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Ford unveils $28.5B Toronto transit plan, scraps well-studied relief line subway for province-backed alternative

April 10, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

With Toronto Mayor John Tory conspicuously absent, the premier offered new sketches for the city’s transit system. The timeline for the series of projects was immediately questioned

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Toronto noise bylaw amendment puts 7,000 jobs, high-rise development at risk, construction groups warn

April 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A proposed amendment to Toronto’s noise bylaw that would restrict builders from pouring concrete or conducting heavy crane work after 7 p.m. puts thousands of jobs at risk and threatens to slow high-rise development across the city to a crawl,

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Federal government pledges $1.3B to pay for affordable housing upgrades in Toronto

April 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The federal government will put $1.3 billion towards renovating and upgrading affordable housing units in Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced April 5. Trudeau said the money — which will come over the course of 10 years with $810 million

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SNC-Lavalin revives court bid to avoid criminal trial, pointing to ‘new and deeply troubling facts’

April 8, 2019 by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s director of public prosecutions cited the “nature and gravity” of SNC-Lavalin’s alleged corruption in Libya in making a preliminary decision not to negotiate a special plea agreement on the criminal charges it faces, the company says in a new

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John Bockstael elected chair of Canadian Construction Association’s board for 2019

April 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

BERMUDA—President and CEO of Bockstael Construction Ltd., John Bockstael, has been picked to head the Canadian Construction Association’s board of directors for 2019. The group made the 12-month appointment at its annual general meeting in balmy Bermuda late last month.

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Engineered wood to be put to use in two B.C. megaprojects, Horgan says

April 8, 2019 by Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

VANCOUER, B.C.—British Columbia is moving to help revive the provincial forest industry by requiring the use of engineered wood on the new St. Paul’s Hospital and the upgrade to the Royal B.C. Museum. Premier John Horgan told the Council of

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Thousands flock to Toronto area for a glimpse of the latest big iron at NHES

April 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Big iron and big crowds filled the halls of the International Centre just outside Toronto March 28 and 29 as the National Heavy Equipment Show rolled into town. The two-day event attracted 12,668 attendees from across the diverse construction

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Construction loses 2,400 jobs in March, its fourth-straight decline

April 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The slump continues for the construction labour force. Statistics Canada released its monthly employment assessment April 5, revealing the construction industry’s fourth-straight month of job losses. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the sector shed about 2,400 positions in March, with employment

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SNC-Lavalin selling 10.01 per cent stake in Ontario’s Highway 407 to pension fund OMERS for $3.25B

April 5, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has signed a deal to sell the bulk of its stake in Ontario’s 407 toll highway operator for $3.25 billion, some of which will go toward a loan from Quebec’s pension fund. The OMERS pension plan will

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55-storey redesign planned for historic Maclean-Hunter Building in downtown Toronto

April 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The historic Toronto offices of the once-mighty Canadian publishing house Maclean-Hunter is in for a major overhaul. Real estate and development firm Davpart Inc. said April 4 it plans to redesign what’s currently a nine-storey office tower into a 55-storey

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Chevron seeks licence that could scale-up LNG facility proposed for B.C. coast

April 4, 2019 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy. In a filing dated April 1 and posted on the NEB

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Wood construction renaissance may not be quite all it’s built up to be, report says

April 4, 2019 by On-Site Staff

WINNIPEG—Sustainability has taken on an increasingly important role in Canadian construction in recent years. The energy-intensive processes required to manufacture concrete and steel have, at least in part, propelled another age-old building material back to the fore. In numerous projects

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Ontario’s controversial Bill 66 to become law, big impact expected for construction markets in several cities

April 3, 2019 by David Kennedy

The controversial bill will reclassify certain cities as “non-construction” employers, opening the door for non-union contractors to bid on public jobs

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Tower collapses at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia, Ont. facility, all workers ‘accounted for’

April 3, 2019 by The Canadian Press

SARNIA, Ont.—Imperial Oil says “all workers have been accounted for” after a tower collapsed at its facility in Sarnia, Ont. on the evening of April 2. In a post on its Facebook page, the company says the tower was out

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Former cabinet ministers Wilson-Raybould, Philpott booted from Liberal caucus

April 3, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Pointing to conversations taped without consent and continued attacks of the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin file, Trudeau said neither could “remain part of our Liberal team”

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Tallest U.S. dam that threatened collapse and required $1B fix put to the test after two years of repairs

April 3, 2019 by Rich Pedroncelli And Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

OROVILLE, Calif.—An epic winter of rain and snow has refilled California’s reservoirs and pressed into service a spillway at the nation’s tallest dam April 2, a US$1 billion structure that drained excess water for the first time since it crumbled

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‘Muddled messaging’ does SNC-Lavalin’s brand no favours, experts say

April 2, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Public relations experts are questioning SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s handling of its corporate image over the past two months, faulting a tight-lipped approach and mixed messaging for a tarnished brand. The company has found itself in the hot seat since former

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Solar facility opens at former Ontario coal plant once the largest in North America

April 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

NANTICOKE, Ont.—What was once the largest coal generating station in North America has exchanged its stacks for solar panels. Ontario Power Generation announced March 29 a new 44-megawatt solar facility has begun producing power at the site of the former

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Trump issues new permit for TransCanada’s stalled Keystone XL pipeline

April 1, 2019 by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on March 29 issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was

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Feds, B.C. earmark $121.4M for work on challenging 4.4-kilometre stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

April 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

Picturesque section of road in the Rocky Mountain Trench set for four-laning project