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'Demovictions' on the rise as Burnaby towers soar to the skies
The number of buildings rapidly springing up in the town centres of Burnaby — more than 100 buildings are in development, almost half of which are 40-plus storeys tall — is unprecedented in Metro Vancouver and maybe Canada.

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SIIT Construction Careers program adapts to changing needs of students and the economy
The program provides aboriginal students with an opportunity to received training in various careers like concrete framing, carpentry, welding, framing, drywall, masonry, scaffolding, welding, auto service and others. 

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Vancouver Island developers face fine for not controlling construction dust
Colwood council voted Monday night to compel developers to reduce dust emissions from construction, excavation, soil-deposit and soil-removal activities by applying water or another dust suppressant. The bylaw applies to areas where dust is liable to disturb peace or contaminate the atmosphere.

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City of Saskatoon launches Respect Work Zones safety campaign
The 2016 theme is 'Road signs are there for your safety... And ours', reiterating and urging residents to obey signage and follow posted detours while driving through construction areas this summer.

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New Toronto policy will have architects add their names to buildings
A new policy prepared by city planners will ensure new buildings over 1,000 square metres include a prominent credit to the architect near the main entrance or on the main facade.

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JP Thorton joins Kasian's Toronto office as Principal and Commercial Leader

Kasian is pleased to announce the addition of JP Thornton, RIBA, MRAIC, ENV SP, BA (Hons), Dip. Arch., as Principal and Commercial Leader in our Toronto office, effective May 24, 2016. In this role he will provide valuable insight and leadership to Kasian’s Commercial Market Sector in Toronto and across Ontario.

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Halifax library’s views threatened by neighbouring development
Halifax’s skyline has been littered with cranes lately, and the library, which opened in 2014 and just received a Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture, has been a boon for development. But the narrative of the library as a city-building success has created a trickle-down subplot: What happens when developers want to get close?

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Architects share ideas for downtown Nanaimo spaces
Hosted by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Design Charrette saw six teams of architects, designers and planners examine six specific locations in downtown Nanaimo and how those locations could be improved from a design and functionality perspective.

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Fort McMurray contractors claim they’re being left out of wildfire cleanup
Some Fort McMurray contractors are livid. They feel they're missing out on a massive cleanup contract. Insurance companies are preparing to demolish homes damaged by last month's massive wildfire and local contractors say they were told they aren't big enough to help

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Red tape at Winnipeg City Hall creates ‘perfect storm’ for construction industry
The president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association is imploring elected officials in Winnipeg to change what he calls an “appalling” process of awarding construction work.

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City of Kingston terminates contractor’s right to continue work on Front Road Bridge
The City of Kingston reports that today it has advised Lischer Construction Inc. that it is terminating its right to continue the work to the Front Road Bridge.

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Saskatoon Councillor wants contractor to pay for boil water advisory costs
Yesterday, a private contractor working for SaskPower punctured a 106 cm (42 inch) primary water main on Fedoruk Drive near the Willowgrove and Evergreen neighbourhoods. As a result, an estimated 30,000 people are now under a precautionary boil water advisory.

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UBC wood tower a game-changer for building construction
A student residence under construction at the University of British Columbia could set a new precedent for wooden towers in Canada.

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Harcourt Community Centre closer to reality after public consultation
Hosted by Dysart et al Reeve Murray Fearrey, community centre building committee member and Deputy-reeve Andrea Roberts and Harcourt area Councillor Tammy Donaldson, the public meeting included the building’s architect Debbie Batchelor of Huntsville-based Duncan Ross Architect, area residents and representatives from the the Harcourt Hall Board and the Harcourt Ladies Committee, and the Algonquin Gateway Business Association.

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Construction of the tallest wood condo tower in North America officially begins
A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Origine green condo project, set to become the tallest solid wood condo tower in North America

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What impact will Brexit have on green building in Britain?
Thanks to the recent vote to leave the European Union, London projects are already being pulled, there are worries that house prices have already started crashing. International companies are already planning relocations of staff to the EU

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Engineering Regulator Dismayed at Ontario Government’s Unwillingness to Improve Workplace Safety
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the body that licenses and regulates professional engineering in Ontario to protect the public interest, is extremely disappointed with the government’s decision, first announced last fall and confirmed with the introduction yesterday of the Burden Reduction Act, 2016, to halt proclamation of the repeal of section 12(3)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act, often referred to as the industrial exception. 

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Engineers Canada certifies qualified engineers as first Infrastructure Resilience Professionals
The six engineers being certified today have each completed a series of professional development workshops that enhances their competency in planning, designing and managing resilient infrastructure in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather—as well as practical application of their knowledge.

