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United infrastructure call by Canadian premiers

During a recent winter meeting of Canada's premiers, the politicians were united in calling on the federal government for a stronger commitment to infrastructure funding. "Although the fiscal and economic ground has shifted since premiers last met, most of Canada's long-term challenges and opportuni...

B.C. budget invests in capital projects

The B.C. government announced its third-consecutive balanced budget on Feb. 17, laying out capital project spending and other investments. "The discipline we showed through the recession to bring the budget into balance has given us the flexibility to make modest, strategic investments that maintain...

Historic court ruling changes contract law

A landmark ruling in the Supreme Court of Canada has changed contract law, affirming that contract parties have an obligation to act honestly and in good faith. In Bhasin v. Hrynew in November 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged that good faith contractual performance is a general organiz...

Self-healing roads are on the way

While it may sound like something from a sci-fi film, roads that clean and repair themselves, interact with vehicles and monitor their own condition, all while adapting to extreme weather conditions, are innovative ideas in a concept called Forever Open Road. This vision was created by the Forum of ...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Breaking down skilled trade barriers

Last April, the province launched the B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint - a road map for re-engineering education and training to support our province's demand for skilled labour. The blueprint lays out a comprehensive new path to promote and deliver training, as well as a mandate to reach young peop...

PHOTO: TELUS Garden blooms

Telus Garden is a mixed-use office and residential development complex in the heart of Vancouver. The project is designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and the construction manager is Westbank Projects Corporation. Engineering was by Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineering (structural), Integral G...

PHOTO: Modello Moves Forward

Boffo Developments is preparing to erect a 37-storey tower in Burnaby, B.C. The Modello project was designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects. The tower will emerge from a 4-storey podium base, which will present a 60 foot street wall along Beresford as well as Willingdon Avenue. Construction began in S...

Asphalt powder used to smuggle cocaine

MONTREAL—The RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) have dismantled a major organized crime cell that was using asphalt powder to smuggle cocaine into Canada. "Seventeen individuals face charges mainly related to cocaine trafficking," said an RCMP press release. "The objective of ...

Mid-rise wood construction has ways to go

Mid-rise wood construction is finally coming to Ontario, but don’t expect it to be an overnight success, say experts. Structural engineer David Moses says while prefabrication will result in better quality control and quicker installation than conventional construction methods, the building and de...

PHOTO: Condos on Charlotte

Glass installation moves upwards on the King Charlotte Condominium and mixed-use project on Charlotte Street in Toronto, Ont. 59 Developments Inc. are the construction managers for the 32-storey, 232-unit building and completion is scheduled for early 2015. The developers are Lamb Development Corp./...

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