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B.C. forests watchdog finds sediment from road work affecting fish habitat

May 29, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—An investigation by British Columbia’s independent forestry watchdog has found that sediment from roads posed a high risk to fish habitat in three of five watersheds it assessed. The chair of the Forest Practices Board, Kevin Kriese, says in a

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Nova Scotia joins other provinces in infrastructure stimulus effort, adds $230M for ‘shovel-ready’ work

May 28, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Nova Scotia is upping its capital spending plan for the year by nearly 25 per cent to help the province’s economy regain momentum post-pandemic. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the $230 million stimulus push May 27. “As the private sector turns

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Executing on design: Calgary engineering firm leans on new equipment technology to move into construction

May 28, 2020 by David Kennedy

Increasingly automated equipment is helping erode the traditional boundary between engineering and construction

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Devimco heading $500M, four-tower development in downtown Longueuil, Que.

May 27, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Devimco Immobilier has a green light from Longueuil, Que. — across the river from Montreal — for a new mixed-use, four-tower project in the city’s downtown. Longueuil city council approved the 1.2 million sq. ft. development May 26 after Devimco

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Construction on Muskrat Fall to resume, but COVID stoppage to add up to six months to timeline

May 27, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Productivity at the job site is expected to take a significant hit as workers adhere to physical distancing and other new safety rules

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Limits on protests make it ‘great time’ to be building pipeline: Alberta minister won’t back away from comments

May 27, 2020 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta’s energy minister isn’t backing away from her comments that COVID-19’s public health rules and economic fears favour pipeline construction. “I don’t think anybody should be surprised that Alberta is pro-pipeline,” Sonya Savage said May 26 in an interview. On

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Priestly fields seven excavators for 10-hour teardown of Hwy. 401 overpass outside Guelph, Ont. [WATCH]

May 26, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Priestly Demolition Inc. had just under a dozen hours last weekend to safely do away with an overpass extending over six lanes of Highway 401 in Puslinch, Ont. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation closed the busy thoroughfare overnight, giving crews

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Deal struck to dismantle blockades at Manitoba Hydro site, Indigenous group says

May 25, 2020 by The Canadian Press

SPLIT LAKE, Man.—A Manitoba Indigenous group says there’s a deal with the province’s Crown-owned hydro utility to remove blockades set up over fears that workers could introduce COVID-19 to an area around a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric project. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak

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Gates swing back open at shuttered construction sites, but swift return to normal appears unlikely

May 22, 2020 by David Kennedy

On-site physical distancing adjustments and a “topsy-turvy” supply chain will challenge the industry for the foreseeable future

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Bird books contracts to build new Ontario residential tower, Alberta mid-rise development

May 22, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Bird Construction Inc. has added approximately $164 million to its backlog with contracts to build new developments in Mississauga, Ont. and Edmonton. The contractor announced the two new projects May 20, saying it’s scheduled to start work on both in

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RCMP investigating burned truck, theft of fuel at Trans Mountain construction site

May 21, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MERRITT, B.C.—The RCMP says it’s investigating a suspicious blaze and alleged vandalism at a Trans Mountain pipeline work site near Merritt, B.C. Mounties say in a news release that a piece of heavy equipment on the pipeline expansion project was

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Work to start on $192M project to widen Hwy. 401 in Cambridge, Ont. later this year

May 21, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Governments at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill are forging ahead on a highway widening project in Cambridge, Ont. The road work will widen four kilometres of Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes between Hespeler Road and Townline Road in

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Construction on pumped hydro power storage project at retired Alberta coal mine could start this year

May 21, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Developers of a stored hydroelectric power project to be built next to a retired open pit coal mine east of Jasper National Park have enlisted TC Energy Corp. as a partner. Kipp Horton, CEO of Calgary-based WindRiver Power Corp., says

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Sea cans to COVID-19 isolation rooms: PCL, partners develop ‘Quaran-Tin Pods’

May 20, 2020 by On-Site Staff

With COVID-19 straining capacity or threatening to cause outbreaks at conventional healthcare facilities, PCL Construction has turned to an unlikely, shipping industry staple to help aid medical teams during the pandemic. Leaning on its experience in modular and pre-fab, the

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New auditor general says office narrowing focus on federal COVID-19 programs

May 20, 2020 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The auditor general’s office is narrowing its focus for a review of billions in federal spending meant to cushion the economic blow from COVID-19, MPs were told May 19. Karen Hogan, the nominee to be Canada’s next auditor general, said

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Indigenous group to continue blockade at Keeyask dam construction site over COVID-19 concerns

May 19, 2020 by The Canadian Press

SPLIT LAKE, Man.—Members of northern Manitoba First Nations who are worried about the spread of COVID-19 say they will maintain blockades set up at the entrance to a hydroelectric construction site despite a court injunction. “Is life more important than

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Biden vowing to rip up Keystone XL approvals if former vice-president wins White House

May 19, 2020 by James McCarten, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—Joe Biden’s campaign lobbed a spanner into Alberta’s post-pandemic economic recovery strategy May 18 with a promise to rip up U.S. President Donald Trump’s approvals for the Keystone XL pipeline if the former vice-president succeeds in taking over the White

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Constructing in a COVID-19 world: Looking forward

May 19, 2020 by Douglas R. Sanders

The pandemic is expected to lead to lasting change for construction both on and off the job site

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BC Hydro to ramp up construction at Site C after two months with workforce halved

May 17, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Two months after scaling back the Site C hydro project to critical work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Hydro plans to shift gears and begin ramping up its workforce. The crown utility said May 14 it will take

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Quebec to inject $2.9 billion extra into infrastructure to help fuel economy

May 16, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The Quebec government is adding $2.9 billion to its infrastructure spending plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A large portion of the province’s economy spent much of the last six weeks shut down as the government worked to stem the