli (This international brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs.) In its May 1990 decision in Blackpool and Fylde Aero Club Ltd. v. Blackpool Borough Council,...

Auditor General Finds Lack of Transparency in G8 Legacy Projects

By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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Auditor General Finds Lack of Transparency in G8 Legacy Projects
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By Paul Emanuelli (This audit brief was excerpted from Paul Emanuelli’s Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) According to the Spring 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada, the government’s...

Negotiated RFPs Remain Subject to
Legal Challenge

By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, June 2014.) The past ten years has seen a rapid expansion in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, June 2014.) The past ten years has seen a rapid expansion in the use of flexible negotiated RFPs (“NRFPs”) in the Canadian public sector as a means...

Measuring Due Diligence in Public Procurement

By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, April 2014.) The Procurement Law Office recently circulated a procurement due diligence...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, April 2014.) The Procurement Law Office recently circulated a procurement due diligence survey that helps public institutions assess how they measure up to legal due diligence standards...

Criminal Convictions Top Summer Scandals

Criminal convictions, criminal investigations and criminal charges top the list of 2014 midsummer spending scandals. In addition to criminal matters,...

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Criminal convictions, criminal investigations and criminal charges top the list of 2014 midsummer spending scandals. In addition to criminal matters, the following Top 7 countdown also features other high-profile legislative spending controversies: 1. Former Big Easy Mayor Sentenced to...

Summer Heats Up on Trade Treaty Front

Trade treaties are proving to be a hot button issue in the summer of 2014. Late breaking news in this...

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Trade treaties are proving to be a hot button issue in the summer of 2014. Late breaking news in this portfolio include the following stories: WTO Dispute with the US: On June 27 iPolitics reported that...

IDB Pulls Funding on Jamaican Power Plant

Citing procedural irregularities in the bidding process, the Inter-American Development Bank has withdrawn financial support for Jamaica’s recently tendered 381 MW...

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Citing procedural irregularities in the bidding process, the Inter-American Development Bank has withdrawn financial support for Jamaica’s recently tendered 381 MW power generation project. Jamaica’s Contractor General Dirk Harrison previously announced his concerns over how Jamaica’s Office of...

Scandals Topple Ontario Government

After propping up the minority Liberals for two successive budgets, the NDP finally pulled the plug on Ontario’s scandal plagued government....

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After propping up the minority Liberals for two successive budgets, the NDP finally pulled the plug on Ontario’s scandal plagued government. In her official press release, NDP leader Andrea Horwath cited the long litany of scandals...

Atomic Energy Seeks Privatization Bids

A report in the Ottawa Citizen confirms that the federal government plans to privatize Atomic Energy of Canada Limited...

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A report in the Ottawa Citizen confirms that the federal government plans to privatize Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and is currently engaged in a bidding process to select a private sector service provider...

Senate Awash in Potential Business Conflicts

A report in the National Post notes that existing senate rules permit serious potential conflicts of interest between the official...

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A report in the National Post notes that existing senate rules permit serious potential conflicts of interest between the official public duties of senators and their private business dealings:   While ministers in the House of...

Cabinet Considers F-35 Alternatives

A story in CBC news confirms that the federal cabinet has received a report setting out competing alternatives to the...

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A story in CBC news confirms that the federal cabinet has received a report setting out competing alternatives to the procurement of the F-35 fighter jets: Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report...

March Madness Caps Winter of Scandals

The month of March brought a record-breaking blizzard of reported spending scandals, shaking the confidence of Canadian taxpayers from coast-to-coast...

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The month of March brought a record-breaking blizzard of reported spending scandals, shaking the confidence of Canadian taxpayers from coast-to-coast with highlights that included the following top ten stories:   10. PEI Senator Mike Duffy...

Lethbridge Leverages the Dialogue RFP

By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, December 2013.) As announced in November 2013 at the Canadian Public Procurement...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, December 2013.) As announced in November 2013 at the Canadian Public Procurement Council’s annual conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the City of Lethbridge was the recipient of...

Court Reviews City Sole Source Decision

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on January 28, 2014.) In its July 2011 judgment in Friends...

Competition Bureau Raids Quebec Firms

The latest chapter in the ongoing Quebec municipal construction saga saw the federal Competition Bureau raid the offices of over a...

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The latest chapter in the ongoing Quebec municipal construction saga saw the federal Competition Bureau raid the offices of over a dozen Montreal-area construction firms this week in an attempt to gather evidence of bid rigging. A report in...

Spending Audit and P3 Pushback in School Sector

While the Toronto District School Board pledged to clean up its spending practices in the wake of a critical forensic audit, its...

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While the Toronto District School Board pledged to clean up its spending practices in the wake of a critical forensic audit, its Alberta counterparts were pushing back on provincial plans to use more consolidated P3s to build the 40 new...

BC Sole Sourcing and Local Preference

While BC’s Justice Minister was embroiled in a sole sourcing scandal involving a former caucus colleague, the Columbia Institute...

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While BC’s Justice Minister was embroiled in a sole sourcing scandal involving a former caucus colleague, the Columbia Institute launched a campaign encouraging the province to implement a local preference policy for provincial shipbuilders....

Failed Approvals Justify Tender Cancellation

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News.) In its September 2008 decision in Aloia Bros Concrete v. Peel...

Feds Sue Former Ford Staffer Over Kickbacks

According to a story in the National Post, the federal government recently initiated legal proceedings against a former Rob...

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According to a story in the National Post, the federal government recently initiated legal proceedings against a former Rob Ford staffer to recoup funds that were allegedly obtained through a kick-back scheme involving federal...

Spending Audit Blasts BC’s Alleged Health Savings

According to a report in the Prince George Citizen, the BC Auditor General found that the province’s health agency was...

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According to a report in the Prince George Citizen, the BC Auditor General found that the province’s health agency was unable to substantiate the $230 million in alleged cost savings it claimed to have achieved...

Catch-F-22: F-35s Useless Without Backup

In a story reported in the National Post, US general Michael Hostage stated that the costly F-35 fighter jets...

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In a story reported in the National Post, US general Michael Hostage stated that the costly F-35 fighter jets are incapable of flying solo missions since they cannot properly defend themselves against enemy aircraft...

Taxpayers Cover $513K in Mayor’s Conflict Case

The Toronto Star reports that Peel Regional Council has agreed to cover over $500 in legal expenses incurred by...

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The Toronto Star reports that Peel Regional Council has agreed to cover over $500 in legal expenses incurred by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion during a conflict of interest case: Peel taxpayers are on the hook...

P3 Cancelled Due to Poor Response

A report in the Journal of Commerce notes that the Alberta government was forced to cancel and re-issue a P3...

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A report in the Journal of Commerce notes that the Alberta government was forced to cancel and re-issue a P3 procurement for the construction of 19 schools after receiving only one response for the construction project:...

International Update: Colombia, Kenya, US

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Colombia Launches Cloud Computing to Streamline Procurement A story in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Colombia Launches Cloud Computing to Streamline Procurement A story in Nearshore Americas reports that the Colombian government has turned to a hosted cloud computing solution...

Feds Liable for Bid Repair After Post-Bid “Clarifications”

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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Feds Liable for Bid Repair After Post-Bid “Clarifications”
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News.) In its November 2009 determination in Maritime Fence Ltd. v. Parks...

Wynne Under Siege in Powerplant Scandal

A report in the Toronto Star stated that the OPP’s anti-rackets squad executed a search warrant in an attempt to retrieve...

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A report in the Toronto Star stated that the OPP’s anti-rackets squad executed a search warrant in an attempt to retrieve deleted power plant cancellation emails from the government’s external technology service provider: Ontario Provincial Police...

Feds Under Fire Over Defence Delays

The federal government took heavy fire on multiple fronts this week over ongoing delays on the military procurement file: A story...

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The federal government took heavy fire on multiple fronts this week over ongoing delays on the military procurement file: A story in the National Post cited a defence industry report that referred to an “aimless” Canadian...

“Rogue” Arms Deal Blamed in Law Firm Collapse

A story in the National Post reports that ”a rogue African arms deal” was the catalyst behind the recent collapse of...

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A story in the National Post reports that ”a rogue African arms deal” was the catalyst behind the recent collapse of high-profile Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie: The stunning collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP, once one...

Kickbacks and No-Shows in Ongoing Quebec Saga

A story in CBC News detailed a Radio-Canada investigation that uncovered an apparent kickback scheme which saw $1.5 million in illicit...

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A story in CBC News detailed a Radio-Canada investigation that uncovered an apparent kickback scheme which saw $1.5 million in illicit payments routed through Swiss bank accounts in exchange for the award of a $127 million contract to refurbish...

Defence Cuts and Spending Scandals

As a follow up to the recently announced overhaul of military procurement operations, the federal government’s new budget featured significant cuts...

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As a follow up to the recently announced overhaul of military procurement operations, the federal government’s new budget featured significant cuts to defence spending. Widespread media reports included stories in the Ottawa Business Journal, The Vancouver Sun and the Ottawa Citizen highlighting...

Contract Amendments Do Not Constitute Bid Repair

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News.) In its October 2010 decision in Bois A. Lachance Lumber Ltd....

Feds Announce Military Procurement Overhaul

The federal government’s long-awaited overhaul of military procurement was announced this week to widespread coverage across many media outlets including The...

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The federal government’s long-awaited overhaul of military procurement was announced this week to widespread coverage across many media outlets including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Ottawa Citizen, CBC News and The Financial Post. As the government...

International Update: Halifax, EU, Turkey

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. New Halifax Library Design Makes CNN Top 10 A...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. New Halifax Library Design Makes CNN Top 10 A story in Metro reports that the new Halifax public library made a CNN top ten...

National Due Diligence Awareness Week

For Immediate Release. As a follow up to its recently concluded cross-Canada procurement due diligence survey, the Procurement Law...

