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Opening of Champlain Bridge delayed up to six months

October 25, 2018 by David Kennedy

Despite “significant” progress on construction, the six-kilometre span will not open Dec. 21

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Steel relief? U.S. ‘might’ lift tariffs once new trade deal is signed, incoming Mexican minister says

October 24, 2018 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Mexico’s future foreign minister says he thinks biting U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on his country and Canada could be lifted once the three continental partners sign a newly negotiated free trade agreement. But Marcelo Ebrard, who will assume

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Cannabis in the workplace: We need an accurate measure of impairment

October 24, 2018 by Andrea Furlan and Nancy Carnide

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 siteNow that marijuana is legal in Canada for recreational purposes, one question

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Ontario PCs scrap $300M in provincial funding for construction of three new college campuses

October 24, 2018 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Funding to expand three post-secondary campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton has been cancelled by Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government. Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of training, colleges and universities, says in a news release the province is not in a

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32 metres beneath Toronto: A look underground at the Eglinton Crosstown’s deepest station

October 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

More than 100 feet under busy mid-town Toronto, construction crews are working 24 hours a day on the country’s biggest transit project

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China opens massive 55-kilometre bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

October 23, 2018 by The Associated Press

ZHUHAI, China—China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge Oct. 23, linking Hong Kong to the mainland in a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the city of Zhuhai

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Four small B.C. airports get a lift as federal government awards $9.5M for upgrades

October 23, 2018 by On-Site Staff

NANAIMO, B.C.—Runways and taxiways at a pair of small airports on Canada’s West Coast are set for rehabilitation projects as part of a federal investment in safety upgrades at four B.C. airfields. Ottawa said it has awarded approximately $9.5 million

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Ontario to hold inquest into circumstances behind 2009 Metron scaffolding collapse that killed four in Toronto

October 22, 2018 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A coroner’s inquest has been called into a Toronto scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of four men almost nine years ago. Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin and Aleksey Blumberg died when the swing stage they were on collapsed

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Five tips for long-term savings on fleet maintenance

October 20, 2018 by Dave Morley

  Keeping maintenance costs down is imperative to being successful as a contractor, but has to be done intelligently. You can save a lot of money short-term by simply skipping maintenance, but you will be replacing all of your equipment

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Pomerleau, Alberici start work on new Molson Coors brewery in Longueuil, Que.

October 19, 2018 by David Kennedy

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Molson Coors has officially started work on a major new Quebec brewery, the latest step in a shift away from its historic roots on the shore of the St. Lawrence River in old Montreal. Contractors Pomerleau Inc. and Alberici

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500 workers sent home from Muskrat Falls job site; Nalcor blames pay trouble with contractor Astaldi

October 19, 2018 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility says it has directed the main contractor at the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric megaproject site to stop work. In an emailed statement Oct. 18, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall says the move was made because

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Toronto construction company fined $325K after worker fatally pinned by steel casing

October 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A Toronto-based heavy civil construction company was fined $325,000 after a worker was killed by a runaway steel casing on a road reconstruction site in Markham, Ont. Coco Paving Inc. was handed the fine in Newmarket court Oct. 15. The

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Engineers investigate cause of fallen concrete that struck Toronto woman at Union Station

October 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A woman in her 20s was struck and injured by a piece of fallen concrete at Union Station Oct. 11. The major transit hub in downtown Toronto is currently undergoing a more than $800 million revitalization project. Paramedics transported the

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Rural municipality chose cheaper design option for collapsed Sask. bridge

October 17, 2018 by Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

REGINA—The Saskatchewan municipality where a newly built bridge collapsed hours after opening had been approved for $750,000 in provincial funding to go toward construction, but opted for a less expensive design, a rural leader says. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in

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City of Sudbury, Ont. greenlights first phase of construction on $30M Places des Arts

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SUDBURY, Ont.—A $30 million project to construct a Francophone arts and culture centre in Sudbury, Ont. passed a regulatory hurdle Oct. 16, paving the way for the first phase of construction. The City of Greater Sudbury issued a conditional building

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N.L. hands out $2.2M in contracts for road construction projects on the Avalon

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CARBONEAR, N.L.—Just a month after inking a $555 million infrastructure deal with Ottawa, Newfoundland and Labrador announced it awarded two contracts totaling $2.2 million for road construction projects on the Avalon Peninsula. Mj Hickey Ltd. won an $800,000 to construct

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SNC Lavalin stock plunges after federal prosecutors decline to negotiate a deal

October 16, 2018 by David Paddon and Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares plunged to their lowest close since early 2016 Oct. 10 after the company revealed that federal prosecutors won’t negotiate a deal that could reduce the time SNC spends in court fighting fraud and corruption charges laid

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Work begins as part of long term plan to remove red lights from Winnipeg highway

October 16, 2018 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Work is set to start on a plan that could eventually see all traffic lights removed from the South Perimeter highway around Winnipeg. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says over the next three years, 23 smaller intersections along the road

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Ottawa’s new tariffs on foreign steel put Canadian construction industry in ‘dire position’

October 15, 2018 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The surtax on products such as rebar, steel plate and wire rod will increase construction costs for a long list of projects across the country

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Construction worker allegedly shot in back with nail gun on Nova Scotia job site

October 15, 2018 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs says race relations are improving in the province, but there is still a lot of work to do. Tony Ince made the comments last week after being asked about a young black