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Coalition aims to put First Nations in the driver’s seat on major construction projects

December 10, 2018 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. “We really are in a place looking to diversify our

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Metrolinx doled out extra $237M to keep Eglinton Crosstown on schedule

December 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Nearly a quarter-billion dollars in extra funding from Ontario agency Metrolinx kept the largest transit infrastructure project in the country on track when construction began to fall behind schedule last year, according to a report released last week by Ontario

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Canadian construction outlook positive for 2019, but last year’s setbacks could cast a long shadow

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

With no rose-coloured glasses necessary, the outlook for the construction industry in 2019 remains positive, if somewhat tepid. Near-record employment, six-straight quarters of higher spending in the non-residential segment and progress on several major projects have bolstered confidence this fall

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Top 10 Canadian construction trends to watch in 2019

December 5, 2018 On-Site Staff

There is no shortage of changes, both positive and negative, the industry faces as 2018 comes to a close. On-Site caught up with Mary Van Buren, the president of the Canadian Construction Association, to discuss the trends the industry association

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Lean Construction: Getting past the silos

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, completed in 2015, is an award-winning facility featuring fully integrated digital infrastructure, compliance with LEED, a natural people-friendly environment and floor layouts that support Lean workflows. What’s not immediately obvious is the project’s diverse input from

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Silica dust on the job site: Inconsistent regulations force the industry to play catch up

December 5, 2018 Jillian Morgan

It takes decades of breathing in the fugitive dust created by drilling, cutting and grinding concrete, stone and other materials containing crystalline silica for silicosis to scar and harden the lungs. The incurable disease is one of a handful caused

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Picking up creature comforts: On-Site’s 2019 pick-up report

December 5, 2018 Mario Cywinski

Not long ago, pick-ups were seen as little more than dedicated work trucks. Those days are long gone. With the rise of crossovers and SUVs, people want bigger vehicles, and for many, pick-ups have become “an SUV with a truck

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Job site automation: Can job sites be more like factories?

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Wolves and construction materials don’t have a lot in common, but finding them can present similar challenges. Thus, a presentation on tracking wolf packs became the inspiration for a unique solution for locating construction materials on job sites. “I thought,

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Integrated Asset Delivery: Risk management for the entire lifecycle

December 5, 2018 David Bowcott

In recent years there has been a resurgence of the Integrated Project Delivery model in the North American construction marketplace. This method traces its origins to the heyday of North Sea oil exploration, when owners, design firms and contractors created

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Picturesque waterfront community proposed for site of decommissioned Ontario coal plant

December 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The 177-acre brownfield site in Mississauga, Ont. is expected to become a flurry of construction activity as developers push to transform the valuable piece of lakeside real estate

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ATCO joins Bird-led consortium building 4,500-person lodge for LNG Canada workforce

December 4, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—ATCO Ltd. has joined the construction team responsible for a major new workforce lodge linked to LNG Canada Inc.’s liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C. The Cedar Valley Lodge will house about 4,500 of the workers building the new

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GMC Sierra is Canada’s truck king

December 4, 2018 Mario Cywinski

The Canadian Truck King Challenge (CTKC) celebrated its 12th anniversary by crowning the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali as its champion. Sierra beat out five other challengers for the crown, marking the first time that General Motors has won in

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Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveils more plans for high tech Toronto build project

November 29, 2018 Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveiled more details around its ambitious plan for a high-tech Toronto community last week, but it’s unclear as to who will own what in the company’s futuristic neighbourhood, and who will pay for it. Sidewalk revealed

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TransCanada pushes to get Keystone XL pre-construction work back underway

November 28, 2018 Matt Volz, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont.—The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a judge to change his order blocking the project to allow pre-construction work to continue, such as purchasing materials and finalizing contracts. Attorneys for the company will

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Danish logistics firm DSV officially breaks ground on 1.1 million sq. ft. warehouse in Milton, Ont.

November 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

MILTON, Ont.—The Canadian arm of Copehagen-based DSV Global Transport and Logistics has officially broken ground on a major new warehouse facility west of Toronto. The company, which has operations in 80 countries, said the complex will cover 1.1 million sq.

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Maple Leaf spending $660M to build new London, Ont. plant; construction to start next spring

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction of a sprawling new poultry plant in London, Ont. is set to get underway in spring 2019. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said Nov. 27 it will spend $660 million to build a new 640,000 sq. ft. facility in

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Governments put up $33.6M for next phase of downtown Regina renewal project

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

REGINA—The second phase of a project to breathe new life into downtown Regina is moving ahead with $33.6 million in joint funding from the federal, provincial and city governments. Known as the Railyard Renewal Project, the infrastructure work includes overhauling

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On-Site Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

November 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

On-Site is officially accepting entries for its inaugural Canadian Construction Photo Contest!   Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your photography prowess — whether it’s an aerial shot of your sprawling work site that shines a spotlight on

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OPG sells Toronto’s Hearn power plant for $16M, sets off debate over value of waterfront site

November 26, 2018 Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Critics are calling for an independent appraisal of a decommissioned Ontario Power Generation plant on Toronto’s waterfront after they say the site was sold for far less than it appears to be worth. The Opposition New Democrats say something “smells