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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

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Expanding your horizon: Stakeholders must approach construction from a new perspective

February 18, 2019 David Bowcott

The most important stakeholder within a construction project is the owner. Without their capital there would be no project to bid on. In addition, it’s the owner that makes the ultimate decisions on exactly how the project will be procured

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Feds, Manitoba ink deal to pour $291.4M into eight highway repaving and upgrade projects

February 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

HEADINGLEY, Man.—Repaving projects on several Manitoba highways and a series of other roadwork upgrades across the province are set to get underway. The provincial and federal governments struck a deal Feb. 13 to spend $147 million and $144 million, respectively,

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Expansion set for Port of Vancouver as CN looks to double-track section of rail

February 14, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The federal government, CN Rail and the body that oversees trade through Canada’s busiest port have signed an agreement allowing CN to build a second railway track to move more cargo and increase trade through Vancouver’s harbour. CN says the

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World of Asphalt draws record crowd to Indianapolis

February 14, 2019 On-Site Staff

INDIANAPOLIS—Thousands from the asphalt and aggregates industries flocked to Indianapolis this week for World of Asphalt 2019 and the co-located AGG1 Academy & Expo. Messy winter weather throughout the Midwest failed to keep the crowds away from the Indiana Convention

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B.C. tenders $62.9M Trans-Canada Highway widening project

February 14, 2019 On-Site Staff

REVELSTOKE, B.C.—A costly project to widen a short segment of the Trans-Canada Highway outside Revelstoke, B.C. has gone to tender. The province said Feb. 11 it is awaiting bids for a $62.9 million contract to widen a two-kilometre stretch of

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WATCH: Time lapse video shows construction of Calgary’s New Central Library from ground up

February 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The approximately 1.7 million hours crews spent constructing Calgary’s New Central Library — a $245 million landmark in the city’s East Village — can be viewed in a quick three minutes. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, which spearheaded the project, released

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B.C. shortlists three bid teams for major Vancouver-area interchange project

February 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

DELTA, B.C.—A significant highway upgrade project involving an interchange in Metro Vancouver is down to a trio of bidders. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Feb. 8 it has picked three construction consortia to submit bids for the

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SNC-Lavalin faces criminal probe over Montreal bridge contract, documents reveal

February 13, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain

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Man arrested after Bobcat stolen from construction site slams into Toronto home

February 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Toronto police have arrested a man after a stolen piece of construction equipment crashed into a home on Toronto’s east end Feb. 9. The Bobcat loader, which was originally misidentified as a bulldozer, slammed into the house at Danforth and

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Province gives NextBridge go-ahead to construct northern Ontario transmission line

February 6, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—The provincial government has handed a project to build a transmission line in northern Ontario to NextBridge Infrastructure, a partnership between NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge Inc. and OMERS Infrastructure. Ontario announced Jan. 31 that it had issued an an Order

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Ontario government confirms $633M in funding toward CAMH hospital redevelopment

February 6, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A project by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to overhaul two mental health facilitates in downtown Toronto has received a leg up from the province. Premier Doug Ford confirmed $633 million in funding Jan. 30 towards the redevelopment

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EllisDon teams up with investment firm Fiera Capital on P3 projects

February 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Asset management firm Fiera Capital Corp. and contractor EllisDon have formed a new partnership to work together on a series of Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The long-term agreement, signed last October but disclosed Jan. 29, covers a portfolio of nearly

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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Chandos Construction establishes Toronto leadership team as part of continued expansion

February 4, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Several months after promoting a pair of internal executives to its top leadership and beginning an expansion into British Columbia and Ontario, Chandos Construction Ltd. has shored up its ranks in Canada’s most populous city. The Alberta-based contractor said Feb.

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Hopes melt for ice bridge at Dawson City, Yukon, as territory ends project

February 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

DAWSON CITY, Yukon—The Yukon government is pulling out of a project to build an ice bridge across the Yukon River that would have provided a winter-time connection between Dawson City and the little suburb of West Dawson. A snowcat broke

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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PCL taps Toronto district chief to lead Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure unit

February 1, 2019 On-Site Staff

Toronto—PCL Construction has tapped veteran Todd Craigen to lead the company’s Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure as the unit’s new president. Formerly a senior vice-president and district manager for the Greater Toronto Area, Craigen will take over for recently-retired

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SNC-Lavalin mulls retreat from Saudi Arabia amid deepening diplomatic row

January 30, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL —The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting business and forcing the company to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to their lowest

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange