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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.

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Toronto’s aging water infrastructure, high density lead to issues with flooding

August 22, 2018 Gabriele Roy, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Steady rain and thunderstorm warnings in Toronto this week had residents bracing for waterlogged streets and transit delays for the third time in as many weeks, with the city saying it was prepared to respond quickly to urgent needs. The

Sanitary installation just east of York Street (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto).
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Federal foot dragging on infrastructure investments jeopardizing Ontario economy, report says

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

Infrastructure spending as a percentage of the province’s GDP has declined or remained flat every year since 2010

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Bird picked to build nine new provincial police facilities across Ontario

August 17, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Infrastructure Ontario has tapped a consortium headed by Bird Construction Inc. to build nine separate Ontario Provincial Police facilities from suburban Mississauga to remote Fort Frances, Ont. The new facilities for police detachments in nine cities across the province

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Feds firm up infrastructure agreement with P.E.I., near finish line on provincial funding deals

August 16, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHARLOTTETOWN—Ottawa and Prince Edward Island have inked a bilateral infrastructure agreement, bringing the federal government one step closer to finalizing funding deals with all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. The $366 million agreement lays the groundwork for new projects across

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A burnt bridge? Not for Aecon as contractor cleared to rejoin Gordie Howe project

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

The company withdrew from the winning construction consortium at the tail end of the RFP stage. With the China takeover now dead, it’s stepping back in

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Construction of first Canadian pumped hydro station built since 1950s planned for next year

August 15, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A hydro power storage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval. Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the

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Liberals showcase benefits of billions spent on infrastructure projects

August 13, 2018 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Little more than a year before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping to remind Canadians about the benefits derived from one of their signature promises from the last election: investing billions in infrastructure. For the past week,