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April 10, 2014

Lafarge’s research tackles cement’s “bad boy” image

For years cement has been the environmental bad boy of the construction industry.

April 15, 2014

Waterloo Region LRT work agreement almost done

Work on the first stage of a long-awaited light rail transit system to serve the Waterloo Region will swing into gear as soon as the groups involved finalize the terms of the public-private partnership development agreement.

April 17, 2014

RFP released to shortlisted teams for Milton hospital expansion

Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services have released a request for proposals to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project.

April 14, 2014

The Working Dead — construction of a post-apocalyptic zombie world

John Fore has built bridges, hospitals, prisons and farms — and that’s just in the last four years as construction coordinator for the AMC TV series The Walking Dead.

April 17, 2014

Upset waters over new Ontario diving regulations

Recent changes to the Ontario Diving Regulations have landed the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in somewhat turbulent waters with some members of the province’s professional diving community.

April 14, 2014

The nuances of legal drug and alcohol testing in workplace

While many employers worry about drugs and alcohol at work, a construction employer’s worries are heightened due to the “safety-sensitive” nature of the workplace. Relying on testing to control substance use at a construction site might seem appealing; but can an employer legally test for drugs and alcohol in the workplace? The short answer is testing is only permitted in rare circumstances.

April 16, 2014

Siemens Canada awarded first wind turbine order in Saskatchewan

Expanding its wind power footprint into Saskatchewan, Siemens Canada has announced a partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to supply, deliver and commission 10 direct drive SWT-2.3-113 wind turbines for the Morse Project.

April 10, 2014

OCOT under fire from LIUNA Locals 183 and 625

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is catching some more backlash after LIUNA Locals 183 from Toronto and 625 from Windsor called on the government to put an immediate moratorium on “harassment” by enforcement officers and granting any new compulsory trade status by the college.

April 14, 2014

Branksome Hall Project

Construction progresses at the independent girls school Branksome Hall on the new athletics and wellness centre in Toronto, Ont.

April 14, 2014

“Iconic” building to link new and old Windsor campuses

If it looks a little like something out of science fiction that might be intentional in that planners of the University of Windsor’s new Welcome Centre sought a futuristic look to tie both the old and new parts of the campus together.

April 11, 2014

Aga Khan honoured for commitment to architecture

On Nov. 27, 2013, as president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, I had the distinct pleasure and honour of spending the evening with His Highness, the Aga Khan.

April 14, 2014

Ex construction firm boss admits to collusion in Quebec government contracts

A former Quebec construction boss says his firm was involved in systemic collusion on provincial government contracts over a period of several years.

April 15, 2014

Soaring up Simcoe

A concrete bucket gets a hoist at the No. 210 Residences on Simcoe condominium project in Toronto, Ont.

April 11, 2014

Brazilian airport infrastructure not ready for World Cup, say experts

Infrastructure experts say that Brazil has run out of time to meet its promise to fully expand and renovate airports that will serve hundreds of thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup that starts in just two months.

April 15, 2014

$40-million auction for Ritchie Bros.

More than $40 million worth of equipment items and trucks were sold at the latest Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers unreserved public auction in Grande Prairie, Alta.

April 16, 2014

Former Quebec construction boss admits collusion involvement

A former Quebec construction boss says his firm was involved in systemic collusion on provincial government contracts over a period of several years.

April 16, 2014

Youth get hands-on at Future Building expo

With registration for this year’s Future Building reaching its highest number yet, it’s a sign that the Ontario government is turning a corner when it comes to exposing young people to the skilled trades, according to the event’s coordinator.

April 15, 2014

Trio of Ontario associations update electronic plansroom for their members

A group of Ontario’s local construction associations have taken a step forward by adopting a new, advanced electronic plansroom platform.

April 17, 2014

Covering up the Celsius

Exterior work is moving up on the Celsius condominium and townhouse project in Toronto, Ont.

April 8, 2014

Modern concrete gives bridge a second life

From a distance, the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. looked as it did when it was completed in 1905.

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