Montreal: a contractor in sewer pinched for fraud

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Dominique Cambron-Goulet

The Office of the inspector general (ig) of the City of Montreal just pin it to a contractor for cleaning of sewer for fraudulent practices. In addition to illegally discharging the waste in agricultural land, the company Beauregard Environment ltd. was in fact directed by a former member of the cartel of the sewers.

After investigating Michel Chalifoux and company Beauregard Environment ltd., the BIG request that the two may not be able to receive contracts from the City of Montreal for five years.

According to a report published today by the BIG, business dumped illegally sludge from the cleaning of catch basins and sewers of Montreal on the agricultural land of Pascal Weighing. The latter and the Companies Weighing should be ineligible for contracts with the City for three years, suggests the Office.

But still, the company Beauregard is led by an entrepreneur who has participated in a scheme to rig bids in 2008 and 2009.

Even if the president of the company on paper is Dany Fréchette, the real leader is her husband, Michel Chalifoux, supports the BIG.

The company of the latter, Chalifoux Sani-Laurentides inc., had been recorded in the Register of enterprises ineligible for either the “black list” of the government, after she had pleaded guilty to criminal charges of bid-rigging.

In addition to terminate the twelve contracts awarded to Beauregard by several of montreal’s boroughs, the BIG recommends that the Plateau-Mont-Royal to withdraw from an additional since the company “has undermined irreparably the relationship of trust binding him contractually to the City.”

The company did not comply with various contractual commitments. For example, the sumps have not been cleaned have been billed to the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro or the weighing of the sludge has been the subject of over-billing.

As to the City of Montreal, the BIG suggested to him that he have a plan for the management of sludge from its sumps and sewers.

The City should also “investigate the possibility of exploiting the sites of temporary storage that it has available, or develop new sites for the management transient sludge generated during the execution of its next contracts, cleaning of catch basins and sewers,” the report says.

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