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Challenge to B.C. union rules for major infrastructure projects heads to province’s supreme court

February 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The new procurement framework requires workers that have been on an infrastructure job for 30 days to join one of 19 unions

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Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘veiled threats’ to make SNC-Lavalin deal, as Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign

February 28, 2019 Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Feb. 27, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern. Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after

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Prime Minister’s Office ordered review that spawned measures that could help SNC-Lavavlin, memo says

February 26, 2019 Jim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Two policy moves that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin came out of public consultations on federal anti-corruption measures that a newly disclosed memo says were ordered by the Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s staff directed Public Service and Procurement

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Feds commit $86.5M to build Halifax high speed bypass

February 25, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

HALIFAX—The federal government is injecting $86.5 million to extend a gridlock-prone stretch of highway in Halifax.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city Feb. 21 to announce the funding for the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector, which will stretch Highway 107 beyond

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Work on $2B methanol plant outside Grande Prairie, Alta. expected to create 1,000 construction jobs

February 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest. Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2 billion plant near Grande Prairie

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RFQ issued for Vancouver’s $2.8B Broadway Subway extension project

February 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

Design plans call for five kilometres of tunnelling, construction of six underground stations and 700-metres of elevated rail to connect the new tunnel to the existing SkyTrain

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Dessau to pay $1.9M in settlement over bid rigging public contracts

February 21, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Defunct engineering firm Dessau will pay $1.9 million in a settlement over bid-rigging on public contracts in Quebec, says Canada’s competition watchdog. The settlement, filed Feb. 19 in the Superior Court of Quebec, marked the end of a Competition Bureau

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Kiewit-led group wins $411.8M contract to build new all-season highway in Northwest Territories

February 21, 2019 by David Kennedy

YELLOWKNIFE—Work is moving ahead on a major roadbuilding project in Northwest Territories. The N.W.T. government signed an agreement Feb. 14 that will spur construction on a 97-kilometre route that will link the remote First Nations community of Whati with the

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The road north: Building through the most inhospitable terrain and harshest conditions Canada has to offer

February 21, 2019 Saul Chernos

Frequent blizzards and blistering cold. Unreliable access to basic materials. Cellphone service lost in seemingly endless tundra. Conditions like these might seem like a nightmare to roadbuilders in Canada’s more temperate climes, where the occasional blast of Arctic air can

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Development project led by Google affiliate Sidewalk Toronto faces growing opposition, calls for cancellation

February 20, 2019 Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Plans for a high tech Toronto community led by an Alphabet Inc.-backed entity should be scrapped, say politicians and prominent Canadian business and technology leaders. In the wake of a leaked report last week that revealed Sidewalk Labs’

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Fraud and bribery case thrown out against former SNC-Lavalin exec Stephane Roy

February 20, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebec court judge stayed charges of fraud and bribery against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stephane Roy Feb.19, ruling his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated. Judge Patricia Compagnone said delays caused by the Crown are

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Federal tax incentive creates big opportunity for firms purchasing new equipment

February 19, 2019 by David Kennedy

Canadian construction companies have at least one reason to thank U.S. President Donald Trump. He may have started the ongoing trade spat that’s caused havoc in the markets for construction steel and aluminum, but the recent American tax reforms he

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$1.9B project to replace Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital moving ahead

February 19, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government says the replacement of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver can move forward, following the launch of a business plan for the $1.9-billion project. Premier John Horgan took part in the announcement and says previous provincial governments

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Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

February 19, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was rocked Feb. 18 by the resignation of his principal secretary, Gerald Butts, amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The departure of the prime minister’s most trusted

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Huge Muskrat Falls cost overruns obvious soon after megaproject got underway, audit shows

February 19, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.—An audit has found executives overseeing the Muskrat Falls megaproject should have been aware that it would be almost impossible to meet cost and schedule targets. The forensic audit into Muskrat Falls construction was presented to the

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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

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Expanding your horizon: Stakeholders must approach construction from a new perspective

February 18, 2019 David Bowcott

The most important stakeholder within a construction project is the owner. Without their capital there would be no project to bid on. In addition, it’s the owner that makes the ultimate decisions on exactly how the project will be procured

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Feds, Manitoba ink deal to pour $291.4M into eight highway repaving and upgrade projects

February 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

HEADINGLEY, Man.—Repaving projects on several Manitoba highways and a series of other roadwork upgrades across the province are set to get underway. The provincial and federal governments struck a deal Feb. 13 to spend $147 million and $144 million, respectively,

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Expansion set for Port of Vancouver as CN looks to double-track section of rail

February 14, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The federal government, CN Rail and the body that oversees trade through Canada’s busiest port have signed an agreement allowing CN to build a second railway track to move more cargo and increase trade through Vancouver’s harbour. CN says the

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World of Asphalt draws record crowd to Indianapolis

February 14, 2019 On-Site Staff

INDIANAPOLIS—Thousands from the asphalt and aggregates industries flocked to Indianapolis this week for World of Asphalt 2019 and the co-located AGG1 Academy & Expo. Messy winter weather throughout the Midwest failed to keep the crowds away from the Indiana Convention