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$30M redevelopment of Manulife Place in Edmonton to start this summer

January 15, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A major redevelopment of an office and retail tower in downtown Edmonton is scheduled to begin this summer. Manulife Investment Management said Jan. 14 it plans to spend $30 million to modernize the exterior facade of the shopping centre, reposition

News Health & Safety

Investigators lay safety violation charges in falling death at Halifax job site

January 14, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A foreman and construction company are facing charges under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety laws related to the falling death of a young labourer at a Halifax work site. Halifax police had earlier charged supervisor Jeff Scott Gooch with

News Construction

Kiewit wins contract for work on B.C. landslide that blocked Fraser River and stymied salmon

January 14, 2020 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says construction will begin soon to help salmon pass through a section of British Columbia’s Fraser River that was largely closed by a landslide. The federal contract posted online Jan. 13 awards $17.6 million to

News ConstructionInfrastructureSoftware / Hardware

Waterloo, Ont. start-up SiteVue looks to bring job site record keeping into modern era with AI, photo mapping

January 13, 2020 by David Kennedy

Keeping project stakeholders dialled into day-to-day construction progress and preserving detailed records for months or years is no easy task

News Law

Former SNC-Lavalin exec Sami Bebawi gets 8.5 years for fraud, corruption

January 11, 2020 by Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison Jan. 10, wrapping up the last of the criminal cases brought against the engineering giant and its former employees involved in fraud and corruption in

News Labour

Construction labour market closes out 2019 on high note, adding 17K jobs in December

January 10, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The construction labour market finished strong in 2019, posting a considerable 17,000-position gain in December. The positive close-out to the year, during which employment gains and losses have seesawed back and forth, translates to a 1.2 per cent increase in

News Construction

Aecon founder John Beck steps back from leadership position at company after 50 years

January 10, 2020 by David Kennedy

The industry veteran hands the baton to Jean-Louis Servranckx, who took over as the contractor’s president and CEO in 2018

News Construction

Quebec’s AGF Access Group to be bought by BrandSafway

January 9, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A Quebec-based manufacturer of vertical access equipment has agreed to be bought by a U.S. competitor that provides scaffolding and other related services for industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects worldwide. BrandSafway, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., said Jan. 9 it has

News Construction

Hereditary chiefs say they will protect territory in pipeline construction dispute

January 8, 2020 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—On the first anniversary of the RCMP’s enforcement of an injunction against opponents of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, First Nation hereditary chiefs said the company behind the project is not welcome on their traditional territory.

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UN racism committee calls for halt to construction on Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG pipeline

January 8, 2020 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors a

News ConstructionFinancing

Fluor, Kiewit win multibillion-dollar contract to build new petrochemical facility outside Edmonton

January 8, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The Canadian and Kuwaiti companies developing a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility in Alberta have awarded a lump sum construction contract to a 50/50 partnership between Fluor Canada Ltd. and Kiewit Construction Services ULC. Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries

News Construction

Winnipeg alleges fraud in lawsuit over construction of $210M police building

January 7, 2020 by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The City of Winnipeg is suing construction companies, consultants and a former top city official, alleging they engaged in fraud and deceit that drove up the cost of a new police headquarters building. The lawsuit alleges there were inflated invoices,

News Construction Materials

Fredericton-based L.S.W. Wear Parts starts distributing Metso products

January 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A significant parts supplier in Atlantic Canada is now carrying screening media, as well as lining and conveyor accessories from aggregates firm Metso Corp. Fredericton-based L.S.W. Wear Parts Ltd. and the Finnish equipment maker announced the new partnership covering Newfoundland

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Federal scientists study how to adapt building codes to climate change

January 6, 2020 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Canada’s building codes are modernized every five years. The next update is due this year and is likely to be the first to address climate change realities

News Heavy Equipment

Crane that collapsed in Halifax had turntable problems, documents show

January 6, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—An inspection of a construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during a storm in September revealed it wasn’t working properly four months earlier. Citing government documents, Global News says the tower crane — owned by Lead Structural Framework Ltd. —

News Law

Construction groups critical of Supreme Court dismissal of case tied to ‘reprisal clauses’

December 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

The CCA and NTCCC say “reprisal clauses” force contractors to make a choice between exercising their legal rights and winning future work

News Bridges

‘Accelerated deterioration’ prompts Calgary to abruptly close pedestrian bridge

December 28, 2019 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Officials have abruptly closed a pedestrian bridge that connects an island park in Calgary with the city’s downtown after getting the results of a recent inspection. A news release from the city says the Jaipur Bridge, which is one of

News FinancingInfrastructure

Ontario auditor general to probe Hamilton light rail costs as questions about cancellation linger

December 27, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s auditor general will investigate the “reasonableness” of government cost estimates for Hamilton’s now cancelled light-rail line, as questions remain about the figures used to justify scrapping the transit project. Bonnie Lysyk said Dec. 20 she will probe the estimates

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Bird subcontracted to build seven new stations for next phase of Ottawa’s light rail transit expansion

December 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction had yet to wrap up on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line when the city green-lit an expansion of the light rail network earlier this year. After a number of delays and a troublesome launch, the line entered regular service this

News ConcreteConstruction Materials

BASF sells Construction Chemicals unit to U.S. private equity firm Lone Star for $4.6B

December 23, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The chemical giant had been shopping for a buyer for the business that employs 7,000 people worldwide for more than a year