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Tories seek auditor general review of Liberal infrastructure plan

January 29, 2020 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The Conservatives have harshly criticized the government’s plan for roads, bridges, transit and water systems slated to cost more than $180 billion over a decade

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Supreme Court: Can a corporation be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment?

January 28, 2020 by Jennifer Quaid

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 site. Yes, you read that headline right. As far-fetched as it sounds,

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Alberta jumps federal gun, will allow 12-storey wood buildings

January 27, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Alberta won’t await changes to Canada’s national building code before allowing developers to get moving on taller wood buildings. The province’s Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu said Jan. 24 the Alberta government will allow for wood construction projects of up

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Infrastructure Ontario chief Ehren Cory returning to private sector

January 25, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Cory will stay on until the end of April to give IO ample time to find a replacement.

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Equipment dealer Strongco to be bought by Portugal’s Nors

January 24, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Portuguese equipment dealer Nors has struck an all-cash deal to acquire Canada’s Strongco Corp. for approximately $193 million. The Mississauga, Ont.-based company, which carries a number of high-profile equipment brands, including Volvo, Case, Manitowoc and Terex, has 26 branches across

News Construction

SNC Lavalin recruits ex-Bombardier asset sales specialist to lead transformation

January 24, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Inc. has recruited a former Bombardier executive who oversaw key asset sales to oversee the engineering and construction firm’s strategic transformation. Louis Veronneau will take on the new role of chief transformation officer, which includes possible divestments and reducing

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‘Landmark’ Ottawa library inches toward construction as design revealed

January 24, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A joint federal-municipal library project in Ottawa is one step closer to shovel ready. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, among other officials, revealed the design Jan. 23 for the major new project

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SNC-Lavalin drops court challenge over bid for special agreement

January 23, 2020 by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has ended its court challenge of the federal prosecution service’s decision to deny it a special agreement to avoid criminal proceedings on corruption and fraud charges. The move, while not entirely surprising in light of a

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Resolute Forest Products spending $27M to build cellulose filament plant at Quebec paper mill

January 22, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products Inc. says it will spend $27 million to add a plant to produce cellulose filaments at its Kenogami paper mill in Quebec. It says it will also spend $11 million to modernize equipment to produce high-grade SCA+

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Ottawa blames P3 partner as train shortage bedevils new transit line

January 22, 2020 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Riders on Ottawa’s problem-plagued light-rail system faced yet another day of turmoil Jan. 21, with trains out of service because their wheels weren’t round enough the latest in a string of problems that has delayed or shut down service. The

News Green Construction

New job in green construction for former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson

January 22, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is lending his expertise to a Canadian company working to expand green building technology around the globe. Robertson, who served as Vancouver’s mayor from 2008 to 2018, has joined Nexii Building Solutions as its executive

News Construction

Huge development with 37 separate towers planned for downtown Mississauga, Ont.

January 21, 2020 by David Kennedy

The project will transform 130 acres of what today is mostly parking lot space into a sprawling neighbourhood home to some 35,000 people

News Construction

Changing the lens to focus on whole life-cycle value

January 21, 2020 by Anil Sawhney

The construction market is responding to an increase in demand for more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. Project owners as well, see value in considering life-cycle costs as part of the financial management of building projects. Taking a long view that

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Canam Group founders, Quebec investor group buying back Canadian operations of steelmaker

January 21, 2020 by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

The deal comes less than three years after the company was taken private with the help of a U.S. private equity firm

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Ontario invests $200M towards infrastructure in small northern communities

January 20, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Ontario government has announced a $200 million investment towards infrastructure in northern communities. The investment was announced by Premier Doug Ford and Laurie Scott, minister of Infrastructure, on Jan. 17. The funds will come from the Ontario Community Infrastructure

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Crews complete latest 60-metre addition to Calgary’s building-to-building bridge network

January 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

The biggest challenge on construction projects isn’t always the complexity of the build. More often than not, the compact nature of a site, logistical issues or coordinating traffic present equally forbidding obstacles. A multimillion-dollar project to build the latest addition

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Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

January 16, 2020 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The decision puts another of the pipeline’s hurdles behind it. Construction is underway, though some barriers remain

News Construction

Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown nearly halfway complete

January 15, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Crosstown will have 25 stations spanning 19 kilometres across Eglinton Avenue.

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Zurich Insurance suing former Bondfield Construction CEO to recover $200M, report says

January 15, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Switzerland-based insurance giant Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. is taking legal action in an attempt to recover $200 million it says it paid out as a result of Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.’s collapse, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 15. The

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Pipeline at centre of B.C. conflict is creating jobs for First Nations, chief says

January 15, 2020 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for Indigenous people and lifting communities from poverty, says an elected chief of a band that supports