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No geotech study done on Saskatchewan bridge that collapsed hours after opening

September 25, 2018 by Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

HYAS, Sask.—A reeve in eastern Saskatchewan says no geotechnical investigation was performed on a riverbed where a newly built bridge collapsed only hours after opening. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in the Rural Municipality of Clayton opened to traffic on the

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Too early to count out oilsands construction? Teck pushes new $20B project

September 25, 2018 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta.—In a sign that the oilsands mining industry can’t be counted out just yet, public hearings into the proposed $20.6-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine project began in Fort McMurray, Alta., this week. International oil companies are cutting their

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Cities aim to shake up how feds handle infrastructure procurement

September 25, 2018 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The drive could reshape how construction projects get off the ground, as well as give contractors a clearer idea of what work will be available each year

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Construction workers nab alleged carjacker in downtown Vancouver hit and run

September 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—Police are applauding a group of construction workers who chased down and apprehended an alleged carjacker in downtown Vancouver. Around 8:40 a.m. on Sept. 21, the Vancouver Police Department received a call from a man who had been pepper-sprayed in

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EllisDon breaks ground on new $100M office complex on Toronto waterfront

September 24, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Work on a new office development on Toronto’s burgeoning waterfront is officially underway on the east end of downtown. EllisDon broke ground on the $100 million Waterfront Innovation Centre last week, kicking off a construction project expected to last about

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North American Construction buys $42.5M stake in Nunavut, N.W.T. construction firm Nuna

September 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

ACHESON, Alta—North American Construction Group Ltd. is branching out. The Alberta contractor, which focuses mainly on mining and heavy construction jobs, particularly in the oilsands, has bought a minority stake in Nuna Logistics Ltd. The $42.5 million deal will give

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Construction crews near finish line on two-tower project that will be Toronto’s tallest outside downtown core

September 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

Once complete, the taller of Eau du Soleil’s two buildings will be the highest in the city outside downtown

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Man arrested after scaling crane at construction site in London, Ont.

September 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

LONDON, Ont.—A 31-year-old man was arrested Sept. 18 after climbing a crane at a construction site in downtown London. The incident occurred just a month after emergency crews apprehended yet another crane climber near Toronto’s waterfront. Police, fire and emergency medical

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Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

September 19, 2018 by Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state’s infrastructure, weakened

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Construction starts on new $245M biotech manufacturing facility in Quebec City

September 19, 2018 by On-Site Staff

QUEBEC CITY—Work is underway on a new $245 million biotech complex in Quebec’s capital. Medicago, a vaccine maker, officially broke ground on the site in Quebec City’s Estimauville Innovation Area Sept. 18. The new 44,000 metres-square (approximately 475,000 sq. ft.)

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Volvo rolls out new electric wheel loader prototype

September 19, 2018 by David Kennedy

BERLIN—Volvo Construction Equipment has revealed its latest foray into the emerging market for electric construction equipment. The company showed off its LX2 compact electric wheel loader last week at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Berlin. Designed to lower noise

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Kamloops, B.C. contractor wins contract for $2.5M paving job on Vancouver Island

September 19, 2018 by On-Site Staff

NANAIMO, B.C.—ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. has won a multimillion-dollar contract to pave a 23-kilometre stretch of B.C. Highway 19 on Vancouver Island. The $2.5 million project will resurface the road also known as the Inland Island Highway between Parksville and

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New bridge collapses into river hours after opening in rural Saskatchewan

September 19, 2018 by Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

HYAS, Sask.—A rural politician in eastern Saskatchewan says he’s at a loss to explain why a newly built bridge collapsed just hours after opening. Reeve Duane Hicks said the Dyck Memorial Bridge in the Rural Municipality of Clayton looked good

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$315.9M Winnipeg road renewal project receives federal, provincial funding

September 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

  WINNIPEG—A $100 million federal contribution has paved the way for significant repairs to Winnipeg’s regional road network. Totaling $315.9 million, the project will see 49 segments of roadway rehabilitated across the city, including sidewalk repairs and drainage improvements. At $18

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Senior housing firm Chartwell working on $72M development on east end of Toronto

September 18, 2018 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Chartwell Retirement Residences has teamed up with fellow senior community developer Welltower Inc. on a new residence in Toronto’s Guildwood neighbourhood. The construction project will extend up to five storeys and include 172 units, ranging from independent living apartments

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‘Optimism bias’ often brings Muskrat Falls-style cost overruns, inquiry into trouble dam project told

September 18, 2018 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY GOOSE BAY, N.L.—Hydroelectric dams like Muskrat Falls are particularly vulnerable to cost and schedule overruns, an expert testified Sept. 17 as a public inquiry into the Labrador hydro megaproject got underway. Oxford University economics professor Bent Flyvbjerg, who

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Dawson City, Y.T. gets $15.7M to overhaul water, sewer system

September 13, 2018 by David Kennedy

WHITEHORSE—A remote city on the Yukon River best known as a base camp during the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush has secured $15.7 million to bring its wastewater system into the modern era. The federal and territorial government announced the

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Feds, B.C. partner on $229M program for rural infrastructure upgrades

September 13, 2018 by The Canadian Press

WHISTLER, B.C.—Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson says the federal and British Columbia governments are targeting rural communities for new infrastructure projects. She told delegates Sept. 12 at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler that $229 million in

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Calgary 2026 Olympics win would mean construction of two new venues, upgrades to existing ones

September 13, 2018 by Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—City councillors voted Sept. 11 to keep the Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games alive, after a draft plan presented to council revealed the total cost of hosting the games would be approximately $5.23 billion. After

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Toronto remains confident about landing Amazon’s coveted HQ2

September 13, 2018 by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

The promised $5-billion investment in a second company headquarters would be a boon for the city’s builders