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Ottawa sinkhole repair on the right track, says forensic structural engineer
Ottawa “stabilized” the Rideau Street sinkhole over the weekend with hundreds of truckloads of concrete in the city’s first phase of repairs.

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A look at 14 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping the world
The world is full of inconceivably huge projects, happening right under our noses. Read on to take a look at these mega-projects and engineering feats.

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Calgary start-up wants to be 'AirBnB' for heavy equipment owners
AnyQuip, which is exhibiting at this week’s Global Petroleum Show, uses a sharing economy model similar to AirBnB’s accommodations network or Uber’s transportation network. The company’s online platform allows owners of idled heavy equipment fleets to connect with renters in the oil and gas, construction, mining and agriculture industries. 

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DECAST announces major manufacturing plant expansion in Utopia
By expanding its facility to almost half-a-million square feet and increasing its workforce to more than 600 employees, DECAST's manufacturing plant expansion was on the scale that rates a visit from the newly-appointed Minister of Economic Development and Growth Brad Duguid on Tuesday.

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Yanmar Acquires Terex Corporation’s Compact Construction Equipment Business
Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. concluded a final agreement with Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) of the United States (hereinafter referred to as 'Terex') on June 20 (U.S. Eastern Time) to acquire Terex's European compact construction equipment business for approximately US$60 million. 

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CMHC increases premium refunds for energy efficient houses
Effective immediately, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is increasing its CMHC Green Home premium refund from 10% to as much as 25% depending on the level of energy-efficiency achieved. Introduced in 2004, CMHC Green Home offers a partial premium refund to borrowers who buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing.

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Tesla Powerwall set to charge up Canadian homes
The Tesla Powerwall home battery system should finally be appearing in the basements and garages of Canadian homes this summer, giving people a chance to store solar power or time-shift their electricity consumption.

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Halton Healthcare receives more than $920,000 for green building at Oakville hospital
Halton Healthcare has received more than $920,000 in incentives for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in the construction of the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

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A look at a zero-emission air-conditioning system
The ingenuity of four space engineers has created a zero-emission air-conditioning system that doesn’t pollute our atmosphere when we turn it on.

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CDA to partner on project to provide outdoor workers with better sun protection
The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is joining the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) in the effort to develop a nationally-applicable, effective and sustainable sun safety program for workers in Canada.

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Family turning Saskatchewan workplace death into opportunity to save lives
The Andrew Hann Memorial Scholarship was created for Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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City of Calgary orders construction site to remove 'graphic' warning sign
Colourful pedestrian warning signage was swiftly removed Tuesday afternoon after the city ordered crews to get rid of it, according to a construction worker at the site. 

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Some 600 changes introduced in the 2015 editions of the National Building, Fire and Plumbing Codes
Canadians are demanding safer, healthier and more accessible construction where they live, work and play. To address these demands, some 600 changes were introduced in the National Model Construction Codes, now known as Codes Canada. The 2015 editions of the Codes respond to the changing needs of Canadians and to new technologies, materials, and research.

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CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference - Registration Now Open
This year's CitiesAlive Conference, being held in the city that is leading the charge, Washington, D.C., November 1-4, will focus on rising to the stormwater challenge by examining policies, technologies, design and best management practices.



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Built Green Canada Launches Third Annual Challenge to Municipalities
Built Green Canada issued its third annual challenge to municipalities across the country to encourage sustainable building policies. The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities including District of North Vancouver, Edmonton, Kelowna, Penticton, Regina, Saanich, Surrey and Victoria who have proclaimed June 8 as BUILT GREEN® Day, while m­­ore municipalities are endorsing third-party certified programs toward creating sustainable communities, including Built Green’s.

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A look at the newly opened longest and deepest rail tunnel on Earth
After 17 years of construction, the Gotthard Base Tunnel opens today. This feat of engineering is a 35-mile high-speed rail connection beneath the Swiss Alps and is now the longest transit tunnel in the world. You better believe that Hyperloop engineers are paying attention.

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Police search construction firms behind Olympic project in Rio
Brazil's federal police searched the offices of a construction consortium behind one of Rio de Janeiro's main Olympic sites on Tuesday as part of a probe into potential fraud, the police said in a statement.

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A PCLer’s Personal Journey to Conquer Cancer
After six months of intense training in Olympic-style boxing, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) project manager Cory “One Punch” Raymond won the coveted main event belt at the Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) black tie charity gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

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Lougheed House celebrates 125 years since its construction
The 125th Anniversary Party is one of many events to happen throughout the year, marking an important milestone in Calgary's built heritage. The event is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program and the Calgary Foundation. 

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