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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

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Pomerleau, Alberici start work on new Molson Coors brewery in Longueuil, Que.

October 19, 2018 by David Kennedy

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Molson Coors has officially started work on a major new Quebec brewery, the latest step in a shift away from its historic roots on the shore of the St. Lawrence River in old Montreal. Contractors Pomerleau Inc. and Alberici

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500 workers sent home from Muskrat Falls job site; Nalcor blames pay trouble with contractor Astaldi

October 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility says it has directed the main contractor at the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric megaproject site to stop work. In an emailed statement Oct. 18, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall says the move was made because

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Toronto construction company fined $325K after worker fatally pinned by steel casing

October 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A Toronto-based heavy civil construction company was fined $325,000 after a worker was killed by a runaway steel casing on a road reconstruction site in Markham, Ont. Coco Paving Inc. was handed the fine in Newmarket court Oct. 15. The

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Engineers investigate cause of fallen concrete that struck Toronto woman at Union Station

October 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A woman in her 20s was struck and injured by a piece of fallen concrete at Union Station Oct. 11. The major transit hub in downtown Toronto is currently undergoing a more than $800 million revitalization project. Paramedics transported the

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Rural municipality chose cheaper design option for collapsed Sask. bridge

October 17, 2018 Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

REGINA—The Saskatchewan municipality where a newly built bridge collapsed hours after opening had been approved for $750,000 in provincial funding to go toward construction, but opted for a less expensive design, a rural leader says. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in

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City of Sudbury, Ont. greenlights first phase of construction on $30M Places des Arts

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SUDBURY, Ont.—A $30 million project to construct a Francophone arts and culture centre in Sudbury, Ont. passed a regulatory hurdle Oct. 16, paving the way for the first phase of construction. The City of Greater Sudbury issued a conditional building

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SNC Lavalin stock plunges after federal prosecutors decline to negotiate a deal

October 16, 2018 David Paddon and Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares plunged to their lowest close since early 2016 Oct. 10 after the company revealed that federal prosecutors won’t negotiate a deal that could reduce the time SNC spends in court fighting fraud and corruption charges laid