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Job grant to relieve skills shortage

Alberta employers facing skills shortage challenges may soon get some relief thanks to a new Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program. Post-secondary institution SAIT Polytechnic is ready to provide training in a number of high-demand sectors, a statement reads. The CAJG program recently announced s...

Decision makers, dissenters set sights on Site C project price tag

With provincial and federal environmental certificates now in hand, BC Hydro faces a much tougher hurdle for its massive Site C hydroelectric project - the bottom line. The Crown agency estimates it will cost $7.9 billion to build the dam on the Peace River, making it the largest provincial public e...

The ‘Green’ Movement: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Headed (Part 2)

Having set out, ever so briefly, the history of the environmental movement in Part 1 of this two-part article, let’s move on to consider the energy and economic frameworks of tomorrow’s world. (Continued from Part 1.) Even a pure “green” earth will continue to need vast amounts of energy. What for...

The ‘Green’ Movement: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Headed (Part 1)

In the broadest of strokes, the ten points below outline where the protect-the-environment movement has focused its efforts and achieved commendable success so far. In the second part of this article, I’ll make the case that future efforts to “go green” will be bound hand-in-glove (or current-to-l...

MOL investigating construction death after worker fell off a roof

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has been called in to investigate a workplace incident where a worker died after he fell off the roof of a new home that was under construction in Vaughan, Ont. At around 2 p.m., on Oct. 17, the MOL health and safety contact centre was notified of the workplace incident,...

Ontario contractor pleads guilty and fined after worker loses arm

OTTAWA—McKeown Contracting has pleaded guilty and fined $60,000 after a worker lost an arm in a conveyor at the workplace in Ottawa. On Aug. 16, 2013, a worker was adjusting a feeder belt on a soil screening conveyor at McKeown Contracting, located at 2878 Stagecoach Rd. in Ottawa. The adjustment ...

Toronto residential sales up in mid-October compared to 2013

TORONTO—Residential sales reported through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of October were up by 12.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, reports Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Paul Etherington. Over the same period, new listings entered into TorontoMLS were ...

Placentia, N.L. lift bridge replacement progresses

PLACENTIA, N.L —Construction continues on the new $40.6 million lift bridge replacement in Placentia, N.L., while the old structure reopened recently after being closed temporarily for repairs and maintenance. The Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge reopened on Oct. 12, after the department of transporta...

New Ontario prompt payment group forms

Leaders from a variety of segments of Ontario’s construction industry are launching a new umbrella organization, Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO), which will advocate for the passing of prompt payment legislation in the province. "The whole idea is to ensure that the government understands that PPO is...

PHOTO: Floor by Floor

Glass installation is underway on the new tower of the Queen Richmond Centre West phase one and two in Toronto, Ont. Eastern Construction is construction manager for the project that includes the redevelopment of a historic four-storey building with retail and a new 13-storey office tower above with...

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