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April 21, 2014

U.S. construction labour concerns

The United States construction industry says it’s in danger of not having enough people to keep up with demand for building projects, as workers age and more teens are pushed to go to college.

April 21, 2014

Debate swirls over OCOT’s merit on its anniversary

As the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) marked its first anniversary of accepting members on April 8, its proponents lauded it for creating oversight and safety to the trades community while its opponents called it a massive failure.

April 21, 2014

WaterGarden Worker

Exterior work continues on the Minto WaterGarden condominiums at 7608 Yonge St. in Thornhill, Ont.

April 16, 2014

Youth get hands-on at Future Building expo

With registration for this year’s Future Building reaching its highest number yet, it’s a sign that the Ontario government is turning a corner when it comes to exposing young people to the skilled trades, according to the event’s coordinator.

April 16, 2014

World Cup stadium strike comes to an end

Workers ended a strike at the World Cup stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba after disrupting traffic for nearly two hours and forcing organizers to accept their demands on April 10.

April 15, 2014

Two tower Team

Construction is progressing at the Xpression Condominium and retail project on Yonge street in Richmond Hill, Ont.

April 15, 2014

Understanding municipal strategy and control

It is sometimes difficult to understand the distinction between strategy and control in the municipal setting, as it relates to the purchasing policies.

April 14, 2014

“Iconic” building to link new and old Windsor campuses

If it looks a little like something out of science fiction that might be intentional in that planners of the University of Windsor’s new Welcome Centre sought a futuristic look to tie both the old and new parts of the campus together.

April 14, 2014

Branksome Hall Project

Construction progresses at the independent girls school Branksome Hall on the new athletics and wellness centre in Toronto, Ont.

April 14, 2014

The nuances of legal drug and alcohol testing in workplace

While many employers worry about drugs and alcohol at work, a construction employer’s worries are heightened due to the “safety-sensitive” nature of the workplace. Relying on testing to control substance use at a construction site might seem appealing; but can an employer legally test for drugs and alcohol in the workplace? The short answer is testing is only permitted in rare circumstances.

April 14, 2014

The Working Dead — construction of a post-apocalyptic zombie world

John Fore has built bridges, hospitals, prisons and farms — and that’s just in the last four years as construction coordinator for the AMC TV series The Walking Dead.

April 11, 2014

Balcony Work

Balcony rail installation is moving up on the World on Yonge residential and commercial development at Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue in Thornhill, Ont.

April 11, 2014

IBEW campaign focus on its skilled workers

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents over 65,000 workers across Canada, has launched its first national marketing campaign to highlight the highly-skilled Canadians who belong to the IBEW.

April 11, 2014

Lafarge-Holcim “merger of equals”results in industry giant

Two of the world’s largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a “merger of equals” recently that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues from around the world, including their cement and concrete businesses in Canada.

April 11, 2014

CRA shares tax filing tools and tips for construction

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has some handy tips for construction employers and apprentices to keep in mind as the April 30 tax filing deadline approaches.

April 10, 2014

Unclear if City of Guelph will appeal Urbacon decision

The City of Guelph is keeping its cards tight to its chest on whether there are plans to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court ruling that the municipality erred when it fired its general contractor for the development of a new city hall and the local provincial offences court.

April 10, 2014

Industry debate still surrounds OCOT on its first anniversary

April 8 marked the first anniversary of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and both supporters and detractors of the college gathered at Queen’s Park to celebrate and voice their opposition during the milestone.

April 10, 2014

OCOT under fire from LIUNA Locals 183 and 625

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is catching some more backlash after LIUNA Locals 183 from Toronto and 625 from Windsor called on the government to put an immediate moratorium on “harassment” by enforcement officers and granting any new compulsory trade status by the college.

April 10, 2014

Five Condos Concrete

Concrete pouring continues for the Five Condos at 5 St. Joseph St. in Toronto, Ont.

April 8, 2014

Modern concrete gives bridge a second life

From a distance, the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. looked as it did when it was completed in 1905.

April 7, 2014

What are the legal coordinates for GPS use on company vehicles?

Many employers have turned to Global Positioning System technology (GPS) as a means of confirming company vehicles are being driven safely and employees are where they should be.

April 7, 2014

Windsor construction groups join alliance against OCOT

The Heavy Construction Association of Windsor and LiUNA Local 625 have joined the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance (OSTA) to oppose the implementation of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and its move to make carpentry a compulsory trade.

April 7, 2014

Unique formwork system used in Bay-Adelaide East Tower project

A good eye will notice something different about the construction of the 47-storey Bay-Adelaide East Tower in downtown Toronto.

April 7, 2014

Glass fibre concrete wrap use in construction waiting for a break out role, says expert

Wrapping concrete beams, walls, slabs and columns with a fibre-reinforced polymer or using fibre rods as rebar has proved to increase load capacity and prevent cracking and degradation but breaking the price barrier remains elusive, says one expert.

April 4, 2014

Subway Extension

Work is progressing for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension at the York University station in Toronto, Ont.