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For Immediate Release. As a follow up to its recently concluded cross-Canada procurement due diligence survey, the Procurement Law Office has declared the week of March 3-7, 2014, National Due Diligence Awareness Week. Highlights...

Tribunal Orders Re-Evaluation of Vague Past Experience Criteria

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November 2009 determination in Meta-Business Advantage Ltd. v. Canada Revenue Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal...

Feds Pay up to $8M to Settle Ship Tender Claim

A report in Canadian Manufacturing states that the federal government reached an out-of-court settlement over a failed naval ship...

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A report in Canadian Manufacturing states that the federal government reached an out-of-court settlement over a failed naval ship tender which cost taxpayers up to $8 million OTTAWA—The Harper government paid out as much as...

CETA Fine Print a Work in Progress

A report in iPolitics confirms that Canada and the EU remain in ongoing negotiations over the technical details of...

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A report in iPolitics confirms that Canada and the EU remain in ongoing negotiations over the technical details of the recently announced Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: The EU’s ambassador to Canada updated the...

International Update: US, Australia, UK

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Former New Orleans Mayor on Trial for Procurement-Related Bribery...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Former New Orleans Mayor on Trial for Procurement-Related Bribery Charges A story in Huff Post Politics reports that the former mayor of New Orleans is on...

Hidden Performance Criteria Compromise Low Bid Bypass

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News.) In its November 2008 decision in Force Construction Ltd. v. Nova...

Feds Criticized Over Secretive Project Office

A report in Canada.com notes that the federal government is under fire over a low-profile government office responsible for...

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A report in Canada.com notes that the federal government is under fire over a low-profile government office responsible for overseeing $230 billion worth of natural resource projects across Canada: OTTAWA — A little-known federal...

Feds Slammed for Military Procurement Failures

A column in the Globe and Mail slams the federal government for a long litany of military procurement boondoggles, further...

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A column in the Globe and Mail slams the federal government for a long litany of military procurement boondoggles, further underscoring the escalating crisis in this high-profile portfolio: So, blending the Arctic and the military,...

International Update: China, EU, Australia

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China Makes New WTO Offer, But Are Its Suppliers...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China Makes New WTO Offer, But Are Its Suppliers Ready to Go Global? A story in english.eastday.com reports that China recently tabled its fourth formal offer since...

Demystifying the Negotiation of Flexible Formats

By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, October 2013.) The last few years have seen more and more public...

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By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, October 2013.) The last few years have seen more and more public sector organizations move towards the use of flexible, non-Contract A procurement formats.  When designed properly...

No Duty to Debrief Losing Bidders under AIT

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its April...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its April 2010 determination in Krista Dunlop & Associates Inc. v. Canada (Department of Canadian Heritage), the...

Systemic Risk Management in Public Procurement

By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2013.) Clients who are responsible for purchasing within the public sector...

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By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2013.) Clients who are responsible for purchasing within the public sector tend to be risk averse and for good reason:  public tendering in Canada has historically...

$150 Million Burned on Lapsed $2 Billion Bids

A follow up report in the National Post states that the federal government is on the verge of allowing the...

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A follow up report in the National Post states that the federal government is on the verge of allowing the bids that were submitted on the $2 billion Close Combat Vehicles procurement to lapse without...

International Update: Africa, Jamaica, Kazakhstan

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. East African Conference Vows to Enhance Procurement Efficiency and...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. East African Conference Vows to Enhance Procurement Efficiency and Coordinate Pooled Purchasing A story in East African Business Week notes that procurement regulators from East African governments recently...

More Charges Laid in Sponsorship Scandal

A report in The Gazette confirms that an eleven year RCMP investigation has led to charges being laid against what...

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A report in The Gazette confirms that an eleven year RCMP investigation has led to charges being laid against what police are describing as the “central figure” in the federal government’s sponsorship scandal: MONTREAL –...

Military Denies Rumours of $2 Billion Cancellation

A report in the National Post states that rumours of the federal government’s cancellation of a $2 billion tendering process for...

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A report in the National Post states that rumours of the federal government’s cancellation of a $2 billion tendering process for close combat vehicles are being denied by government officials: The Conservative government is said to...

Power Plant Cancellations Will Cost $1 Billion

As noted in the Globe and Mail, Ontario’s Auditor General estimates that the provincial government’s politically motivated decision to cancel...

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Power Plant Cancellations Will Cost $1 Billion
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As noted in the Globe and Mail, Ontario’s Auditor General estimates that the provincial government’s politically motivated decision to cancel two gas power plants will cost taxpayers $1 billion: Ontario’s Liberal government will spend a billion...

International Update: UK, Namibia, EU

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Staffordshire County Wins Procurement Award Using Flexible Direct Dialogue...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Staffordshire County Wins Procurement Award Using Flexible Direct Dialogue Process A report from Supply Management notes that Staffordshire County recently won a 2013 CIPS Supply...

Supreme Court Rejects Subcontractor Leapfrog Claim

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on October 21, 2013.) In its May 8, 2008 decision in...

Feds Looking to Revamp Military Procurement

A story in CBC News reports that the federal government may be rebooting its military procurement operations under a...

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Feds Looking to Revamp Military Procurement
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A story in CBC News reports that the federal government may be rebooting its military procurement operations under a revised governance structure: CBC News has learned the Conservative government intends to reform Canada’s troubled...

International Update: Ghana, Scotland

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ghana’s Textile Industry Crushed by International Competition A story...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ghana’s Textile Industry Crushed by International Competition A story in The Guardian shows how open tendering can undermine economic development by running smaller suppliers out...

Yukon Tender Trapped in Time Warp

As noted in a CBC report, the Yukon government has been drawn into a tendering controversy over the accuracy of the...

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As noted in a CBC report, the Yukon government has been drawn into a tendering controversy over the accuracy of the time stamping clock at its bid deposit office: For years, the concept of “Yukon Time” — the...

Condo Corp Not Liable For Bid Shopping

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on September 25, 2013.) In its May 2009 decision in Cambridge...

Federal Court Finds No Duty to Disclose Budget in Negotiations

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May 2007 determination in Re Zenix Engineering Ltd., the Canadian International Trade Tribunal found the government...

$1 Billion Already Blown on Stalled Choppers

According to a report in the Globe and Mail, the federal government has already spent a $1 billion on a...

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$1 Billion Already Blown on Stalled Choppers
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According to a report in the Globe and Mail, the federal government has already spent a $1 billion on a stalled helicopter purchase that now appears at risk of cancellation: The federal government has spent...

International Update: Canada/EU, Turkey, Wales

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU Officials Claim Harper Moving on Trade Deal A...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU Officials Claim Harper Moving on Trade Deal A story in the Ottawa Business Journal reports a more conciliatory tone from Canada in relation...

College Justified in Rejecting Counter-Offer Bid

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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College Justified in Rejecting Counter-Offer Bid
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on September 11, 2013.) In its June 2009 decision in St....

Incomplete Information
Leads to Valid Bid Rejection

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October 2009 determination in Greenbank Custom Woodworking v. Department of Public Works and Government Services, the...

The Architecture and Anatomy
of Template Design

By Paul Emanuelli (A condensed version of this article appeared in Purchasing b2b magazine’s August 2013 issue.) When it comes to maintaining...

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By Paul Emanuelli (A condensed version of this article appeared in Purchasing b2b magazine’s August 2013 issue.) When it comes to maintaining tendering templates, many institutions try to fend for themselves by filling in gaps in their...

International Update: India, Uganda, Australia

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. India Under Fire Over Howitzer Purchase A story in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. India Under Fire Over Howitzer Purchase A story in The Economic Times reports that India’s government has recently come under fire over its controversial howitzer procurement:...

Federal Auditor to Review Senate Spending

According to a report on CBC News, the Auditor General of Canada will be conducting a review of all...

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Federal Auditor to Review Senate Spending
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According to a report on CBC News, the Auditor General of Canada will be conducting a review of all Senate spending as the high-profile expenses scandal continues to make waves in Ottawa: The Senate’s internal...

Post-Ban SNC Wins Federal Contract

According to a story in the Toronto Star, SNC Lavalin was just awarded a federal government contract after having recently been...

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Post-Ban SNC Wins Federal Contract
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According to a story in the Toronto Star, SNC Lavalin was just awarded a federal government contract after having recently been banned from World Bank work for ten years due to a bribery scandal: A lucrative contract for...

Federal Court Finds No Duty to Disclose Project Budget

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on August 28, 2013.) In its December 2009 decision in GDC...

Evaluation Process Saved by “Implied” Criteria

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July 2010 determination in Dendron Resource Surveys Inc. v. Canada (Department of Natural Resources), the Canadian...

Town Found Liable for Bid Shopping After Re-Scoping Project

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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Town Found Liable for Bid Shopping After Re-Scoping Project
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the August 13, 2013 issue of the Daily Commercial News.) In its September 2010 decision...

Charbonneau Highlight: Drive-By Bidding

As reported by the Montreal Gazette, testimony from Charbonneau Commission revealed how public bid openings can be exploited by unscrupulous parties...

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As reported by the Montreal Gazette, testimony from Charbonneau Commission revealed how public bid openings can be exploited by unscrupulous parties to facilitate bidder intimidation and stifle open competition: The list of construction contractors who claim...

Critics Call for Consultations on Stalled EU Deal

According to a report in the Globe and Mail, opposition groups are calling for public consultations before any trade...

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According to a report in the Globe and Mail, opposition groups are calling for public consultations before any trade deal between Canada and the EU is formalized: The umbrella groups, which represent unions and...

International Update: UK, South Africa, US

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for More Coordination of Government...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for More Coordination of Government Procurement Staff A story in Supply Management offers highlights from a highly critical report released by...

Court Rejects Lost Profit Claim Since RFP Not a Tender

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January 2010 decision in Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation v. Ontario (Minister of Native Affairs), the...

