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Feds commit $86.5M to build Halifax high speed bypass

February 25, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

HALIFAX—The federal government is injecting $86.5 million to extend a gridlock-prone stretch of highway in Halifax.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city Feb. 21 to announce the funding for the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector, which will stretch Highway 107 beyond

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As new Champlain Bridge nears completion, feds prepare for $400M project to tear down old bridge

February 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The steel truss cantilever bridge has carried traffic over the St. Lawrence River for more than 50 years

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Work on $2B methanol plant outside Grande Prairie, Alta. expected to create 1,000 construction jobs

February 23, 2019 by The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest. Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2 billion plant near Grande Prairie

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RFQ issued for Vancouver’s $2.8B Broadway Subway extension project

February 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

Design plans call for five kilometres of tunnelling, construction of six underground stations and 700-metres of elevated rail to connect the new tunnel to the existing SkyTrain

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Dessau to pay $1.9M in settlement over bid rigging public contracts

February 21, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Defunct engineering firm Dessau will pay $1.9 million in a settlement over bid-rigging on public contracts in Quebec, says Canada’s competition watchdog. The settlement, filed Feb. 19 in the Superior Court of Quebec, marked the end of a Competition Bureau

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Kiewit-led group wins $411.8M contract to build new all-season highway in Northwest Territories

February 21, 2019 by David Kennedy

YELLOWKNIFE—Work is moving ahead on a major roadbuilding project in Northwest Territories. The N.W.T. government signed an agreement Feb. 14 that will spur construction on a 97-kilometre route that will link the remote First Nations community of Whati with the

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Liberals defeat opposition call for public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin pressure

February 21, 2019 by Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberals used their majority Feb. 20 to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The former attorney general herself abstained, telling

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Development project led by Google affiliate Sidewalk Toronto faces growing opposition, calls for cancellation

February 20, 2019 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Plans for a high tech Toronto community led by an Alphabet Inc.-backed entity should be scrapped, say politicians and prominent Canadian business and technology leaders. In the wake of a leaked report last week that revealed Sidewalk Labs’

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Fraud and bribery case thrown out against former SNC-Lavalin exec Stephane Roy

February 20, 2019 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebec court judge stayed charges of fraud and bribery against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stephane Roy Feb.19, ruling his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated. Judge Patricia Compagnone said delays caused by the Crown are

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$1.9B project to replace Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital moving ahead

February 19, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government says the replacement of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver can move forward, following the launch of a business plan for the $1.9-billion project. Premier John Horgan took part in the announcement and says previous provincial governments

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GMC takes its Sierra off-road

February 19, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

For years standard vehicles with a few cosmetic changes and rugged tires were sold as off-road models. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case

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Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

February 19, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was rocked Feb. 18 by the resignation of his principal secretary, Gerald Butts, amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The departure of the prime minister’s most trusted

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Huge Muskrat Falls cost overruns obvious soon after megaproject got underway, audit shows

February 19, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.—An audit has found executives overseeing the Muskrat Falls megaproject should have been aware that it would be almost impossible to meet cost and schedule targets. The forensic audit into Muskrat Falls construction was presented to the

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Feds, Manitoba ink deal to pour $291.4M into eight highway repaving and upgrade projects

February 15, 2019 by On-Site Staff

HEADINGLEY, Man.—Repaving projects on several Manitoba highways and a series of other roadwork upgrades across the province are set to get underway. The provincial and federal governments struck a deal Feb. 13 to spend $147 million and $144 million, respectively,

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Trio of build teams shortlisted for B.C.’s $1.4B Pattullo Bridge contract

February 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction is scheduled to start on the new four-lane span later this year

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Expansion set for Port of Vancouver as CN looks to double-track section of rail

February 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The federal government, CN Rail and the body that oversees trade through Canada’s busiest port have signed an agreement allowing CN to build a second railway track to move more cargo and increase trade through Vancouver’s harbour. CN says the

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World of Asphalt draws record crowd to Indianapolis

February 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

INDIANAPOLIS—Thousands from the asphalt and aggregates industries flocked to Indianapolis this week for World of Asphalt 2019 and the co-located AGG1 Academy & Expo. Messy winter weather throughout the Midwest failed to keep the crowds away from the Indiana Convention

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B.C. tenders $62.9M Trans-Canada Highway widening project

February 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

REVELSTOKE, B.C.—A costly project to widen a short segment of the Trans-Canada Highway outside Revelstoke, B.C. has gone to tender. The province said Feb. 11 it is awaiting bids for a $62.9 million contract to widen a two-kilometre stretch of

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Liberals agree to only limited hearings on Wilson-Raybould, SNC-Lavalin affair

February 14, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Liberals faced accusations of a coverup Feb. 13 after they agreed to hold limited committee hearings into an allegation that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. Their short list of three proposed

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WATCH: Time lapse video shows construction of Calgary’s New Central Library from ground up

February 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The approximately 1.7 million hours crews spent constructing Calgary’s New Central Library — a $245 million landmark in the city’s East Village — can be viewed in a quick three minutes. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, which spearheaded the project, released