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Three minutes to bust: Trump meeting with Dems on $2T infrastructure plan goes south in a flash

May 22, 2019 Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president’s consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects

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Scheer promises coast-to-coast energy corridor to speed approvals, construction for energy projects

May 17, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

If elected, the Opposition leader said he would create a dedicated route where a wide range of projects, from pipelines to power lines, would be easier to build

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Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit win contract to oversee $2.5B Cityside project at Montreal airport

May 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—A consortium comprised of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit has won a construction management contract to stickhandle the early stages of a major infrastructure project at the Montreal-Trudeau International airport. Aéroports de Montréal, which oversees the city’s two major airports, said

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Toronto kicks off ‘busiest’ construction season yet with $1 billion in planned projects

May 14, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Mayor John Tory ushered in Toronto’s ‘busiest-ever’ construction season May 13, unveiling $1 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. The city will funnel $590 million towards rehabilitating transportation infrastructure, such as roadways, bridges and sidewalks. Of that, $200 million has

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Ottawa has spent or allotted about a quarter of the funds from its $187.8 infrastructure plan

May 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

Work is underway or complete on 48,000 separate projects from coast to coast to coast under the 12-year federal spending plan

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Remote Ontario First Nation strikes deal with feds, province to relocate entire reserve

May 10, 2019 Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A northern Ontario First Nation signed an agreement May 9 with the federal and provincial government that lays out a plan to move a reserve threatened every year by flood waters. Members of the Kashechewan First Nation, north of Fort

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New Alberta environment minister shoots down Bighorn parks proposal planned by previous government

May 8, 2019 Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

The NDP plan would have set aside areas on the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper national parks and seen $40 million spent on infrastructure over four years

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Ontario introduces Toronto subway upload bill, while critics say the move will only delay transit construction

May 3, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s plan to take control of Toronto’s subway system moved forward May 2 as the government introduced legislation that would give it authority over future transit expansion in the city. The bill — dubbed the Getting Ontario Moving

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Crews target late 2020 for completion of long-delayed $823M revamp of Toronto’s Union Station

May 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex project to bring the terminal into the 21st century involved major excavation work and interior reconstruction

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‘We will keep our commitments:’ Jason Kenney takes over as Alberta premier

May 1, 2019 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Jason Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister who united Alberta’s two estranged conservative parties and led them to victory, officially became the province’s 18th premier April 30. Kenney and 22 members of his United Conservative caucus were sworn in as

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Consider climate impact on infrastructure suffering repeated flooding: experts

April 27, 2019 Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

With key infrastructure in the Maritimes and Quebec again threatened by surging waterways, flooding experts say it’s past time for fixes that consider worst-case climate change scenarios. The New Brunswick government announced April 25 the closure of portions of the

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Ontario issues RFQ for major bridge rehab project along QEW in Mississauga, Ont.

April 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

The six-lane bridge is a vital link between Toronto and Hamilton. Recent investigations determined the 85-year-old structure is in “major” need of repair or replacement

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From the editor… Double standard deals Trudeau a body blow

April 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

At the start of the year, a healthy percentage of Canadians had never heard of SNC-Lavalin. An even larger number couldn’t have told you what business the company was in, let alone share a single detail about its legal troubles.

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As waters rise, Champagne offers fast track reviews for flood infrastructure projects

April 24, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister is offering flood-ravaged communities in Quebec a fast-track for federal cash to mitigate the dangers of rising waters, hoping to entice requests from a province that has yet to apply for money from a unique fund set

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While Montreal sleeps, every minute counts for subway maintenance workers

April 24, 2019 Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In the early hours of the morning, when most Montrealers are asleep, below the city’s surface subway maintenance workers are in a race against time. Between approximately 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., more than 200 workers are dispatched to some

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Manitoba announces $57.5M in funding for school infrastructure projects

April 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The Public

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West

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Feds, BC Hydro fund $289M transmission line expansion in Peace region

April 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s northeast is getting an electricity boost to help power natural gas expansion in the Peace River region and fight global warming. The federal government and Crown-owned BC Hydro have announced a project to expand transmission lines to meet

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Asset management comes to North America

April 19, 2019 David Bowcott

The construction industry is moving towards a more integrated approach. Though this column primarily focuses on construction and its associated risks, I’ve been interweaving the concept of asset management into my articles over the past several years to highlight a

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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.