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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Challenge to B.C. union rules for major infrastructure projects heads to province’s supreme court

February 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The new procurement framework requires workers that have been on an infrastructure job for 30 days to join one of 19 unions

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Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘veiled threats’ to make SNC-Lavalin deal, as Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign

February 28, 2019 Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Feb. 27, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern. Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after

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Five key disclosures from Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the House of Common justice committee

February 28, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Five things Canadians learned from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, in her testimony Feb. 27 at the House of Commons justice committee.   ONE Wilson-Raybould said there were at least 10 phone calls and 10 different meetings, as well as

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RFQ issued for Vancouver’s $2.8B Broadway Subway extension project

February 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

Design plans call for five kilometres of tunnelling, construction of six underground stations and 700-metres of elevated rail to connect the new tunnel to the existing SkyTrain

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Liberals defeat opposition call for public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin pressure

February 21, 2019 Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberals used their majority Feb. 20 to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The former attorney general herself abstained, telling

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$1.9B project to replace Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital moving ahead

February 19, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government says the replacement of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver can move forward, following the launch of a business plan for the $1.9-billion project. Premier John Horgan took part in the announcement and says previous provincial governments

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Huge Muskrat Falls cost overruns obvious soon after megaproject got underway, audit shows

February 19, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.—An audit has found executives overseeing the Muskrat Falls megaproject should have been aware that it would be almost impossible to meet cost and schedule targets. The forensic audit into Muskrat Falls construction was presented to the

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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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Building trust is key to successful infrastructure projects

February 15, 2019 RICS

High performing infrastructure is an enabler for growth, prosperity and the well-being of citizens but lack of transparency can cause distrust among key stakeholders in the infrastructure delivery value chain. Project owners can better ensure value for money is being

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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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Liberals agree to only limited hearings on Wilson-Raybould, SNC-Lavalin affair

February 14, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Liberals faced accusations of a coverup Feb. 13 after they agreed to hold limited committee hearings into an allegation that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. Their short list of three proposed

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Ontario government, Toronto looking at multiple options for subway upload

February 13, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario and Toronto have agreed to ground rules for talks on Premier Doug Ford’s plan to take over the city’s subway system, with the discussions including options for a partial upload of the network or none at all. The province

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Trudeau in the hot seat over SNC-Lavalin allegations, as former justice minister heads for the exit

February 12, 2019 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was surprised and disappointed by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation Feb. 12. The former justice minister resigned from the federal cabinet one day after Trudeau suggested her continuing presence there was proof she didn’t think she’d

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Trudeau denies report his office pressured attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin

February 8, 2019 Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied a potentially incendiary allegation that his office told former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution. The Quebec engineering and construction giant has faced legal trouble over allegations it paid

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Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for smart city infrastructure research

February 6, 2019 The Canadian Press

MARKHAM, Ont.—The City of Markham, Bell Canada and IBM Canada are teaming up to test a new generation of internet-connected systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding. Mayor Frank Scarpitti says Markham will serve as