Military Procurement at a Crossroads

A report by CBC News reveals competing visions within the federal government on how to manage Canadian military procurement...

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Military Procurement at a Crossroads
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A report by CBC News reveals competing visions within the federal government on how to manage Canadian military procurement in the face of high-profile project failures and ongoing tensions between the Department of Public...

Internatonal Update: Nigeria, US

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Nigeria Moves to Ban Corrupt Contractors A report in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Nigeria Moves to Ban Corrupt Contractors A report in This Day notes that the Nigerian government is implementing measures to bar contractors who commit...

Tribunal Finds Flawed Evaluation
of Past Experience

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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Tribunal Finds Flawed Evaluation
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the July 24, 2013 edition of the Daily Commercial News.) In its February 2010 determination...

Commissioner Slams Apparent Coverup

A story in the Toronto Star quotes a scathing critique by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner over the government’s failure...

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Commissioner Slams Apparent Coverup
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A story in the Toronto Star quotes a scathing critique by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner over the government’s failure to disclose documents to assist the Commissioner’s investigation into the controversial cancellation of power plant contracts:...

International Update: US, UK, Ireland

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US Feds Fall Short on Small Business Contracts A...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US Feds Fall Short on Small Business Contracts A report in the Washington Post states that the US federal government has failed to meet...

Procurement Law Office Recognized
as Top Firm for 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been recognized by Global Law Experts as Canada’s...

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We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been recognized by Global Law Experts as Canada’s Top Public Procurement Law firm for 2013. The full write up from the 2013 Practice...

Vague Past Experience Requirements
Breach Treaty Rules

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November 2009 determination in Femme Cachee Productions Inc. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government...

Vague Pricing Fatal to Bid Validity

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and appeared in the July 10, 2013 edition of the Daily Commercial News) In its July 2009 decision...

International Update: Estonia, Tanzania, Uganda

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Estonian Official Sentenced for Breach of Procurement Rules and...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Estonian Official Sentenced for Breach of Procurement Rules and Breach of Public Trust A report in ERR News confirms that Estonia’s former head of...

Province Orders Audit of School Board Spending

A story in the Toronto Star reports that Ontario’s education minister has ordered a spending audit to investigate alleged...

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Province Orders Audit of School Board Spending
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A story in the Toronto Star reports that Ontario’s education minister has ordered a spending audit to investigate alleged financial irregularities at the Toronto District School Board.  The minister notes that the review will include...

More Revelations in SNC Scandal

A story in the Toronto Star reveals new details  flowing from French investigators regarding the widely reported SNC bribery...

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More Revelations in SNC Scandal
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A story in the Toronto Star reveals new details  flowing from French investigators regarding the widely reported SNC bribery scandal that led to a ten year World Bank ban and to charges against two...

Municipality Defends Against Non-Compliant Bid Claim

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July...

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Municipality Defends Against Non-Compliant Bid Claim
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July 2010 decision in City Insurance v. The City of Miramichi, the New Brunswick Court of...

International Update: North America-Europe

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Canada-EU Trade Deal Stalls in Shadow of US-EU Trade Talks...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Canada-EU Trade Deal Stalls in Shadow of US-EU Trade Talks A report in the Globe and Mail notes that Canada-EU trade talks have been bogged down in...

Montreal Mayor Toppled By Corruption Charges

A CBC News story reports that the mayor of Montreal has resigned after being arrested and charged with 14...

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A CBC News story reports that the mayor of Montreal has resigned after being arrested and charged with 14 fraud and corruption-related offences.  The report notes that there are no immediate plans for a...

Coverup Allegations in Powerplant Scandal

A story in the Toronto Star reports on legislative committee hearings into the government’s controversial, costly and politically motivated decision to...

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Coverup Allegations in Powerplant Scandal
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A story in the Toronto Star reports on legislative committee hearings into the government’s controversial, costly and politically motivated decision to cancel two power plant projects in the run up to the last provincial election.  In response...

Scoping Specs/Price Critical to Defending Claims

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October 2009 determination in Mustang Survival Corp. v. Department of Public Works and Government Services, the...

Procurement Office-Sponsored Pool Player to Compete in Championship

We are pleased to announce that Procurement Office-sponsored pool pro Joanne Ashton will be competing in the Women’s Professional...

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We are pleased to announce that Procurement Office-sponsored pool pro Joanne Ashton will be competing in the Women’s Professional Billiard Association’s Ultimate 10 Ball Championships next week, from June 17th to 20th in Robinsonville,...

The Perils of Public Openings

By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Summer 2013 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public Buyers...

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By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Summer 2013 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public Buyers Association.) It has long been assumed that public openings, where tenders are opened and bid...

International Update: Bahamas, Zimbabwe

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Bahamas Targets 20% Savings Through Competitive Bidding A story in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Bahamas Targets 20% Savings Through Competitive Bidding A story in Tribune 242 states that government officials in the Bahamas are targeting a 20% reduction in procurement...

Quebec Cabinet Approves Laval Takeover

The Montreal Gazette reports that the Quebec government has taken direct control over the city of Laval, Quebec’s third-largest municipality,...

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The Montreal Gazette reports that the Quebec government has taken direct control over the city of Laval, Quebec’s third-largest municipality, in the wake of an ongoing and escalating procurement scandal in the province involving the construction industry...

Court Adds $10M to $30M Lost Profit Award

A story in the Ottawa Citizen reports that an Ontario judge added an extra $10 million to a prior...

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A story in the Ottawa Citizen reports that an Ontario judge added an extra $10 million to a prior $30 million lost profit judgment against the federal government.  The case dealt with a lawsuit filed...

Feds Doing Business With Bid Riggers

A story in the Toronto Star notes how the federal government continues to do business with companies that were...

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Feds Doing Business With Bid Riggers
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A story in the Toronto Star notes how the federal government continues to do business with companies that were involved in bidding rigging: The Canadian government still does business with companies that were involved...

Undisclosed Price Factors Undermine
Low Bid Bypass

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the June 19, 2013 edition of the Daily Commercial News.) In its September 2008 decision...

Court Orders Disclosure of Winning Bids to
Losing Bidder

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November...

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Court Orders Disclosure of Winning Bids to
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November 2009 judgment in Brainhunter (Ottawa) Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), the Federal Court rejected a...

Tribunal Strikes Down RFP After Finding
Biased Specs

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on June 5, 2013.) In its May 2010 determination in Halkin...

International Update: New Zealand

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. New Zealand Updates and Consolidates Procurement Rules A report...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. New Zealand Updates and Consolidates Procurement Rules A report in Supply Management notes that the government of New Zealand is undertaking a consolidation and...

Missing Semi-Colon Leads to Flawed Mandatory Requirements

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its February...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its February 2009 determination in MTS Allstream Inc. (Re), the Canadian International Trade Tribunal awarded lost profit...

Mass Arrests in Quebec Corruption Scandal

As reported by CTV News, the former mayor of Laval was one of dozens of individuals arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption...

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Mass Arrests in Quebec Corruption Scandal
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As reported by CTV News, the former mayor of Laval was one of dozens of individuals arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad as part of the province’s expanding municipal corruption scandal: Gilles Vaillancourt, the former mayor...

Former Premier Testifies in Gas Plant Controversy

As reported in CBC News, former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty testified in legislative committee hearings over his mid-election campaign...

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As reported in CBC News, former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty testified in legislative committee hearings over his mid-election campaign decision to cancel a power plant project: The decision to close the power-generating plants become controversial...

International Update: WTO, Caribbean

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ontario Loses WTO Appeal Over Renewable Energy Program As...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ontario Loses WTO Appeal Over Renewable Energy Program As reported by CBC News, Ontario has lost its appeal at the WTO over challenges to...

Feds Under Fire Over Arctic Icebreakers

CBC News recently broke a story alleging that the federal government has significantly overpaid for the design of its planned...

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CBC News recently broke a story alleging that the federal government has significantly overpaid for the design of its planned arctic patrol ships: A CBC News investigation has uncovered a $250-million mystery at the heart...

Montreal Bans Bid Rigging Firm for Five Years

A story in The Gazette reports that the City of Montreal has imposed a five year ban on a...

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A story in The Gazette reports that the City of Montreal has imposed a five year ban on a firm that admitted to having engaged in collusion to rig the award of city contracts...

Site Conditions Lead to Complex Extra-Cost Claims

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on May 8, 2013.) In its October 2009 decision in Welcon...

No Duty to Clarify in Technical Compliance Case

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September 2010 determination in BRC Business Enterprises Ltd. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government...

Feds Drop MERX

The government of Canada recently announced that it will be phasing out MERX, its service provider for posting tendering...

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The government of Canada recently announced that it will be phasing out MERX, its service provider for posting tendering opportunities, in favour of Buyandsell.gc.ca.  As the new website states: Government of Canada tendering opportunities...

Closing Time for Canada-EU Trade Deal

A story in the Globe and Mail quotes a high-ranking European official who confirms that the EU and Canada are within...

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A story in the Globe and Mail quotes a high-ranking European official who confirms that the EU and Canada are within striking distance of completing their long-anticipated trade deal: Free-trade negotiations between Canada and the European...

International Update: Australia, China/US

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China Blasts US Procurement Restrictions A report in Global...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China Blasts US Procurement Restrictions A report in Global Times notes China’s criticism of the US government’s recent security related trade restrictions against Chinese...

Land Developer Not Liable in Tender Cancellation Controversy

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on April 24, 2013.) In its October 2007 decision in Hub...

SNC Barred for 10 Years by World Bank

A CTV News story reports that SNC-Lavalin has been barred from bidding on World Bank projects for ten years...

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A CTV News story reports that SNC-Lavalin has been barred from bidding on World Bank projects for ten years in the wake of an ongoing bribery scandal: The World Bank initially suspended SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC)...

Alleged Bid Rigging at CFB Halifax

A CBC News story reports that charges have been laid in connection with an alleged bid rigging scheme at Canadian...

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A CBC News story reports that charges have been laid in connection with an alleged bid rigging scheme at Canadian Forces Base Halifax: Military investigators believe they’ve uncovered a large-scale fraud involving civilian employees at...

International Update: India, Uganda

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. India’s Chopper Contract Hits a Wall A story in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. India’s Chopper Contract Hits a Wall A story in The Economic Times reports that India’s military has cancelled a helicopter tendering process over allegations...

Court Rejects Injunction in Liquor Store Bid Dispute

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September 2010 decision in 2169205 Ontario Inc. (c.o.b. Lefroy Freshmart) v. Ontario (Liquor Control Board), the...

Unplugged Power Plant Costs $275 Million

A story in the Toronto Star features highlights from a recent Ontario Auditor General report that pegs the cost of the...

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Unplugged Power Plant Costs $275 Million
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A story in the Toronto Star features highlights from a recent Ontario Auditor General report that pegs the cost of the government’s mid-campaign decision to cancel a contentious power plant at $275 million: Ontarians are paying...

Premier Deflects Drug Scandal

A recent article in the Toronto Star accuses Ontario premier Kathleen Wynn of orchestrating a deflection campaign after the...

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A recent article in the Toronto Star accuses Ontario premier Kathleen Wynn of orchestrating a deflection campaign after the newspaper uncovered the widespread use of diluted chemotherapy drugs in Ontario hospitals: Ordering an independent...

International Update: Europe, UK

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Europe: Canada-EU Deal Stalls Into Summer A report in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Europe: Canada-EU Deal Stalls Into Summer A report in the Globe and Mail announces that the finalization of the Canada-EU trade deal has once...

Government Has Right to Reject Bid
for Conflict of Interest

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on April 10, 2013.) In its December 2007 determination in Serco Facilities Management...

Feds Hit With $30 Million Lost Profit Judgment in Relocation Bid

According to a story in the Ottawa Citizen, an unsuccessful bidder was just awarded $30 million in lost profit...

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According to a story in the Ottawa Citizen, an unsuccessful bidder was just awarded $30 million in lost profit damages arising out of an unfair evaluation process in relation to a relocation services tender...

Montreal Awards Contract to Firms Named in Corruption Scandal

A story in the Toronto Star reveals that the City of Montreal has decided to award an emergency pothole...

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A story in the Toronto Star reveals that the City of Montreal has decided to award an emergency pothole repair contract to a construction consortium that includes firms named in the Charbonneau Commission municipal...

International Update: US, Taiwan, Ireland

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US: Veterans Affairs Flies Under the Radar With Contract...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US: Veterans Affairs Flies Under the Radar With Contract Splitting A story in Bloomberg BusinessWeek reveals how Veterans Affairs has avoided its transparency obligations...

Montreal Debates In-Sourcing Pothole Repairs

A story in the Montreal Gazette highlights how Montreal City Council is debating whether to in-source asphalt production and...

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A story in the Montreal Gazette highlights how Montreal City Council is debating whether to in-source asphalt production and pothole repair after years of sub-standard performance by external contractors: Sensing that Montrealers are fed...

Mayor Ford Backs Burger Bid

An article in the Toronto Star highlights Mayor Ford’s intervention into a bidding process for the award of a...

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An article in the Toronto Star highlights Mayor Ford’s intervention into a bidding process for the award of a concession stand at the newly revamped Nathan Phillips Square: Following almost three hours of sizzling...

Late Security Certificates Fatal to Bid Validity

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its August...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its August 2010 determination in Promaxis Systems Inc. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services),...

International Update: Slovakia

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Slovakia: Massive Revisions to Public Procurement to Come Into...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Slovakia: Massive Revisions to Public Procurement to Come Into Force in July An article in the Slovak Spectator details the sweeping changes to Slovakia’s...

$125 Million Claim Avoided by Substantial Compliance Test

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on March 27, 2013.) In its July 2009 decision in North...

Procurement challenges: Private vs. public procurement law

By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, October 2012.) When it comes to the bidding process, public organizations may...

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By Rosslyn Young. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, October 2012.) When it comes to the bidding process, public organizations may have more to teach private organizations than you might think. Many in the procurement field...

Changes by Former Mayor Paved Way for
Political Interference in Montreal

An article in the Montreal Gazette details the history of changes in city processes that led to Montreal’s current...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette details the history of changes in city processes that led to Montreal’s current culture of political interference in contract awards: Until the mid-1990s, a Montreal city councillor wasn’t...

Timeline for Charbonneau Commission Extended

According to a report by CBC.ca, the Quebec government has announced that the Charbonnea commission has been extended by...

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According to a report by CBC.ca, the Quebec government has announced that the Charbonnea commission has been extended by 18 months, at the Commission’s request, to allow it to continue its investigations into corruption...

Losing Bidder Launches Public Access Request

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its March...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its March 2009 decision in Qikiqtaaluk Corp. v. Nunavut (Minister of Economic Development and Transportation), the Nunavut...

Montreal Councillors Refuse to Approve
Renewal of Asphalt Contract

An article in the Montreal Gazette details Mayor Applebaum’s attempt to renew an asphalt supply contract with a group...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette details Mayor Applebaum’s attempt to renew an asphalt supply contract with a group of suppliers that included several companies under investigation for improper dealing, and City Council’s refusal...

Emanuelli Ranked in Top Tier by Chambers & Partners

We are pleased to announce that our general counsel Paul Emanuelli has been included in this year’s Chambers &...

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We are pleased to announce that our general counsel Paul Emanuelli has been included in this year’s Chambers & Partners Global Guide as one of  seven lawyers in the top tier of public procurement...

International Update: Ethiopia, US, UK

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ethiopia: Procurement Agency Sets New Standards for Public Purchasing...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ethiopia: Procurement Agency Sets New Standards for Public Purchasing An article in Fortune reports that an Ethiopian procurement agency has introduced new standards for...

Ombudsman Finds Corrupt Contract Awards
at Public Service School

According to CTV.ca, a report from the federal Ombudsman has revealed corruption in the award of contracts for the...

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According to CTV.ca, a report from the federal Ombudsman has revealed corruption in the award of contracts for the Canada School of Public Service: Frank Brunetta, the procurement ombudsman, said Tuesday he found more...

Province Justified in Rejecting Late e-Bid

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on March 13, 2013.) In its June 2009 decision in Coco...

International Update: US, New Zealand,
Turks & Caicos

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US: Congressional Hearings Highlight “Poisoned Atmosphere” and Need for...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. US: Congressional Hearings Highlight “Poisoned Atmosphere” and Need for Training An article in FCW magazine delivers highlights from US congressional hearings on strategic sourcing...

Feds Use Coin Toss to Break Tie Bid

An article in the National Post recounts Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s careful use of a coin-toss to break a...

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An article in the National Post recounts Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s careful use of a coin-toss to break a tie for an IT consulting contract: Faced with two identical bids for a government contract...

Article: The Fast-Tracked RFX

By Paul Emanuelli (Published in Purchasing b2b magazine, January/February 2013.) The high-speed demands of the modern purchasing cycle require project teams to...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Published in Purchasing b2b magazine, January/February 2013.) The high-speed demands of the modern purchasing cycle require project teams to get to market with traction, speed and precision. To help jump start your projects and...

Montreal Construction Backlogged by
Anti-Corruption Measures

An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that construction projects are backlogged due to ongoing measures to curb corruption...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that construction projects are backlogged due to ongoing measures to curb corruption and collusion: The level of security implemented by the city of Montreal to prevent corruption...

Court Dismisses Lawsuit
Since RFP Not a Tender

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January 2011 decision in Guysborough (Municipality) v. Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc., the Nova Scotia Supreme...

Hospital to Disclose Third-Party Contracts after Ornge President Overpaid

An article in the Toronto Star describes an investigation by Mt. Sinai Hospital into its billing relationship with Dr. Chris...

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An article in the Toronto Star describes an investigation by Mt. Sinai Hospital into its billing relationship with Dr. Chris Mazza, former CEO of Ornge. The investigation revealed that Mazza had been paid for work...

Failure to Keep Proper Notes Fatal to
Evaluation Process

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July 2010 decision in Almon Equipment Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General), the Federal Court of Appeal...

Newsstand Operator Threatens Legal Action
if TTC Cancels Sole-Source

The Toronto Star reports that the operator of the TTC’s Newsstands has threatened to take legal action in the...

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The Toronto Star reports that the operator of the TTC’s Newsstands has threatened to take legal action in the TTC backs out of a controversial contract renewal that would extend its current contract by...

International Update: Australia, China

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Australia: Procurement Data to be Released in Searchable Format...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Australia: Procurement Data to be Released in Searchable Format An article in the Government News reports that the Australian government is planning to increase...

Canada Pushing for Access to US Government Procurement Market

According to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s Canada Real Time blog,  an inside source has revealed that...

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According to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s Canada Real Time blog,  an inside source has revealed that Canada is pushing for more access to the US government procurement market in ongoing negotiations...

Courts Divide on Right to Cancel
for Over-Budget Bids

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and a version...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook, and a version of it appeared in the Daily Commercial News on February 27, 2013.) In its June...

U of T’s Negotiable RFP Wins Another Award

We are pleased to report that the University of Toronto has won a second award for its innovative new...

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We are pleased to report that the University of Toronto has won a second award for its innovative new negotiable RFP system, which was developed in partnership with our office.  The 2012 Leadership in...

International Update: UK

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Government May Ban Suppliers Who Engage in Tax...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Government May Ban Suppliers Who Engage in Tax Avoidance An article in The Guardian reports that the UK is considering a ban that...

New US-EU Trade Talks Expected to Spur Stalled Canada-EU Negotiations

An article in the Star reports that the recent announcement of trade talks between the US and the EU...

