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Doug Ford’s cancellation of green energy deals costs Ontario taxpayers $231M

November 20, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s decision to tear up 750 renewable energy contracts shortly after winning the election last year is costing Ontario taxpayers more than $230 million. The Progressive Conservative government said the final figure, which includes the cost of decommissioning

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Cat introduces 326 Excavator for increased digging and lifting performance

November 20, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

  Caterpillar has released the new Cat 326 Next Gen, designed with efficiency and increased performance in mind. The 26-ton 326 excavator operates up to 45 per cent more efficiently than previous models, delivering improved fuel savings, lower maintenance costs

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Workers, contractors gather at B.C. legislature to protest ‘unfair’ construction deals

November 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—The New Democrat government’s approach to building major public projects should not involve choosing between friends and enemies, Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said. More than 100 construction workers and independent contractors were at the British Columbia legislature Tuesday demanding

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Group aiming to build new stadium, bring CFL team to Halifax submits revised plan

November 16, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A proposal to build a 24,000-seat stadium for a potential Halifax CFL franchise has been updated by the business group fronting the idea after it was nearly quashed by municipal politicians. Schooner Sports and Entertainment (SSE) said in a news

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Aurora Cannabis halts construction of nearly finished production facility in Medicine Hat, Alta. to cut costs

November 15, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Aurora Cannabis Inc. is halting construction of two production facilities to save over $190 million as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer said it will indefinitely defer completion of construction and commissioning at

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Southern Alberta village council burns proposed biowaste incinerator

November 13, 2019 The Canadian Press

BEISEKER, Alta.—A proposal to build a biomedical waste incinerator near a southern Alberta village has been rejected after area residents raised concerns about emissions from the plant. There was loud applause from about 100 people on hand Nov. 12 when

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Amazon plans new warehouse in Montreal area, its first fulfillment centre in Quebec

November 8, 2019 On-Site Staff

Amazon Canada has announced plans to open what will be its first fulfillment centre in Quebec. The U.S. online retail giant revealed few details about the new facility, but said it will be located in Lachine — a borough at

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Stuart Olson suspends dividend as tough environment in Alberta, oilsands continues

November 7, 2019 On-Site Staff

Stuart Olson Inc. reported its third quarter 2019 earnings after markets closed Nov. 6. The Calgary-based contractor said it recorded $243.1 million in revenue for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, up from $223.7 million a year ago. Net earnings

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Bird Construction revenue slips, but gross profits rise in third quarter

November 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

Bird Construction Inc. saw its revenue decline slightly during the third quarter of 2019, but posted net income gains across all sectors, resulting in an improved gross profit percentage. The company recorded $378.6 million in revenue, versus $381.4 million in

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Construction of 11-tower project led by Squamish Nation scheduled to start in Vancouver in 2021

November 6, 2019 Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—One of the largest Indigenous-led urban development projects in Canada that proponents hope will rise in the heart of Vancouver is set to double in size with 6,000 units planned. Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation councillor, said the proximity of the

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SickKids breaks ground on multibillion-dollar three-part redevelopment

November 5, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Construction is underway on the first of three planned redevelopment projects at the Hospital for Sick Children, better known as SickKids, in downtown Toronto. An official groundbreaking ceremony held on Oct. 22 commemorated the first step in building a new

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Manitou extends its reach with four mobile elevating work platforms

November 4, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The Manitou Group has released four straight boom Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), the Manitou TJ 65, TJ 65+, TJ 80+ and TJ 85, into the North American market. Features of the new models include smooth platform operation, three steering

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Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto reach deal on reduced scope for contentious Quayside project

November 2, 2019 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

The proposed Toronto building project will cover a 4.8-hectare site called Quayside, though it still faces numerous hurdles before shovels can get in the ground

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EllisDon teams up with Build a Dream to boost construction industry diversification

November 1, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

EllisDon and non-profit Build a Dream have partnered up to tackle diversification in the construction industry. The contractor and Windsor-based non-profit organization will work together to attract young women to careers in construction, where only 3.8 per cent of job site

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Aecon reports flat profits in third quarter as backlog shrinks

November 1, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Aecon Group Inc. says profits stayed flat last quarter after construction and nuclear projects drove adjusted earnings that slightly topped analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company says net income nudged up 0.2 per cent year over year to $42.1 million in

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No end in sight for construction at Toronto’s Union Station as province issues RFQ for next phase of work

October 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

Nearly 10 years have gone by since construction crews began work on a major revamp of Toronto’s Union Station. With costs now inching toward the billion-dollar mark and the original completion deadline a distant memory, the city’s rail commuters have

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Toronto signs onto province’s nearly $30B GTA transit construction plan

October 30, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO— The City of Toronto and the province of Ontario have endorsed a unified plan for building four new or extended subway lines in Toronto, ending a months-long standoff over the future of the city’s transit system. City council voted

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First Nation trying to stop $453M Manitoba-Minnesota power line project

October 30, 2019 Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A Manitoba Indigenous community is taking the province to court over a $453-million power transmission project it says it wasn’t properly consulted on before construction started last summer. The Sagkeeng First Nation is to argue in Winnipeg Court of Queen’s

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JCB launches 1CXT compact backhoe loader in North America

October 29, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

JCB’s 1CXT backhoe loader is now available to customers in the United States and Canada. The company’s smallest backhoe model, the 1CXT is just less than 6 feet (1.8 metres) wide and 12 feet (3.6 metres) long. Its footprint is

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PCL tops off new 32-storey tower built alongside, over existing mixed-use building in downtown Toronto

October 28, 2019 On-Site Staff

PCL Constructors Inc. has wrapped up work on the concrete skeleton for a complicated building project in downtown Toronto. The contractor, along with the building’s owner KingSett Capital, held a topping off celebration for the multifaceted job at 700 Bay