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News Infrastructure

Donning hard hat, new infrastructure minister McKenna, vows to pick up pace on projects

November 28, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Catherine McKenna says her top priority as the country’s new infrastructure minister is to get projects built quickly. The Liberal government has committed more than $180 billion over 12 years to improving roads, bridges, public transit and other needed infrastructure

News Health & Safety

Major fine for Ontario contractor after worker killed in incident involving improper rigging

November 28, 2019 by On-Site Staff

A worker death on a construction site in Listowel, Ont. has resulted in a fine of $150,000 for Kurtis Smith Excavating Inc. after a guilty plea in court Nov. 26. The incident took place in May 2018 when three workers,

News Heavy Equipment

ARW Truck Equipment expands into Saskatchewan and B.C.

November 28, 2019 by On-Site Staff

ARW Truck Equipment Ltd. is branching out from its Alberta base into neighbouring British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The company, which sells, services and rents mobile cranes for light construction work and material handling applications, currently has five locations across Alberta.

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Early construction on Gordie Howe bridge progressing, footings for main towers to be installed over winter

November 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

All four of the $5.7 billion project’s main components, including the 2.5-kilometre bridge itself, are progressing simultaneously and on schedule

News Construction

Ontario auditor general finds cancellation of under construction wind farm, other projects ‘reasonable’

November 27, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s auditor general has looked at the government’s $231 million estimate of the cost of cancelling green energy contracts and deemed it reasonable, though she has not conducted a full audit. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had asked Bonnie Lysyk to

News Construction

Ministry of Labour to conduct safety blitzes at Ontario construction sites early next year

November 27, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Ontario Ministry of Labour staff will be hitting construction sites early next year looking to ensure workplaces are up to code when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE). The safety blitzes are stage two of a program aiming to

News Construction

New CCA partnership aims to give construction industry innovation a boost

November 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and affiliate Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) have struck a new partnership aimed at providing a leg up to Canadian contractors focused on innovation. The industry organization will team up consulting group Invennt Business Inc. to

News Construction

Saskatoon recovers all of the $1M lost in internet scam involving construction fraudster

November 24, 2019 by The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon says it is on track to recover all of the money it lost in an online scam earlier this year. The city lost $1 million when a fraudster electronically impersonated the chief financial officer of a

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Federal law at heart of western anger up for debate as Liberals begin outreach

November 23, 2019 by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly backed up his pledge for more dialogue with the West, opening his Nov. 21 meeting with Calgary’s mayor up to the two members of his government now entrusted with being ambassadors to the region. Manitoba

News Software / Hardware

Trimble, Hilti and robot maker Boston Dynamics join forces to build autonomous construction robot

November 22, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Three companies with relatively distinct specialties are teaming up to build an autonomous construction robot. Trimble Inc., Hilti Corp. and Boston Dynamics said Nov. 19 they’ve agreed to work together to develop a proof-of-concept machine capable of taking on simple

News Construction

Work progressing on second tower at new Greystone Village development in Ottawa East

November 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

After 11 straight hours placing approximately 1,900 cubic metres of concrete earlier this month, crews in Old Ottawa East completed the foundation for the second of two condo towers at a new development that will eventually include nearly 1,000 units.

News Health & Safety

Contractor fined $125K for worker killed in truck rollover near Sudbury, Ont.

November 21, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The province has fined Teranorth Construction & Engineering Ltd. $125,000 for an unusual incident involving a malfunctioning braking system that left one worker dead. The Sudbury-based contractor had completed a culvert and bridge rehabilitation project near Elliot Lake on Highway

News Infrastructure

McKenna to take over infrastructure file after four contentious years on environment

November 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

After four years on a portfolio rife with conflict, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna will be taking over the infrastructure file from Francois-Philippe Champagne. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid out his new cabinet Nov. 20 at Rideau Hall in a

News Construction

Lowe’s says it will close 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across six provinces

November 20, 2019 by Chris Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Lowe’s Companies Inc. said Nov. 20 it will close 34 “underperforming” stores across six provinces as part of a restructuring of its Canadian business. The stores include 26 Ronas, six Lowe’s and two Reno-Depots spread across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,

News Construction

Geothermal technology on the rise in residential developments

November 20, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

High upfront costs have traditionally led developers to shy away from geothermal technology to heat and cool residential developments. But advancements in technology and a demand for sustainable building methods is recalibrating this way of thinking. “Technology is advancing,” said

News Construction

Doug Ford’s cancellation of green energy deals costs Ontario taxpayers $231M

November 20, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s decision to tear up 750 renewable energy contracts shortly after winning the election last year is costing Ontario taxpayers more than $230 million. The Progressive Conservative government said the final figure, which includes the cost of decommissioning

News Infrastructure

Construction capacity among major concerns for Ontario as it plans four-line $28.5B transit expansion

November 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

The huge new transit program will be competing for labour with health care initiatives, nuclear refurbishments and the seemingly endless list of private developments cropping up across the city

News Construction

Workers, contractors gather at B.C. legislature to protest ‘unfair’ construction deals

November 20, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—The New Democrat government’s approach to building major public projects should not involve choosing between friends and enemies, Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said. More than 100 construction workers and independent contractors were at the British Columbia legislature Tuesday demanding

News Software / Hardware

Bockstael Construction turns to Procore for new management software

November 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Fourth-generation Manitoba contractor Bockstael Construction is looking to Procore Technologies Inc. to streamline its business and take better advantage of data. After evaluating several options, the 107-year-old company plans to implement Procore’s construction management software enterprise-wide. “We’ve been eager to

News Construction

Group aiming to build new stadium, bring CFL team to Halifax submits revised plan

November 16, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A proposal to build a 24,000-seat stadium for a potential Halifax CFL franchise has been updated by the business group fronting the idea after it was nearly quashed by municipal politicians. Schooner Sports and Entertainment (SSE) said in a news