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Building permits down following five-year high

August 7, 2012 On-Site staff

Building permit values fell 2.5 per cent to $6.8 billion in June, after hitting a five-year high in May. The decline was mainly fuelled by decreases in non-residential and residential construction in Alberta and B.C. The value of building permits

Aecon crews working on the Milton replacement Phase 2B, which involves the installation of approximately 1,500 metres of 26-in. steel and 1,500m of 34-in. steel gas main in Milton. Ont. Aecon, in a joint venture, was recently awarded a $600-million contract for the installation of 560 kilometres of underground pipeline running from Edmonton, Alta. to Fort McMurray, Alta. Photo courtesy of Aecon Group Inc.
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Aecon joint venture awarded $600M contract

August 3, 2012 On-Site staff

Aecon Group Inc. recently announced that its Aecon Utilities division won a $600-million contract in a 50/50 joint venture with Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd. to finish the Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline expansions in Alberta. The contract includes the

The Vale Clean AER Project is designed to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions at Vale's smelter in Sudbury by 70 per cent from current levels, in addition to dust and metals emissions reduced by an additional 35 to 40 per cent. Image courtesy of Vale.
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Aecon awarded $85M contract

August 2, 2012 Andrew Snook

Aecon Group Inc. announced today that it has been awarded an $85 million contract for the site preparation and foundation construction for the Vale Clean Atmospheric Emissions Reduction Project in Sudbury, Ont. The contract includes the construction of reinforced concrete

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Awareness campaign for WSIB mandatory coverage underway

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) launched an awareness campaign on July 31, designed to make the construction industry aware of new rules and encourage people working in the sector to pre-register for coverage. The campaign dubbed, “Be Registered, Be Ready,” is

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Construction GDP down in May

July 31, 2012 Andrew Snook

Gross domestic product for the construction sector dropped 0.2 per cent in May, when compared to the previous month. The decline was due to a decrease in residential building and non-residential building construction (to a lesser degree), which more than

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Contracts totalling $5.6M awarded for improvements to Highways 2 and 97

July 30, 2012 Andrew Snook

Two contracts were recently awarded for improvement projects on Highway 2 and Highway 97 in B.C. Knelsen Rock Products Ltd., based in Grand Prairie, Alta. obtained a $2.4-mllion contract to construct a two-kilometre northbound passing lane on Highway 97 at

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Advisory panel: Turn Ontario Place into a mixed-use facility

July 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

The final report on the fate of Ontario Place was released today and the message is clear: park it, all year round. Turning Ontario Place into a multi-use site that features waterfront and parkland for the public to enjoy was

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Earnings for construction employees down in May

July 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings in the construction sector fell 0.7 per cent in May (to $1,133.09), when compared to the previous month ($1,140.87). Construction employees’ average weekly earnings remained up over the 12-month period

Rock Solid features articles on spec'ing for dump trucks and vocational trucks, getting the most out of your construction trucking fleet and the Construction Truck Rundown.
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Rock Solid

July 26, 2012 On-Site

Interested in the latest news about the spec’ing and operation of construction trucks? Then check out the digital edition of Rock Solid at Truck News, which includes articles on spec’ing for dump trucks and vocational trucks, getting the most out

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Two Canadians make shortlist for the Morph My City challenge

July 25, 2012 Andrew Snook

The shortlist for the Morph My City challenge is out, and Canada will have local representation when the winners are announced at the 2012 National Infrastructure Summit in Regina, Sask., which takes place from September 10 to 12. Six finalists

Artist rendering of Evergreen Line's Lincoln Station
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BEL Contracting awarded early works contract

July 24, 2012 Andrew Snook

A $2-million early works contract was recently awarded to relocate railway tracks for the Evergreen Line in B.C., a rapid transit service that will connect Coquitlam, to Vancouver, via Port Moody and Burnaby. The contract went to Burnaby-based BEL Contracting,

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Bert Clark named president and CEO for Infrastructure Ontario

July 20, 2012 Andrew Snook

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) recently announced Bert Clark as its new president and CEO. He will begin his new role on Aug. 7, 2012 and was also nominated to the IO’s board of directors. Clark spent the past four years as

Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) president Chris Lorenc poses for a photo alongside Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and infrastructure stakeholders at the LTIP roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Photo courtesy of the MHCA.
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MHCA emphasizes importance of infrastructure programs

July 19, 2012 Andrew Snook

Permanent, long-term infrastructure programs (LTIP) are good for Canada. That was the message from the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) at a recent roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Industry stakeholders discussed the possibility of a permanent LTIP, which would extend beyond

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Calling all crews: show off your best project in concrete or masonry to win a trip to WOC 2013

July 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

Commercial construction and masonry crews have another chance at bragging rights for the Crews That Rock competition, which will honour the winners at World of Concrete 2013 (WOC). Concrete construction and masonry workers’ submit their most outstanding projects to the

New Brunswick's Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams, along with other local politicians and school district officials recently took part in a sod-turning ceremony to mark the construction of a $22.7-million francophone school in Moncton, N.B. (From left) Marc Pelletier, future principle of the school; Moncton Mayor Georges LeBlanc; Ernest Thibodeau, chair of the District 1 Education Council; Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams; Adle Landry, Lonie Post and Madeleine Landry, three future students of the school; Moncton-Crescent MLA John Betts; Wade AuCoin, a member of the parent's committee; and Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais. Photo courtesy of New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
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Foulem Construction Lte wins bid to build $22.7-M francophone school in Moncton, N.B.

July 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

The City of Moncton, N.B. will have a new school for the 2013-14 school year. New Brunswick’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams, along with Moncton Crescent MLA John Betts, Mayor of Moncton Georges LeBlanc, and various school district officials

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Orange Zone safety hits airwaves in Saskatchewan

July 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure launched its campaign to remind motorists to slow down to 60 km/hr in Orange Zone during the highway construction season. To listen to the Ministry’s new radio ad, click here.

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Non-residential building construction investment up in Q2 2012

July 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, increased investment in commercial and industrial components pushed non-residential building construction up to $11.2 billion in the second quarter of 2012, for an increase of 1.8 per cent. The increase follows three consecutive

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PCL launches My Legacy hiring campaign

July 16, 2012 Andrew Snook

The PCL Family of Companies recently launched a new recruitment campaign to assist the company in meeting its current and future employment needs. The My Legacy campaign is designed to create a unified voice for the company’s recruitment efforts and

Agrium Inc. president and CEO Michael Wilson helps kick off the sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the new Agrium Western Event Centre at the Stampede Park in Calgary, Alta. on July 8. (From L to R) Michael Casey, Calgary Stampede chairman and president, Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), Michael Wilson, Premier of Alberta Alison Redford, Vern Kimball, Calgary Stampede CEO. Photo courtesy of Agrium Inc.
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$42.6M Agrium Western Event Centre set for construction at Stampede Park

July 13, 2012 Andrew Snook

Members of the Calgary Stampede, the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and Agrium Inc. assembled for a ceremonial sod turning to mark the start of construction of the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary, Alta. on July 8.

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Back on track: LEED Canada certification backlog eliminated

July 13, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada’s certification process experienced a significant backlog in 2010, but since that time the CaGBC have implemented a variety of initiatives to get the process back on track. “I’m happy to say