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Federal law at heart of western anger up for debate as Liberals begin outreach

November 23, 2019 by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly backed up his pledge for more dialogue with the West, opening his Nov. 21 meeting with Calgary’s mayor up to the two members of his government now entrusted with being ambassadors to the region. Manitoba

News Software / Hardware

Trimble, Hilti and robot maker Boston Dynamics join forces to build autonomous construction robot

November 22, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Three companies with relatively distinct specialties are teaming up to build an autonomous construction robot. Trimble Inc., Hilti Corp. and Boston Dynamics said Nov. 19 they’ve agreed to work together to develop a proof-of-concept machine capable of taking on simple

News Construction

Work progressing on second tower at new Greystone Village development in Ottawa East

November 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

After 11 straight hours placing approximately 1,900 cubic metres of concrete earlier this month, crews in Old Ottawa East completed the foundation for the second of two condo towers at a new development that will eventually include nearly 1,000 units.

News Health & Safety

Contractor fined $125K for worker killed in truck rollover near Sudbury, Ont.

November 21, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The province has fined Teranorth Construction & Engineering Ltd. $125,000 for an unusual incident involving a malfunctioning braking system that left one worker dead. The Sudbury-based contractor had completed a culvert and bridge rehabilitation project near Elliot Lake on Highway

News Infrastructure

McKenna to take over infrastructure file after four contentious years on environment

November 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

After four years on a portfolio rife with conflict, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna will be taking over the infrastructure file from Francois-Philippe Champagne. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid out his new cabinet Nov. 20 at Rideau Hall in a

News Construction

Lowe’s says it will close 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across six provinces

November 20, 2019 by Chris Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Lowe’s Companies Inc. said Nov. 20 it will close 34 “underperforming” stores across six provinces as part of a restructuring of its Canadian business. The stores include 26 Ronas, six Lowe’s and two Reno-Depots spread across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,

News Construction

Geothermal technology on the rise in residential developments

November 20, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

High upfront costs have traditionally led developers to shy away from geothermal technology to heat and cool residential developments. But advancements in technology and a demand for sustainable building methods is recalibrating this way of thinking. “Technology is advancing,” said

News Construction

Doug Ford’s cancellation of green energy deals costs Ontario taxpayers $231M

November 20, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s decision to tear up 750 renewable energy contracts shortly after winning the election last year is costing Ontario taxpayers more than $230 million. The Progressive Conservative government said the final figure, which includes the cost of decommissioning

News Infrastructure

Construction capacity among major concerns for Ontario as it plans four-line $28.5B transit expansion

November 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

The huge new transit program will be competing for labour with health care initiatives, nuclear refurbishments and the seemingly endless list of private developments cropping up across the city

News Construction

Workers, contractors gather at B.C. legislature to protest ‘unfair’ construction deals

November 20, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—The New Democrat government’s approach to building major public projects should not involve choosing between friends and enemies, Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said. More than 100 construction workers and independent contractors were at the British Columbia legislature Tuesday demanding

News Software / Hardware

Bockstael Construction turns to Procore for new management software

November 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Fourth-generation Manitoba contractor Bockstael Construction is looking to Procore Technologies Inc. to streamline its business and take better advantage of data. After evaluating several options, the 107-year-old company plans to implement Procore’s construction management software enterprise-wide. “We’ve been eager to

News Construction

Group aiming to build new stadium, bring CFL team to Halifax submits revised plan

November 16, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A proposal to build a 24,000-seat stadium for a potential Halifax CFL franchise has been updated by the business group fronting the idea after it was nearly quashed by municipal politicians. Schooner Sports and Entertainment (SSE) said in a news

News Construction

Aurora Cannabis halts construction of nearly finished production facility in Medicine Hat, Alta. to cut costs

November 15, 2019 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Aurora Cannabis Inc. is halting construction of two production facilities to save over $190 million as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer said it will indefinitely defer completion of construction and commissioning at

News Concrete

EllisDon completes 10-hour concrete pour for new utilities building at Vancouver airport [WATCH]

November 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

It took 10 hours of work and just short 300 loads of concrete, but EllisDon smoothly wrapped up a massive concrete pour at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) last month. Their booms crisscrossing the job site, four separate concrete pump

News Law

New head of Quebec anti-corruption police admits to ‘failure,’ vows to do better

November 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

QUEBEC—The new head of Quebec’s anti-corruption squad is seeking to assure the public he can restore trust in his embattled institution following years of criticism and problems that have marred the reputation of the once-respected police unit. Frederick Gaudreau, recently

News Health & Safety

43-year-old worker killed by falling material on Welland, Ont. construction site

November 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

An investigation is underway after a worker on a Welland, Ont. construction site was killed by falling material Nov. 12. Police, as well as Welland Fire and emergency medical services teams, responded to an “industrial accident” Tuesday afternoon at a

News Construction

Southern Alberta village council burns proposed biowaste incinerator

November 13, 2019 by The Canadian Press

BEISEKER, Alta.—A proposal to build a biomedical waste incinerator near a southern Alberta village has been rejected after area residents raised concerns about emissions from the plant. There was loud applause from about 100 people on hand Nov. 12 when

News Roads

Alberta to widen 29-kilometre stretch of main southern highway in $76.5M project

November 13, 2019 by The Canadian Press

KANANASKIS, Alta.—The Alberta government will be widening 29 kilometres of Highway 1A in the southern part of the province. The $76.5 million project is to double the width of the section between Cochrane and Canmore, which has not had significant

News Health & Safety

Ontario fines construction firm for incident involving overhead wires in Port Perry, Ont.

November 12, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Coco Paving Inc. has been fined $50,000 for a workplace incident involving an excavator and energized wires, though no workers were injured. The company had been hired by Durham region to install an underground waste pipe in Port Perry, Ont.

News Law

What construction stakeholders need to know to navigate Ontario’s new adjudication regime

November 11, 2019 by Catherine DiMarco

Adjudication is intended to be a “swift justice” process for parties to resolve payment disputes