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Feds back $500M BMO Centre expansion project with $166M contribution

March 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has backed a $500 million mega-project to double the size of Calgary’s largest convention centre. Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne was in the city March 12 to announce Ottawa’s $166.6 million contribution to expand the BMO Centre, which

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Nova Scotia set to regulate coastal construction as sea levels rise

March 13, 2019 by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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New code aims to increase number of women working in B.C. construction industry

March 11, 2019 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Mary-Anne Bowcott says she still remembers the fear she felt when she overheard her co-workers talking about her while she was a roofer. It was violent enough to make her consider leaving the industry all together, like so many other

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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Sika to buy Ontario-based concrete maker King Packaged Materials

March 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Sika AG is making a major move into the Canadian concrete market. The Switzerland-based chemical company and building materials supplier said March 7 that it has agreed to buy Oakville, Ont.’s King Packaged Materials Co. for an undisclosed price.

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Ontario bets on Woodbine Entertainment to bankroll new GO Transit station on north end of Toronto

March 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The Ontario government and transit agency Metrolinx have struck a deal with Woodbine Entertainment that will see the racetrack owner pick up the bill for a new Toronto train station. The station, which will be located along Highway 27 at

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Amid fracas in Ottawa, SNC-Lavalin sues former CEO for millions over hospital bribery scandal

March 6, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is suing its former CEO in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital as the beleaguered engineering and construction giant continues its effort to distance itself from its former leadership. The

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Aecon notches record revenues for 2018; project backlog also climbs to highest level ever

March 6, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Aecon Group Inc. said it notched record annual revenues in 2018, allowing it to raise its quarterly dividend by two cents per share to 14.5 cents. The engineering firm logged a 16 per cent year-over-year increase in revenues to $3.27

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Trial needed for $125M Bondfield libel suit against the Globe and Mail, court says

March 6, 2019 by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A construction company’s $125-million defamation lawsuit against The Globe and Mail newspaper should be decided at trial in a case that highlights the importance of solid journalism even when an expose potentially causes damage to the subject, Ontario’s top court

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Aecon, EllisDon and Flatiron win major contracts for work on Calgary’s ring road

March 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—The long-running project to encircle Alberta’s largest city with a high-volume bypass has entered its final leg. The province said March 5 that it has finalized two contracts with three construction companies that will nearly wrap-up work on the 101-kilometre

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Planning underway for $1B road into mineral-rich region of Northwest Territories

March 5, 2019 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Northern leaders are cheering a federal funding announcement for a long-awaited all-weather road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich Arctic. “This is a significant first step,” said Wally Schumann, minister of industry and infrastructure in the Northwest Territories. The $5.1

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Trudeau strikes more conciliatory tone after second minister resigns over SNC-Lavalin

March 5, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott joined Wilson Raybould in resigning from cabinet March 4, saying she has lost confidence in the government

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Quebec Court of Appeal rules companies can suffer cruel and unusual punishment

March 5, 2019 by Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that the Charter protection against cruel and unusual punishment can apply to companies as well as individuals. The question arose when a company convicted of acting as a construction contractor without the necessary

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$54.2M project to twin Ray Gibbon Drive in St. Albert, Alta. gets go-ahead after cost sharing deal

February 28, 2019 by On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—The Alberta government and a city northwest of Edmonton have struck a cost sharing agreement for an eight-kilometre twinning project. The province and St. Albert, Alta. finalized plans Feb. 25 to twin Ray Gibbon Drive, which is currently a busy

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Challenge to B.C. union rules for major infrastructure projects heads to province’s supreme court

February 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The new procurement framework requires workers that have been on an infrastructure job for 30 days to join one of 19 unions

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Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘veiled threats’ to make SNC-Lavalin deal, as Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign

February 28, 2019 by Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Feb. 27, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern. Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after

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Five key disclosures from Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the House of Common justice committee

February 28, 2019 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Five things Canadians learned from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, in her testimony Feb. 27 at the House of Commons justice committee.   ONE Wilson-Raybould said there were at least 10 phone calls and 10 different meetings, as well as

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Prime Minister’s Office ordered review that spawned measures that could help SNC-Lavavlin, memo says

February 26, 2019 by Jim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Two policy moves that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin came out of public consultations on federal anti-corruption measures that a newly disclosed memo says were ordered by the Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s staff directed Public Service and Procurement