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Quebec’s infamous ‘Mr. Three Per Cent’ dies at 79

August 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Bernard Trepanier, a former political fundraiser in Montreal and a central figure during Quebec’s public inquiry into corruption in the construction sector, died Aug. 15, his lawyer said. Trepanier was infamously nicknamed “Mr. Three Per Cent” by witnesses at the

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EllisDon closes $1.2B deal to build new Toronto hospital

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction on a major hospital project on Toronto’s west end is set to get underway. Contractor EllisDon said Aug. 14 it has finalized a $1.2 billion contract with Infrastructure Ontario for work on the West Park Healthcare Centre. It

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Construction of first Canadian pumped hydro station built since 1950s planned for next year

August 15, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A hydro power storage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval. Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the

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Construction employment falls by 12,000 in July, but remains up year-over-year

August 13, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The number of construction jobs coast to coast declined in July even as employment in the overall Canadian economy ticked up. According to Statistics Canada, employment in the construction industry dipped by 12,000, or about 0.8 per cent, over the

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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From the editor… Cut Ottawa some slack

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Slagging slow-moving government projects and the lumbering Ottawa bureaucracy is a treasured Canadian pastime. I’m far from an exception, and enjoy heaping some well-deserved blame on Parliament Hill as often as it has it coming. Occasionally though, I’m willing to

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Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

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Virtual models that support maintenance and operations

August 9, 2018 Jacob Stoller

  A bid team at EllisDon recently received a two-sentence RFP addendum pertaining to documentation requirements. “It stipulated that the as-built model we were to produce had to be at the level that would allow the owner to operate and

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Managing risk: Getting your workforce on board

August 9, 2018 David Bowcott

To be truly effective at managing risk, you must master the complex world of risk controls. Put in place before incidents occur, risk controls are the contractual agreements, the operational practices and the tools and technologies used to prevent or

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Lien claims: How much is too much?

August 9, 2018 Krista Johanson and Lindsey von Bloedau

When an owner or contractor seeks to remove a claim of lien from title to land by securing the lien with money in place of the land, a debate sometimes arises as to whether the claim of lien has been

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Alberta overhauls tender process for highway maintenance work, but dismisses roadbuilder challenge

August 9, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said the province is committed to public tendering on highway maintenance contracts “despite what some companies might say.” Mason announced a new evaluation model for bids on those contracts that will put more emphasis on

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Quebec breaks ground on $291M project to widen Henri-IV Highway

August 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

QUEBEC CITY—A “major artery” of Quebec City’s road network is undergoing a $291 million facelift. The project to widen and repair Henri-IV Highway from Charest Highway to Chauveau Avenue broke ground August 8 in the province’s Capital Region. Ottawa has

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Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline could be $1.9B higher, Kinder Morgan says

August 8, 2018 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Kinder Morgan Canada says expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline could cost the federal government as much as $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and take 12 months longer to finish. The figures are included in documents the company

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Company fined after man dies from fall down elevator shaft on Toronto jobsite

August 3, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A Toronto construction company has been hit with $90,000 fine for failing to post adequate signage on a downtown jobsite. Dominus Construction Corp. pleaded guilty to the offence in court July 27 after an 84-year-old man died from injuries sustained

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Construction industry gains ground in May, offsetting slip the month before

August 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

Growth returned to two of three industry segments. The strong showing outpaced growth in the overall Canadian economy

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Alberta threatens to end construction contract for Grande Prairie hospital

July 31, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is threatening to cancel the contract of a construction firm building the problem-plagued Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen said Calgary-based Graham Construction has 15 days to submit a plan to get the project back

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Graham time-lapse video captures 22 million pounds of concrete poured over 20 hours

July 31, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

KINGSTON, Ont.—Graham Construction poured a staggering 22 million pounds of concrete – its largest pour to date – in less than 24 hours as part of a $200 million project to build Canada’s first wet infant formula facility in Kingston.

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Highway, infrastructure upgrades underway at busy B.C. border crossing

July 30, 2018 by David Kennedy

ALDERGROVE, B.C.—A project to add more lanes as well as new cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to a Canada-U.S. border crossing southeast of Vancouver has begun in Aldergrove. Tybo Contracting Ltd. will spearhead the $25.5 million project. The Langley, B.C.-based company

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Restoration construction firm fined for boom tipping incident that left worker dead

July 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—An Ontario company has been fined $125,000 for a Toronto worksite incident in which a worker was thrown from a Genie Boom and killed. Universal Structural Restoration Ltd., which specializes in major building restorations such as structural repairs, balcony reconstruction

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Oilsands more optimistic on pipeline construction as energy industry outlook turns rosier

July 27, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Higher oil prices and signs that pipelines will be built to take growing production to market are fuelling optimism among oilsands producers as they roll out second-quarter results. The brighter picture is reflected in news that Husky Energy Inc. is