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Canada can deliver big projects, Morneau insists, pointing to $40B LNG export terminal

May 4, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a $40-billion operation to eventually ship liquefied natural gas to Asia from Canada’s west coast shows the country can still get major projects done, despite corporate complaints about regulatory hurdles. The federal Liberals have been

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Ontario introduces Toronto subway upload bill, while critics say the move will only delay transit construction

May 3, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s plan to take control of Toronto’s subway system moved forward May 2 as the government introduced legislation that would give it authority over future transit expansion in the city. The bill — dubbed the Getting Ontario Moving

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SNC-Lavalin to step back from 15 countries in effort to refocus operations

May 2, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said it will scale down its operations in 15 countries and swear off bidding on fixed-price contracts in the mining industry as it reported a loss in its latest quarter. “We remain confident that

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Crews target late 2020 for completion of long-delayed $823M revamp of Toronto’s Union Station

May 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex project to bring the terminal into the 21st century involved major excavation work and interior reconstruction

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‘We will keep our commitments:’ Jason Kenney takes over as Alberta premier

May 1, 2019 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Jason Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister who united Alberta’s two estranged conservative parties and led them to victory, officially became the province’s 18th premier April 30. Kenney and 22 members of his United Conservative caucus were sworn in as

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Missing pins possibly caused Seattle crane collapse that killed four, experts say

May 1, 2019 by Gene Johnson. The Associated Press

SEATTLE—It appears workers who were disassembling a construction crane had prematurely removed pins securing the sections of the crane’s mast to each other, and that could explain why it toppled April 27, killing four people, experts said. Crane accident investigator

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Police charge man for alleged thefts on numerous Ottawa construction sites

May 1, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The Break and Enter Unit of the Ottawa Police Service has charged a 38-year-old man after a string of alleged thefts on Ottawa construction sites and hydro compounds. The man appeared in court April 28 and is charged with nine

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Broccolini breaks ground on Montreal’s tallest residential tower, part of company’s $1.3B investment on Saint-Jacques

May 1, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Shovels hit the ground April 30 at the site of Victoria sur le Parc, soon to be Montreal’s tallest residential skyscraper. Set to rise 200 metres above the city’s International District, the tower is the latest development by contractor Broccolini

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Former SNC-Lavalin director Jarislowsky demands shareholder vote on ‘cruel’ 407 sale

May 1, 2019 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A former director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is calling for a shareholder vote on what he describes as the company’s “cruel and Machiavellian” decision to sell the bulk of its stake in Ontario’s 407 toll highway operator for $3.25 billion.

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Aecon consortium wins $639.8M contract to widen 18-km stretch of Hwy. 401 just west of Toronto

April 29, 2019 by David Kennedy

The three-year construction project will expand the busy highway to as wide as 12 lanes between Mississauga and Milton

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Four killed in crane collapse at Google campus under construction in Seattle

April 29, 2019 by Lisa Baumann And Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

SEATTLE—Four people died and three were injured when a construction crane on the new Google Seattle campus collapsed April 27, pinning six cars underneath. One female and three males were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, Fire

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Pair of Canadian contractors win innovation awards at B2W Software user conference

April 29, 2019 by On-Site Staff

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Two Toronto-based contractors are taking home innovation awards from the annual user conference of prominent American construction tech firm B2W Software. The New Hampshire-headquartered software firm handed two of its three Client Innovation Awards for 2019 to Priestly Demolition

News Infrastructure

Consider climate impact on infrastructure suffering repeated flooding: experts

April 27, 2019 by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

With key infrastructure in the Maritimes and Quebec again threatened by surging waterways, flooding experts say it’s past time for fixes that consider worst-case climate change scenarios. The New Brunswick government announced April 25 the closure of portions of the

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Ontario issues RFQ for major bridge rehab project along QEW in Mississauga, Ont.

April 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

The six-lane bridge is a vital link between Toronto and Hamilton. Recent investigations determined the 85-year-old structure is in “major” need of repair or replacement

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Widening project along Trans-Canada in Langley, B.C. gets $235.5M in funding

April 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

LANGLEY, B.C.—A highway widening project in Metro Vancouver will soon get off the ground with $235.5 million in joint funding from Ottawa, British Columbia and the Township of Langley. François-Philippe Champagne the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities, B.C.’s Premier

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Aecon beats analyst expectations on higher revenues; backlog boosted by major contract wins

April 26, 2019 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. beat analyst expectations as its net loss was cut by more than half in the first quarter on a 20-per-cent growth in revenues and a higher backlog. The Toronto-based construction firm says it lost $9.8 million or

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to move to Halifax waterfront; building project expected to cost $130M

April 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff

HALIFAX—The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is planning to pack up thousands of works of art for a short move to a new, modern facility at the foot of Salter Street in downtown Halifax. The project, announced last week by

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As waters rise, Champagne offers fast track reviews for flood infrastructure projects

April 24, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister is offering flood-ravaged communities in Quebec a fast-track for federal cash to mitigate the dangers of rising waters, hoping to entice requests from a province that has yet to apply for money from a unique fund set

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Construction begins on latest downtown Toronto office tower; price tag for 46-storey project tops $1B

April 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—With excavators and haulers carrying out demolition work a few dozen metres away, top brass from developer Cadillac Fairview and future tenant TD Bank, joined Toronto Mayor John Tory, among others, to officially kick off construction of a major new

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While Montreal sleeps, every minute counts for subway maintenance workers

April 24, 2019 by Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In the early hours of the morning, when most Montrealers are asleep, below the city’s surface subway maintenance workers are in a race against time. Between approximately 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., more than 200 workers are dispatched to some