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Wood construction renaissance may not be quite all it’s built up to be, report says

April 4, 2019 On-Site Staff

WINNIPEG—Sustainability has taken on an increasingly important role in Canadian construction in recent years. The energy-intensive processes required to manufacture concrete and steel have, at least in part, propelled another age-old building material back to the fore. In numerous projects

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B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12 storey wood buildings

March 14, 2019 Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

OKANAGAN FALLS, B.C.—The height limit for wood buildings in British Columbia is rising to 12 from six storeys in a move that Premier John Horgan expects to spur development using timber and give the province a headstart on other parts

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Under lock and key: Guarding job sites from thieves and thrill-seekers saves contractors down the line

March 13, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Sprawling construction sites, swarming with workers during the day, but abundant in valuable tools and unguarded equipment once crews clock out, are ripe for pilfering. Unlike picking a lock or breaking a window, prowling a vacant construction site after-hours hoping

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Feds dismiss Ontario’s call to drop retaliatory U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs as ‘unilateral surrender’

February 5, 2019 Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

Ottawa said Canada’s reciprocal tariffs are “critical” in pressuring the U.S. to call an end to the trade dispute “once and for all”

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Almost non-existent a decade ago, tall timber towers taking root across Canada

January 21, 2019 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Defying the skeptics, towers that use cross-laminated timber are digging in in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto, with more to come

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U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA deal and have to go, Freeland says

December 19, 2018 Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs contradict a key component of the new North American trade agreement — the pivotal section on autos — which will ultimately lead to their demise, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says. U.S. businesses are

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Canada signs onto new NAFTA despite lack of detente on steel, aluminum tariffs

November 30, 2018 Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Canadian officials had insisted Ottawa would not sign the deal unless the punitive tariffs were lifted, but ultimately Trudeau put pen to paper in a decision that could have long-term implications for construction

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Steel relief? U.S. ‘might’ lift tariffs once new trade deal is signed, incoming Mexican minister says

October 24, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Mexico’s future foreign minister says he thinks biting U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on his country and Canada could be lifted once the three continental partners sign a newly negotiated free trade agreement. But Marcelo Ebrard, who will assume

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Ottawa’s new tariffs on foreign steel put Canadian construction industry in ‘dire position’

October 15, 2018 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The surtax on products such as rebar, steel plate and wire rod will increase construction costs for a long list of projects across the country

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Canada’s finance minister touts USMCA but says steel sector needs help

October 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s new trade deal will bring more economic stability, even as the government works to fairly compensate dairy farmers and deal with the dissatisfied steel and aluminum industry. Morneau told members of the Vancouver business

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Steeling for a trade war: Canada’s dangerous, unavoidable dependence on foreign steel

October 2, 2018 Saul Chernos

An ongoing trade spat, which has seen the U.S. slap tariffs on a list of imports, has shone a spotlight on the Canadian construction sector’s dependence on foreign steel. When U.S. President Donald Trump introduced the tariffs in March, he

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Feds mulling safeguards to prevent ‘surge’ of cheap steel imports into Canada

August 15, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump’s tough-on-trade White House Aug. 14 as it began exploring how best to address industry concerns that U.S. tariffs are turning a trickle of foreign steel imports into a

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Ontario government introduces legislation to scrap cap-and-trade program

July 26, 2018 Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government expects to spend up to $5 million to compensate companies that bought into the province’s cap-and-trade system, the provincial environment minister said July 25 before moving to repeal the carbon pricing program. Rod Phillips introduced

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Unassuming industrial building in Prince George, B.C., earns record for most airtight

July 17, 2018 Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition

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Trump in no rush on trade as Canada-U.S. tariff spat drags on

July 4, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

Steel and aluminum duties will impact businesses and workers in Canada’s construction industry. Ottawa’s retaliatory tariffs came into effect July 1

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Tall wood buildings on the rise for Canadian universities

June 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The University of Toronto has unveiled plans to construct a 14-storey wood building on its St. George campus, located in the city’s downtown. Slated for construction at the end of 2019, the tower is expected to be the tallest mass

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Construction industry to feel some of the heat from hefty U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

June 1, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

The Trump administration’s tough stance on trade is ratcheting up tensions between Ottawa and Washington

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Old bridge gets new lease on life: Steel, concrete from dismantled span repurposed as artificial reef

June 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y.—Thousands of tons of steel and concrete that stood proudly over the Hudson River for more than half a century have found a new purpose off the New York coastline. Triangular trusses, concrete deck panels, steel beams and

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HD Supply Brafasco hosts contractors at one-day event in Vaughan, Ont.

May 29, 2018 On-Site Staff

Earlier this month, HD Supply Brafasco played host to more than 300 contractors across the construction, industrial and commercial trades sectors during its one-day “deals and demos” event in Vaughan, Ont. The May 10 event featured roughly 20 manufacturers that

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UBC study looks to strengthen rammed earth construction

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Compressed soil, or rammed earth, is the focus of a study out of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. The use of soil as a construction material may offer a reduction in costs and energy consumption, according to