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Aecon Group Inc. selling contract mining business for $199.1 million

October 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. has signed a deal to sell its contract mining business to North American Construction Group Inc. for $199.1 million in cash. The contract mining business provides overburden removal and environmental reclamation services, primarily in the Alberta oilsands.

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From the editor … Taking stock of opportunities

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

765,917 kilometres – that’s the final tally of just how far Canada’s public road infrastructure stretches. Cobbling together highways, arterials, collectors, local roads and even urban laneways, the impressive measurement would take you to the Moon and then nearly get

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Contractors pressured to adopt new set of reporting standards to improve benchmarking, transparency

September 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO— An international coalition of professional associations, mostly made up quantity surveyor groups, is turning up the heat on Canada’s construction industry in an effort to convince project owners and contractors to adopt a new set of reporting standards. The

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Cities aim to shake up how feds handle infrastructure procurement

September 25, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The drive could reshape how construction projects get off the ground, as well as give contractors a clearer idea of what work will be available each year

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Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

September 19, 2018 Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state’s infrastructure, weakened

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$315.9M Winnipeg road renewal project receives federal, provincial funding

September 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

  WINNIPEG—A $100 million federal contribution has paved the way for significant repairs to Winnipeg’s regional road network. Totaling $315.9 million, the project will see 49 segments of roadway rehabilitated across the city, including sidewalk repairs and drainage improvements. At $18

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‘Optimism bias’ often brings Muskrat Falls-style cost overruns, inquiry into trouble dam project told

September 18, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY GOOSE BAY, N.L.—Hydroelectric dams like Muskrat Falls are particularly vulnerable to cost and schedule overruns, an expert testified Sept. 17 as a public inquiry into the Labrador hydro megaproject got underway. Oxford University economics professor Bent Flyvbjerg, who

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Feds, B.C. partner on $229M program for rural infrastructure upgrades

September 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

WHISTLER, B.C.—Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson says the federal and British Columbia governments are targeting rural communities for new infrastructure projects. She told delegates Sept. 12 at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler that $229 million in

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‘It’s pretty embarrassing:’ Winnipeg aims to put less poop in river

September 11, 2018 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Canoeist David Danyluk doesn’t live far from Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River but he tends to spend more time paddling further afield. That’s because he doesn’t want to risk gliding through the sewage that regularly makes its way into Winnipeg’s river system.

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With job nearly complete, Graham is out as builder of Grande Prairie hospital

September 11, 2018 David Kennedy

Already years into construction, the province and Graham have sparred over the project’s timeline and budget. Alberta claims to have terminated the deal with the contractor; Graham says it quit

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Metrolinx, contractors behind $5.3B Eglinton Crosstown settle dispute, keeping project on time, on budget

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium building Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail project have resolved a dispute over the project’s timeline and budget. The three parties involved in construction of the new $5.3 billion LRT agreed last

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Water infrastructure firm wins $17M contract to upgrade treatment plant in Port Alberni, B.C.

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

PORT ALBERNI, B.C.—A Vancouver Island city of approximately 18,000 has awarded the main construction contract that will kick-start work on significant upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. Port Alberni, B.C. said last week it will pay Tritech Group $17.1 million

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Feds, B.C. commit $3B for Broadway line expansion, Surrey LRT construction

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—The federal and provincial governments have jointly committed more than $3 billion to expand a transit line in Metro Vancouver and construct the city’s first light rail transit system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan announced the funding

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Construction crews race to repair rail line to isolated Churchill, Man. before winter

September 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHURCHILL, Man.—After enduring more than a year with its rail link to the rest of Canada severed, the remote town of Churchill, Man. is finally set to be reconnected. The Arctic Gateway Group said Aug. 31 it had closed a

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Ottawa vows to push ahead with Trans Mountain construction after ruling leaves pipeline in limbo

August 31, 2018 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Opponents cheered the court decision, but business groups, including contractor associations, said the halt will hurt workers and stifle investment in Canada

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Federal Court of Appeal to rule on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

August 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Federal Court of Appeal is expected to release a judgment Aug. 30 on whether the federal government adequately consulted First Nations on the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The court combined into one case nearly two dozen lawsuits calling

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Contractors challenge B.C.’s new hiring rules for infrastructure projects in court

August 28, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Independent Contractors and Business Association is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to strike down the provincial government’s new hiring model for taxpayer-funded construction projects. The association filed a petition Aug. 27 with the court alongside several other building and

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Canadian roads would stretch to the Moon and back… nearly

August 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Cobble together all of Canada’s highways, arterials, local roads and laneways and they could take you to the Moon—though they’d fall just short of getting you back, assuming you couldn’t backtrack along the same, equally implausible strip of asphalt. Publicly-owned

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Infrastructure Bank makes first investment, loaning Montreal REM project $1.3B

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—The Canada Infrastructure Bank has announced its first, long awaited investment, awarding a $1.28 billion loan to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. Part of the federal Liberal government’s infrastructure plan unveiled in 2016,

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Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 per cent months before it collapsed

August 22, 2018 Colleen Barry And Andrea Rosa, The Associated Press

GENOA, Italy—Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge’s strength by 20 per cent — a finding that came months before it collapsed, Italian media reported Aug. 20.