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Tailings dam repair work authorized at Mt. Polley mine

The Chief Inspector of Mines for British Columbia has approved an amendment to the Mount Polley Mine Corporation Mines Act permit to allow the company to begin repairs of the breach in its tailings storage facility dam. The amendment to the mine's permit only authorizes the company to undertake the ...

Alberta PowerLine Partnership wins contract for Fort Mac transmission project

The Alberta PowerLine Ltd. Partnership has been awarded a major contract to build and operate a 500-kilovolt transmission project in Fort McMurray, Alta. The partnership between Alberta-based Canadian Utilities Ltd. and U.S.-based Quanta Capital Solutions Inc. had submitted a $1.433-billion bid for ...

Joseph Brant contract inked

BURLINGTON, ONT.—EllisDon Infrastructure JBH Inc. has signed a fixed-price contract with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Joseph Brant Hospital to design, build and finance the hospital’s $353.6 million expansion and redevelopment project. The project includes a new seven-storey patient care tower...

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Spinning a sunny Christmas yarn

Once a year I like to mark Christmas by setting aside construction and all its concerns for a week, and introducing readers to some of the other work I do. Besides my construction writing, I write pieces about the history of the Canadian Prairies, and about technology and what it can mean for the ...

PHOTO: Healthy Building

Exterior work continues on the Women’s College Hospital Redevelopment project in Toronto, Ont. Contractors Walsh Construction/Bondfield Partnership have completion of the design-build/finance/maintain/operate facility scheduled for 2016. The facility will replace the existing buildings and most serv...

Industry skeptical about new Ontario high-speed rail proposal

Ontario construction leaders are both optimistic and skeptical about the provincial government’s decision to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto. "For any kind of a transit project or high...

Preferred proponent selected for Surrey biofuels facility

Iris Solutions has been selected as the preferred proponent by the City of Surrey to finalize an agreement to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project. The facility will be designed to receive and process 115,000 tonnes of organic waste a...

Transportation question to go to voters

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone has approved a transportation referendum question Metro Vancouver voters will receive starting in the mail March 16 next year. Voting will continue until the end of May. "Transit expansion is vital to economic development in Metro Vancouver and will be a criti...

Heading into 2015, Alberta is still hiring but so are Ontario, B.C. and Quebec

After adding more than 110,000 jobs in the past two months, it is not all that surprising that employment retreated slightly (-10,700) in November and the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7%, after dropping to a six-year low of 6.6% in October. One aspect of the recent employment stats which has ...

Site C construction to start in 2015

B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced that the province has approved the Site C Clean Energy Project, arguing that it will provide British Columbia with the most affordable, reliable clean power for more than 100 years. "Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia's ec...

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