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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 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 17, 2014

Keystone XL opponents carve message

Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the U.S. Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project’s path.

April 14, 2014

Green bonds could be tax-free solution to transit funding

With the prospect of an election growing more likely every day, the minority Liberals’ spring budget may turn out to be more campaign platform than peace treaty.

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 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 11, 2014

Government investigates Windsor parkway walls

The government is conducting a review of the retaining walls along the 11-kilometre Rt. Hon. Herb Gray (formerly Windsor – Essex) Parkway to determine if there are any problems with the “design and construction techniques” of the hundreds of RSS (Retained Soil Systems) pre-cast panels that have gone into building them.

April 10, 2014

New Ontario deficit pegged at $11.3 billion, reports government

Ontario’s new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion, a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget, reports the provincial government.

April 10, 2014

Unclear if City of Guelph will appeal Urbacon decision

The City of Guelph is keeping its cards tight to its chest on whether there are plans to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court ruling that the municipality erred when it fired its general contractor for the development of a new city hall and the local provincial offences court.

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 9, 2014

Underemployment the biggest challenge in Canadian labour market: CLC

Underemployment remains Canada’s biggest labour market challenge the president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) said, responding to Statistics Canada’s March 2014 Labour Force Survey.

April 9, 2014

The CO2 conundrum — one Halifax firm thinks it found the cure

Sometimes, it’s necessary to step back from a problem, then take a different route to its solution.

April 8, 2014

Gray Construction named safest in U.S.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has named Gray Construction of Lexington, KY. as the safest construction company in the United States in 2013.

April 8, 2014

Safety problems ignored, says top labour official

Safety problems at the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in Brazil were being ignored so work could finish in time for the tournament, a top labour official said in an interview published on April 3.

April 8, 2014

Partnership targets affordable and sustainable housing

When Lafarge, the international cement and concrete giant, decided to build a duplex dwelling in Edmonton for Habitat for Humanity, there was quite a bit of comment among those who watch things like advances in “green” technologies.

April 7, 2014

$4-million in upgrades for Nova Scotia social housing

Residents living in social housing developments in Nova Scotia are set to receive improvements to their homes thanks to a $4-million investment in property repairs and upgrades.

April 7, 2014

Unique formwork system used in Bay-Adelaide East Tower project

A good eye will notice something different about the construction of the 47-storey Bay-Adelaide East Tower in downtown Toronto.

April 7, 2014

Construction on Digby health clinic set to get underway

Work on a new health clinic for Digby is now expected to get underway in April.

April 7, 2014

What are the legal coordinates for GPS use on company vehicles?

Many employers have turned to Global Positioning System technology (GPS) as a means of confirming company vehicles are being driven safely and employees are where they should be.

April 7, 2014

PCL signs $70.5-million deal to build new McMaster health facility

PCL Partnerships has signed a $70.5-million fixed price contract to design, build and finance the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre.

April 4, 2014

Steady investment leads to better productivity, say Ontario Liberals

The Ontario government says its investments in infrastructure, health care and education will increase productivity and support economic growth in Ontario as employers and workers adapt and seize opportunities in the new global economy, according to its recent Long-Term Report on the Economy.

April 4, 2014

Safety rails added to World Cup site in Brazil after worker death

Brazilian organizers are adding safety features where a worker died in the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue.

April 3, 2014

ONroute centres ontrack for complete revamp

Site contamination and public safety were some of the biggest concerns when creating the new ONroute service centres along Ontario’s Highways 400 and 401.

April 3, 2014

Planning and reporting key to jobsite safety

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 3, 2014

Company fined after worker falls from scissor lift

South Essex Fabricating Inc., a company which constructs greenhouses, has been fined $65,000 after a worker fell from an elevating work platform and was injured.

April 2, 2014

Tragedy averted in Los Angeles parking garage work site collapse

A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on March 28, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

April 2, 2014

Worker not wearing safety cable in fatal World Cup site incident, say officials

Brazilian authorities say the initial investigation into the accident that killed a worker at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in a few months showed he likely wasn’t wearing a required safety cable.

April 2, 2014

Scaffolding work for L Tower build in Toronto challenging

As scaffolding jobs go, the contract for the 60-storey L Tower in downtown Toronto is both unique and challenging.

April 2, 2014

Province unveils proposed changes to wood use in Ontario

A submitted proposal by the Ontario government to make amendments to the provincial building code, allowing the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys, has caught some members of the cement and concrete industry by surprise.

April 1, 2014

U.S. economy takes a jump during last quarter of 2013

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

April 1, 2014

OAA unveils 2014 architectural award winners

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced its 2014 award winners and the start of voting for its People’s Choice Awards.

March 31, 2014

LIUNA ramps up safety awareness

With mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors coming into effect July 1, 2014, LIUNA Local 183 Training Centre is ramping up its health and safety awareness to its employer partners.

March 31, 2014

Canadian college education increasingly attractive reveals research

A college education is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many prospective students who are seeking the right skills to fit an evolving job market.

March 31, 2014

Workplace safety due diligence vital to everyone, says expert

Maintaining a safe workplace requires a team effort. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “Act”) everyone has an important role to play — employees, supervisors, constructors, management and site owners.

March 31, 2014

MPP Kevin Flynn takes on new role as Ontario labour minister

Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn has been named the new Minister of Labour today as part of a Liberal party cabinet shuffle.

March 31, 2014

Cost-tracking team for Muskrat Falls set

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has appointed a committee of bureaucrats to keep track of costs and deadlines during the construction and operation phases of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

March 28, 2014

Energy East Pipeline receives support at meeting

A spokesman for TransCanada Corp. says while there has been environmental opposition to the Energy East Pipeline, the project is getting support from landowners and native groups.

March 28, 2014

International rail companies charged by Brazilian authorities

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged executives from a dozen international companies, including Montreal-based Bombardier, with forming a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo.

March 27, 2014

Clean Line Energy eyes $2.2 billion transmission line construction

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation’s effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don’t want high-power transmission lines on their land

March 27, 2014

CCA drug and alcohol taskforce driving discussion

Since its inception one year ago, the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) drug and alcohol taskforce has been a catalyst for the conversation that no one in the industry was having before, says one of its key supporters.

March 26, 2014

Ontario unveils wood building amendments

Six-storey wood buildings could be coming to Ontario this year as the provincial government moves forward on a proposal to make amendments to the Building Code.

March 25, 2014

Ontario is debt-ridden, says Fraser Institute study

By every measure, Ontario is much deeper in debt than California, the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

March 25, 2014

National human resources toolkit now available: CCA

An updated national human resources (HR) toolkit is now available and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is taking a “wait and see” approach to see if seminars on it will be needed.

March 20, 2014

Shiny and Sleek

Exterior work has reached the top floor at the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Phase 1in Brampton, Ont.

March 19, 2014

COCA recognizes prompt payment champions

Steven Del Duca, the Liberal MPP for Vaughan and Sandra Skivsky, the director of marketing and development with the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association, were recently honoured by the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) for their contributions to the advancement of prompt payment legislation.

March 19, 2014

Cape Breton’s Island Speedway on track

If you want something done, sometimes you just have to buy it yourself. The husband and wife team of Bill Vasil and Lynne Delorey-Vasil of Antigonish, N.S., have done just that, purchasing Cape Breton Island’s derelict Island Speedway in Sydney, N.S.

March 19, 2014

OCOT seeks feedback as it launches millwright trade classification review

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) has launched its second trade classification review, determining whether the construction millwright trade should be classified as a compulsory trade or remain voluntary


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