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Acciona, Stuart Olson lauded for construction of northern BC Hospital

October 21, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Acciona and consortium partner Stuart Olson received the gold award in the general contractor over $40 million category from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care Facility. The construction team were recognized for

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NWT government to invest $222 million in infrastructure

October 21, 2013 by STAFF REPOR

The Northwest Territories government has earmarked $70 million for construction of a 135-km highway connecting the town of Inuvik and the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. That represents close to one third of the territorial government’s plans to invest $222 million in

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Alarming number of workplace deaths leads to safety blitz

October 18, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN

Nine Ontario workplaces deaths since June has prompted the Ministry of Labour to launch a province-wide “fall safety blitz” of construction sites until the end of October.  The focus is on workers’ safety at heights, sloped roofing at low-rise residential

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Alternative financing and procurement recommended to repair Ontario’s bridges

October 17, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

A joint study by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) and the Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) recommends exploring Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) to maintain Ontario’s bridges and culverts. The County of Wellington Bridge Study analyzed

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Ontarians pay majority of road infrastructure costs

October 17, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area paid almost $1 billion more in road taxes and fees from 2008 to 2010 than actual costs, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. And province-wide, more than $7.5 billion in

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PCA says Enbridge’s pipeline reversal will benefit construction industry

October 16, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is throwing its support behind Enbridge’s proposed reversal of Line 9 because it believes the pipeline will help sustain jobs in the Canadian construction industry. The association filed a written argument to the National

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B.C. Construction Association heading back to Ireland for recruits

October 15, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Facing a severe shortage in skilled tradespeople, the B.C. Construction Association is making its second recruiting trip to Ireland this year. It will be looking to hire 600 workers, and entice hundreds more, to uproot to Western Canada for jobs.

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Tsawwassen First Nation, Maple Reinders to build sewer treatment plant

October 15, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Tsawwassen First Nation and Maple Reinders Inc. are partnering to construct a new sanitary sewer treatment plant, replacing an older one, to service Tsawwassen lands in British Columbia. The contract for the sanitary plant includes a sequence batch reactor

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Ontario Construction Secretariat backs prompt payment legislation

October 15, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Ontario Construction Secretariat is supporting a private member’s bill that seeks to have timely payment for construction services enshrined in law. Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, would require that progress payments be made on a monthly basis at

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Ritchie Bros.’ CEO Peter Blake to step down in May 2014

October 10, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announced that CEO Peter Blake will step down in May 2014 when the company holds its next annual general meeting. Blake joined Ritchie Bros. in 1991 and has served as CEO of Ritchie Bros. since 2004. Under

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EllisDon, Carpenters’ Union urge the passing of Bill 74 to protect union jobs

October 10, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

EllisDon Corp. and the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario attended a committee hearing at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Oct.10 to advocate in support of passing Bill 74: the Fairness and Competitiveness in Ontario’s Construction Industry Act, 2013. Both believe

From left: Mayor David Barrow, Town of Richmond Hill, Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill, chairman Bill Fisch, York Region, Dina Palozzi, chairwoman of the Mackenzie Health Board of Directors, Altaf Stationwala, president and CEO of Mackenzie Health, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan and Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan together during the official planning, design and compliance team announcement for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital on Oct. 9, 2013. (Photo credit: Rick Bell) (CNW Group/Infrastructure Ontario).
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Zeidler chosen to manage Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project

October 10, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

 Zeidler Partnership Architects has been selected to lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project. The Toronto architectural firm will establish the design guidelines for the successful building team and monitor construction progress throughout the project. The

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Construction worker killed in Vancouver

October 10, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

A construction worker is dead after being electrocuted on a job site late last week in Vancouver, B.C. when a crane contacted an overhead power line. According to a report in The Province, the incident happened around 10:20 a.m. on

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Lafarge Canada celebrates 40 years at Bath plant

October 8, 2013 by On-Site Magazine

Lafarge Canada marked 40 years of city and community building at its cement plant in Bath, Ont. by inviting the public inside the facility to celebrate. Built in 1973 following a merger between Canada Cement and Lafarge, the Bath Cement

Jim Dougan, PCL Construction President, Tim Brilhante, Humber Students' Federation President, Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Chris Whitaker, Humber College President together during the official groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 4, 2013. (CNW Group/Infrastructure Ontario)
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Humber College’s north campus to get new facility

October 8, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Construction of a facility that will become the new main entrance to Humber College’s north campus (Etobicoke) in Toronto is officially underway. The Learning Resource Commons will be a six-storey, 260,000 sq. ft. academic support and student services facility. The

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REBRICK project produces solid results in Denmark

October 7, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

With two full-scale brick-cleaning facilities now operating in Denmark, a two-year project to reuse old bricks in new construction is showing strong signs of success. Backed by about $700,000 euros in funding under the EU’s Eco-Innovation programme, REBRICK consists of

Selling Big airs at 10 E/P on the Cottage Channel.
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(VIDEO) Construction machines up for grabs on reality TV show

October 3, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

A new show featuring high stakes auctions and sales of heavy equipment in Canada’s construction is now airing on the Cottage Life channel. Featuring Ritchie Bros., Selling Big, follows many colourful characters along a 13-episode journey as they vie to

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Ground breaks on le des Soeurs temporary bridge project

October 3, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Ground has officially been broken for the île des Soeurs temporary causeway-bridge in Verdun, Que. The bypass will be in place until the île des Soeurs Bridge has been permanently replaced as part of the construction of the new bridge

Sanitary installation just east of York Street (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto).
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Toronto waterfront revitalization project keeping schedule

October 2, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Queens Quay Revitalization project is expected to be ready by the spring of 2015 for the Pan Am Games. The project involves a substantial overhaul, both above and below ground, of Toronto’s main waterfront area along the Queens Quay,

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CN denies fraud allegations made by former employee

October 2, 2013 by On-Site Magazine

CN has released a statement rejecting allegations by a former employee that it defrauded GO Transit on commuter rail infrastructure projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Scott Holmes, former program supervisor for CN based in Toronto, claims GO Transit was