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Register Now: Working At Heights Workshop
As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights. 

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Nova Scotia sending inspectors to all construction and demolition dump sites
A fire that lasted more than five days at a construction and demolition dump site in Kings County is prompting inspections of similar sites across the province.

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Register for this FREE audio podcast: 21 Laws of Leadership for Contractors
Leadership is a crucial component to your business. Famed leadership trainer John Maxwell notes that your business will only succeed and grow as much as your leadership capabilities allow it to. In this free, audio-only course.

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Alberta government shelves future public-private construction contracts
Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason says the NDP government won’t launch any new public-private partnerships pending a decision by executive council on their continued use.

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Sarnia's Riverwalk proposal would celebrate Canada's 150th
Architect David Lavender is asking Sarnia residents to embrace his proposal for a $2-million Riverwalk on the Point Lands and into the St. Clair River as a way of celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

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How to 'maximize value and minimize waste' with Lean Construction
The word 'lean' explains a great deal about the goals of Lean Construction. It implies that something has been trimmed of excess fat, or, in the case of a construction company, of waste and inefficiency. However, according to Mike Starke, executive director of knowledge programs and building markets with the Associated General Contractors of America, Lean principles don't stop with efficiency.

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Architect’s plans for school upgrade in Cold Lake over budget
The plans for the new front entrance at St. Dominic Elementary School are being sent back to the architect for a second look after the original plan came in at double the cost.

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Danish architects 3XN to design condo tower on Toronto’s waterfront
Following a design competition, real estate firm Hines and developer Tridel have selected Danish firm 3XN as the design architect of their latest waterfront residential project at Bayside Toronto. Joined by 3XN principal and senior partner Kim Herforth Nielsen, the development partners and architect released initial renderings of the proposed condominium last week.

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Construction safety concerns close kid's summer camps in Prince Township
Construction projects slated for the Prince Township Community Centre have led to the cancellation of this summer’s day camp for children age 5-12. Council agreed at the regular April meeting to cancel this year’s day camp and look at resuming it next year.

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The Canada Prompt Payment Act will ensure government construction contractors are paid in timely manner
Senator Don Plett introduced Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, at second reading in the Senate. The Act will ensure that contractors and sub-contractors on federal government construction work are paid in a timely manner.

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Sault Ste. Marie picks contractors for local construction projects
The Second Avenue project is expected to be scaled back by 193 metres because the low tender was $276,634 more than a pre-tender estimate.

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Government and contractor in mediation over SkyTrain line cost overruns in BC
The Liberal government has repeatedly said construction of the Evergreen Line connecting SkyTrain to Coquitlam Centre will be on budget - but it turns out mediation is underway with the contractor to see who will have to pay for cost overruns.

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Design of new bridge in Corner Brook takes shape
The new bridge will be four lanes, a girder type of steel and the finish being hot-dipped galvanizing, the girder length to be the short option to allow for maximum hydrological clearance

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Ontario announces $27-million for rebuild of Toronto’s OCAD University
The province will direct $27-million toward a rebuilding of OCAD University’s downtown Toronto campus that would give the institution long-awaited upgrades to its facilities and a new and improved public face.

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Come out to support the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition Awards
This event will be of particular interest to Constructors and Designers involved in Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, Urban Planning, Commercial Real Estate & Property Management

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Da Daghay Development Corporation affordable housing buildings design unveiled
The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Da Daghay Development Corporation and Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Government of Canada, have unveiled the designs for River Bend, a 42-unit affordable housing development in the Whistle Bend area of Whitehorse.

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A look at the world’s longest floating bridge

How engineers made Seattle’s new Lake Washington span bigger, better and safer. And while the new floating bridge will stand more firmly against wind and seismic activity, it will also carry more vehicles and people in more efficient ways— and just plain look better doing it.  

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AECOM, CH2M Hill and HMM win big at Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards
Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) hosted the 2016 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala Saturday night at the International Centre. CEO handed out the awards to 14 engineering firms whose projects contributed to improving Ontario’s social, economic and environmental well-being.

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City of Winnipeg alleges negligence in lawsuit over bridge engineering
The city filed court papers March 29 alleging Stantec Engineering was responsible for the March 2014 collapse of an earthen wall that supported the superstructure of the Sturgeon Creek bridge on Sturgeon Road.

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Bechtel breaks ground on new P3 light rail project in Edmonton
Bechtel, part of TransEd Partners, a consortium also comprising Bombardier, EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management, announced today the groundbreaking for the Edmonton Valley Line Light Rail Transit – Stage 1 project in Alberta.