April 4, 2014

Downtown Honda DealershipDowntown Honda Dealership

Work is progressing on the Downtown Honda’s New Flagship Dealership at 47 Eastern Ave. in Toronto, Ont.

April 4, 2014

Keeyask hydroelectric station project contract awarded

BBE Hydro Constructors LP (BBE) has been awarded a contract worth approximately $1.4 billion by Manitoba Hydro to build the Keeyask Hydroelectric Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba.

April 4, 2014

Tories say Liberal budget will come May 1 and increase spending $5.7 billion

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they have obtained documents that show the Liberal government will add at least $5.7 billion in new spending in a budget that will come May 1.

April 2, 2014

GWL Glass Work

Glass installation is moving up on the GWL Building C new office at 7025 Langer Rd. in Mississauga, Ont.

April 2, 2014

Scaffolding work for L Tower build in Toronto challenging

As scaffolding jobs go, the contract for the 60-storey L Tower in downtown Toronto is both unique and challenging.

April 2, 2014

United Kingdom and Canadian colleges sign deal for study about trades qualification requirements

A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

April 2, 2014

How to close the gender gap e-book released by U.S. electronic engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-USA has released the first in a series of e-books on women engineers.

March 31, 2014

Canadian college education increasingly attractive reveals research

A college education is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many prospective students who are seeking the right skills to fit an evolving job market.

March 31, 2014

Movin’ In

Exterior work is wrapping up and occupancy will begin at the Watermark Condos in the Long Branch area of Etobicoke, Ont.

March 31, 2014

Windows on the Waterfront

Window installation is progressing on the Ocean Club Waterfront Condominiums in Etobicoke, Ont.

March 28, 2014

Should Ontario prompt payment bill and Lien Act be linked?

During the second day of committee hearings for Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, presenters were asked if the issue should be encompassed within reforms to the Construction Lien Act.

March 28, 2014

Windsor concrete dive tower requires innovation in design and construction

After 18 years in the business of concrete forming, civil engineer Dennis Schincariol still comes across the occasional job that throws a new curveball his way.

March 28, 2014

Manitoba Tories claim hydro authority is too focused on American projects

The Tories say Manitoba Hydro is focusing on American projects at the expense of Manitobans.

March 27, 2014

Clean Line Energy eyes $2.2 billion transmission line construction

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation’s effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don’t want high-power transmission lines on their land

March 27, 2014

Pan Am Games build an opportunity to enter the trades

A few months ago Tyrone Solomon, 24, was scrambling to pay his bills by taking on menial labor jobs through temporary hiring agencies. It was a world of poor-paying jobs with no future.

March 27, 2014

Modest growth for Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada is expected to show modest improvements in growth in 2014, with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook.

March 26, 2014

Prompt payment bill still needs work committee hears

Though it seems that stakeholders are supportive of the basic principles of prompt payment, most who presented at the first day of Bill 69’s committee hearing did not want to see it passed in its current form.

March 26, 2014

Carpenters’ Campbell honoured by BBPA

Chris Campbell may be surprised that he is one of this year’s winners of the Black Business and Professional Association’s (BBPA) Distinguished Men of Honour award handed out at the Toronto Region Board of Trade recently but anyone who knows Campbell well sees the business representative of the Carpenters’ Local 27 as deserving of the award.

March 25, 2014

The nuances of termination rights

Termination rights and the municipal laws that apply is an issue that would appear to be misunderstood by some municipalities in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) as to how to the law applies.

March 25, 2014

Conversion Construction

Construction is moving along at the Imperial Plaza Condominiums on St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto, Ont.

March 24, 2014

Essay competition to ‘promote positive change’

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has recently announced that it will once again sponsor an essay competition awarding scholarships to three young people with an interest in how the plumbing and mechanical industry can create and promote positive change across the globe.

March 24, 2014

Maple Reinders wins CCA award for garden project

Maple Reinders recently took home an annual Canadian Construction Association (CCA) award in the Environmental category for its Harvest Energy Garden project located in Richmond, B.C.

March 24, 2014

Ottawa LRT named P3 deal of the year

Ottawa’s light-rail transit (LRT) project, the Confederation Line, has been named the North American Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.

March 24, 2014

Chaz Cover-Up

Window installation is moving up at the Chaz Yorkville condominiums at 45 Charles St. E. in Toronto, Ont.

March 24, 2014

Toronto firm-designed building certified LEED Gold

The Student Union Building at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Studio Southwest Architects, this highly efficient and sustainable facility is responsive to the American Southwest climate.

March 24, 2014

National guidelines needed for prompt payment: CCA

A national set of guidelines on the principles of prompt payment should be developed, concluded the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) general contractors council during the association’s recent 96th annual conference.

March 21, 2014

Working on Improvement

A worker gets a lift at the new Improve Canada one stop home improvement centre on Keele Street in Vaughan, Ont.

March 21, 2014

Alberta still a heavyweight when it comes to job creation

When it comes to job creation in Canada, there’s Alberta and then there’s everybody else.


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