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SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

March 26, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is walking back a statement by its CEO, who said last week he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the construction giant should be granted a remediation agreement. Neil Bruce told The

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Billionaire couple’s $100M donation to UofT to kick-start construction of major new complex in downtown Toronto

March 25, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—One of Canada’s richest families is giving $100 million to the University of Toronto — a donation the school says is the largest in its history. The university said the gift from Heather Reisman and Gerald Schwartz will help build

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Work camp builder Horizon North moves further into modular construction with Ontario acquisition

March 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Horizon North Logistics Inc., an Alberta-based firm best know as a provider of temporary work camps, is expanding its presence both in eastern Canada and in the modular construction market with a new acquisition. Horizon North said earlier this month

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N.S. to spend another $22.3 million on ferry including renos to Maine terminal

March 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says it will fund renovations of a ferry terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine, at an expected cost of $8.5-million. It will also provide another $13.8 million to the privately owned ferry service for its 2019-20 operations.

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Alberta spending $478M to add lanes, upgrade interchanges on busy Deerfoot Trail

March 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary. The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of

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Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

March 19, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier

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Aecon, Graham and Broccolini among On-Site’s Construction Photo Contest finalists

March 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

From transit infrastructure and bridge construction, to residential and commercial development work, the incredible diversity of the country’s construction industry is on full display in On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest Top Five Finalists. Taken by both professional photographers and

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RAM 1500 ages like a fine wine

March 18, 2019 Mario Cywinski

While RAM, which at the time was still a Dodge, may have been one of the first to introduce a ‘semi’ truck looking front end to its pick-up truck, it is now the norm. Just look at the grilles on

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Cyber security in the digital age

March 15, 2019 Jacob Stoller

The phrase “data security” has recently been replaced by “cyber security, ” but this isn’t just a matter of fashionable buzzwords. The newer term reflects the fact that staying secure involves a lot more than protecting a company’s data. Furthermore,

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How do you know when it’s really over? Types of “project complete”

March 14, 2019 Siobhan Small

Project wrap-up entails a variety of legal processes, including the release of contract and statutory holdback funds, shifting responsibility for insurance coverage, and commencing lien filing and statutory limitation periods. These processes often turn on a project achieving completion. The

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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed

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Feds back $500M BMO Centre expansion project with $166M contribution

March 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has backed a $500 million mega-project to double the size of Calgary’s largest convention centre. Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne was in the city March 12 to announce Ottawa’s $166.6 million contribution to expand the BMO Centre, which

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Nova Scotia set to regulate coastal construction as sea levels rise

March 13, 2019 Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure

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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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Connecting the dots between technology and capital

March 12, 2019 David Bowcott

You may have noticed that a number of articles I’ve penned in the last year have had a strong technology leaning. It isn’t a coincidence. There’s absolutely no doubt that over the last few years Silicon Valley has discovered the

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New code aims to increase number of women working in B.C. construction industry

March 11, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Mary-Anne Bowcott says she still remembers the fear she felt when she overheard her co-workers talking about her while she was a roofer. It was violent enough to make her consider leaving the industry all together, like so many other

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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Ontario bets on Woodbine Entertainment to bankroll new GO Transit station on north end of Toronto

March 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The Ontario government and transit agency Metrolinx have struck a deal with Woodbine Entertainment that will see the racetrack owner pick up the bill for a new Toronto train station. The station, which will be located along Highway 27 at

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Amid fracas in Ottawa, SNC-Lavalin sues former CEO for millions over hospital bribery scandal

March 6, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is suing its former CEO in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital as the beleaguered engineering and construction giant continues its effort to distance itself from its former leadership. The