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Ontario begins safety blitz inspections, focusing on construction sites

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario workplace inspectors are launching a safety blitz focusing on construction sites. The ‘blitz’ was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development for the province, on Feb. 3. “We’re doing this to save lives,” McNaughton said

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OPG to explore alternatives following no vote on nuclear waste disposal site

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will need to find somewhere else to dispose of nuclear waste. On Jan. 31, members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) First Nations voted against a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) site for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste

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Gomaco introduces new high-production screed

February 4, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

This year Gomaco is introducing a high-production truss-mounted screed for paving bridge decks, flat slabs and floors. The new high-production screed can advance up to four feet (1.2 m) in a single pass, drastically reducing finishing time and providing savings

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Built in just 10 days, China’s virus hospital admits first patients

February 3, 2020 Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

BEIJING—The first patients arrived Monday at a 1,000-bed hospital built in 10 days as part of China’s sweeping efforts to fight a new virus that is causing global alarm. Huoshenshan Hospital and a second 1,500-bed facility due to open this

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Aecon to buy Winnipeg-based electrical contractor Voltage Power for $30M

February 3, 2020 On-Site Staff

Aecon Group Inc. is adding to its in-house electrical contracting expertise with a new acquisition. The company said Feb. 3 it has purchased Winnipeg-based Voltage Power for $30 million, plus possible earnout payments based on future financial targets. The electrical

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Doosan Infracore adds new dealer in New Brunswick

January 31, 2020 On-Site Staff

Doosan Infracore North America has picked up a new dealer on Canada’s East Coast. One of the equipment maker’s current dealers, Paul Equipment & Sons, has opened a new location in Fredericton. “We are excited for the expansion of this

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RFQ issued for Brampton, Ont. courthouse and Toronto bail centre renovation project

January 29, 2020 On-Site Staff

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a project that involves renovating both a bail centre in Toronto and a courthouse in nearby Brampton, Ont. The province launched the search

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Epiroc introduces Combi Cutter 1600 hydraulic attachment

January 27, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Epiroc has released the Combi Cutter 1600 hydraulic attachment to the Canadian market The CC 1600 model for carriers in the 13 to 23 tonne class offers greater stability, lower weight and higher performance than previous versions. The Epiroc CC1600

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Infrastructure Ontario chief Ehren Cory returning to private sector

January 25, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Cory will stay on until the end of April to give IO ample time to find a replacement.

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SNC Lavalin recruits ex-Bombardier asset sales specialist to lead transformation

January 24, 2020 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Inc. has recruited a former Bombardier executive who oversaw key asset sales to oversee the engineering and construction firm’s strategic transformation. Louis Veronneau will take on the new role of chief transformation officer, which includes possible divestments and reducing

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‘Landmark’ Ottawa library inches toward construction as design revealed

January 24, 2020 On-Site Staff

A joint federal-municipal library project in Ottawa is one step closer to shovel ready. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, among other officials, revealed the design Jan. 23 for the major new project

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SNC-Lavalin drops court challenge over bid for special agreement

January 23, 2020 Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has ended its court challenge of the federal prosecution service’s decision to deny it a special agreement to avoid criminal proceedings on corruption and fraud charges. The move, while not entirely surprising in light of a

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Resolute Forest Products spending $27M to build cellulose filament plant at Quebec paper mill

January 22, 2020 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it will spend $27 million to add a plant to produce cellulose filaments at its Kenogami paper mill in Quebec. It says it will also spend $11 million to modernize equipment to produce high-grade SCA+

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Huge development with 37 separate towers planned for downtown Mississauga, Ont.

January 21, 2020 by David Kennedy

The project will transform 130 acres of what today is mostly parking lot space into a sprawling neighbourhood home to some 35,000 people

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Changing the lens to focus on whole life-cycle value

January 21, 2020 Anil Sawhney

The construction market is responding to an increase in demand for more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. Project owners as well, see value in considering life-cycle costs as part of the financial management of building projects. Taking a long view that

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Ontario invests $200M towards infrastructure in small northern communities

January 20, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Ontario government has announced a $200 million investment towards infrastructure in northern communities. The investment was announced by Premier Doug Ford and Laurie Scott, minister of Infrastructure, on Jan. 17. The funds will come from the Ontario Community Infrastructure

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Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown nearly halfway complete

January 15, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Crosstown will have 25 stations spanning 19 kilometres across Eglinton Avenue.

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Zurich Insurance suing former Bondfield Construction CEO to recover $200M, report says

January 15, 2020 On-Site Staff

Switzerland-based insurance giant Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. is taking legal action in an attempt to recover $200 million it says it paid out as a result of Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.’s collapse, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 15. The

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Pipeline at centre of B.C. conflict is creating jobs for First Nations, chief says

January 15, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for Indigenous people and lifting communities from poverty, says an elected chief of a band that supports

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$30M redevelopment of Manulife Place in Edmonton to start this summer

January 15, 2020 On-Site Staff

A major redevelopment of an office and retail tower in downtown Edmonton is scheduled to begin this summer. Manulife Investment Management said Jan. 14 it plans to spend $30 million to modernize the exterior facade of the shopping centre, reposition