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Nova Scotia set to regulate coastal construction as sea levels rise

March 13, 2019 Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure

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Under lock and key: Guarding job sites from thieves and thrill-seekers saves contractors down the line

March 13, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Sprawling construction sites, swarming with workers during the day, but abundant in valuable tools and unguarded equipment once crews clock out, are ripe for pilfering. Unlike picking a lock or breaking a window, prowling a vacant construction site after-hours hoping

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Connecting the dots between technology and capital

March 12, 2019 David Bowcott

You may have noticed that a number of articles I’ve penned in the last year have had a strong technology leaning. It isn’t a coincidence. There’s absolutely no doubt that over the last few years Silicon Valley has discovered the

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New code aims to increase number of women working in B.C. construction industry

March 11, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Mary-Anne Bowcott says she still remembers the fear she felt when she overheard her co-workers talking about her while she was a roofer. It was violent enough to make her consider leaving the industry all together, like so many other

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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Ontario bets on Woodbine Entertainment to bankroll new GO Transit station on north end of Toronto

March 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The Ontario government and transit agency Metrolinx have struck a deal with Woodbine Entertainment that will see the racetrack owner pick up the bill for a new Toronto train station. The station, which will be located along Highway 27 at

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Amid fracas in Ottawa, SNC-Lavalin sues former CEO for millions over hospital bribery scandal

March 6, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is suing its former CEO in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital as the beleaguered engineering and construction giant continues its effort to distance itself from its former leadership. The

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Aecon notches record revenues for 2018; project backlog also climbs to highest level ever

March 6, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Aecon Group Inc. said it notched record annual revenues in 2018, allowing it to raise its quarterly dividend by two cents per share to 14.5 cents. The engineering firm logged a 16 per cent year-over-year increase in revenues to $3.27

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Trial needed for $125M Bondfield libel suit against the Globe and Mail, court says

March 6, 2019 Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A construction company’s $125-million defamation lawsuit against The Globe and Mail newspaper should be decided at trial in a case that highlights the importance of solid journalism even when an expose potentially causes damage to the subject, Ontario’s top court

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Trudeau strikes more conciliatory tone after second minister resigns over SNC-Lavalin

March 5, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott joined Wilson Raybould in resigning from cabinet March 4, saying she has lost confidence in the government

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Quebec Court of Appeal rules companies can suffer cruel and unusual punishment

March 5, 2019 Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that the Charter protection against cruel and unusual punishment can apply to companies as well as individuals. The question arose when a company convicted of acting as a construction contractor without the necessary

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$54.2M project to twin Ray Gibbon Drive in St. Albert, Alta. gets go-ahead after cost sharing deal

February 28, 2019 On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—The Alberta government and a city northwest of Edmonton have struck a cost sharing agreement for an eight-kilometre twinning project. The province and St. Albert, Alta. finalized plans Feb. 25 to twin Ray Gibbon Drive, which is currently a busy

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Challenge to B.C. union rules for major infrastructure projects heads to province’s supreme court

February 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The new procurement framework requires workers that have been on an infrastructure job for 30 days to join one of 19 unions

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Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘veiled threats’ to make SNC-Lavalin deal, as Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign

February 28, 2019 Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Feb. 27, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern. Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after

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Prime Minister’s Office ordered review that spawned measures that could help SNC-Lavavlin, memo says

February 26, 2019 Jim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Two policy moves that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin came out of public consultations on federal anti-corruption measures that a newly disclosed memo says were ordered by the Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s staff directed Public Service and Procurement

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Feds commit $86.5M to build Halifax high speed bypass

February 25, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

HALIFAX—The federal government is injecting $86.5 million to extend a gridlock-prone stretch of highway in Halifax.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city Feb. 21 to announce the funding for the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector, which will stretch Highway 107 beyond

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Work on $2B methanol plant outside Grande Prairie, Alta. expected to create 1,000 construction jobs

February 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest. Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2 billion plant near Grande Prairie

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RFQ issued for Vancouver’s $2.8B Broadway Subway extension project

February 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

Design plans call for five kilometres of tunnelling, construction of six underground stations and 700-metres of elevated rail to connect the new tunnel to the existing SkyTrain

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Dessau to pay $1.9M in settlement over bid rigging public contracts

February 21, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Defunct engineering firm Dessau will pay $1.9 million in a settlement over bid-rigging on public contracts in Quebec, says Canada’s competition watchdog. The settlement, filed Feb. 19 in the Superior Court of Quebec, marked the end of a Competition Bureau