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An article in the Star reports that the recent announcement of trade talks between the US and the EU is expected to resuscitate struggling negotiations on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA): In...

Vague Specifications an Open Window
to Legal Claims

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May 2008 determination in Cifelli Systems Corp. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services),...

Feds Consider Establishing New Military Procurement Agency

An article in the National Post details plans by the Harper government to revamp military procurement, on the heels...

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An article in the National Post details plans by the Harper government to revamp military procurement, on the heels of the recent F-35 upheaval. According to the report, one option under consideration is a...

Early Reports from Housing Audit
Point to Kickbacks and Billing Abuse

The Toronto Star reports that an audit of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is underway, and that the full...

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The Toronto Star reports that an audit of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is underway, and that the full report, to be delivered in two weeks, is expected to reveal some issues: TCHC employees...

International Update: Ghana

A weekly update on Procurement News from Around the World. Ghana: World Bank Reviews Comprehensive Procurement Reforms A news...

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A weekly update on Procurement News from Around the World. Ghana: World Bank Reviews Comprehensive Procurement Reforms A news release from the World Bank details a number of procurement reforms undertaken by Ghana to...

Court Reviews Reasonableness of Evaluation Decision

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on February 6, 2013.) In its August 2009 decision in Bot Construction v....

International Update: China, South Africa, US

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China: Public Procurement Capped, Reform Underway An article on...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. China: Public Procurement Capped, Reform Underway An article on China.org.cn reports that government procurement expenditures in China will remain steady next year at $3.22...

Quebec Engineering Firm Trades Political Contributions for Contracts

An article in the Montreal Gazette describes recent testimony before the Charbonneau Commission from the executive of an engineering...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette describes recent testimony before the Charbonneau Commission from the executive of an engineering firm that used its staff to circumvent limits on donations to political parties in exchange...

Internal Governance Rules Distinct from Treaty Duties

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its November 2009 determination in Giamac Inc. dba AutoRail Forwarders v. Canada (Department of Public Works and...

Toronto Mayor Wins Conflict of Interest Appeal

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has successful appealed a decision removing him from office for acting in a conflict of...

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has successful appealed a decision removing him from office for acting in a conflict of interest. An article in the Toronto Star describes Friday’s ruling: In a judgment released Friday...

International Update: Slovakia, Jamaica

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Slovakia: Transparency Watchdog Questions Decline in Bidders According to...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Slovakia: Transparency Watchdog Questions Decline in Bidders According to an article in the Slovakia Spectator, an analysis by Transparency International Slovakia (TIS) has revealed...

ORNGE Officials Signed Off on Questionable Expenses

An article in the Toronto Star reveals further details of the questionable expenditures by former ORNGE president Christopher Mazza....

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An article in the Toronto Star reveals further details of the questionable expenditures by former ORNGE president Christopher Mazza. According to the article, all expenses claimed by former president Christopher Mazza were approved by...

Toronto Transit Comission Criticized for
$50-million Sole-Source

The Globe and Mail reports that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has approved a deal to renew a contract...

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The Globe and Mail reports that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has approved a deal to renew a contract with current newsstand operators valued at $50 million, without running a competitive process: The contract...

Court Upholds Cancellation Over Single
Over-Budget Bid

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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Court Upholds Cancellation Over Single
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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on January 23, 2013.) In its March 2008 decision in Aloia Bros. Concrete...

International Update: UK, Tanzania

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Government Expands Cloud Computing Framework An article on...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Government Expands Cloud Computing Framework An article on V3.co.uk reports that the UK government has updated its G-Cloud information and communications technology purchasing...

DND Liable for Conflict of Interest Tender

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its September 2008 determination in Re Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ordered the...

International Update: UK, Czech Republic

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Anonymous Procurement Feedback Program Hailed as a Success...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. UK: Anonymous Procurement Feedback Program Hailed as a Success An article in Business Cornwall magazine describes the results of the UK government’s “Mystery Shopper”...

ACQ Law Awards Recognizes the
Procurement Law Office

We are pleased to announced that the Procurement Law Office has been selected as Canada’s Public Procurement Law Firm...

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We are pleased to announced that the Procurement Law Office has been selected as Canada’s Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year for 2012 by ACQ Magazine, an international finance-sector magazine with over 50,000...

Tribunal Rules Branded Specs Breached Treaty

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its April...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its April 2011 decision in Siemens Enterprise Communications Inc. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government...

Scope Change Adds $5 Million to Navy Warship Repair

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that a contract for repairs to a navy warship was extended by $5 million...

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The Winnipeg Free Press reports that a contract for repairs to a navy warship was extended by $5 million — almost 25 percent — due to the discovery of unexpected structural problems: The Defence...

TDSB Contract with Expensive Maintenance Company Renewed

The Toronto Star reports that the Toronto District School Board has renewed its contract with the same maintenance company...

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The Toronto Star reports that the Toronto District School Board has renewed its contract with the same maintenance company that was exposed earlier this year for charging exorbitant prices for small jobs: In a...

TDSB Says Ministry’s Renewal of Contract Was Political

According to an article in the Toronto Star, Toronto District School Board officials are concerned that the education minister’s...

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According to an article in the Toronto Star, Toronto District School Board officials are concerned that the education minister’s decision to renew a costly contract with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council was...

International Update: US

US: Obama Enacts Measures to Encourage Contracts with Small Business An article in the Washington Post describes legislation enacted...

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US: Obama Enacts Measures to Encourage Contracts with Small Business An article in the Washington Post describes legislation enacted by US President Barack Obama to promote government contracting with small businesses: President Obama on...

Not All Math Errors Are Fatal to Bid Validity

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on January 9, 2013.) In its July 2009 decision in Whitehorse...

York University Sues Execs Over Alleged Procurement Fraud

The Toronto Star reports that York University is suing a number of senior executives for over $4 million in...

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The Toronto Star reports that York University is suing a number of senior executives for over $4 million in damages for allegedly defrauding the university of public money in a series of complex procurement-related...

Access Request Flows out of Failed Liquor
Store Bid

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May 2009 judgment in McMeekin v. Northwest Territories (Liquor Commission), the Northwest Territories Supreme Court rejected...

International Update: EU, Singapore

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU: European Parliament Enacts New Procurement Rules A press...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU: European Parliament Enacts New Procurement Rules A press release from the European Parliament details changes enacted by EU members of parliament earlier this...

Commission Uses Perjury Charges to Uncover Corruption

An article in the Montreal Gazette details steps taken by the Charbonneau Commission to obtain evidence of corruption by...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette details steps taken by the Charbonneau Commission to obtain evidence of corruption by a witness suspected of perjury. A city of Montreal site inspector who testified at the...

Tribunal Strikes Down Flawed Electronic
Reference Check

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its October 2009 determination in TELUS Communications Co. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services),...

AG Report Finds Untendered Scope Increases
in Presto Card Project

The Globe and Mail reports that Accenture, the large U.S. consulting firm hired to build Ontario’s struggling Presto fare-card...

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The Globe and Mail reports that Accenture, the large U.S. consulting firm hired to build Ontario’s struggling Presto fare-card system, had a history of poor performance on contracts with the Ontario government at the...

International Update: China

China: Beijing Tables Further Offer to Join GPA An article by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development...

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China: Beijing Tables Further Offer to Join GPA An article by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development reports that China has tabled a third offer to join the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement:...

Government To Reassess F-35 Sole-Source

The CBC News reports that, following the public release of an audit report from KPMG this week, the federal government...

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The CBC News reports that, following the public release of an audit report from KPMG this week, the federal government has confirmed its intention to re-evaluate its controversial sole-source purchase of a fleet of F-35...

Court Lifts Injunction After Finding Land Sale
Not a Tender

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its July 2008 judgment in Northway Aviation Ltd. v. Southeast Resource Development Council Corp., the Manitoba Court...

Getting Thrown Under the Procurement Express

By Paul Emanuelli. (Originally published as “Ethics and the Law” in Purchasing b2b magazine, November/December 2012.) Public institutions and their leaders must...

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By Paul Emanuelli. (Originally published as “Ethics and the Law” in Purchasing b2b magazine, November/December 2012.) Public institutions and their leaders must take the wheel to ensure the people’s business is conducted properly. As we witness a...

Commentators Weigh In on Future of F-35s

Following rumours that the government plans to cancel its sole-sourced F-35 fighter jet purchase due to a damaging KPMG...

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Following rumours that the government plans to cancel its sole-sourced F-35 fighter jet purchase due to a damaging KPMG audit report to be released next week, media commentators have weighed in on the state...

Source Reports that Feds Plan to Cancel F-35 Purchase

An article in the Ottawa Citizen reports that a source within the government has revealed plans to cancel the...

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An article in the Ottawa Citizen reports that a source within the government has revealed plans to cancel the sole-sourced F-35 contract, following the receipt by cabinet of KMPG’s audit report earlier this week:...

Cancellation of Bid-Rigging Leniency Program Signals Crackdown

An article in the Globe and Mail details the basis for the cancellation of the federal government’s leniency program...

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An article in the Globe and Mail details the basis for the cancellation of the federal government’s leniency program for bid-rigging: Ottawa has changed its contracting rules to block firms that engage in bid-rigging...

Hospital Director Questioned on SNC Lavalin Procurement

An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that the director of the McGill University Health Centre was questioned regarding the...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that the director of the McGill University Health Centre was questioned regarding the procurement process that resulted in an award of a $1.3-billion to SNC Lavalin for the construction...

SNC Lavalin Execs Charged with Fraud
in P3 Project

An article in the National Post reports that the former CEO of P3 giant SNC-Lavalin has been arrested on charges...

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An article in the National Post reports that the former CEO of P3 giant SNC-Lavalin has been arrested on charges of fraud: On Wednesday morning, investigators arrived at the home of former CEO Pierre Duhaime...

