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Widening project along Trans-Canada in Langley, B.C. gets $235.5M in funding

April 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

LANGLEY, B.C.—A highway widening project in Metro Vancouver will soon get off the ground with $235.5 million in joint funding from Ottawa, British Columbia and the Township of Langley. François-Philippe Champagne the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities, B.C.’s Premier

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Aecon beats analyst expectations on higher revenues; backlog boosted by major contract wins

April 26, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. beat analyst expectations as its net loss was cut by more than half in the first quarter on a 20-per-cent growth in revenues and a higher backlog. The Toronto-based construction firm says it lost $9.8 million or

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From the editor… Double standard deals Trudeau a body blow

April 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

At the start of the year, a healthy percentage of Canadians had never heard of SNC-Lavalin. An even larger number couldn’t have told you what business the company was in, let alone share a single detail about its legal troubles.

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Construction begins on latest downtown Toronto office tower; price tag for 46-storey project tops $1B

April 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—With excavators and haulers carrying out demolition work a few dozen metres away, top brass from developer Cadillac Fairview and future tenant TD Bank, joined Toronto Mayor John Tory, among others, to officially kick off construction of a major new

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The view from above: Drone technology brings a new perspective to job sites

April 24, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Drivers may be frustrated with traffic disruptions related to two ongoing highway interchange projects in Saskatoon, but at least they’re not in the dark. Thanks to a series of narrated drone-created videos on the city’s website, they can view an

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Manitoba announces $57.5M in funding for school infrastructure projects

April 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The Public

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Alberta halts construction of superlab to allow incoming UCP a chance to review it

April 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta has halted construction of a medical superlab, saying it wants to allow the just-elected United Conservative government time to review the project. An Alberta infrastructure representative says in an email that the “pause” is intended to minimize costs incurred

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On the Perimeter: Major Winnipeg project brings concrete solution to longstanding bottleneck

April 23, 2019 David Kennedy

Infrastructure rarely ages gracefully. When there isn’t much elegance to the original design, 20 or 30 years can be particularly cruel. The junction of a pair of provincial trunk highways northeast of Winnipeg was just such a case. For years,

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Trudeau to be portrayed on Canuck-themed episode of ‘The Simpsons’

April 22, 2019 Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed in Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons,” which is titled “D’Oh Canada.” Toronto journalist Lucas Meyer revealed April 22 that he got to guest-voice Trudeau for the segment after a video of his

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West

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Construction tendering 101

April 22, 2019 Ivona Zegrean and Alexander Spraggs

By replacing negotiation with competition, the tendering process in construction is intended to bring more certainty, fairness and efficiency to the allocation of contracts. Despite this, the tendering system is an idiosyncratic mechanism, giving rise to certain obligations that may

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Manitoba Premier launches review of construction approval process at Winnipeg City Hall

April 20, 2019 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is launching an independent review of how Winnipeg city hall approves and inspects construction projects and property development, to address what Premier Brian Pallister says is a drag on the economy. Pallister also offered April 18 to

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Asset management comes to North America

April 19, 2019 David Bowcott

The construction industry is moving towards a more integrated approach. Though this column primarily focuses on construction and its associated risks, I’ve been interweaving the concept of asset management into my articles over the past several years to highlight a

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Feds push deadline for Trans Mountain pipeline decision into June

April 19, 2019 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government says it is delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18 in order to wrap up consultations with Indigenous groups. The deadline is being pushed back by almost a month on the

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Toronto compromises on changes to noise bylaw that threatened construction

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Continuous concrete pours and heavy crane work will continue to be permitted overnight throughout Toronto, but will be subject to new restrictions following a vote at city hall April 17. The change represents a compromise between councillors pushing for a

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Mississauga, Ont. kicks off road construction season as it paves way for major LRT job

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—More than 30 new and continuing road construction jobs are on the books this year in Ontario’s third largest city as Mississauga construction crews and commuters brace themselves for years of work on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.

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Five-year timeline to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame questioned as investigators probe cause

April 17, 2019 Thomas Adamson And Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press

PARIS—Nearly US$1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being

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Ontario not working with feds on building projects, endangering summer construction starts, Trudeau says

April 17, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government of dragging its feet on vital infrastructure spending and says the indecision endangers work for the summer construction season. Trudeau criticized Premier Doug Ford’s government during a funding announcement at

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PCL wins $217.6M contract to redo exterior of major federal office tower complex in Gatineau, Que.

April 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

GATINEAU, Que.—One of the most recognizable sets of office towers in the Ottawa area is poised to undergo a major facelift. Public Services and Procurement Canada said April 15 it has awarded a $217.6 million construction management contract to PCL

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Pomerleau consortium picked to build two long-term care facilities in Newfoundland

April 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

ST. JOHN’S—A consortium headed by Quebec-based contractor Pomerleau and investment firm Fengate Asset Management has been tapped to build two new long-term care homes in central Newfoundland. NL Healthcare Partners topped two other construction teams vying for the project. It