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Municipal Elections: Ottawa transit drives municipal campaign trail

While Ottawa may not be considered a hotbed of political controversy compared to other major cities this municipal election, the president and general manager of the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) says in local government it comes down to stability and reliability. "There's been a pretty stab...

Municipal Elections: Transportation a key issue in Hamilton election race

As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 27 municipal election, transportation is the primary issue among the three leading mayoral candidates thanks to a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line. The city's Rapid Ready strategy is a comprehensive plan that specifies an LRT line running along the east-west...

Construction Corner: High-rise innovation reaches new heights

The idea of high-rise modular construction in North America got a boost recently when the companies building a residential project at the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, N.Y., were named as one of this year’s winners of the Breakthrough Awards sponsored by Popular Mechanics magazine. The awa...

Tony Dean to lead OCOT review

TORONTO — Tony Dean has been appointed by the province to lead the review of the Ontario College of Trades. "It is a privilege to be asked to take on this important independent review. I am looking forward to hearing from and talking to the organizations and individuals who have ideas and proposals ...

Architects favour Hamilton LRT

Tthe development of a 14-km light rail line service in Hamilton has received support from local architects. At issue is to what degree the province will support the project, estimated to cost more than $800 million. Although provincial Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca affirmed in July that th...

Twenty major upcoming Water Treatment Plants and Manufacturing & Warehousing construction projects - U.S. - October 2014

The accompanying tables show 20 of the largest upcoming Water Treatment Plants and Manufacturing & Warehousing construction projects. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical...

Twenty major upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects - Canada - October 2014

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educ...

Wood Buffalo goes green with new Operations Centre

Proponents of a new LEED Gold building constructed in Fort McMurray say it not only sets a benchmark but also proves it can be built in the same time frame and budget as a traditional building. The new regional Public Operations centre for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) in Northern...

Industry Voices - Proposed silica regs withdrawn for now

WorkSafeBC withdrew a proposed regulation on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), that was scheduled to go to public hearings in June, 2014. This is a good decision and the Council of Construction Associations (COCA) thanks WorkSafeBC for their careful reconsideration. COCA had actively worked to a...

Proposed national energy strategy may be unachievable

Following their annual conference in Prince Edward Island in August 2014, Canadian premiers released an outline of the Canadian Energy Strategy. The document, which was endorsed by all the provincial political leaders, calls for a national strategy on energy and climate change. A Canadian energy co...

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