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$589M in Manitoba’s 2012 budget committed to roads and bridges

April 18, 2012 by Andrew Snook

A 2.5-per-cent hike in gasoline taxes will help fuel a sizeable portion of the Province of Manitoba’s budget this year, committed to renewing and improving roads and bridges across the province. On April 18, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced that

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PCL to build $10-million facility in Nisku, Alta.

April 18, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The PCL family of companies is expanding in Alberta. The contracting firm recently announced plans to expand its industrial headquarters in Nisku, Alta., with a new $10-million facility. PCL president and COO Heavy Industrial, Peter Stalenhoef stated that continued growth

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Round four for PPP Canada proposals underway

April 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Public-Private Partnerships Canada launched its fourth call for proposals for the P3 Canada fund today. The organization is hoping to encourage provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities. In this

Cecilia Padilla was recently named the new president of On Center Software.
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On Center Software appoints new president

April 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Cecilia Padilla has been named the new president of On Center Software. Padilla has been with the company since 2008, when she was hired for the role of vice-president. She played a vital role in introducing Digital Production Control patented

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VIA Rail’s Vancouver Station restoration project is complete

April 13, 2012 by Andrew Snook

All aboard! A celebration for the completion of the $6.9-million VIA Rail restoration project for its heritage train station in Vancouver, B.C., took place on April 13, with Minister of State (Transport) Steven Fletcher, Wai Young, MP South Vancouver and

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eTools for concrete

April 12, 2012 by Ross Monsour

The world is changing as fast as you can send an email. Technology is pushing the boundaries on accounting, social media, project management, cell phones, data transfer, maintenance and applications too numerous to mention. In order to keep abreast of these

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Strongco to offer Terex Finlay products in Ontario and Alberta

April 12, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Strongco Corporation announced today that it would become the exclusive dealer for Terex Finlay mobile crushing and screening equipment in Ontario and Alberta.  Strongco stated that it has entered into an agreement with Terex USA LLC, and will offer

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Global construction equipment sales up 25 per cent in 2011

April 12, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The KHL Group’s annual Yellow Table survey is out, and it shows record sales in global construction equipment. The survey states that overall equipment sales for the 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers grew by 25 per cent in 2011 to

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposes changes to fast-track skilled tradespersons

April 11, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is planning on getting skilled tradespersons into Canada faster. Jason Kenney, Minister of the CIC, announced on April 10 that the Ministry will be “transforming Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused

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Two additional groups in effect for Ontario College of Trades ratio reviews

April 10, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario College of Trades’ journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio reviews are now in effect for two additional groups: Group A-3: Precast concrete erector; precast concrete finisher.Group A-4: Cement concrete finisher; cement mason. The college stated that its open and transparent review of

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eTools for concrete

April 9, 2012 by Ross Monsour

The world is changing as fast as you can send an email. Technology is pushing the boundaries on accounting, social media, project management, cell phones, data transfer, maintenance and applications too numerous to mention. In order to keep abreast of these

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Building permits up 7.5 per cent in February

April 9, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Total building permits values jumped 7.5 per cent to $6.5 billion in February, after experiencing an 11.4-per cent decline in January. The boost in total value of permits was due to a 36.2-per cent increase in the non-residential sector to $2.5 billion,

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Graham Group Ltd. awarded Moose Jaw Regional Hospital contract

April 5, 2012 by Corinne Lynds

Graham Group Ltd.’s Regina operating branch was recently awarded the $103.8-million regional hospital project in Saskatchewan. Graham will work with a consortium of firms in lean design and integrated project delivery to design-build the patient and family-centred hospital. The facility

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Ontario College of Trades ratio reviews in effect

April 4, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario College of Trades recently announced that its journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio reviews are in effect. The college stated that its open and transparent review of these ratios is a vital step for promoting fairness and safety in the workplace. Review

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Feds issue RFP for a new bridge for the St. Lawrence

April 3, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Government of Canada officially sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The bridge will replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Que., which is the busiest

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CCA supports feds deficit reduction measures

April 2, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has offered its support for recent measures taken by the federal government to eliminate the federal and infrastructure deficits. The CCA recently stated it was pleased with announcements made by the federal government regarding budget

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Lafarge appoints senior leaders for Canadian operations

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Lafarge Group has appointed its president and CEOs for Canadian operations. René Thibault has been hired to oversee Canada’s four western provinces (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) as well as the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, while Bob

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Recycled concrete pipes find new home…for tourists

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

A hotel in the village of Tepozitan, Morelos, Mexico has found a new home for recycled concrete pipes. The Tubohotel offers 20 rooms to Tepozitan tourists made entirely from the recycled pipes and come equipped with a queen-sized bed, desk

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Ontario’s construction industry to experience significant labour demands over next nine years

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Approximately 120,000 construction workers will need to be recruited over the next nine years, according to the Construction Sector Council’s (CSC) forecast for Ontario’s construction industry. The CSC’s report, Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for Ontario, states

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Construction employment continues to break records in PEI

March 27, 2012 by CNW

Prince Edward Island will see continued investment in utilities and commercial, industrial and institutional building projects over the next decade or so, and construction employment will grow beyond record levels. That’s a key finding in the Construction Sector Council’s (CSC)



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