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Developer plots construction of Canada’s tallest condo tower in downtown Toronto

February 12, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A new building project planned for downtown Toronto is poised to see the tallest residential tower in the country rise at the foot of Yonge Street. Pinnacle International officially launched the 95-storey waterfront project Feb. 12. At 313 metres, so-called

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Mind the labour gap: Construction industry needs to recruit 307,000 workers over next decade

February 12, 2020 by David Kennedy

The latest forecast from BuildForce Canada projects continued growth in construction through the mid-2020s. Combined with retirements, the added labour required to keep up with demand will create a substantial gap

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Pipeline protests impact B.C. legislature and Canada’s rail network

February 12, 2020 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Protests in support of Indigenous hereditary chiefs who oppose a major pipeline project flared across Canada for a fifth day on Tuesday, disrupting British Columbia’s legislature and forcing the cancellation of dozens of commuter and freight trains. Hundreds blocked the entrances

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Ford Super Duty shows its capability in the desert

February 12, 2020 by Mario Cywinski

Around 10 years ago, one of my first truck events as an automotive journalist was for the 2011 Ford Super Duty. The event took place in Arizona, starting in Prescott, going through Yarnell, and eventually finishing in Glendale, a suburb

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Acciona, Aecon finalize contract to build new $1.4B Pattullo Bridge in Vancouver area

February 11, 2020 by David Kennedy

Construction firms Acciona and Aecon Group Inc. have firmed up a $967.5 million contract to build a new four-lane bridge to replace the aging Pattullo Bridge between New Westminster and Surrey, B.C. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure singled

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Province to spend $103.4M to replace road south of Prince George, B.C. heavily damaged in 2018 flood

February 10, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A major construction project to replace a three-kilometre segment of the West Fraser Road in central British Columbia washed away by heavy flooding in 2018 is moving toward shovel-ready. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Feb. 5 it

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Infrastructure bank takes on advisory role on proposed $1.6B power, fibre link between Manitoba and Nunavut

February 10, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will be taking on an advisory role on a proposed project that would connect five remote communities in Nunavut with Manitoba’s power grid. The federal institution said Feb. 5 it will engage with stakeholders and

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Liberals face heat as cost of Trans Mountain expansion hits $12.6B

February 10, 2020 by Jordan Press and Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will now cost at least $12.6 billion — up from a three-year-old estimate of $7.4 billion on a project Finance Minister Bill Morneau insisted the Liberal government intends to sell back to the private sector

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Nearly 1.5 million Canadians working in construction with latest industry job gains

February 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A nearly 16,000-job gain in January marks the third month of positive construction labour momentum

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B.C. First Nations disappointed while industry welcomes Trans Mountain ruling

February 5, 2020 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

The controversial pipeline project cleared yet another big legal hurdle with the Federal Court of Appeal ruling this week

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Minnesota regulators give key approvals for Line 3 pipeline

February 5, 2020 by The Associated Press

Minnesota utility regulators approved a court-ordered revised environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the state. On Feb. 3, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 3-1 to approve the environmental impact statement

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Saskatchewan premier forms cabinet committee on pipeline expansions

February 5, 2020 by The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has put together a committee of cabinet ministers to assess how the government could help get more pipelines built in the province. “Our government recognizes the necessity of further developing pipeline infrastructure to help our energy products reach

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Ontario begins safety blitz inspections, focusing on construction sites

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario workplace inspectors are launching a safety blitz focusing on construction sites. The ‘blitz’ was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development for the province, on Feb. 3. “We’re doing this to save lives,” McNaughton said

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OPG to explore alternatives following no vote on nuclear waste disposal site

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will need to find somewhere else to dispose of nuclear waste. On Jan. 31, members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) First Nations voted against a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) site for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste

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New deicing pad at Calgary airport marks largest use of clean concrete tech in Canada

February 4, 2020 by David Kennedy

With temperatures routinely falling into the negative double digits, deicing planes flying out of the Calgary International Airport is a major priority through much of the winter. Mobile deicing crews previously shuffled from gate to gate to prepare planes ahead

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Built in just 10 days, China’s virus hospital admits first patients

February 3, 2020 by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

BEIJING—The first patients arrived Monday at a 1,000-bed hospital built in 10 days as part of China’s sweeping efforts to fight a new virus that is causing global alarm. Huoshenshan Hospital and a second 1,500-bed facility due to open this

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Aecon to buy Winnipeg-based electrical contractor Voltage Power for $30M

February 3, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Aecon Group Inc. is adding to its in-house electrical contracting expertise with a new acquisition. The company said Feb. 3 it has purchased Winnipeg-based Voltage Power for $30 million, plus possible earnout payments based on future financial targets. The electrical

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Doosan Infracore adds new dealer in New Brunswick

January 31, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Doosan Infracore North America has picked up a new dealer on Canada’s East Coast. One of the equipment maker’s current dealers, Paul Equipment & Sons, has opened a new location in Fredericton. “We are excited for the expansion of this

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RFQ issued for Brampton, Ont. courthouse and Toronto bail centre renovation project

January 29, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a project that involves renovating both a bail centre in Toronto and a courthouse in nearby Brampton, Ont. The province launched the search

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Pomerleau puts new ‘Spot’ construction robot to work, a world first

January 29, 2020 by David Kennedy

A construction project in Quebec has a unique new worker on-site. Pomerleau Inc. said Jan. 29 it has deployed a cutting-edge robot known as ‘Spot’ near Montreal. It’s the first time the fully-automated robot has set out on assignment to