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‘It’s pretty embarrassing:’ Winnipeg aims to put less poop in river

September 11, 2018 by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Canoeist David Danyluk doesn’t live far from Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River but he tends to spend more time paddling further afield. That’s because he doesn’t want to risk gliding through the sewage that regularly makes its way into Winnipeg’s river system.

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With job nearly complete, Graham is out as builder of Grande Prairie hospital

September 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Already years into construction, the province and Graham have sparred over the project’s timeline and budget. Alberta claims to have terminated the deal with the contractor; Graham says it quit

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Metrolinx, contractors behind $5.3B Eglinton Crosstown settle dispute, keeping project on time, on budget

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium building Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail project have resolved a dispute over the project’s timeline and budget. The three parties involved in construction of the new $5.3 billion LRT agreed last

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Ottawa finalizes infrastructure deal with Newfoundland and Labrador, opens spigot on $555M in funding

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

ST. JOHN’S—And then there was one. Leaving just Saskatchewan on the outside looking in, Ottawa announced a new long-term infrastructure deal with Newfoundland and Labrador Sept. 10. The $555 million agreement is the 12th inked under the Investing in Canada

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Water infrastructure firm wins $17M contract to upgrade treatment plant in Port Alberni, B.C.

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

PORT ALBERNI, B.C.—A Vancouver Island city of approximately 18,000 has awarded the main construction contract that will kick-start work on significant upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. Port Alberni, B.C. said last week it will pay Tritech Group $17.1 million

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Labour-hungry construction industry puzzled over report of significant job losses

September 10, 2018 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada said the sector shed thousands of jobs last month, running counter to stories of contractors scrounging to find workers

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Construction industry to face higher rates of worker shortages, sluggish sales: study

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Canada’s construction industry is one of a few sectors to be hit hardest by a decade of labour shortages and lower margins, according to a study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The study of small- and mid-size businesses

News Roads

B.C. applying high-friction surface treatment to 14 accident-prone stretches of road

September 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

NORTH VANCOUVER—The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is investing $3.9 million in a project to put vehicles on surer footing along more than a dozen high-risk stretches of pavement across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The province said Sept. 5

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Feds, B.C. commit $3B for Broadway line expansion, Surrey LRT construction

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—The federal and provincial governments have jointly committed more than $3 billion to expand a transit line in Metro Vancouver and construct the city’s first light rail transit system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan announced the funding

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Construction crews race to repair rail line to isolated Churchill, Man. before winter

September 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHURCHILL, Man.—After enduring more than a year with its rail link to the rest of Canada severed, the remote town of Churchill, Man. is finally set to be reconnected. The Arctic Gateway Group said Aug. 31 it had closed a

News Heavy Equipment

SMS Equipment to begin carrying Takeuchi compact excavators, loaders

September 5, 2018 by On-Site Staff

ACHESON, Alta.—Excavators, loaders and other compact equipment built by Takeuchi Manufacturing will soon be available at dozens of new locations across Canada. SMS Equipment and the Japan-based equipment manufacturer announced a new deal that covers more than 35 dealerships in

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Is your job site ready for recreational cannabis?

September 4, 2018 by Laura Brazil and Paola Ramirez, McMillan LLP

Many contractors fear marijuana legalization will lead to increased impairment on construction sites. Here’s what you need to know to prepare

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Make robots pay taxes? Feds mull ways to adapt to job site automation, ‘gig’ economy

September 4, 2018 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Construction is one of the five industries most vulnerable to evolving technology, top federal officials have been told

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Workers and construction companies left in limbo after Trans Mountain pipeline ruling

September 1, 2018 by Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

Workers and companies who were set to be employed on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have been left wondering where they stand as construction on the project begins to shut down. Ryan Bruce, director of government and public relations for

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Construction sector loses ground in June after strong showing in May

August 31, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Canada’s construction industry endured a small decline in June after posting a strong 1.0 per cent gain the month before. Statistics Canada said the sector edged down 0.2 per cent during the final month of the second quarter, led by

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Ottawa vows to push ahead with Trans Mountain construction after ruling leaves pipeline in limbo

August 31, 2018 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Opponents cheered the court decision, but business groups, including contractor associations, said the halt will hurt workers and stifle investment in Canada

News Labour

Report details allegations of racism, poor camp conditions on Manitoba hydro project

August 30, 2018 by Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A week after reports surfaced of decades-old abuse on hydro projects in Manitoba, a recent study into working conditions at a modern site has come to light. The new report details allegations of racism, sexual harassment and prison-like living conditions.

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Federal Court of Appeal to rule on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

August 30, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Federal Court of Appeal is expected to release a judgment Aug. 30 on whether the federal government adequately consulted First Nations on the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The court combined into one case nearly two dozen lawsuits calling

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N.S. spaceport project still on track for spring construction start as province seeks more info

August 29, 2018 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The head of a firm hoping to open Canada’s only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, N.S says they remain on schedule for a slated first satellite launch in 2021, despite environmental concerns raised by the government. Documents

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Saskatoon contractor fined for worker injuring involving scissor lift that tumbled off trailer ramp

August 29, 2018 by David Kennedy

SASKATOON—Wright Construction Western Inc. was hit with a $70,000 fine last week for an incident that left one worker with serious injuries. According to Saskatchewan’s minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, the accident occurred in January of 2017 when