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‘They really hate us’: New prompt payment rules may help mend relationship between GCs, subtrades

September 16, 2019 David Kennedy

Tension between separate levels of the construction industry is part of the business. Legal changes may relieve one major source of strain

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SNC-Lavalin’s exit from fixed-price construction jobs shakes up shortlists for two big-ticket B.C. projects

September 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

The shortlists for Metro Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project and the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project are both now missing a prominent name

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QMD starts construction on new 44-storey Montreal tower

September 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

Work is underway on a new 44-storey residential tower across the street from the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal. Known as Soltice Montreal, the upscale 339-unit development on Rue de la Montagne is being built by Les Entreprises QMD Inc.

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Feds backing construction of new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg airport with $30.4M in funding

September 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

WINNIPEG—Construction of a new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is poised to get off the ground with tens of millions in backing from the federal government. Ottawa late last week it plans to spend $30.4 million

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Buildings Group at Stuart Olson lands $130M in new contracts

September 12, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. said Sept. 11 that its Building Group has secured several new contracts that total $130 million. Though it released few details of the new agreements, it said they include a contract for the construction of a new

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2,300 pigeons killed, 635,000 kilograms of bird poop cleared in Saskatoon bridge fix

September 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon says about 2,300 pigeons have been killed as part of a project to rehabilitate a major bridge. The city says the dead birds have been removed from the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge along with 635,000 kilograms

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Construction of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion still faces hurdles

September 11, 2019 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Barbara Gard calls her three-hectare property, nestled below the forested peak of Sumas Mountain, a “miniature Stanley Park.” Its lush trees and flowing creek reminded her of Vancouver’s majestic park, and she immediately knew she wanted to call it home.

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Alberta asks court whether environmental assessment process for major construction projects is constitutional

September 11, 2019 Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government has asked the province’s Appeal Court to rule on whether Ottawa’s new way of handling environmental assessments for major construction projects such as pipelines is constitutional. The government filed its challenge with the court Sept. 10. It

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B.C. begins procurement process for final stage of costly Kicking Horse Canyon highway project

September 11, 2019 David Kennedy

The final 4.8-kilometre segment of the Kicking Horse Canyon project is expected to cost a whopping $601 million

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Feds spending $153.7M on new bridge, rail infrastructure and port facilities in Prince Rupert, B.C.

September 10, 2019 On-Site Staff

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.—Three infrastructure projects on Canada’s West Coast, worth a combined $311 million, are getting a significant boost from Ottawa’s National Trade Corridors Fund. The federal government said Sept. 5 it has approved $153.7 million in funding for work

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Cleanup begins after Dorion slams Maritimes, topples Halifax construction crane

September 9, 2019 Michael MacDonald and Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A storm with hurricane-force winds that hit the Maritimes left more than 400,000 homes and businesses without electricity, as repairs began Sept. 8 to downed power lines and buildings damaged by splintered trees. Joseph Elias, 85, stood in the hallway

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Montreal’s Mirabel cargo airport to get $107M to fund expansion, add new warehouse space

September 9, 2019 The Canadian Press

MIRABEL, Que.—Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business. Last week, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for

News ConstructionLaw

How prompt payment and adjudication rules will impact relationships throughout the construction payment chain

September 3, 2019 Sandra Skivsky

New rules for construction payments are likely to cause some short-term pain, but the changes also offer an opportunity for a culture shift throughout the industry

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Kiewit breaks ground on $411.8M Tlicho all-season road project in Northwest Territories

September 1, 2019 On-Site Staff

WHATI, N.W.T.—A major all-season road project in central Northwest Territories is officially underway after a groundbreaking Aug. 24 in the small community of Whati, northwest of Yellowknife. The three-year construction project will link Whati, traditionally a fly-in community on Lac

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Alberta regulator gives go-ahead for what would be largest solar project in Canada

August 30, 2019 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Provincial regulators have approved a $500-million solar power project in southern Alberta that its developers say will be the largest in Canada. Privately held Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary says approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can proceed

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$453M Manitoba to Minnesota power line project begins ahead of schedule

August 29, 2019 Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A $453-million Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project has started ahead of schedule. Ottawa approved in June the line stretching from a point northwest of Winnipeg across the United States border, as long as Manitoba Hydro could meet certain conditions. Hydro spokesperson

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Construction of $58M Alberta geothermal power facility moving ahead with backing from Ottawa

August 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A geothermal power project planned for northwest Alberta is set to leap off the drawing board with the financial backing from the federal government. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced $25.5 million in funding Aug. 26 for the project known as

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Canada’s busiest subway station to get overhaul as feds commit nearly $1.1B to two Toronto transit projects

August 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex construction project will add another platform to the lower level of Bloor-Yonge Station to help tackle overcrowding

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Flatiron to start work on $60M second phase of Ten Mile Slide stabilization project along B.C.’s Hwy. 99

August 27, 2019 On-Site Staff

LILLOOET, B.C.—Construction is scheduled to get underway shortly on a short stretch of highway the British Columbia government describes as “one of the most technically challenging” sites to maintain in the province. Approximately 300 metres long and 200 metres wide,

News ConstructionInfrastructureP3s

Ontario picks Mobilinx consortium to build $1.4 billion Hurontario LRT through Mississauga and Brampton

August 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA—Infrastructure Ontario and provincial transit agency Metrolinx have picked a P3 partner to take on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. The Mobilinx consortium was named the preferred proponent for the transit infrastructure work Aug. 26, though the province and