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Public prosecutor takes aim at SNC-Lavalin’s court bid for remediation deal

May 6, 2019 Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s director of public prosecutions is firing a new volley at SNC-Lavalin that could hobble the company’s ongoing legal fight for a special settlement agreement over alleged corruption in Libya. The prosecutor wants the Federal Court of Appeal to strike

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Canada can deliver big projects, Morneau insists, pointing to $40B LNG export terminal

May 4, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a $40-billion operation to eventually ship liquefied natural gas to Asia from Canada’s west coast shows the country can still get major projects done, despite corporate complaints about regulatory hurdles. The federal Liberals have been

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SNC-Lavalin to step back from 15 countries in effort to refocus operations

May 2, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said it will scale down its operations in 15 countries and swear off bidding on fixed-price contracts in the mining industry as it reported a loss in its latest quarter. “We remain confident that

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Crews target late 2020 for completion of long-delayed $823M revamp of Toronto’s Union Station

May 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex project to bring the terminal into the 21st century involved major excavation work and interior reconstruction

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Police charge man for alleged thefts on numerous Ottawa construction sites

May 1, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The Break and Enter Unit of the Ottawa Police Service has charged a 38-year-old man after a string of alleged thefts on Ottawa construction sites and hydro compounds. The man appeared in court April 28 and is charged with nine

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Broccolini breaks ground on Montreal’s tallest residential tower, part of company’s $1.3B investment on Saint-Jacques

May 1, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Shovels hit the ground April 30 at the site of Victoria sur le Parc, soon to be Montreal’s tallest residential skyscraper. Set to rise 200 metres above the city’s International District, the tower is the latest development by contractor Broccolini

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Former SNC-Lavalin director Jarislowsky demands shareholder vote on ‘cruel’ 407 sale

May 1, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A former director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is calling for a shareholder vote on what he describes as the company’s “cruel and Machiavellian” decision to sell the bulk of its stake in Ontario’s 407 toll highway operator for $3.25 billion.

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Multivista adds 3D images to construction documentation suite

April 30, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

Multivista, part of Hexagon, has launched 3D Images as part of its suite of documentation services for the construction industry. The service will be powered by the Leica BLK3D, which is a handheld 3D imager that allows real-time, professional grade,

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Aecon consortium wins $639.8M contract to widen 18-km stretch of Hwy. 401 just west of Toronto

April 29, 2019 by David Kennedy

The three-year construction project will expand the busy highway to as wide as 12 lanes between Mississauga and Milton

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Widening project along Trans-Canada in Langley, B.C. gets $235.5M in funding

April 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

LANGLEY, B.C.—A highway widening project in Metro Vancouver will soon get off the ground with $235.5 million in joint funding from Ottawa, British Columbia and the Township of Langley. François-Philippe Champagne the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities, B.C.’s Premier

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Aecon beats analyst expectations on higher revenues; backlog boosted by major contract wins

April 26, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. beat analyst expectations as its net loss was cut by more than half in the first quarter on a 20-per-cent growth in revenues and a higher backlog. The Toronto-based construction firm says it lost $9.8 million or

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From the editor… Double standard deals Trudeau a body blow

April 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

At the start of the year, a healthy percentage of Canadians had never heard of SNC-Lavalin. An even larger number couldn’t have told you what business the company was in, let alone share a single detail about its legal troubles.

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Construction begins on latest downtown Toronto office tower; price tag for 46-storey project tops $1B

April 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—With excavators and haulers carrying out demolition work a few dozen metres away, top brass from developer Cadillac Fairview and future tenant TD Bank, joined Toronto Mayor John Tory, among others, to officially kick off construction of a major new

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The view from above: Drone technology brings a new perspective to job sites

April 24, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Drivers may be frustrated with traffic disruptions related to two ongoing highway interchange projects in Saskatoon, but at least they’re not in the dark. Thanks to a series of narrated drone-created videos on the city’s website, they can view an

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Manitoba announces $57.5M in funding for school infrastructure projects

April 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The Public

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Alberta halts construction of superlab to allow incoming UCP a chance to review it

April 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta has halted construction of a medical superlab, saying it wants to allow the just-elected United Conservative government time to review the project. An Alberta infrastructure representative says in an email that the “pause” is intended to minimize costs incurred

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On the Perimeter: Major Winnipeg project brings concrete solution to longstanding bottleneck

April 23, 2019 David Kennedy

Infrastructure rarely ages gracefully. When there isn’t much elegance to the original design, 20 or 30 years can be particularly cruel. The junction of a pair of provincial trunk highways northeast of Winnipeg was just such a case. For years,

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Trudeau to be portrayed on Canuck-themed episode of ‘The Simpsons’

April 22, 2019 Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed in Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons,” which is titled “D’Oh Canada.” Toronto journalist Lucas Meyer revealed April 22 that he got to guest-voice Trudeau for the segment after a video of his

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West

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Construction tendering 101

April 22, 2019 Ivona Zegrean and Alexander Spraggs

By replacing negotiation with competition, the tendering process in construction is intended to bring more certainty, fairness and efficiency to the allocation of contracts. Despite this, the tendering system is an idiosyncratic mechanism, giving rise to certain obligations that may