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Kinder Morgan doesn’t need city’s permission to survey

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Energy giant Kinder Morgan doesn't need the City of Burnaby's permission to survey lands for a proposed pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board (NEB) has ruled. Kinder Morgan submitted a request to the board to confirm its rights to access three kilometres of City of Burnab...

Custom crane fulfilled its duty for new bridge

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - After four years and more than 1,000 concrete segments later, the massive gantry crane next to the Port Mann Bridge has been removed and is now being dismantled. It now sits underneath the bridge's Surrey approach in a construction yard, where it is being taken apart piece by pie...

Answers sought in Mount Polley tailings pond breach

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Many B.C. residents are wondering why the Mount Polley tailings facility failed and the government has vowed to find out. Provincial officials and First Nations have ordered an independent investigation into the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach. Independent, third-party re...

VRCA announces Silver Award of Excellence winners

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has announced its Silver Awards of Excellence winners for 2014. "The Silver Award winners this year truly represent the finest of our industry," said association president Fiona Famulak. "These companies were able to bring projects of the highe...

New combustible wood dust policies take effect next month

Starting Sept. 1, employers in the sawmill and wood product manufacturing sectors will have to undertake a combustible dust risk assessment, implement a dust management program and perform an audit of the program as soon as reasonable possible. The new policies came about after the WorkSafeBC board ...

Funding aims to boost opportunities for N.L. women

The Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) has received federal funding for a project aimed at improving economic opportunities for women in the building trades in Newfoundland and Labrador. The three year project will begin with a needs assessment and will bring together stakeholders from...

Medical marijuana sparks a buzz for employers

Marijuana use for recreational purposes is currently illegal in Canada. However, for the more than 40,000 Canadians who legally use the drug for medical purposes, obtaining it has recently become a lot easier.  Effective April 1, 2014, medical marijuana users no longer require a license from Health ...

MTO set to hit the web for contract management

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is putting bidding and administration of its $2 billion a year contracts online. Sue Lefebvre, project manager at the Contract Management and Operations Branch of the MTO, said the project should be ready to roll out in 2015 and will see a major shift in re...

July Housing Starts Climb in U.S., Engage Cruise Control in Canada

U.S. total housing starts in July, at 1.093 million units seasonally adjusted and annualized (SAAR), climbed to their second highest level since the Great Recession, according to a joint press release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Only November 20...

Skyway Bridge crash addressed quickly and repairs underway

Lanes have been cleared, but the dust has not settled after the recent crash on the Burlington Skyway Bridge. The July 31 mishap was the result of a dump truck, with its box raised, smashing into an overhead truss and scaffolding on the bridge, five metres above the structure. Traffic chaos ensued ...

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