International Update: Estonia, Ghana,
Australia

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Estonia: Lawyer Defends Public Procurement System An article from Estonian...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Estonia: Lawyer Defends Public Procurement System An article from Estonian Public Broadcasting sets out a defence of Estonia’s public procurement system by Veiko Vaske, a public...

CETA Will Exclude Water, but Local
Preference Concerns Remain

According to an article by CBC News, leaked documents obtained by CUPE and the Council of Canadians reveal that...

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According to an article by CBC News, leaked documents obtained by CUPE and the Council of Canadians reveal that Canada’s water has been excluded from ongoing negotiations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and...

Toronto’s Mayor Ford Ousted From Office
in Conflict Ruling

The Toronto Star reports that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been ousted from office following a ruling that he...

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The Toronto Star reports that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been ousted from office following a ruling that he breached a provision of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act: The city’s integrity commissioner ruled...

International Update: Bulgaria

Weekly updates on procurement news from around the world. Bulgaria: MP Proposes Amendments Defending Subcontractors in Public Procurement The...

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Weekly updates on procurement news from around the world. Bulgaria: MP Proposes Amendments Defending Subcontractors in Public Procurement The Sofia News Agency reports that a Bulgarian MP has proposed amendments ensuring that subcontractors on...

Municipal “Clarifications” Constitute Bid Repair

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on November 21, 2012.) In its May 2008 decision in Maystar General Contractors...

Manitoba Plans to Reduce Government
Procurement Costs

A report by CBC News on Manitoba’s throne speech notes that the government plans to exercise economic restraint in...

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A report by CBC News on Manitoba’s throne speech notes that the government plans to exercise economic restraint in part through the consolidation of procurement processes: “Our plan to move Manitoba forward through these...

Canada-EU Trade Talks Reach Ministerial Levels

The CBC reports that  Canada-EU trade talks will progress to top political levels next week, with decisions to be...

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The CBC reports that  Canada-EU trade talks will progress to top political levels next week, with decisions to be made on the terms of the proposed Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which is expected...

Public Works Implements Integrity Controls

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Public Works has tightened integrity controls and effectively banned major consulting firm CRG from...

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that Public Works has tightened integrity controls and effectively banned major consulting firm CRG from bidding on future contracts due to its guilty plea to criminal bid-rigging: “The department will not...

International Update: Ireland

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ireland: New Tender Site Sparks Complaints The Irish Times...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ireland: New Tender Site Sparks Complaints The Irish Times reports that the Irish government’s revamped electronic tendering website, designed to reduce red tape and...

Contractor’s Past Experience Valid Reason
to Reject Bid

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January...

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Contractor’s Past Experience Valid Reason
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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its January 2011 determination in Falconry Concepts v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services), the...

Parks Commission Report Won’t Be Released

The Niagara Falls Bullet News reports that a provincial audit report of the Niagara Parks Commission, which cost Ontario taxpayers...

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The Niagara Falls Bullet News reports that a provincial audit report of the Niagara Parks Commission, which cost Ontario taxpayers $600,000 and largely exonerated the Commission of wrongdoing, will not be made public: Rob Foote,...

Laval Mayor Resigns Following Allegations

The Vancouver Sun reports that Gilles Vaillancourt, who had been on a leave of absence following the commencement of...

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The Vancouver Sun reports that Gilles Vaillancourt, who had been on a leave of absence following the commencement of the Charbonneau Inquiry, has tendered his resignation after 23 years as Mayor of Laval: In...

Laval Snow Removal Contracts Raise Red Flag

The Montreal Gazette reports that a Laval city contract for the rental of snow removal trucks appears to have...

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The Montreal Gazette reports that a Laval city contract for the rental of snow removal trucks appears to have favoured a company that provided financial support to former mayor Gilles Vaillancourt’s party: Contractors vying...

International Update: South Africa

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. South Africa: Report Cites Rising Cost of Corruption South...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. South Africa: Report Cites Rising Cost of Corruption South Africa’s news24.com reports that the director of watchdog Public Service Commission, Richard Levin, gave a scathing report...

Nova Scotia Outsources IT System to IBM

A report from CTV newsdescribes the Nova Scotia government’s plan to outsource its IT system to IBM, angering the Nova...

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A report from CTV newsdescribes the Nova Scotia government’s plan to outsource its IT system to IBM, angering the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union: Nova Scotia’s NDP government outsourced its computer information system...

MPP Seeks Release of Parks Commission Details

An article from Niagara This Week reports that Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, wants the details released on...

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An article from Niagara This Week reports that Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, wants the details released on the Niagara Parks Commission police investigation that was reported earlier this week: Kim Craitor told...

Vague Pricing Evaluation Leads to Successful Damages Claim

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on November 7, 2012.) In its July 2008 determination in Immeubles Yvan Dumais...

Montrealers Question Sufficiency of Mayor’s Resignation

According to an article in the Montreal Gazette, as the Charbonneau Commission continues to shed light on the travesties of...

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According to an article in the Montreal Gazette, as the Charbonneau Commission continues to shed light on the travesties of the city’s procurement system, Montrealers are questioning whether the Mayor’s resignation will be enough to remediate...

Parks Commission Cleared of Procurement Improprieties

An article in the St. Catharines Standard reports that the fraud unit of the Niagara Regional Police and the...

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An article in the St. Catharines Standard reports that the fraud unit of the Niagara Regional Police and the anti-rackets branch of the Ontario Provincial Police have cleared the Niagara Parks Commission of procurement...

Defence Department’s Top Procurement Official Leaves Public Service

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Dan Ross, top procurement official for the defence department and former general, is leaving...

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that Dan Ross, top procurement official for the defence department and former general, is leaving the public service: Ross was named assistant deputy minister for materiel in May 2005. He...

Power Plant Documents Reveal Political Manoeuvring

An article in the Globe and Mail details the political manoeuvring behind the Ontario government’s decision to spend $190-million to...

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An article in the Globe and Mail details the political manoeuvring behind the Ontario government’s decision to spend $190-million to cancel a power plant that would have cost about $350-million to build, which was exposed...

International Update: World Bank, UK, Malta

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. World Bank to Encourage Transparency by Making Contract Details...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. World Bank to Encourage Transparency by Making Contract Details Public The UK Guardian reports that the World Bank will be publishing details of the...

Ottawa to Publicize Contracts with Former
Public Servants

The Ottawa Citizen reports that federal government departments will now have to publicly identify all retired public servants collecting...

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that federal government departments will now have to publicly identify all retired public servants collecting pensions who receive contracts worth more than $10,000: Some bureaucrats say the move is aimed...

Disgruntled Contractor Sues Yukon
Government

An article in the Whitehorse Star details a lawsuit against the Yukon government launched by a disgruntled contractor claiming...

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An article in the Whitehorse Star details a lawsuit against the Yukon government launched by a disgruntled contractor claiming that the government assigned part of its work to another company and made false statements...

Substantial Compliance Test Does Not
Save Non-Compliant Bid

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its May 2009 determination in ISE Inc. v. Department of Public Works and Government Services, the Canadian...

Canada-EU Trade Talks Raise “Difficult”
Procurement Issues

An article in the Globe and Mail highlights that procurement falls among the ‘difficult issues’ in Canada-EU trade talks: The...

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Canada-EU Trade Talks Raise “Difficult”
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An article in the Globe and Mail highlights that procurement falls among the ‘difficult issues’ in Canada-EU trade talks: The two sides are still at odds over a number of issues, including intellectual protection for...

Simcoe Bus Contracts Awarded to Non-Local Companies

Simcoe.com reports disappointment among Simcoe residents, including Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, who feel that recent changes to the school...

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Simcoe.com reports disappointment among Simcoe residents, including Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, who feel that recent changes to the school bus tendering process are hurting local service providers: “It’s mind-boggling that policies can be in...

International Update: Trinidad & Tobago, USA, India, Bangladesh

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Trinidad and Tobago: E-Procurement Saves Government Money An article...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Trinidad and Tobago: E-Procurement Saves Government Money An article from Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports on comments by Minister of Finance Rudranath Indarsingh about...

Federal Government Introduces New Purchasing System for Small Service Suppliers

The Ottawa Business Journal reports that the Federal government will be changing the online purchasing system it uses to...

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The Ottawa Business Journal reports that the Federal government will be changing the online purchasing system it uses to procure small professional services contracts: PS Online, which some say is difficult for users, will...

The Virtues of Version Control

By Jennifer Marston. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2012.) In procurement operations, where template use is common and documents...

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By Jennifer Marston. (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2012.) In procurement operations, where template use is common and documents are often assembled by multi-disciplinary project teams working concurrently under time pressure, proper version control...

Court Finds Breach of Conflict Rules in
Tainted Tender

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on October 24, 2012.) In its July 2009 decision in Lac La Biche...

Laval Mayor Takes Leave as Corruption
Probe Continues

An article in the Toronto Star reports that Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt is taking a leave of absence as the anti-corruption...

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An article in the Toronto Star reports that Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt is taking a leave of absence as the anti-corruption squad furthers its investigation into Quebec’s construction procurement system: The announcement came after yet more...

Auditor Urges Feds to Reduce Contractors

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Auditor General is urging federal departments to spend less on contractors: Federal departments...

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Auditor General is urging federal departments to spend less on contractors: Federal departments spend $8 billion a year in hiring contractors, consultants and other temporary workers, but many...

CETA to Benefit Fisheries, Impact Local Suppliers

Halifax’s Chronicle Herald reports on a recent visit by an EU Ambassador to discuss the pending Comprehensive Economic and...

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Halifax’s Chronicle Herald reports on a recent visit by an EU Ambassador to discuss the pending Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) currently under negotiation with Canada.  The article discusses the tension between the...

MacLean’s Weighs In On Federal Ad Campaign

A recent article from Maclean’s magazine adds to the debate on the federal government’s expenditure of tens of millions...

