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‘Muddled messaging’ does SNC-Lavalin’s brand no favours, experts say

April 2, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Public relations experts are questioning SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s handling of its corporate image over the past two months, faulting a tight-lipped approach and mixed messaging for a tarnished brand. The company has found itself in the hot seat since former

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Solar facility opens at former Ontario coal plant once the largest in North America

April 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

NANTICOKE, Ont.—What was once the largest coal generating station in North America has exchanged its stacks for solar panels. Ontario Power Generation announced March 29 a new 44-megawatt solar facility has begun producing power at the site of the former

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Trump issues new permit for TransCanada’s stalled Keystone XL pipeline

April 1, 2019 Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on March 29 issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was

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Feds, B.C. earmark $121.4M for work on challenging 4.4-kilometre stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

April 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

Picturesque section of road in the Rocky Mountain Trench set for four-laning project

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SNC-Lavalin warned of U.S. move, slashing workforce if no plea deal, documents show

March 29, 2019 Jordan Press and Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Under a “Plan B” scenario, the company would have slashed its Canadian workforce by more than 5,000 jobs and possibly even ended operations in the country

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On-Site extends deadline for 2019 Top Contractors survey. Make sure your company is on the list!

March 27, 2019 On-Site Staff

  The 2019 edition of On-Site’s Top Contractors report is just weeks away. Make sure your company is a part of the definitive report that tracks Canada’s construction industry — from family-owned and regional builders, to contractors that span the

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Spotlight: On-Site rounds-up praiseworthy entries from 2018 photo contest

March 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

On-Site unveiled the winning picture and runner-ups for our first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest in March — but there are even more submissions that deserve recognition. Given the sheer number of high quality entries, it was a challenge for the

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Stuart Olson books $120M in new contracts after tough end to 2018

March 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. has disclosed well over a hundred million dollars in new contracts to add to its backlog of work. The Calgary-based contractor said March 26 that its Industrial Group has inked fresh deals worth about $80 million, while

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SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

March 26, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is walking back a statement by its CEO, who said last week he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the construction giant should be granted a remediation agreement. Neil Bruce told The

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Billionaire couple’s $100M donation to UofT to kick-start construction of major new complex in downtown Toronto

March 25, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—One of Canada’s richest families is giving $100 million to the University of Toronto — a donation the school says is the largest in its history. The university said the gift from Heather Reisman and Gerald Schwartz will help build

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Work camp builder Horizon North moves further into modular construction with Ontario acquisition

March 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Horizon North Logistics Inc., an Alberta-based firm best know as a provider of temporary work camps, is expanding its presence both in eastern Canada and in the modular construction market with a new acquisition. Horizon North said earlier this month

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N.S. to spend another $22.3 million on ferry including renos to Maine terminal

March 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says it will fund renovations of a ferry terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine, at an expected cost of $8.5-million. It will also provide another $13.8 million to the privately owned ferry service for its 2019-20 operations.

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Alberta spending $478M to add lanes, upgrade interchanges on busy Deerfoot Trail

March 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary. The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of

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Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

March 19, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier

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Aecon, Graham and Broccolini among On-Site’s Construction Photo Contest finalists

March 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

From transit infrastructure and bridge construction, to residential and commercial development work, the incredible diversity of the country’s construction industry is on full display in On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest Top Five Finalists. Taken by both professional photographers and

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RAM 1500 ages like a fine wine

March 18, 2019 Mario Cywinski

While RAM, which at the time was still a Dodge, may have been one of the first to introduce a ‘semi’ truck looking front end to its pick-up truck, it is now the norm. Just look at the grilles on

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Cyber security in the digital age

March 15, 2019 Jacob Stoller

The phrase “data security” has recently been replaced by “cyber security, ” but this isn’t just a matter of fashionable buzzwords. The newer term reflects the fact that staying secure involves a lot more than protecting a company’s data. Furthermore,

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How do you know when it’s really over? Types of “project complete”

March 14, 2019 Siobhan Small

Project wrap-up entails a variety of legal processes, including the release of contract and statutory holdback funds, shifting responsibility for insurance coverage, and commencing lien filing and statutory limitation periods. These processes often turn on a project achieving completion. The

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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed

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Feds back $500M BMO Centre expansion project with $166M contribution

March 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has backed a $500 million mega-project to double the size of Calgary’s largest convention centre. Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne was in the city March 12 to announce Ottawa’s $166.6 million contribution to expand the BMO Centre, which