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Alberta government to partially backstop construction of $2 billion bitumen upgrader

January 23, 2019 by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Alberta government is providing a $440-million loan guarantee to help a Calgary-based company build a bitumen upgrader east of Edmonton. Value Creation Inc. says it’s ready to break ground on the $2-billion upgrader that would convert more than 77,000

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Payback: U.K. construction worker wrecks hotel lobby with mini excavator in viral video

January 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LIVERPOOL, England—A disgruntled worker wrecked the lobby of an under-construction hotel with a mini excavator Jan. 21 after his paycheque came up short. In a viral video, the worker can be seen ramming through the front entrance of a Travelodge

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Alberta unveils first construction project under $1.6B plan to upgrade heavy load road network

January 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

ACHESON, Alta.—Weeks after the heaviest-ever splitter began its four-day journey across Alberta’s roads, the province unveiled the first construction project under its $1.6 billion plan to upgrade its High Load Corridor — a network of highways designed to withstand huge

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Almost non-existent a decade ago, tall timber towers taking root across Canada

January 21, 2019 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Defying the skeptics, towers that use cross-laminated timber are digging in in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto, with more to come

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Alberta NDP warn opposition eying road tolls as infrastructure looms large in spring election

January 21, 2019 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plan to build user-pay infrastructure if his party is elected can mean only one thing — tolls on roads. In a speech to energy producers in Edmonton, Notley suggested that recent comments

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Canada’s Arctic infrastructure must be fortified against climate change, study says

January 18, 2019 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

The analysis shows vital infrastructure to the northern coast is under threat as temperatures rise and the permafrost supporting roads retreats

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Former exec at engineering firm Dessau gets 12 months for rigging Quebec infrastructure bids

January 18, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Competition Bureau says a former executive of Quebec engineering firm Dessau received a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty Jan. 17 in the Court of Quebec to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts. Dave Boulay, formerly Dessau’s director

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Ontario man killed in road construction accident north of Toronto

January 17, 2019 by The Canadian Press

CALEDON, Ont.—Provincial police say they’re investigating after a man died in what they describe as an industrial accident in Caledon, Ont. Police provided few details about the incident, which they say took place the afternoon of Jan. 14 at a

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Ontario proposes changing Toronto-area growth plan, a move that would shake up construction

January 16, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is proposing changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s growth plan that the government says would make it easier and faster to build housing. The government says the changes would come while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, an area designated

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Volvo ditching diesel for electric, will launch line of compact electric excavators, wheel loaders

January 16, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The diesel tank is running on empty for some of Volvo Construction Equipment’s compact equipment. The Swedish manufacturer said Jan. 15 that it will launch a series of new electric machines to replace several excavators and wheel loaders currently in

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Big chunk of New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge demolished with explosives

January 15, 2019 by Rebecca Gibian, The Associated Press

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—A big chunk of the Tappan Zee Bridge went down in history — and the Hudson — Jan. 15 after a detonation that thrilled onlookers who played hooky from work and school to watch the spectacle. Despite a few

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Construction of $1.4B Calgary Cancer Centre on time, on budget as below-grade work continues

January 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—With four cranes overhead and 300 workers on-site, the largest infrastructure project in Alberta has begun taking shape. PCL Constructors Inc., which is overseeing the build, remains on time and on budget, according to the province’s Infrastructure ministry. Work began

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Maintenance isn’t ‘sexy’: Underfunding, bad repairs, cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down

January 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

Across the country there’s a disconnect between constructing new infrastructure and keeping what we have in working order, one researcher says

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Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

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Ontario plans to start takeover of Toronto subway this spring, putting province in charge of future construction

January 11, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s plans to take over Toronto’s subway system could begin to take shape this spring with the introduction of legislation that would start the complex process, the government said Thursday. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek said that while the

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Deal reached in northern B.C. pipeline impasse, allowing crews access to job site

January 11, 2019 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory. Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told

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No Infrastructure Bank money for public electricity grids, federal documents say

January 10, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A federal infrastructure agency created to finance new infrastructure — and alleviate the burden on the public purse — is not expected to back projects involving existing public electricity grids, newly released documents say. Many provinces need to upgrade their

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Pipeline construction imbroglio: Trudeau says protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

January 9, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday. RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in

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Commuters brace for dreaded ‘Seattle squeeze’ as construction crews demolish city’s waterfront viaduct

January 9, 2019 by Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press

The West Coast city has spent years digging a tunnel to replace an aging double-decker highway. The final drive to complete the project is expected to bring three weeks of mayhem

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After Humboldt: What is being done to reduce risks on Canadian roads?

January 9, 2019 by Ahmed Shalaby

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. The Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April caused 16 fatalities and