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Clark says Americans not behaving as 'friends' in Prince Rupert terminal project

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has lashed out at the United States, saying it's trying to impose its own federal purchasing provisions on the construction of a ferry terminal in Canada. A request for proposals issued by the State of Alaska spells out that the project in the northwest coast c...

U.S. and Canadian Interest Rate Hikes may depend on Logistics

For October, U.S. year-over-year all-items inflation was +1.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The “core” rate, which omits volatile energy and food items, was the smallest of increments higher, +1.8%. In Canada, the comparable figures were more elevated, +2.4% and +2.3% respectively,...

A Day in the Life, 2014 Version

Looking for a world that’s rational? Travel off planet. Let me tell you about my last 24 hours. Spoiler alert: don’t expect to find anything too surprising in what follows. There were no cataclysmic events, just garden-variety bizarre occurrences. I do have a point to make, however, about the l...

Industry Voices: Workplace safety - The path forward

Workplaces are the safest they have ever been historically, and that is due in large part to regulatory enforcement and companies having safety management programs in place. However, having recognized a kind of glass ceiling in our ability to achieve safety at work, and with growing concern about th...

New Canadian BIM promotion targets collaboration

BuildingSMART Canada is providing support and sharing best practices with Canadian companies to help them collaborate with their international counterparts in the development of open Building Information Modeling (BIM) data standards. "The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and subsequently the build...

PHOTO: Airport Hotel Construction

A new Hampton Inn and Suites is taking shape near the airport in Saskatoon, Sask. Randhawa Group of Companies is the owner and the general contractor. Saplys Architects Inc. did the design. The seven-storey hotel will include 130 units. It is one of a number of hotels under construction near Saskato...

Sand and gravel industry targeted with inspections

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) inspectors have recently wrapped up a focused inspection campaign targeting the province's sand and gravel industry after two workers – one a 15-year-old boy – were killed at gravel pits in one month during the summer. It's the second OH&S crackdown in a...

PHOTO: Stone’s Throw

City of Calgary employees have been pelted with rocks and faced verbal harassment while performing work on the controversial Britannia Slopes in Calgary, Alta. The jobsite has also been vandalized, a community newsletter states. The construction is part of a $6 million remediation project, which inc...

B.C. LNG projects get provincial environmental approval

Three Environmental Assessment Certificates have been issued for three liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in northern B.C. - the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility in Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. The decisions ...

Seaspan prepares for building boom

Fireworks lit up the North Shore waterfront recently marking the completion of Seaspan's $170 million Vancouver Shipyards modernization project in North Vancouver, B.C. The endeavour started in late 2012, but it also blazed the way for a new building boom as a the shipyard prepares to ramp up its wo...

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