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Mississauga, Ont. kicks off road construction season as it paves way for major LRT job

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—More than 30 new and continuing road construction jobs are on the books this year in Ontario’s third largest city as Mississauga construction crews and commuters brace themselves for years of work on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.

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Five-year timeline to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame questioned as investigators probe cause

April 17, 2019 Thomas Adamson And Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press

PARIS—Nearly US$1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being

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Ontario not working with feds on building projects, endangering summer construction starts, Trudeau says

April 17, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government of dragging its feet on vital infrastructure spending and says the indecision endangers work for the summer construction season. Trudeau criticized Premier Doug Ford’s government during a funding announcement at

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PCL wins $217.6M contract to redo exterior of major federal office tower complex in Gatineau, Que.

April 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

GATINEAU, Que.—One of the most recognizable sets of office towers in the Ottawa area is poised to undergo a major facelift. Public Services and Procurement Canada said April 15 it has awarded a $217.6 million construction management contract to PCL

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Pomerleau consortium picked to build two long-term care facilities in Newfoundland

April 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

ST. JOHN’S—A consortium headed by Quebec-based contractor Pomerleau and investment firm Fengate Asset Management has been tapped to build two new long-term care homes in central Newfoundland. NL Healthcare Partners topped two other construction teams vying for the project. It

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Canadian construction costs balloon as steel and aluminum tariffs exact a heavy price

April 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

The trade battle was expected to be brief, but nearly a year after the U.S. imposed duties on Canadian steel and aluminum, the tariffs remain firmly in place

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Few SNC-Lavalin rivals have been granted DPAs, contrary to CEO’s claims

April 12, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—It was a sunny Wednesday in March, and Neil Bruce was making his case for why SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. deserved a negotiated settlement over corruption charges tied to alleged dealings in Libya. After spending six weeks in the eye of

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Toronto noise bylaw amendment puts 7,000 jobs, high-rise development at risk, construction groups warn

April 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A proposed amendment to Toronto’s noise bylaw that would restrict builders from pouring concrete or conducting heavy crane work after 7 p.m. puts thousands of jobs at risk and threatens to slow high-rise development across the city to a crawl,

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Federal government pledges $1.3B to pay for affordable housing upgrades in Toronto

April 8, 2019 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The federal government will put $1.3 billion towards renovating and upgrading affordable housing units in Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced April 5. Trudeau said the money — which will come over the course of 10 years with $810 million

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SNC-Lavalin revives court bid to avoid criminal trial, pointing to ‘new and deeply troubling facts’

April 8, 2019 Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s director of public prosecutions cited the “nature and gravity” of SNC-Lavalin’s alleged corruption in Libya in making a preliminary decision not to negotiate a special plea agreement on the criminal charges it faces, the company says in a new

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John Bockstael elected chair of Canadian Construction Association’s board for 2019

April 8, 2019 On-Site Staff

BERMUDA—President and CEO of Bockstael Construction Ltd., John Bockstael, has been picked to head the Canadian Construction Association’s board of directors for 2019. The group made the 12-month appointment at its annual general meeting in balmy Bermuda late last month.

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Construction loses 2,400 jobs in March, its fourth-straight decline

April 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The slump continues for the construction labour force. Statistics Canada released its monthly employment assessment April 5, revealing the construction industry’s fourth-straight month of job losses. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the sector shed about 2,400 positions in March, with employment

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55-storey redesign planned for historic Maclean-Hunter Building in downtown Toronto

April 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The historic Toronto offices of the once-mighty Canadian publishing house Maclean-Hunter is in for a major overhaul. Real estate and development firm Davpart Inc. said April 4 it plans to redesign what’s currently a nine-storey office tower into a 55-storey

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Chevron seeks licence that could scale-up LNG facility proposed for B.C. coast

April 4, 2019 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy. In a filing dated April 1 and posted on the NEB

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Former cabinet ministers Wilson-Raybould, Philpott booted from Liberal caucus

April 3, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Pointing to conversations taped without consent and continued attacks of the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin file, Trudeau said neither could “remain part of our Liberal team”

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Tallest U.S. dam that threatened collapse and required $1B fix put to the test after two years of repairs

April 3, 2019 Rich Pedroncelli And Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

OROVILLE, Calif.—An epic winter of rain and snow has refilled California’s reservoirs and pressed into service a spillway at the nation’s tallest dam April 2, a US$1 billion structure that drained excess water for the first time since it crumbled

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‘Muddled messaging’ does SNC-Lavalin’s brand no favours, experts say

April 2, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Public relations experts are questioning SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s handling of its corporate image over the past two months, faulting a tight-lipped approach and mixed messaging for a tarnished brand. The company has found itself in the hot seat since former

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Solar facility opens at former Ontario coal plant once the largest in North America

April 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

NANTICOKE, Ont.—What was once the largest coal generating station in North America has exchanged its stacks for solar panels. Ontario Power Generation announced March 29 a new 44-megawatt solar facility has begun producing power at the site of the former

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Trump issues new permit for TransCanada’s stalled Keystone XL pipeline

April 1, 2019 Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on March 29 issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was

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Feds, B.C. earmark $121.4M for work on challenging 4.4-kilometre stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

April 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

Picturesque section of road in the Rocky Mountain Trench set for four-laning project