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Nova Scotia begins search for construction team to take on $2B hospital redevelopment project

December 18, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has issued two requests for supplier qualifications for the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital complex. The province says it has begun the search for the team that will design, construct, finance and maintain

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EllisDon wins $239M contract for major rebuild of GO train station in Vaughan, Ont.

December 17, 2018 On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—A construction team led by EllisDon has won a $239 million contract to overhaul a GO Transit station just north of Toronto. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx announced last week that the EllisDon Infrastructure Transit construction consortium will design, build

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Brampton, Ont. rethinks Hurontario LRT route, looks at tunnel option in major expansion of scope

December 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

Lengthening the line would add hundreds of millions to the construction contract. The current design is expected to cost $1.4 billion

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SNC-Lavalin cuts 100 Canadian jobs as politicians warn it’s vulnerable to foreign takeover

December 14, 2018 Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover. The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable

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Vancouver construction crew gets free lunch, courtesy of Huawei CFO facing extradition

December 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A pizza delivery to the Vancouver home of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou turned into an offer of lunch Dec. 12 for members of the media camped outside. When six pizza were delivered to Meng’s house the delivery driver was instructed

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Director of hydrovac firm Badger Daylighting resigns over rejected secret takeover offer

December 12, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A director who served for 25 years on the board of Badger Daylighting Ltd. said he’s resigning over its decision not to bring to its investors a secret takeover proposal made last summer. David Calnan, a Calgary lawyer who has

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Ketza Construction wins $29M contract to build new Whitehorse secondary school

December 12, 2018 On-Site Staff

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government has awarded a local construction firm a $29.4 million contract to build a new French language secondary school in Whitehorse. The territory handed Ketza Construction the design-build contract for the new school Dec. 11, noting the cost

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Non-residential building permits fall sharply in October, led by industrial segment

December 12, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The value of newly-issued building permits slipped 0.2 per cent across the country in October, led mainly by a 7.0 per cent slide in the non-residential sector. Non-residential building permits brought in a total of $2.9 billion over the course

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Work on Massey Hall revitalization project in full swing in Toronto as province reiterates $30M in funding

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The doors of one of Canada’s most iconic music venues swung shut early this summer as construction crews got to work on a two-year revitalization project. As the new Ontario government reiterated a $30 million funding pledge originally made by

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Proposed Ontario bill aims to open tendering process to non-union construction firms

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—In its latest drive to “cut red tape” the new Ontario government has introduced a bill that would rewrite a more than 30-year-old stipulation that restricts certain cities, schools and hospitals to hiring unionized construction firms for infrastructure work. The

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Caterpillar dealer Finning to buy Canadian on-site refueling firm 4Refuel for $260M

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Finning International Inc. is stepping up its on-site services offering with a major acquisition. The Caterpillar dealer said Dec. 11 that it has agreed to buy both the Canadian and U.S. operations of mobile refueling firm 4Refuel for $260 million.

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Coalition aims to put First Nations in the driver’s seat on major construction projects

December 10, 2018 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. “We really are in a place looking to diversify our

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Metrolinx doled out extra $237M to keep Eglinton Crosstown on schedule

December 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Nearly a quarter-billion dollars in extra funding from Ontario agency Metrolinx kept the largest transit infrastructure project in the country on track when construction began to fall behind schedule last year, according to a report released last week by Ontario

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Canadian construction outlook positive for 2019, but last year’s setbacks could cast a long shadow

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

With no rose-coloured glasses necessary, the outlook for the construction industry in 2019 remains positive, if somewhat tepid. Near-record employment, six-straight quarters of higher spending in the non-residential segment and progress on several major projects have bolstered confidence this fall

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Top 10 Canadian construction trends to watch in 2019

December 5, 2018 On-Site Staff

There is no shortage of changes, both positive and negative, the industry faces as 2018 comes to a close. On-Site caught up with Mary Van Buren, the president of the Canadian Construction Association, to discuss the trends the industry association

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Lean Construction: Getting past the silos

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, completed in 2015, is an award-winning facility featuring fully integrated digital infrastructure, compliance with LEED, a natural people-friendly environment and floor layouts that support Lean workflows. What’s not immediately obvious is the project’s diverse input from

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Silica dust on the job site: Inconsistent regulations force the industry to play catch up

December 5, 2018 Jillian Morgan

It takes decades of breathing in the fugitive dust created by drilling, cutting and grinding concrete, stone and other materials containing crystalline silica for silicosis to scar and harden the lungs. The incurable disease is one of a handful caused

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Picking up creature comforts: On-Site’s 2019 pick-up report

December 5, 2018 Mario Cywinski

Not long ago, pick-ups were seen as little more than dedicated work trucks. Those days are long gone. With the rise of crossovers and SUVs, people want bigger vehicles, and for many, pick-ups have become “an SUV with a truck

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Job site automation: Can job sites be more like factories?

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Wolves and construction materials don’t have a lot in common, but finding them can present similar challenges. Thus, a presentation on tracking wolf packs became the inspiration for a unique solution for locating construction materials on job sites. “I thought,