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SNC-Lavalin drops court challenge over bid for special agreement

January 23, 2020 Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has ended its court challenge of the federal prosecution service’s decision to deny it a special agreement to avoid criminal proceedings on corruption and fraud charges. The move, while not entirely surprising in light of a

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Resolute Forest Products spending $27M to build cellulose filament plant at Quebec paper mill

January 22, 2020 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it will spend $27 million to add a plant to produce cellulose filaments at its Kenogami paper mill in Quebec. It says it will also spend $11 million to modernize equipment to produce high-grade SCA+

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Huge development with 37 separate towers planned for downtown Mississauga, Ont.

January 21, 2020 by David Kennedy

The project will transform 130 acres of what today is mostly parking lot space into a sprawling neighbourhood home to some 35,000 people

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Changing the lens to focus on whole life-cycle value

January 21, 2020 Anil Sawhney

The construction market is responding to an increase in demand for more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. Project owners as well, see value in considering life-cycle costs as part of the financial management of building projects. Taking a long view that

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Ontario invests $200M towards infrastructure in small northern communities

January 20, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Ontario government has announced a $200 million investment towards infrastructure in northern communities. The investment was announced by Premier Doug Ford and Laurie Scott, minister of Infrastructure, on Jan. 17. The funds will come from the Ontario Community Infrastructure

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Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown nearly halfway complete

January 15, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Crosstown will have 25 stations spanning 19 kilometres across Eglinton Avenue.

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Zurich Insurance suing former Bondfield Construction CEO to recover $200M, report says

January 15, 2020 On-Site Staff

Switzerland-based insurance giant Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. is taking legal action in an attempt to recover $200 million it says it paid out as a result of Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.’s collapse, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 15. The

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Pipeline at centre of B.C. conflict is creating jobs for First Nations, chief says

January 15, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for Indigenous people and lifting communities from poverty, says an elected chief of a band that supports

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$30M redevelopment of Manulife Place in Edmonton to start this summer

January 15, 2020 On-Site Staff

A major redevelopment of an office and retail tower in downtown Edmonton is scheduled to begin this summer. Manulife Investment Management said Jan. 14 it plans to spend $30 million to modernize the exterior facade of the shopping centre, reposition

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Kiewit wins contract for work on B.C. landslide that blocked Fraser River and stymied salmon

January 14, 2020 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says construction will begin soon to help salmon pass through a section of British Columbia’s Fraser River that was largely closed by a landslide. The federal contract posted online Jan. 13 awards $17.6 million to

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Waterloo, Ont. start-up SiteVue looks to bring job site record keeping into modern era with AI, photo mapping

January 13, 2020 David Kennedy

Keeping project stakeholders dialled into day-to-day construction progress and preserving detailed records for months or years is no easy task

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Hy-Brid Lifts reveals 19-foot scissor lift

January 13, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Hy-brid Lifts has released a 19-foot lift Pro Series PS-1930 scissor lift. The PS-1930 offers features such as non-fold-down rails and the LeakGuard system. The new lift meets ANSI A92.20 standards that will go into effect March 2020. With a platform

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Aecon founder John Beck steps back from leadership position at company after 50 years

January 10, 2020 by David Kennedy

The industry veteran hands the baton to Jean-Louis Servranckx, who took over as the contractor’s president and CEO in 2018

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Quebec’s AGF Access Group to be bought by BrandSafway

January 9, 2020 On-Site Staff

A Quebec-based manufacturer of vertical access equipment has agreed to be bought by a U.S. competitor that provides scaffolding and other related services for industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects worldwide. BrandSafway, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., said Jan. 9 it has

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Hereditary chiefs say they will protect territory in pipeline construction dispute

January 8, 2020 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—On the first anniversary of the RCMP’s enforcement of an injunction against opponents of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, First Nation hereditary chiefs said the company behind the project is not welcome on their traditional territory.

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UN racism committee calls for halt to construction on Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG pipeline

January 8, 2020 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors a

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Fluor, Kiewit win multibillion-dollar contract to build new petrochemical facility outside Edmonton

January 8, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Canadian and Kuwaiti companies developing a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility in Alberta have awarded a lump sum construction contract to a 50/50 partnership between Fluor Canada Ltd. and Kiewit Construction Services ULC. Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries

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Winnipeg alleges fraud in lawsuit over construction of $210M police building

January 7, 2020 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The City of Winnipeg is suing construction companies, consultants and a former top city official, alleging they engaged in fraud and deceit that drove up the cost of a new police headquarters building. The lawsuit alleges there were inflated invoices,

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Bird subcontracted to build seven new stations for next phase of Ottawa’s light rail transit expansion

December 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction had yet to wrap up on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line when the city green-lit an expansion of the light rail network earlier this year. After a number of delays and a troublesome launch, the line entered regular service this

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Govan Brown opens new office catering to clients in Kitchener and Waterloo, Ont.

December 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

Construction management firm Govan Brown has officially cut the ribbon at a new office in Kitchener, Ont. The location is the Toronto-headquartered company’s sixth and will cater to local clients as well as those throughout southern Ontario. “While we have