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A recent article from Maclean’s magazine adds to the debate on the federal government’s expenditure of tens of millions on commercials aimed at making the Conservative government look good: These are not supposed to...

Parliamentary Budget Officer Clashes with Government

CBC reports that parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page has threatened legal action against government departments that have not provided...

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CBC reports that parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page has threatened legal action against government departments that have not provided his office with information detailing how budget cuts from the March budget will affect them:...

Ottawa Considers Ban for Bid-Rigging Consultant

According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen. Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose is considering whether to impose a...

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According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen. Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose is considering whether to impose a permanent ban on real estate consulting firm CRG after the firm pleaded guilty to criminal...

International Update: EU

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU: Committee Calls for Mafia-Specific Measures An article on...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. EU: Committee Calls for Mafia-Specific Measures An article on Euroaltert.net reports that the European Parliament in an effort to tackle mafia-related crimes looks at...

Access Laws Compel Government to Justify Non-Disclosure

By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.)  In its August...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.)  In its August 2011 decision in Pomerleau Inc. v. Smart, the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court held that...

Irving Shipsbuilding Consents to Release of Procurement Documents

CTV news reports that Irving Shipbuilding Inc. intends to withdraw its resistance to Ottawa’s decision to release documents relating...

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CTV news reports that Irving Shipbuilding Inc. intends to withdraw its resistance to Ottawa’s decision to release documents relating to a $25 billion national shipbuilding procurement project: But in a brief statement Tuesday, the...

Premier Resigns in Wake of Contracting Scandal

As reported in the National Post, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty has resigned in the wake of a contracting scandal...

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As reported in the National Post, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty has resigned in the wake of a contracting scandal revolving around the hidden costs of his decision to cancel the construction of two major...

P3s Cost More: Study

An article in the Globe and Mail raises questions about the value of public-private partnerships as the House of...

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An article in the Globe and Mail raises questions about the value of public-private partnerships as the House of Commons prepares to hear further submissions from parties in favour of the arrangements: This week,...

Ottawa Renegotiates Delayed Helicopter Contract

The Globe and Mail reports that the Cyclone helicopters intended to replacement Canada’s aged Sea Kings are five years...

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The Globe and Mail reports that the Cyclone helicopters intended to replacement Canada’s aged Sea Kings are five years behind schedule as Ottawa attempts to renegotiate the contract with the company: The $5.7-billion contract...

International Update: Ghana, EU, Trinidad

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ghana: Opposition Questions Government’s Unchecked Spending An article in...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ghana: Opposition Questions Government’s Unchecked Spending An article in the Statesman (Ghana) reports that Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party, has...

Federal Ad Budget Kept Under Wraps

An article in the Globe and Mail decries the federal government’s expenditure of tens of millions of dollars in...

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An article in the Globe and Mail decries the federal government’s expenditure of tens of millions of dollars in “economic action plan” ads: While Finance officials are refusing to disclose the budget for the...

Bidder Who Missed Pre-Bid Site Meeting Rejected

 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared...

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 By Paul Emanuelli (This brief was excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook and appeared in the Daily Commercial News on October 10, 2012.) In its October 2010 decision in...

Defence Construction Canada Reduces Price-Dominant Scoring

The Daily Commercial News and Construction Record reports that Defence Construction Canada is introducing changes in the way proposals...

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The Daily Commercial News and Construction Record reports that Defence Construction Canada is introducing changes in the way proposals are evaluated to reduce “the unintended domination” of price as a factor in selection: John...

Quebec-EU Free-Trade Deal Aimed at Curbing Corruption

CTV News reports that the Quebec government is considering opening up bidding on public contracts to European companies in...

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CTV News reports that the Quebec government is considering opening up bidding on public contracts to European companies in an effort to curb corruption: The Quebec government is enthusiastically endorsing the idea of opening...

International Update: Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Scotland, India, Tanzania

A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ukraine: Local Preference Bill Tabled An article in the...

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A weekly update on procurement news from around the world. Ukraine: Local Preference Bill Tabled An article in the Kyiv Post reports that the Ukrainian parliament is in the process of adopting a procurement...

TDSB Funding Frozen Due to Cost Overruns

According to a report by the Toronto Star, Queen’s Park has frozen funding for new construction by the Toronto...

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According to a report by the Toronto Star, Queen’s Park has frozen funding for new construction by the Toronto District School Board after learning of $10 million budget overruns: Overspending on new buildings —...

Energy Minister Faces Sanctions in Power Plant Debacle

The Toronto Star reports that Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley could be found in contempt of parliament and face...

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The Toronto Star reports that Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley could be found in contempt of parliament and face potential jail following a successful motion by the opposition to investigate the cancellation of two...

Quebec Testimony Causes Political Waves

The Globe and Mail reports that allegations arising from the testimony of former construction boss Lino Zambia are causing...

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The Globe and Mail reports that allegations arising from the testimony of former construction boss Lino Zambia are causing political waves as far as Ottawa. A former Montreal city manager who was backed by...

Construction Boss Testifies on Montreal Cartel

An article in the National Post details testimony by a former Montreal construction boss about rampant price fixing and...

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An article in the National Post details testimony by a former Montreal construction boss about rampant price fixing and Mafia kick-backs in the public construction industry in Quebec: Lino Zambito told Quebec’s corruption inquiry...

Auditor Critical of Non-Cooperative Spending in Northern Ireland

According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a report stating that...

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According to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a report stating that a failure to collaborate when buying goods and services is costing the public sector millions...

Escape from Planet of the “A”s

By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Fall 2011 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public Buyers...

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By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Fall 2011 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public Buyers Association.) Since the seminal decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of...

Coyne Criticizes “Buy Canada” Policy

On the heels of reports that the Conservative government will be instituting a “Buy Canada” military policy, political columnist...

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On the heels of reports that the Conservative government will be instituting a “Buy Canada” military policy, political columnist Andrew Coyne sets out his views in the Vancouver Sun on the weaknesses of the...

Military “Buy Canada” Policy Coming

The Globe and Mail reports that the Harper government aims to funnel as many military procurement dollars as possible...

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The Globe and Mail reports that the Harper government aims to funnel as many military procurement dollars as possible to domestic firms: This week, the government will announce it is tapping high-tech luminary Tom...

Caymans Auditor Reports Ongoing Concerns

According to an article on the Cayman News Service, the auditor general of the Cayman Islands recently expressed concerns over a...

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According to an article on the Cayman News Service, the auditor general of the Cayman Islands recently expressed concerns over a lack of improvement in the management of public money over the past seven years. The...

Namibian Procurement Bill Underway

Namibia’s government newspaper the New Era reports that Namibia has embarked on drafting a Public Procurement Bill which will...

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Namibia’s government newspaper the New Era reports that Namibia has embarked on drafting a Public Procurement Bill which will be based on integrity and accountability as its core principles: The IPPR’s [Institute for Public...

Cancelled Power Plants Scrutinized

An article in the Globe and Mail reports that Ontario’s Liberal Party will be releasing documents on two cancelled...

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An article in the Globe and Mail reports that Ontario’s Liberal Party will be releasing documents on two cancelled power plants by next Monday: The Liberals have admitted it will cost taxpayers $190-million for...

T&T Telecom Company Launches E-Tender Site

The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports that the country’s telecom provider, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) will...

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The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports that the country’s telecom provider, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) will be instituting a large-scale online electronic procurement system to handle its $3 billion in annual...

Sharing Procurement Knowledge

Procurement Law Office general counsel and managing director Paul Emanuelli was pleased to be invited to lead a seminar...

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Procurement Law Office general counsel and managing director Paul Emanuelli was pleased to be invited to lead a seminar on procurement law in Trinidad and Tobago recently. A post on the website of the...

Mastering Contract Management

(Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) Effective contract management can help an organization meet...

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(Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) Effective contract management can help an organization meet its performance goals, minimize its legal and financial risks, and achieve value-for-money in its procurement...

Guyana Hydro Project Gets Go-Ahead

The Kaieteur News (Guyana) reports that government will go ahead with an $840 million dollar hydro electric project in Amaila Falls,...

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The Kaieteur News (Guyana) reports that government will go ahead with an $840 million dollar hydro electric project in Amaila Falls, despite obstacles in its path: The hydro project, the largest single investment in Guyana’s history,...

eHealth Terminates Contract for Registry

CBC News reports that Greg Reed, president of eHealth, has cancelled a $46.2 million contract with CGI Information Systems...

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eHealth Terminates Contract for Registry
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CBC News reports that Greg Reed, president of eHealth, has cancelled a $46.2 million contract with CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. to establish a diabetes registry: Spokesman Robert Mitchell has said no...

Metrolinx Adopts AFP Model for Eglinton LRT

The Toronto Star reports that Metrolinx will be pursuing an alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model for the provincially...

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The Toronto Star reports that Metrolinx will be pursuing an alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model for the provincially funded Eglinton LRT project, which will include a private partnership for maintenance and operations: Metrolinx...

Critics Seek More Disclosure on Federal Spending

According to a report by Global News, critics are pushing Ottawa to provide more detailed public disclosure on spending:...

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According to a report by Global News, critics are pushing Ottawa to provide more detailed public disclosure on spending: In some municipal jurisdictions, voters get to see the nitty gritty of how elected officials...

Quebec Corruption Task Force Investigates Hospital Contract

The Globe and Mail reports that Quebec’s police task force on corruption is probing how a billion-dollar contract for a Montreal mega-hospital was awarded to a consortium led by Montreal engineering...

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The Globe and Mail reports that Quebec’s police task force on corruption is probing how a billion-dollar contract for a Montreal mega-hospital was awarded to a consortium led by Montreal engineering giant SNC Lavalin Group Inc: The police raids conducted at McGill University Health Centre headquarters Tuesday morning...

