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Construction workers among most vulnerable to opioid-related deaths in B.C.: study

November 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Construction workers in British Columbia are facing the fatal consequences of a “drug overdose crisis.” According to a Nov. 13 report by Statistics Canada, nearly 25 per cent of those employed in B.C. prior to a fatal overdose worked in

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Keystone XL pipeline hits another hitch as U.S. judge blocks construction

November 9, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Canadian proponent of the $10-billion Keystone XL crude pipeline says it remains committed to the project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review. The company has received the judge’s ruling and is reviewing

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Contractors break ground on new $500M National Bank headquarters

November 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction is underway on the largest office tower to go up in Montreal in a quarter century. National Bank, which announced plans to build the new 40-storey tower earlier this year, held an official groundbreaking at the site on Saint-Jacques

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Construction groups launch survey to learn what keeps tradespeople satisfied

November 8, 2018 Residential Construction Council of Ontario

With almost 90,000 Ontario construction workers set to retire in the next 10 years, a group representing the province’s residential builders has sprung to action, launching a survey to learn what satisfies trades professionals day-to-day as they build the province

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Stuart Olson buys Alberta industrial maintenance, construction firm Tartan for $12M

November 7, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. is expanding its reach in the industrial maintenance, construction and plant turnaround business. The Canadian contractor said Nov. 7 it has acquired Calgary-based Tartan Canada Corp. for approximately $12 million. The company, which primarily serves clients in

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Imperial Oil going ahead with $2.6B Aspen oilsands project, will create 700 jobs at peak construction

November 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project. Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022. The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.,

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$2.6B Edmonton LRT project has green light as province steps aboard

November 2, 2018 by David Kennedy

The western leg of the city’s Valley Line will stretch 14 kilometres. Procurement will get underway shortly, with construction likely starting by 2020 or before

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Work to start on latest Metro Vancouver water tunnel project; Aecon, Traylor Bros win $267M contract

November 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—A major tunnelling project is set to get underway in Metro Vancouver this month after the regional government firmed up a $267 million construction contract with a joint venture between Traylor Bros. Inc. and Aecon Group Inc. The U.S.-based contractor

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Contractors complete 70-metre high foundation for B.C.’s Site C hydro project

October 31, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The foundation for Site C hydroelectric project has been completed. Acciona says the 70-metre high foundation structure is solid enough to support the 1,100-megawatt power plant and spillways. The company leading the construction for contractor Peace River Hydro Partners says

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Inquiry begins into past SNC offshore activity; conviction could bar firm from federal work for 10 years

October 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A month-long preliminary inquiry into SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. kicked off Oct. 29, more than three-and-a-half years after federal authorities slapped the construction and engineering giant with fraud and corruption charges. Prosecutors began to present their case to a Court of

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Stringent use of written change orders risking construction delays, cost overruns

October 30, 2018 Aaron Stavne and Alan Regel

The Canadian engineering and construction industries often insist on using only written change orders when agreeing to alterations to a project’s scope. Other means of communication, such as verbal direction, are often seen as inadequate and non-binding. But this nearly

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Aecon takes advantage of ‘robust’ infrastructure market to secure record backlog

October 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Canadian construction firm Aecon Group Inc. has a built up a record project backlog nine months into 2018. The contractor credited a “robust” infrastructure market, as well as its “diverse” capabilities, for the $7 billion in work currently on its

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Spending on non-residential construction increases for sixth-straight quarter

October 26, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The non-residential segment of the construction industry posted healthy growth in the third quarter of 2018. With investments rising 0.9 per cent to a total of $14.4 billion, spending on the combined commercial, industrial and institutional sectors have inched up

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Air Canada, Terracap officially break ground on new maintenance facility at Edmonton airport

October 26, 2018 On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—Work is well underway on a new 50,000 sq. ft. (4,645 square metre) maintenance facility at the Edmonton International Airport. Flanked by the structure’s steel skeleton, Air Canada and developer Terracap Group held an official groundbreaking at the site Oct.

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In public infrastructure funding shake-up, Ontario strikes private sector deal for new GO train station

October 25, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A private developer will foot the bill for major renovations at a Toronto-area GO train station under a new—though still non-binding—agreement with the Ontario government. The Mimico GO Station, on the west end of the city, will be entirely overhauled

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Opening of Champlain Bridge delayed up to six months

October 25, 2018 by David Kennedy

Despite “significant” progress on construction, the six-kilometre span will not open Dec. 21

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Ontario PCs scrap $300M in provincial funding for construction of three new college campuses

October 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Funding to expand three post-secondary campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton has been cancelled by Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government. Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of training, colleges and universities, says in a news release the province is not in a

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32 metres beneath Toronto: A look underground at the Eglinton Crosstown’s deepest station

October 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

More than 100 feet under busy mid-town Toronto, construction crews are working 24 hours a day on the country’s biggest transit project

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China opens massive 55-kilometre bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

October 23, 2018 The Associated Press

ZHUHAI, China—China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge Oct. 23, linking Hong Kong to the mainland in a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the city of Zhuhai

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Ontario to hold inquest into circumstances behind 2009 Metron scaffolding collapse that killed four in Toronto

October 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A coroner’s inquest has been called into a Toronto scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of four men almost nine years ago. Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin and Aleksey Blumberg died when the swing stage they were on collapsed