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Union Pearson Express contract signals 100% of construction underway

June 28, 2013 Staff Report

Metrolinx has awarded the contract for the Union Pearson (UP) Express station at Union Station to EllisDon. This is a signficant step as it means all construction components of the express rail service are now underway. A key element of

Construction has  begun on Vaughan Mills' $87-million redevelopment and expansion project.
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$87M Vaughan Mills expansion and redevelopment project begins

June 26, 2013 Staff Report

Construction has  begun on Vaughan Mills’ $87-million redevelopment and expansion project. Once completed, Vaughan Mills will feature 19 major tenants and 250 stores, creating an unprecedented retail mix in Canada within 118,000 m2 (1.27-million ft2) of retail space. The east

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Canadian chapter of buildingSMART International launches new website

June 21, 2013 Staff Report

As the use and implementation of building information modelling (BIM) continues to grow across Canada, buildingSMART Canada, a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), has launched a new website to provide accessible and pertinent information on the

Brian Denney, CEO of Toronto and Region Conservation, Nicola Kettlitz, President, Coca-Cola Ltd., Rick Portiss, Manager, Restoration and Environmental Monitoring, Toronto and Region Conservation, Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment, Government of Ontario and John Guarino, President, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada with their big catch at Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit. Toronto and Region Conservation and Coca-Cola Canada have partnered to restore nine hectares of the Park into a flourishing coastal wetland. CNW
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Toronto and Region Conservation and Coca-Cola Canada Announce $500,000 to Clean GTA waters

June 21, 2013 Staff Report

Toronto and Region Conservation and Coca-Cola Canada have announced plans to turn waste into water. Coca-Cola Canada will contribute $100,000 per year over five years, to restore an area once used for industrial waste disposal into a healthy nine-hectare coastal

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Integrity in Public Contracts Act – Authorization for contracts over $10M

June 21, 2013 Staff Report

Following an official decision by the Québec government, the threshold above which certain public contracts will be subject to the Integrity in Public Contracts Act will be lowered this fall. In view of this lower threshold, the Autorité des marchés

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From the editor: Oh Canada, eh?

June 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

It’s done. The surveys are in. The results have been tallied. And our annual Top Contractors report is complete. Thank you so much to all that participated in this year’s survey. It’s your willingness to share information with us that

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Top Contractors report

June 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

Oh, Canada – opportunities and challenges in the Canadian construction industry

YMCA gymnasium facing South West.
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YMCA on Cherry Street “topped off”

May 29, 2013 Staff Report

YMCA of Greater Toronto partners, major donors, supporters and board members, and representatives from the West Don Lands community today witnessed the “topping off” of the new YMCA on Cherry Street, currently under construction as part of the CIBC Pan

Toronto Hydro launches new downtown transformer station. Dirt flies at the official groundbreaking at the newly named Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station. David Williams, Toronto Hydro Chairman, Bob Delaney, MPP, Clare Copeland, former Toronto Hydro Chairman, Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro President and CEO, and Councillor Adam Vaughan put shovels in the ground to kick-off construction. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)
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Powering the future: Construction kicks off for Toronto’s new downtown transformer Station

May 23, 2013 Staff Report

On May 22nd, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro), celebrated the start of construction on its new downtown transformer station. Located near the historic John Street Roundhouse north of Lakeshore Boulevard, it was officially named Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station

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Waterfront Toronto offers inside look at Queens Quay construction

May 23, 2013 Staff Report

Waterfront Toronto is offering a “behind the construction fencing” look at Queens Quay construction on Saturday, May 25 as part of the City’s 14th annual Doors Open event. This unique opportunity – the only Doors Open location on a construction

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PCA and CLAC support proposed legislation to end construction labour monopolies

May 17, 2013 Staff Report

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) were in Toronto to support the introduction of Private Members Legislation to stop closed tendering of construction projects in municipalities and school boards in Ontario.

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The Government of Canada launches refocused National Research Council

May 7, 2013 Staff Report

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has transformed into an industry-focused research and technology organization. The refocused NRC will work with Canadian industries to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy. “NRC plays a pivotal role

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UA launches national recruitment campaign to attract 25,000 new piping trade members

May 7, 2013 Staff Report

The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) launched a national marketing campaign this week in a bid to recruit 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals over the next

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Building permits up for third consecutive month

May 6, 2013 Statistics Canada

Contractors took out building permits worth $6.5 billion in March, up 8.6 per cent from February and the third consecutive monthly advance. The March increase came mostly from the non-residential sector in Ontario and Alberta. The value of non-residential building permits rose 19

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$35B in infrastructure spending planned over 3 years

May 3, 2013 cp24.com

Ontario’s minority Liberals used Thursday’s budget to clearly signal their dedication to bolstering the province’s infrastructure by allocating $35 billion in spending over three years, one of the largest commitments to a single element in their fiscal plan. The province

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Structal-Bridges lands major contracts in Newfoundland and Labrador and Massachusetts

April 25, 2013 Staff Report

Structal-Bridges, a division of Canam Group Inc., has secured two large contracts totaling close to $60 million for the fabrication of the steel structures that will replace the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge in Placentia, located in the province of

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Campaign builds for LRT Community Benefits Agreement; Network prepares submission for Metrolinx

April 25, 2013 Staff Report

Community leaders in Toronto are mobilizing to advocate for a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement as part of the $4.6-billion contract to be awarded by Metrolinx for the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown and Scarborough Light Rapid Transit lines. The

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Ontario needs to scrap its Waste Diversion Act

April 24, 2013 Staff Report

At a joint media conference at the Ontario Legislature, Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) called for new legislation that drives and achieves greater waste diversion. Prior to a new round of eco fees that

The new Oakville Hospital.
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Hospital construction boosting local economy

April 16, 2013 Staff Report

Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn, Oakville mayor Rob Burton and representatives from Halton Healthcare Services and the Oakville Hospital Foundation celebrated the official topping off of the new Oakville Hospital today, marking the highest point of construction. Numerous members of the

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Algonquin College receives CFI Research Award to help contractors, business owners and homeowners

April 16, 2013 Staff Report

The construction process is very complex and its intricacies can cause delays, cost inefficiencies and waste. For example, manual change order systems hinder productivity and increase costs as requests travel up the line of authority to the client, and then