Investigation Flags Concerns About Montreal’s Bid Process

An article in the Montreal Gazette has international procurement experts recommending two ways that the city of Montreal could...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette has international procurement experts recommending two ways that the city of Montreal could fight collusion; by allowing the public and councillors to see the losing tenders and by...

Bid Without Proof of Insurance Ruled Non-Compliant

An article in the Chronical Herald details the plight of a low-bidder construction company that was rejected for failure...

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An article in the Chronical Herald details the plight of a low-bidder construction company that was rejected for failure to include insurance documents in its proposal to build a sewer extension for the municipality...

Bidders Have Duty to Seek Pre-Bid Clarifications

By Paul Emanuelli (Excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) British Society of Audiology v....

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By Paul Emanuelli (Excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) British Society of Audiology v. B.C. Decker Inc. In its August 2010 decision in British Society of Audiology v. B.C....

The Over-Budget Bid Dilemma

By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Summer 2012 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public...

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By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in the Summer 2012 edition of Caveat Emptor, the magazine of the Ontario Public Buyers Association.) Having spent a significant amount of time and energy to prepare and issue...

Tasmania Simplifies Tendering Templates

An article in Government News discusses how Tasmania has replaced its unpopular paperwork that businesses had described as being too...

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An article in Government News discusses how Tasmania has replaced its unpopular paperwork that businesses had described as being too onerous, confusing and time-consuming in terms of working out what they needed to provide to...

Trade Treaty Tsunami: New Compliance Challenges for Government Procurement

By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Summit Magazine, Vol. 14, Issue 2 (May 2011).) Canada’s steady current of trade treaty...

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By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Summit Magazine, Vol. 14, Issue 2 (May 2011).) Canada’s steady current of trade treaty activity, both internationally and domestically, has been a driving force behind the standardization and expansion...

Report Highlights Problems with Federal ACANs

An article in the Globe and Mail reports that only half of all sole-source deals posted electronically between July 2011 and...

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An article in the Globe and Mail reports that only half of all sole-source deals posted electronically between July 2011 and January 2012 contained enough information to allow another supplier to offer a competing bid, according...

Counter-Offers Fatal to Bid Validity

By Paul Emanuelli (Excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) Thales Rail Signalling Solutions v. Toronto Transit...

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By Paul Emanuelli (Excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) Thales Rail Signalling Solutions v. Toronto Transit Commission In its May 2009 decision in Thales Rail Signalling Solutions v. Toronto Transit Commission,...

Paul Emanuelli Recognized as Top-Ten Lawyer

Who’s Who Legal has released its 2012 list of the most highly regarded firms in Public Procurement around the...

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Who’s Who Legal has released its 2012 list of the most highly regarded firms in Public Procurement around the world. Procurement Law Office general counsel and managing director Paul Emanuelli was one of only three...

Selecting an Appropriate Pricing Structure

By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) When public sector entities are putting...

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By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) When public sector entities are putting goods or services to market through a competitive procurement process, they often spend a great...

Procurement Corruption a Key Issue in Quebec Election

An article in the Montreal Gazette highlights the major role played by procurement issues in the Quebec election: It...

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An article in the Montreal Gazette highlights the major role played by procurement issues in the Quebec election: It didn’t take long for political corruption to emerge as the resounding theme of the Quebec...

Over the Line: Considerations on Value and Thresholds in Public Procurement

By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, March/April 2012.) Value-for-money and open competition are the twin policy pillars that...

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By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, March/April 2012.) Value-for-money and open competition are the twin policy pillars that define due diligence under the trade treaties for public institutions. Public tendering is the main...

Alberta Health Care Official Resigns Over Lavish Spending

According to a report by the CBC, Alberta Premier Alison Redford was disappointed with the conduct of a senior...

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According to a report by the CBC, Alberta Premier Alison Redford was disappointed with the conduct of a senior official who funded personal expenses from the public purse: Allaudin Merali was fired as chief...

Procurement Office named as Canada’s Top Public Procurement Firm

We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been selected as the winner of the Corporate...

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We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been selected as the winner of the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2012 in the category of “Public Procurement Law, Firm of the Year...

Insolvency Trustee Allowed to Seek Follow-Up Bids

By Paul Emanuelli (This case brief is excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In...

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By Paul Emanuelli (This case brief is excerpted from the recently released 3rd Edition of Paul Emanuelli’s Government Procurement textbook.) In its August 2010 decision in Bank of Montreal v. Sportsclick Inc., the Nova Scotia Supreme...

PM’s Former Aid Charged With Influence Peddling

A report from CBC News details recent charges laid against a senior government advisor: A former senior adviser to...

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PM’s Former Aid Charged With Influence Peddling
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A report from CBC News details recent charges laid against a senior government advisor: A former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been charged with one count of influence peddling following an...

Vancouver Launch of Accelerating Announced

Please join us for the Vancouver Launch of Paul Emanuelli’s new handbook, Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence...

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Vancouver Launch of Accelerating Announced
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Please join us for the Vancouver Launch of Paul Emanuelli’s new handbook, Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide. When: Monday, November 26, 2012 Continental Breakfast served at 9:00 am Presentation from 10:00...

New Ethics and Accountability Seminar Scheduled

Our newest seminar offering, Ethics and Accountability in Public Purchasing, is now scheduled for fall dates in both Toronto...

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New Ethics and Accountability Seminar Scheduled
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Our newest seminar offering, Ethics and Accountability in Public Purchasing, is now scheduled for fall dates in both Toronto and Vancouver: Toronto: Friday, October 19, 2012 Vancouver: Monday, November 27, 2012 Drawing on case-studies...

Understanding Contract A

By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) There is a wide body of...

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By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) There is a wide body of case law from courts across Canada recognizing that, in certain circumstances and depending on the...

Osgoode Certificate comes to Vancouver

Join us for the first Western Canada Edition of the Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate Program in Public Procurement...

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Osgoode Certificate comes to Vancouver
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Join us for the first Western Canada Edition of the Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate Program in Public Procurement Law and Practice, November 19-23, 2012, at Simon Fraser University, Habour Centre in Vancouver.  This...

Managing Supplier Performance

(Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) For many purchasing organizations, supplier performance management is...

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Managing Supplier Performance
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(Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) For many purchasing organizations, supplier performance management is a key aspect of a comprehensive strategy for maximizing contract value. The deliverables and performance...

Building a Bid Dispute Protocol: Complaint Procedures Under Trade Treaties

By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) Most public sector entities are aware...

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By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) Most public sector entities are aware of their basic obligations under applicable trade treaties – the common principles of non-discrimination, transparency...

Ontario Watchdog Calls for More Oversight after Ornge Scandal

A report by the CBC reveals crippling constraints on the authority of the Ontario ombudsman: An Ontario watchdog says...

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Ontario Watchdog Calls for More Oversight after Ornge Scandal
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A report by the CBC reveals crippling constraints on the authority of the Ontario ombudsman: An Ontario watchdog says scandals like Ornge may have been prevented if he had the authority to investigate the...

U of T Awarded CAUBO Prize

The University of Toronto’s Procurement Services was awarded National First Prize in this year’s CAUBO (Canadian Association of University Business...

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The University of Toronto’s Procurement Services was awarded National First Prize in this year’s CAUBO (Canadian Association of University Business Officers) Quality and Productivity Awards for their innovative new negotiable RFP process developed in collaboration with...

Accelerating Launches in Toronto

We are pleased to announce the Toronto launch of Paul Emanuelli’s new handbook, Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due...

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Accelerating Launches in Toronto
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We are pleased to announce the Toronto launch of Paul Emanuelli’s new handbook, Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide. When: Friday, October 12, 2012 Continental Breakfast served at 9:00 am Presentation from...

Building Your Bargaining Binder

By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) The bargaining binder is a...

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Building Your Bargaining Binder
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By Marilyn Brown (Originally published in Accelerating the Tendering Cycle: A Legal Due Diligence Guide.) The bargaining binder is a critical tool in the negotiation and contract-finalization stage of a negotiated procurement process. The content...

3rd Edition of Government Procurement Released

The brand new 3rd Edition of Government Procurement is now available from Lexis-Nexis Canada. Author Paul Emanuelli draws from...

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3rd Edition of Government Procurement Released
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The brand new 3rd Edition of Government Procurement is now available from Lexis-Nexis Canada. Author Paul Emanuelli draws from the latest lawsuits, treaty developments, auditor reports and headline news stories, including recent procurement scandals...

A New Frontier of Legal Intervention: Metercor Inc. v. City of Kamloops

By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2011.) In keeping with British Columbia’s long history at the forefront of...

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A New Frontier of Legal Intervention: Metercor Inc. v. City of Kamloops
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By Rosslyn Young (Originally published in Purchasing b2b magazine, September 2011.) In keeping with British Columbia’s long history at the forefront of high-profile tendering disputes, the B.C. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Metercor Inc. v. City of...

Procurement Office selected as Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year

We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been selected by Global Law Experts as Public...

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We are pleased to announce that the Procurement Law Office has been selected by Global Law Experts as Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year for Canada for 2011. Thank you to our colleagues...

Precision Drafting Available Online

Drawing on an international selection of leading case studies and institutional best practices, Paul Emanuelli’s The Laws of Precision Drafting:...

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Precision Drafting Available Online
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Drawing on an international selection of leading case studies and institutional best practices, Paul Emanuelli’s The Laws of Precision Drafting: A Handbook for Tenders and RFPs (2009) outlines an accelerated seven stage drafting process that will...

About Us

The Procurement Law Office specializes in public procurement law, representing clients across all sectors of the public service and all regions of Canada. With decades of combined in-house government experience, our lawyers are uniquely positioned to understand and meet the needs of public purchasing clients. We provide legal services throughout all stages of the procurement process, offering project support, legal advice and opinions, litigation services, institutional reviews, and template and protocol development. Through our affiliate, the Procurement Training Office, we also provide comprehensive training for procurement professionals both independently and in association with Osgoode Hall Law School.