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Quebec’s AGF Access Group to be bought by BrandSafway

January 9, 2020 On-Site Staff

A Quebec-based manufacturer of vertical access equipment has agreed to be bought by a U.S. competitor that provides scaffolding and other related services for industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects worldwide. BrandSafway, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., said Jan. 9 it has

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Hereditary chiefs say they will protect territory in pipeline construction dispute

January 8, 2020 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—On the first anniversary of the RCMP’s enforcement of an injunction against opponents of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, First Nation hereditary chiefs said the company behind the project is not welcome on their traditional territory.

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UN racism committee calls for halt to construction on Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG pipeline

January 8, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors a

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Fluor, Kiewit win multibillion-dollar contract to build new petrochemical facility outside Edmonton

January 8, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Canadian and Kuwaiti companies developing a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility in Alberta have awarded a lump sum construction contract to a 50/50 partnership between Fluor Canada Ltd. and Kiewit Construction Services ULC. Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries

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Winnipeg alleges fraud in lawsuit over construction of $210M police building

January 7, 2020 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The City of Winnipeg is suing construction companies, consultants and a former top city official, alleging they engaged in fraud and deceit that drove up the cost of a new police headquarters building. The lawsuit alleges there were inflated invoices,

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Bird subcontracted to build seven new stations for next phase of Ottawa’s light rail transit expansion

December 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction had yet to wrap up on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line when the city green-lit an expansion of the light rail network earlier this year. After a number of delays and a troublesome launch, the line entered regular service this

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Govan Brown opens new office catering to clients in Kitchener and Waterloo, Ont.

December 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

Construction management firm Govan Brown has officially cut the ribbon at a new office in Kitchener, Ont. The location is the Toronto-headquartered company’s sixth and will cater to local clients as well as those throughout southern Ontario. “While we have

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Aecon picks up three new contracts worth $420M, including one for work on Trans Mountain pipeline

December 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

Aecon Group Inc. disclosed three new contract wins Dec. 17 worth a total of $420 million. The Toronto-based contractor said it has picked up jobs in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, which will be added to the company’s backlog in

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SNC-Lavalin settles Libya charges, pleads guilty to single count of fraud

December 18, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. settled criminal charges Dec. 18 related to business dealings in Libya, with its construction division pleading guilty to a single count of fraud and bringing the engineering giant a step closer to ending a long-standing scandal that

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Top 10 construction trends to focus on in 2020

December 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

  Canadian contractors enter 2020 with most experts optimistic about their prospects. Still, changes in technology, political divisions and the sheer scale of many new building projects will present both opportunities and challenges. These are the top trends the Canadian

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2020 Construction Forecast: Positive momentum to continue, but industry needs to embrace change

December 18, 2019 David Kennedy

A steady stream of building projects in most regions of Canada, and particularly within its big urban centres, have kept the construction industry busy through the second half of 2019. Though concerns about how long growth can continue persist, much

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Nova Scotia withholds pulp mill approval, putting major construction project in limbo

December 17, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s environment minister is withholding approval of a pulp mill’s controversial proposal to pump 85 million litres of treated effluent daily into the Northumberland Strait, a decision that leaves the fate of thousands of forestry industry jobs in limbo.

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Trudeau releases mandate letter to new Minister of Infrastructure

December 17, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released the mandate letter addressed to Canada’s new Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna. The letters, which are released by the Prime Minister to Cabinet ministers at the start of a new term, highlight

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Pettibone enters mobile elevating work platform market

December 13, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Pettibone has announced its entry into the mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) market. The company is immediately debuting a total of 13 models with work heights ranging from 18.4 to 46 feet. Offered in electric or hydraulic drive configurations, Pettibone’s

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Case releases CX350D long reach excavator

December 13, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

  Case Construction Equipment’s new full-size CX350D LR excavator provides increased operating performance in long-distance bucket reach and precision applications. The new model features an elongated boom and arm for increased digging capabilities in deep or long-distance digging applications. With

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Proposed Toronto infrastructure levy supported by mayor and executive council

December 13, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Toronto residents may soon be paying higher taxes to fund major infrastructure projects. A proposed levy, called the City Building Fund, has been backed by Mayor John Tory. If implemented, it would increase property taxes for homeowners from 0.5 per

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Methods to avoid fraud, mismanagement needed in Nova Scotia hospital project: auditor

December 13, 2019 Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general is raising concerns about inadequate safeguards to prevent fraud and mistakes in the largest capital project in the province’s history. In a report released Dec. 10, Michael Pickup delved into the management of the $2-billion health-care

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Keeping score: How Toronto’s Bespoke Metrics is standardizing data and helping to de-risk construction

December 12, 2019 David Kennedy

The tech company’s prequalification tool lets GCs vet subcontractors to ensure they’re capable of taking on various aspects of major projects

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Four, including three brothers, charged in alleged Ontario solar farm construction fraud

December 12, 2019 The Canadian Press

Provincial police say three brothers are among those facing charges in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving three government-funded solar energy projects across the province. Det. Const. John Armit says the alleged fraud, believed to have taken place in 2012 and 2013,

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The tariffs have been lifted, but construction cost inflation still looms large

December 11, 2019 Gerard McCabe

The lifting of tariffs may have been a huge weight off the shoulders of the Canadian construction market, but it remains under considerable strain. This is due to the strength of booming demand combined with months of uncertainty surrounding the