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Alberta government to partially backstop construction of $2 billion bitumen upgrader

January 23, 2019 Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Alberta government is providing a $440-million loan guarantee to help a Calgary-based company build a bitumen upgrader east of Edmonton. Value Creation Inc. says it’s ready to break ground on the $2-billion upgrader that would convert more than 77,000

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Payback: U.K. construction worker wrecks hotel lobby with mini excavator in viral video

January 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LIVERPOOL, England—A disgruntled worker wrecked the lobby of an under-construction hotel with a mini excavator Jan. 21 after his paycheque came up short. In a viral video, the worker can be seen ramming through the front entrance of a Travelodge

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Alberta unveils first construction project under $1.6B plan to upgrade heavy load road network

January 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

ACHESON, Alta.—Weeks after the heaviest-ever splitter began its four-day journey across Alberta’s roads, the province unveiled the first construction project under its $1.6 billion plan to upgrade its High Load Corridor — a network of highways designed to withstand huge

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Ontario proposes changing Toronto-area growth plan, a move that would shake up construction

January 16, 2019 Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is proposing changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s growth plan that the government says would make it easier and faster to build housing. The government says the changes would come while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, an area designated

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Construction of $1.4B Calgary Cancer Centre on time, on budget as below-grade work continues

January 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—With four cranes overhead and 300 workers on-site, the largest infrastructure project in Alberta has begun taking shape. PCL Constructors Inc., which is overseeing the build, remains on time and on budget, according to the province’s Infrastructure ministry. Work began

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Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

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Deal reached in northern B.C. pipeline impasse, allowing crews access to job site

January 11, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory. Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told

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Pipeline construction imbroglio: Trudeau says protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

January 9, 2019 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday. RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in

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Dewalt releases line of combination and demolition hammers

January 7, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

The Flexvolt 60V Max brushless 1-7/8 in. combination hammer (DCH733) from Dewalt features an E-Clutch system and Shocks Active Vibration Control technology. The hammer achieves 13.3 joules and 350 RPM. The new line of large SDS Max hammers also includes

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Construction employment slides in December, ends 2018 with slightly larger workforce

January 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—A construction hiring surge in November that saw the industry add nearly 15,000 jobs did not carry into December. According to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, the construction industry shed 2,400 jobs, seasonally adjusted, in the final month of

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Construction industry embraces unlikely source of growth: shifting work off the job site

January 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

Modular building comes into its own as timeline and labour issues squeeze builders

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Saskatchewan company fined $80K after crane strikes scissor lift with worker inside

December 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

SASKATOON, Sask.—Crane rental agency Prairie Crane Inc. was slapped with a $80,000 fine after a worker operating a scissor lift was truck by an overhead crane. The worker suffered serious injuries to his arm and pelvis when the scissor lift

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Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure

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LafargeHolcim wins contract for major highway project in Vancouver

December 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The Canadian arm of multinational construction materials firm LafargeHolcim has won a contract worth more than $100 million to serve as the prime contractor on a major highway project at the northern end of Metro Vancouver. The B.C. government announced

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First of 17 remote Ontario First Nations plugged into grid as $1.6B power line project progresses

December 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project. The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Dec. 20

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It’s been an eventful year in Canadian construction. Take a look at the stories that shaped 2018

December 21, 2018 On-Site Staff

From the long-awaited go ahead on the Gordie Howe bridge project to the still-raging battle over steel and aluminum tariffs, 2018 has kept builders busy

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Take a ride through Elon Musk’s oddball underground construction project

December 19, 2018 Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel Dec. 18, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.”

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Amazon to build new distribution centre outside Edmonton

December 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

NISKU, Alta. – Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is opening a new distribution centre in Leduc County, just south of Edmonton, with plans to create 600 full-time jobs by 2020. The e-commerce company says the approximately 92,900-square-metre (one-million-square-foot) centre in

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Bronte Construction awarded $26M contract for Port Dalhousie Piers repair project

December 18, 2018 On-Site Staff

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.—Ottawa has awarded Bronte Construction a $26.3 million contract to repair a marina on Lake Ontario. Construction on the Port Dalhousie piers is anticipated to begin in early 2019 and wrap up in March 2021. Concrete decks will

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B.C. ditches plan for $3.5B Massey Bridge, stays mum on timeline, cost of alternatives

December 18, 2018 Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

The bridge was designed to replace the 59-year-old George Massey Tunnel. Construction started in 2017 before being halted when the NDP came to power