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    $330M law suit filed over McGill University Health Centre P3 contract

    April 1, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    McGill Healthcare Infrastructure Group (MHIG), a partnership composed of SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) and Innisfree has filed a $330 million law suit against the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Government of Quebec over the P3 deal to build and operate the hospital’s Glen

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    Video: Excavator operator rescues baby deer

    April 1, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Sometimes the best acts of kindness happen when no one is there to see them. Fortunately, when this excavator operator rescued a deer fawn that was trapped in a mud bog, there was someone there to capture it on video

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    Construction product manufacturer Canam receives $50M loan

    April 1, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Fonds de solidarité FTQ to support the St-Georges-based company’s growth

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    Cheaper to ‘taxi’ squirrels than build a bridge

    March 31, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    The case of a “squirrel bridge” built four years ago near The Hague in the Netherlands has been causing lots of amusement in international media. The bridge was custom designed to help squirrels get from one forested area to another

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    $3.5B Massey Tunnel replacement project gets support

    March 30, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    There is strong public support to replace the Massey Tunnel with a $3.5 billion, 10-lane bridge,  according a recently released report on the public consultation process done by the Government of British Columbia. The report confirms residents are in favour of capacity improvements

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    US cement consumption to rise 3.4% this year

    March 30, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    PCA downgrades its forecast

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    Hydro Ottawa fined over fatal accident

    March 30, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Hydro Ottawa has been convicted and ordered to pay $225,000 following the death of a worker and two others being injured when a boom truck came in contact with a live wire. In March, 2012, workers employed by a subcontractor

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    Walsh Canada part of team building Etobicoke hospital expansion

    March 29, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership is the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project under an AFP model Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System (Osler) selected Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership

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    Video: Concrete vs asphalt paving, which one wins? 

    March 28, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    The Portland Cement Association recently released a new video outlining the results of a study comparing concrete paving and asphalt perpetual paving technologies. The test involved paving the same length of highway, US-30 in Ohio going eastbound and westbound. The

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    $23M to Guelph University to help rebuild Ontario Vet College

    March 24, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College has received $23 million in funding from the Ontario government to help fund a new cutting-edge clinical learning building. The funds will help build a new learning space with modern and flexible classrooms

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    Construction leaders applaud federal budget initiatives

    March 23, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    New infrastructure commitments provide critical funding

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    Construction-related federal budget highlights

    March 23, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Here is a brief summary of some of the construction-sector related items in the 2016 federal budget. This is compilation from a number of different industry and online sources: $60 billion plus in new federal infrastructure investments in two phases,

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    ‘Freedom Road’ construction costs rise $16.5M

    March 23, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    The city of Winnipeg is due to decide this week whether to increase funding for the so-called “Freedom Road” to the First Nations Community of Shoal Lake 40. The Shoal Lake community was isolated long ago by the construction of

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    EllisDon’s Gilbert Brulotte elected 2016 CCA Chair

    March 22, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed Gilbert Brulotte as chair of the 2016 Board of Directors. “No matter how much new technology becomes available, if we do not have the right people in place to help optimize its use,

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    BIM agencies join forces

    March 18, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Two groups driving the use of building information modeling in Canada have joined forces to further the interests of the national BIM community. CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada are bringing together two of their key committees to work hand-in-hand.  Their respective

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    B.C. invests $40M in school infrastructure upgrades

    March 17, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    British Columbia is investing $40 million to help upgrade school building infrastructures through the School Enhancement Program, according to a government release today. Over the next week, school districts throughout B.C. will be notified about how they can apply for

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    Saskatchewan construction employment drops

    March 17, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    In the two-steps forward, one-step backward pattern of employment over the past 12 months, February was a step back for Saskatchewan, according a recent report released by the Saskatchewan Construction Association. Total employment in the province was 555,000 which is a

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    Permits drop across Canada in January: StatsCan

    March 16, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Municipalities across Canada issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in January, a decline of 9.8% from the previous month according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada. This decline, which followed a 7.7% increase in December, was largely due to lower construction

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    Saskatchewan companies busy with Regina Bypass work

    March 16, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Construction of the Regina Bypass continues on time and on budget with the assistance of Saskatchewan companies. At least 22 local companies are now playing significant roles in the massive transportation infrastructure project and that number will increase as construction

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    Infrastructure funding given to 5 Nunavut projects

    March 16, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

    Five infrastructure projects have received joint federal funding under Canada’s Small Communities Fund. The projects involve key community infrastructure in the territory, including a new cultural centre in Cape Dorset, repairs for the Cambridge Bay Arena and the Iqaluit Aquatic

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