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Nova Scotia Highway 104 twinning project gets environmental nod from province

January 31, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The environmental assessment of a plan to twin a deadly 38-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia’s Highway 104 has been approved by the province’s environment minister. In a decision released Jan. 29, Margaret Miller says she’s satisfied any adverse or significant

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A new Canadian city flirts with the dream: heated downtown sidewalks

January 30, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A winter-weary city councillor in St. John’s, N.L. is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. Sandy Hickman has asked city engineers to look at heating

News Construction

SNC-Lavalin mulls retreat from Saudi Arabia amid deepening diplomatic row

January 30, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL —The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting business and forcing the company to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to their lowest

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Some provinces creating challenges for infrastructure projects: Trudeau

January 29, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Unco-operative provincial governments have been making the effort to get more infrastructure dollars into Canada’s cities a challenge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau, whose government has struggled to fulfill tens of billions worth of infrastructure commitments, made the

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Ontario man edges out the competition to win ‘Super Bowl’ of masonry at World of Concrete

January 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

LAS VEGAS—A 30-year-old mason from Hamilton, Ont. spent 60 tense minutes Jan. 23 locked in a battle of speed, skill and stamina with more than two dozen rivals from across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Dexterously throwing down brick to

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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‘Low-value’ construction projects delayed approval process, roll-out of federal infrastructure dollars, internal documents say

January 28, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A large number of small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program bogged down the approval process and delayed construction and spending, newly released documents show. An internal analysis obtained

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Infrastructure Bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

January 28, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects. In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about

News Construction

Reported mobster, real estate developer shot dead in Montreal

January 25, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A real estate developer known for his ties to the Montreal Mafia was shot dead Jan. 24. Tony Magi, who survived a brazen rush-hour murder attempt in 2008, was the victim of Montreal’s first homicide, a well-placed source confirmed to

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Looking down: Toronto remains comfortably on top in latest North American construction crane count

January 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

A voracious appetite for new towers has allowed Toronto to extend its lead over its North American rivals in the key construction indicator

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Anti-corruption squad arrests former head of Montreal construction trade school

January 24, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The former head of a Montreal construction trade school was arrested by the province’s anti-corruption unit Jan. 23 and charged with fraud-related crimes against the school. The anti-corruption unit said officers arrested Alain Prud’homme, who was director of the trade

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Business association hands out mock red tape ‘award’ to B.C. for union rules on public construction projects

January 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—British Columbia’s new framework for public infrastructure projects made the list of egregious regulatory restrictions across the country in the Canadian Federal of Independent Businesses annual ‘Paperweights.’ The Community Benefits Agreement, which requires construction firms working on provincial infrastructure projects

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Building investment dips in November with declines in majority of provinces

January 23, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Investment in building construction dipped in November, with both residential and non-residential sector taking a more than two per cent hit to $11.6 billion. In the non-residential sector, investment decreased 1.6 per cent to $4.3 billion, largely due to declines

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Alberta government to partially backstop construction of $2 billion bitumen upgrader

January 23, 2019 by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Alberta government is providing a $440-million loan guarantee to help a Calgary-based company build a bitumen upgrader east of Edmonton. Value Creation Inc. says it’s ready to break ground on the $2-billion upgrader that would convert more than 77,000

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Payback: U.K. construction worker wrecks hotel lobby with mini excavator in viral video

January 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LIVERPOOL, England—A disgruntled worker wrecked the lobby of an under-construction hotel with a mini excavator Jan. 21 after his paycheque came up short. In a viral video, the worker can be seen ramming through the front entrance of a Travelodge

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Alberta unveils first construction project under $1.6B plan to upgrade heavy load road network

January 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

ACHESON, Alta.—Weeks after the heaviest-ever splitter began its four-day journey across Alberta’s roads, the province unveiled the first construction project under its $1.6 billion plan to upgrade its High Load Corridor — a network of highways designed to withstand huge

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Almost non-existent a decade ago, tall timber towers taking root across Canada

January 21, 2019 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Defying the skeptics, towers that use cross-laminated timber are digging in in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto, with more to come

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Alberta NDP warn opposition eying road tolls as infrastructure looms large in spring election

January 21, 2019 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plan to build user-pay infrastructure if his party is elected can mean only one thing — tolls on roads. In a speech to energy producers in Edmonton, Notley suggested that recent comments

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Canada’s Arctic infrastructure must be fortified against climate change, study says

January 18, 2019 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

The analysis shows vital infrastructure to the northern coast is under threat as temperatures rise and the permafrost supporting roads retreats

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Former exec at engineering firm Dessau gets 12 months for rigging Quebec infrastructure bids

January 18, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Competition Bureau says a former executive of Quebec engineering firm Dessau received a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty Jan. 17 in the Court of Quebec to rigging bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts. Dave Boulay, formerly Dessau’s director