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Engineers investigate cause of fallen concrete that struck Toronto woman at Union Station

October 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A woman in her 20s was struck and injured by a piece of fallen concrete at Union Station Oct. 11. The major transit hub in downtown Toronto is currently undergoing a more than $800 million revitalization project. Paramedics transported the

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Rural municipality chose cheaper design option for collapsed Sask. bridge

October 17, 2018 Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

REGINA—The Saskatchewan municipality where a newly built bridge collapsed hours after opening had been approved for $750,000 in provincial funding to go toward construction, but opted for a less expensive design, a rural leader says. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in

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City of Sudbury, Ont. greenlights first phase of construction on $30M Places des Arts

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SUDBURY, Ont.—A $30 million project to construct a Francophone arts and culture centre in Sudbury, Ont. passed a regulatory hurdle Oct. 16, paving the way for the first phase of construction. The City of Greater Sudbury issued a conditional building

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SNC Lavalin stock plunges after federal prosecutors decline to negotiate a deal

October 16, 2018 David Paddon and Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares plunged to their lowest close since early 2016 Oct. 10 after the company revealed that federal prosecutors won’t negotiate a deal that could reduce the time SNC spends in court fighting fraud and corruption charges laid

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Ottawa’s new tariffs on foreign steel put Canadian construction industry in ‘dire position’

October 15, 2018 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The surtax on products such as rebar, steel plate and wire rod will increase construction costs for a long list of projects across the country

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Walmart Canada spending $175M to renovate stores across country

October 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Walmart Canada says it will spend $175 million to help upgrade its stores across the country and improve the integration between its e-commerce business and physical locations. The company plans to renovate 23 stores by February 2019 in a

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Construction industry adds 28K new jobs in September after two months of decline

October 5, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

OTTAWA—The construction industry added 28,000 new jobs in September, entirely offsetting declines in the previous two months, according to the latest monthly Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Construction employment fell by 12,000 in July and and 16,000 in August.

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Trudeau, Gov. Rick Snyder discuss possibility of accelerated timelines for Gordie Howe bridge

October 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

WINDSOR, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to speed up the six-year timeline to construct the long-awaited Gordie Howe International Bridge. Trudeau was in Windsor, Ont. Oct. 5 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, among others,

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Surrey, B.C. contractor awarded contract for $28M road expansion in Abbotsford

October 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Construction is underway on a $27.5 million project to widen Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford, B.C. Key-West Asphalt, based in Surrey, B.C., was awarded the $12.49 million contract to expand the road, which offers a direct link to the

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Halifax hospital redevelopment to cost $2 billion, be funded with P3 model

October 4, 2018 Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The redevelopment of Nova Scotia’s largest hospital complex will cost about $2 billion — the bulk of which will be funded through a public-private partnership, says Premier Stephen McNeil. McNeil made the revelations for the first time since the massive

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Canada’s finance minister touts USMCA but says steel sector needs help

October 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s new trade deal will bring more economic stability, even as the government works to fairly compensate dairy farmers and deal with the dissatisfied steel and aluminum industry. Morneau told members of the Vancouver business

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Muskrat Falls inquiry finds ‘surprising’ lack of evidence of government analysis

October 3, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Former premier Danny Williams told the Muskrat Falls inquiry Tuesday he remained confident in his government’s detailed assessment of the hydro megaproject’s potential risks, even as the judge hearing the inquiry said they haven’t seen evidence that a

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From the editor … Taking stock of opportunities

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

765,917 kilometres – that’s the final tally of just how far Canada’s public road infrastructure stretches. Cobbling together highways, arterials, collectors, local roads and even urban laneways, the impressive measurement would take you to the Moon and then nearly get

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Disaster highlights construction failures of earthquake-prone Indonesian port city

October 2, 2018 Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

BANGKOK—Palu, the Indonesian city devastated by an earthquake, tsunamis and mudslides, has strived to transform itself into a major trading hub, but the city’s buildings and other infrastructure were no match for the triple whammy that has left more than

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Investors green light $40B LNG project in B.C.

October 2, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Investors have given final approval for a massive liquefied national gas project in northern British Columbia. The five partners have agreed to the $40-billion joint venture that includes a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre

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Gordie Howe bridge to cost $5.7 billion; set to open by end of 2024

October 1, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Getting to the Sept. 28 announcement of the final price tag for the long-sought span has been laden with political potholes

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B.C. approves $166M budget for construction of “long-overdue” acute care tower in Vancouver

October 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—British Columbia’s Ministry of Health has approved construction of a $166 million six-storey acute care facility for Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. Paul Myers Tower, to be located on the site of the hospital’s former Activation Building — which

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Amazon announced as tenant as Wales McLelland nears completion of 450,000 sq. ft. Vancouver-area warehouse

September 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Amazon.com Inc. has released plans to open a new fulfillment centre in Metro Vancouver. The online retail giant will locate the warehouse at a Lower Mainland industrial park currently being developed by GWL Realty Advisors, acting on behalf of project

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Contractors pressured to adopt new set of reporting standards to improve benchmarking, transparency

September 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO— An international coalition of professional associations, mostly made up quantity surveyor groups, is turning up the heat on Canada’s construction industry in an effort to convince project owners and contractors to adopt a new set of reporting standards. The

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Construction on ‘The Stack,’ set to become Vancouver’s tallest office tower, to begin next year

September 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Construction on a new tower that will become one of the tallest in Vancouver is scheduled to get underway early next year. Developer Oxford Properties Group, the real estate unit of pension fund OMERS, detailed plans for the 162-metre (530-foot)