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Feds invest $185M in six highway widening, upgrade projects in B.C.

July 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

TAPPEN, B.C.—Three major construction projects along the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia, as well as three other roadwork jobs on three other routes, are getting a combined $185 million from Ottawa. The federal government said July 3 it has set

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N.L. premier defends decision to trudge forward on Muskrat Falls megaproject

July 4, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier says the joy of his 2015 election victory was short-lived as he began to realize the dire financial situation brought on by the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject’s runaway costs. Liberal Premier Dwight Ball took

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Trudeau pledges $1.3B in federal funds for five-stop Montreal metro extension

July 4, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The funds will help pay for an extension to the blue line on the city’s east end

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PCL among consortium picked to build new $750M hospital in Corner Brook, N.L.

July 3, 2019 On-Site Staff

CORNER BROOK, N.L.—A seven-firm consortium has been picked to take on a major new hospital project on the west end of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced late last week the government has selected the Corner Brook Health

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Quebec man arrested after alleged rampage with stolen backhoe

July 3, 2019 The Canadian Press

STE-THERESE, Que.—A Quebec man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a backhoe and going on a rampage on Canada Day. Local police said a 50-year-old man from Ste-Therese, north of Montreal, appeared in court July 2 on charges of theft,

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Demolition progressing on downtown Vancouver tower as crews prep for new 32-storey development

July 2, 2019 David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Six months into demolition, crews working at 1090 West Pender Street in the core of downtown Vancouver have reduced a seven-level parkade essentially to ground level. They’ll soon turn their attention to tearing down an adjacent 12-storey office tower that’s

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Toronto-area firm fined $200,000 after worker killed by concrete panel on downtown construction site in 2017

July 2, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—J.N.D. Erectors Ltd. has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for a health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker on a Toronto construction site. The fatal incident happened in March 2017 at a new

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SNC-Lavalin opts for corruption trial before judge alone

June 30, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Lawyers representing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. have opted for trial by judge alone in a corruption case that has loomed over the Montreal-based engineering giant. The company was ordered to stand trial last May. The Montreal-based firm is accused of paying

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EllisDon picked to build Orleans Health Hub in Ottawa suburbs

June 27, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Infrastructure Ontario has picked EllisDon Corp. as the preferred proponent to build a new health care facility just outside Ottawa. The crown agency said June 26 it’s selected EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare from a shortlist of five companies that advanced to

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B.C. shortlists three construction teams for $2.8B Broadway subway extension project

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Three construction teams remain in the running for the contract to build Vancouver’s six-station Broadway subway extension project. The B.C. government released its shortlist for the $2.8 billion project June 25, about two months after closing the request for qualifications

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11 months, 60,000 cubic metres of rock later, Site C dam crews breakthrough on first of two diversion tunnels

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.—After nearly a year of work with roadheaders chewing through about 60,000 cubic metres of rock, tunnelling crews at B.C.’s Site C dam project are seeing daylight. BC Hydro announced June 24 that excavation crews working on

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Sidewalk releases grand vision for controversial Toronto development

June 25, 2019 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Expanding on the project’s initial scope, the subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet has mapped out an elaborate urban development project that could cost $38 billion over the next 20 years

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Ottawa’s new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobs

June 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The rules are expected to benefit both general contractors and subcontractors, which can face cash flow problems if they aren’t paid quickly enough for work on major projects

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Ledcor starts construction on new ‘stacked box’ office tower in Vancouver expected to become city’s tallest

June 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Construction is officially underway on a new high-rise in downtown Vancouver expected to become the tallest office building in the city. The tower’s developers held a groundbreaking for the project June 20, kicking off a construction period scheduled to take

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Plan for construction of $595M Alberta superlab scrapped as Kenney makes good on promise

June 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—Alberta is cancelling construction of a medical superlab and scrapping a plan to put all laboratory services under government control. Premier Jason Kenney promised to do so before his United Conservative government was elected in April. The former NDP government

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Former Dessau executive pleads guilty to bid rigging scheme in Gatineau, Que.

June 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—A former regional vice-president for the Dessau engineering firm has pleaded guilty to participating in a bid-rigging scheme that cost the City of Gatineau, Que., an estimated $1.8 million. Michel Famery was ordered to serve nine months of house

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Lindsay Construction starts work on new school in Paradise, N.L. after landing $30.9M contract

June 21, 2019 On-Site Staff

ST. JOHN’S—Work is underway on a new middle school in Paradise, N.L. designed to accommodate 800 students. Nova Scotia-based Lindsay Construction won the contract for the $30.9 million project in April and now has shovels in the ground, the province

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Construction on new $330M Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa area to start this year

June 20, 2019 On-Site Staff

GATINEAU, Que.—Construction of a unique facility designed to house part of the federal government’s vast trove of Canadian heritage documents, photos, artwork and films is poised to get underway later this year. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Plenary Properties

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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

June 19, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The federal Liberals pitched the divisive pipeline project as a compromise between the environment and the economy

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Graham-led consortium picked to build rail overpass, elevated guideway in busy Toronto neighbourhood

June 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A construction team led by Graham Group Ltd. has been tapped as the preferred proponent for the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project, a major rail realignment job on the west end of Toronto. Provincial government agencies Infrastructure Ontario and