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Lougheed Highway four-laning project in Maple Ridge, B.C. gets $29M from feds

July 23, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C.—The federal government has set aside infrastructure funds to widen a four-kilometre stretch of highway on the north side of the Fraser River in Greater Vancouver. Ottawa announced $29.2 million for the project between Maple Ridge and Mission,

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Crews break ground on new $250M REM station at Montreal’s Trudeau airport

July 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction is officially underway on an approximately $250 million portion of Montreal’s new Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. Officials from Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), sunk their ceremonial shovels in the ground late last week to mark the start of construction

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SNC-Lavalin to reorganize, turn further away from construction in favour of engineering

July 22, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The embattled firm also warned its 2019 results could be significantly lower than anticipated with overruns at certain construction projects

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Feds pump $44.5M into pair of Ontario First Nation water infrastructure projects

July 22, 2019 by On-Site Staff

BELLEVILLE, Ont.—Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are committing funds to two water infrastructure construction projects within Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, just east of Belleville, Ont. The projects will improve access to drinking water for the Mohawks of the Bay of

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Parks Canada spent $65,000 on a fence on Signal Hill, only to tear it down a week after construction finished

July 22, 2019 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Parks Canada says a controversial fence built halfway up Signal Hill in St. John’s, N.L., cost about $65,000 from planning to construction before it was swiftly taken down just over a week after the first panels went up.

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NEB restores orders and decisions issued to Trans Mountain prior to court ruling

July 22, 2019 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The National Energy Board says its decisions and orders regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion issued prior to last summer when a court overturned its approval will remain valid except where circumstances have changed. The decision is in line with

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Tale of two libraries: Edmonton design backlash morphs into rivalry with Calgary

July 20, 2019 by Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The pitched reaction to Edmonton’s remodelled downtown library has morphed into the latest instalment of the city’s rivalry with its southern neighbour Calgary. Renovations on the Stanley A. Milner Library have been going on for months, but this week Edmontonians

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Ford’s new F-150 diesel built tough

July 19, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

You know you are doing something right when you are the top selling anything for over 50 years. For Ford of Canada, they have had the top selling pickup truck in Canada for 53 years, with the F-Series. If that

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Toronto remains unrivalled in North American construction crane count

July 17, 2019 by David Kennedy

The seemingly endless list of new residential, office and mix-use projects have helped elevate the city’s building industry to one of the busiest on the continent

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PCL signs deal with drone firm 3DR in push to make use of flyers on more job sites

July 17, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—PCL job sites worldwide are poised to have more buzzing drones flying overhead as a result of a new corporate licensing agreement the contractor has signed with software firm 3DR. The builder said July 17 it’s signed a three-year partnership

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CN Rail to rebuild ‘vital’ northern Alberta rail bridge destroyed by wildfires this spring

July 17, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CALGARY—CN Rail is planning to rebuild a key rail bridge linking Northwest Territories to Alberta after it was destroyed this spring during a particularly harsh fire season. The railway said July 16 it will replace the steel deck of the

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Study makes case for high-speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle and Portland; building it could cost US$42B

July 16, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A proposed high-speed rail link connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland would cut the travel time between each city to under an hour and dramatically boost the economy of the entire region, a new report concludes. The Washington State Department of

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Canada Infrastructure Bank pitching in $20M to pilot P3 on small-scale Ontario municipal wastewater project

July 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Several weeks after making its third-ever investment, the two-year-old Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening its chequebook for a wastewater project in rural southern Ontario. The crown corporation, which has focused until now on large-scale transit projects, said July 15

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Controversial Chateau Laurier expansion not good enough, McKenna says

July 15, 2019 by David Reevely, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants the owners of the iconic Chateau Laurier by Parliament Hill to come up with another plan for an addition to the historic hotel even after Ottawa’s city council approved the controversial expansion. McKenna is the

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Shotcrete firm fined after worker killed falling into hopper on Toronto job site

July 10, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—A British Columbia-based shotcrete service company is facing a $130,000 fine for an incident that left one worker dead on a Toronto condo construction site in January 2017. While there were no eyewitnesses to the incident in the city’s Beaches

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New Trans Mountain legal challenge claims Canada’s bias led to improper consultations

July 10, 2019 by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation behind the project created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal. Chief

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New CCA mentorship program connects innovators with contractors looking to test novel solutions

July 9, 2019 by David Kennedy

Without the direct input of end users, innovations are often little more than solutions in search of problems

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Brook Restoration acquires Wall-Tech, a Toronto-area contractor specializing in building envelope restoration

July 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—A pair of contractors that focus on the building restoration market in Toronto and several other major Ontario cities are joining forces. Brook Restoration Ltd. announced July 7 it has agreed to buy Ajax, Ont.-based Wall-Tech Restoration Inc. for an

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Construction company fined for worker injured in fall off second-floor townhouse balcony

July 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OAKVILLE, Ont.—An Ottawa-based construction company has been fined for a worker injury on a job site in the Toronto suburbs last year. MC Oakvillage GP Inc. will pay a $60,000 fine, plus the province’s standard 25 per cent victim surcharge,

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Top Canadian climate risks are infrastructure, coastlines, northerners

July 6, 2019 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

New research for the federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada. In a report released July 4, the Council of Canadian Academies has narrowed down a myriad