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In the spotlight: The finalists in On-Site’s 2019 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

February 24, 2020 On-Site Staff

The On-Site team had a deep field of great images to look through this year and a long list of remarkable projects to assess — from complex rehabilitation work to unique high-rise jobs. Narrowing down the contributions to a half

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Turner Construction, Tomlinson, Wales McLelland, other big names round out On-Site’s 2019 photo contest

February 24, 2020 On-Site Staff

On-Site received dozens of worthy photos for our 2019 Canadian Construction Photo Contest. And though it’s never easy picking a winner, we were captivated by the sharp contrast in the winning image, as well as its symbolic tip of the

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A bit of perspective: On-Site unveils winner of its annual photo contest

February 24, 2020 On-Site Staff

Showcasing the tenacity of Canada’s construction industry, both past and present, a shot taken on a sprawling EllisDon construction site in downtown Toronto is our 2019 winner

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Teck withdraws application for Frontier mine project that would have created 7,000 jobs during construction

February 24, 2020 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Teck Resources Ltd. has withdrawn its application for a massive oilsands mining project just days ahead of an expected government decision, citing the political discourse over climate change. The Vancouver-based company said it will take a $1.13-billion writedown on the

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Devimco Immobilier to start work this year on redevelopment of CBC tower in Montreal

February 21, 2020 On-Site Staff

A team of Montreal developers is moving ahead with plans to redevelop the Maison de Radio-Canada tower and surrounding parking lots into a mixed-use neighbourhood. Mach, which is spearheading the project at Wolfe Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard, said Feb. 20

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Montreal-based contractor JCB Construction Canada opens Toronto office

February 21, 2020 On-Site Staff

JCB Construction Canada has put down roots in Toronto. The contractor based in Brossard. Que. — across the Champlain Bridge from Montreal — officially announced the new office on King Street in the east end downtown Toronto Feb. 18, though

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Waterfront Toronto committee weighs in on 160 Sidewalk Labs ideas

February 19, 2020 Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A committee tasked with advising Waterfront Toronto about Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs’s proposal to build a smart city says the agency should support most — but not all — of the company’s ideas for the high-tech neighbourhood. Of the 160

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Ontario introduces bill to speed up Toronto area transit project construction

February 19, 2020 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s government is changing development rules to speed up work on four key transit projects for the Greater Toronto Area, but opposition critics say the new legislation could trample on the environment and homeowners’ rights. Transportation Minister Caroline

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Nova Scotia tables largest single-year capital plan at just over $1B; supports road twinning, hospital work

February 19, 2020 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has announced the largest single-year capital plan in the province’s history at just over $1 billion for 2020-21. The $1.042-billion figure released Feb. 18 is a 51 per cent year-over-year increase in capital spending, which saw

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Think before you sue: Lawsuits can disqualify bidders on new projects

February 18, 2020 Laura Brazil and Christina Kim, McMillan LLP

Critics say the court decision against a B.C. contractor could have a chilling effect on construction companies’ use of the courts

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Developer plots construction of Canada’s tallest condo tower in downtown Toronto

February 12, 2020 On-Site Staff

A new building project planned for downtown Toronto is poised to see the tallest residential tower in the country rise at the foot of Yonge Street. Pinnacle International officially launched the 95-storey waterfront project Feb. 12. At 313 metres, so-called

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Mind the labour gap: Construction industry needs to recruit 307,000 workers over next decade

February 12, 2020 David Kennedy

The latest forecast from BuildForce Canada projects continued growth in construction through the mid-2020s. Combined with retirements, the added labour required to keep up with demand will create a substantial gap

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Pipeline protests impact B.C. legislature and Canada’s rail network

February 12, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Protests in support of Indigenous hereditary chiefs who oppose a major pipeline project flared across Canada for a fifth day on Tuesday, disrupting British Columbia’s legislature and forcing the cancellation of dozens of commuter and freight trains. Hundreds blocked the entrances

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Ford Super Duty shows its capability in the desert

February 12, 2020 Mario Cywinski

Around 10 years ago, one of my first truck events as an automotive journalist was for the 2011 Ford Super Duty. The event took place in Arizona, starting in Prescott, going through Yarnell, and eventually finishing in Glendale, a suburb

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Infrastructure bank takes on advisory role on proposed $1.6B power, fibre link between Manitoba and Nunavut

February 10, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will be taking on an advisory role on a proposed project that would connect five remote communities in Nunavut with Manitoba’s power grid. The federal institution said Feb. 5 it will engage with stakeholders and

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Liberals face heat as cost of Trans Mountain expansion hits $12.6B

February 10, 2020 Jordan Press and Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will now cost at least $12.6 billion — up from a three-year-old estimate of $7.4 billion on a project Finance Minister Bill Morneau insisted the Liberal government intends to sell back to the private sector

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Nearly 1.5 million Canadians working in construction with latest industry job gains

February 7, 2020 On-Site Staff

A nearly 16,000-job gain in January marks the third month of positive construction labour momentum

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B.C. First Nations disappointed while industry welcomes Trans Mountain ruling

February 5, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

The controversial pipeline project cleared yet another big legal hurdle with the Federal Court of Appeal ruling this week

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Minnesota regulators give key approvals for Line 3 pipeline

February 5, 2020 The Associated Press

Minnesota utility regulators approved a court-ordered revised environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the state. On Feb. 3, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 3-1 to approve the environmental impact statement

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Saskatchewan premier forms cabinet committee on pipeline expansions

February 5, 2020 The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has put together a committee of cabinet ministers to assess how the government could help get more pipelines built in the province. “Our government recognizes the necessity of further developing pipeline infrastructure to help our energy products reach