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$453M Manitoba to Minnesota power line project begins ahead of schedule

August 29, 2019 Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A $453-million Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project has started ahead of schedule. Ottawa approved in June the line stretching from a point northwest of Winnipeg across the United States border, as long as Manitoba Hydro could meet certain conditions. Hydro spokesperson

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Construction of $58M Alberta geothermal power facility moving ahead with backing from Ottawa

August 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A geothermal power project planned for northwest Alberta is set to leap off the drawing board with the financial backing from the federal government. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced $25.5 million in funding Aug. 26 for the project known as

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Canada’s busiest subway station to get overhaul as feds commit nearly $1.1B to two Toronto transit projects

August 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex construction project will add another platform to the lower level of Bloor-Yonge Station to help tackle overcrowding

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Flatiron to start work on $60M second phase of Ten Mile Slide stabilization project along B.C.’s Hwy. 99

August 27, 2019 On-Site Staff

LILLOOET, B.C.—Construction is scheduled to get underway shortly on a short stretch of highway the British Columbia government describes as “one of the most technically challenging” sites to maintain in the province. Approximately 300 metres long and 200 metres wide,

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Ontario picks Mobilinx consortium to build $1.4 billion Hurontario LRT through Mississauga and Brampton

August 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA—Infrastructure Ontario and provincial transit agency Metrolinx have picked a P3 partner to take on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. The Mobilinx consortium was named the preferred proponent for the transit infrastructure work Aug. 26, though the province and

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Feds look to take next step to restore 100-year-old Quebec Bridge with storied, but troubled history

August 26, 2019 Catherine Levesque, The Canadian Pres

Still the longest clear span cantilever bridge in the world, the original structure collapsed twice during construction, killing dozens of workers

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From the editor… SNC-Lavalin retreats from construction, but don’t expect a bonanza

August 22, 2019 David Kennedy

The writing’s been on the wall for months, and a few weeks back, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. finally confirmed the speculation. Facing a laundry list of problems, the company said it plans to turn away from construction, stop taking on lump-sum

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On notice: Contractors told to prepare to restart construction on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

August 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

Construction firms have been given 30 days to hire workers, prepare detailed construction plans and mobilize equipment

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Liberals unscathed by latest twist in SNC-Lavalin saga, poll indicates

August 21, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

A report last week from the ethics commissioner concluded Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act when pressuring the former attorney general to halt criminal prosecution of the company

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Getting on track: Urban transit projects roar to life, creating opportunity for Canada’s construction sector

August 21, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Working in tandem along a stretch of highway in Montreal, a pair of launching gantry cranes hoist 50-ton concrete segments into the air off flatbeds below. The gantries slide the prefabricated segments into place, steadily forming a single 30-metre span

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With election campaign looming, Trudeau makes $1.2B transit commitment to Quebec City

August 20, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The infrastructure cash will help the city build a new 23-kilometre tramway line and let it join the ranks of Canadian urban centres modernizing their transit networks

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City of Saskatoon works to get back $1M from fraudster posing as construction firm

August 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon may be getting back most of the $1 million it mistakenly sent an online fraudster. City manager Jeff Jorgenson told a news conference Aug. 19 that nearly all the money has been traced to between 10

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Adding to the mix: Using admixtures to get your concrete to do what you want it to

August 19, 2019 David Kennedy

Looking up at the coffered dome of the Roman Pantheon, several thousand tonnes of ancient concrete overhead, the majesty of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple is lost on few. The building’s dome, still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world,

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Work starts on new Corner Brook hospital; $750M project to last four years

August 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

CORNER BROOK, N.L.—Work trailers, crew and the big iron has begun arriving at the site of a new hospital in western Newfoundland. Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball was among the officials last week to officially kick off construction

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Construction labour market comes back to life in July with addition of 25,000 jobs

August 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

The positive numbers mark just the second month the construction industry has added jobs this year

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Trudeau announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades

August 17, 2019 Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A new advisory committee will help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Aug. 16. Trudeau made the announcement prior to a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at a Nova Scotia Community

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Small excavators go big: Compact job sites force contractors to do more with less

August 16, 2019 Nate Hendley

Small-sized excavators have hit the big time. And surging growth in the segment isn’t finished yet. According to a research report released this March, the global market for mini-excavators accounted for US$7.2 billion in 2017, with construction making up the

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Bird Construction posts profit in second quarter, but revenue dips

August 16, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Bird Construction Inc. swung to a profit in the second quarter of 2019, but saw its construction revenues decline from a year ago. The company posted net income of $1 million, or two cents per share for Q2, compared to

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SNC-Lavalin faces renewed questions over future following bombshell report

August 14, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The latest assessment from Canada’s ethics commissioner is bad news for Trudeau and could mean more time in the spotlight for the Montreal-based company

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Handling big data has become a significant challenge for construction firms. AI is helping them cope

August 13, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Much of the popular discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned with the question, “Will a computer take over my job?” While the farther-reaching answers are subject to speculation, it’s undeniable that AI out-performs humans at handling large amounts of