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From the editor: do what you know needs doing

February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds

Nine years, one month, six days, and I think roughly two hours, is how long I have been the editor of On-Site. And, this, my 63rd editorial, is proving to be the trickiest one I have had to write so

Feature Article ConstructionLaw

Don’t make these 5 mistakes about performance bonds

February 20, 2018 Lindsey von Bloedau and Krista Johanson

Performance bonds are common on construction projects, and so are misconceptions about them. Don’t make the five mistakes listed below. 1. “A bond is an insurance policy” While a bond has some similarities to an insurance policy, they are two

Feature Article Risk Management

Take a step back for strategy

February 20, 2018 David Bowcott

Late last year I was asked to speak at a Cities conference that was put on by Builtworlds, a network and community that links key stakeholders of the construction and asset management industry, with those in the tech sector. Matt

Feature Article Heavy Equipment

Excavators that suck

February 20, 2018 Nate Hendley

Since 1995, Ontario Excavac has offered vacuum excavating services, primarily for municipalities and hydro companies. Much of the Vaughan, Ont.-based company’s work involves “potholing”— that is, locating underground utilities then removing enough soil in non-destructive fashion to expose pipes and

Feature Article ConstructionInfrastructure

Digging deep

February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds with files from Metrolinx

Originally conceived as the Line 5 Eglinton by Toronto Mayor David Miller and TTC chair Adam Giambrone back in 2007, the $6.6-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects underway in North America, and it’s progressing

Feature Article Construction

Ahead of the curve

February 20, 2018 Jacob Stoller

National Research Council Canada (NRC) released a paper in 2008 titled Systems Integration and Collaboration in Construction: A Review. Its authors, Weiming Shen and colleagues, concluded “systems integration and collaboration are believed to be the key enabling technologies to help

Feature Article LawRoads

Saskatchewan, Alberta trade dispute risks investor uncertainty

February 20, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Saskatchewan has lifted its ban on Alberta license plates from government road and building project sites in the province. The decision came 12 hours before an independent panel under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement would strike a rule on

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Canadian Concrete Expo: letter from the president

December 15, 2017 Stuart Galloway

We started researching this project back in the summer of 2016 and reserved the Hall space at the International Centre the following September. From there, many customer survey calls were made to potential exhibitors and companies that might attend the

Feature Article Concrete

First annual Canadian Concrete Expo is coming to Toronto February 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The Canadian Concrete Expo (CCE) is an industry only trade show that will feature more than 250 exhibiting companies on 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. CCE will foster commerce, partnerships, education, and face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors from across the country will be able to

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Anticipation builds for World of Concrete 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The most important annual international event of the year for concrete and masonry professionals, WOC 2018 expects to attract 60,000 professional registrants and 1,500 leading suppliers from around the world. Taking over the Las Vegas Convention Centre from January 22

Feature Article Trucks

2018 pickup trucks report: the right truck

December 15, 2017 Jill McIntosh

You always want “the right tool for the job,” and that includes one of a contractor’s most important tools, the work vehicle. It can be hard to choose with so many on the market, but that also gives you a

Feature Article Risk Management

The value of disciplined project contingency development

December 15, 2017 David Bowcott

The primary defense against margin erosion is the project contingency. Construction is not a predictable business, and the project contingency is that all encompassing pool of capital dedicated to each project, which provides much needed funding when the unexpected happens.

Feature Article ConstructionLaw

What is the holdback anyway?

December 15, 2017 Dirk Laudan

One of the basic elements in builders lien law in British Columbia is the 10 per cent mandatory holdback. Anyone making a payment on account of a construction contract or subcontract is entitled to retain, from those payments, 10 per

Feature Article Software / Hardware

How safe is your data?

December 15, 2017 Jacob Stoller

In late October, just in time for Halloween, a Finnish security company, F-Secure, released a study involving the CEOs of 200 of the world’s largest corporations. Results show that 30 per cent have had their log-in credentials exposed, and 81

Feature Article Financing

Anatomy of a tax fight

December 15, 2017 Dan Kelly

You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government. Increased EI premiums, new environmental levies, minimum wage hikes: announcements about new taxes and regulations became a common occurrence in 2017. But perhaps the most significant tax

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Feature Article Construction

2018 forecast: vacancy rates vary

December 15, 2017 Saul Chernos

Downtown office vacancy rates in Calgary were as high as 27 per cent compared with just 4 per cent in Toronto and 8 per cent in Vancouver this past fall. Altus Group, a real estate services firm, tracks real estate

Feature Article Construction

2018 forecast: regional outlook

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

From Sea to Sea may be a Canadian motto and unifying force. However, economic conditions vary considerably across the country. On-Site looks at prospects for 2018 region by region. British Columbia Vancouver and the province are faring quite well. However,

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Feature Article Construction

Top 10 construction trends in 2018

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

Michael Atkinson met in late summer with a group of Canada’s top construction leaders to gauge the state of the industry. With another year-end in sight, the now-past president of the Canadian Construction Association recounted a range of concerns —

Feature Article Green ConstructionInfrastructure

2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

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Feature Article Construction

2018 construction forecast: a look ahead

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

All eyes are on the year ahead, as a tumultuous 2017 winds down. Oil prices remain low, edging towards a mild recovery but not expected to come close to the highs of 2013-2014. And prospects for pipeline construction remain mixed,



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