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Demand for energy efficient tractors will impact the global construction tractor market until 2019
According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the construction tractors market is expected to reach close to USD 29.99 billion by 2019.

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NAIT in Edmonton opens new Heavy Equipment Technology Building
The new Heavy Equipment Technology (HET) Building is helping NAIT meet Alberta’s need for skilled heavy equipment technicians. The facility was officially opened Friday.

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Report on Excavator Market 2016 Edition featuring Komatsu, Hitachi, Kobelco and Caterpillar
The key factors driving the growth of the excavator industry are rising urbanization, growth in construction expenditure and growing economy. Some of the noteworthy trends and developments of this industry are growing demand for fuel efficient excavator, introduction of new product and usage of high efficiency hydraulic fluids.

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Mack to invest $70 million in Pennsylvania assembly plant
Mack Trucks announced a plan to invest about $70 million in its Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, truck assembly operations over three years in order to further improve manufacturing quality and efficiency and modernize the facility. 

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How can we reduce concrete’s carbon footprint?
Production of cement — and by extension, concrete — has a large environmental footprint, mostly due to the huge amount of energy it takes to heat limestone, cement’s key ingredient, and the subsequent chemical process it undergoes. The process of creating cement emits upwards of 80 percent of the cement’s weight in carbon dioxide and accounts for about 5 percent of human-generated CO2 emissions annually

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New Tomlinson Construction Waste Recovery Centre opening soon in the Ottawa area
The new, soon-to-open Tomlinson Construction Waste Recovery Centre off Carp Road just north of Richardson Sideroad will have the capability to divert more than 110,000 tonnes of construction and demolition materials away from landfills while recovering or recycling a minimum of 80 percent of the materials being processed.

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Renderings vs. Reality: The improbable rise of tree-covered skyscrapers
In a world of online design competitions and social image sharing, many architects have taken to crafting ever more extreme models and renderings for public consumption. Some have even started covering their rendered buildings, from groundscrapers to high-rises, with gorgeous-looking trees. 

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Today's environmentally friendly homebuilders strive to reduce construction waste
Reclaiming materials for new residential construction is just one example of construction waster management. According to the Construction & Demolition (C & D) Recycling Association, 325 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition materials are generated in the United States each year. 

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Canadian government bans asbestos in construction, renos at federal sites
CBC News has learned a federal government department has banned asbestos use in new construction and renovation projects at buildings it operates — a new policy that was supposed to take effect on April 1.

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Ontario Campaign targets workplace safety for youth
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) through a new awareness campaign – Bring Safety Home – that targets parents, friends, teachers and other support networks is aiming to make work safer for Ontario’s youth.

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Kelowna company receives major U.S. recognition for improving workplace safety
BT Mancini Co., Inc, one of the U.S.’s largest specialty construction contractors, won their category and attributes part of their success to working withMotivationEngine, a Kelowna based company that provides an innovative communications platform that’s being used to reduce injuries in the workplace.

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Ontario issued more than 2,200 safety orders to prevent construction injuries
Ontario inspectors stopped work more than 200 times during an enforcement blitz to increase compliance with safety requirements when using heavy equipment at construction sites.

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Lethbridge Construction Association donates $100,000 to college
The Lethbridge Construction Association has donated $100,000 to the building of the new trades and technology building at Lethbridge College.

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New American Building Council decision will help forestry industry in Canada
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) supports the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) decision that would expand the Council’s definition of a certified source to match ASTM D7612-10. 

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Webinar: Property Assessment Notices and Property Taxes: Why You Should Pay Attention!
This webinar will deal with the significance of Notices issued under the Assessment Act and the importance of reviewing and responding to changes on Notices. The financial consequences of not paying attention to Assessment Notices will also be reviewed. Sample Notices will be supplied.

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2016 ASSE International Annual Meeting website and online registration now live and open
ASSE International has launched the 2016 ASSE International Annual Meeting website, where users can learn about the Annual Meeting, view/print the schedule of events, register for the conference, book their rooms at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and become sponsors of the meeting.

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How Washington state is creating affordable housing – with recycled Canadian homes
Heritage homes from Victoria are being shipped to nearby San Juan island even as the Vancouver area’s rising real estate prices push residents out: ‘It’s said that people who live here either have three houses or three jobs’.

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New Dubai tower 'to surpass' world's tallest building Burj Khalifa
Developers have announced plans to build a new tower in Dubai to surpass the Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building.

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Architects protest competition to design a border wall between the US and Mexico
Last month, an anonymous group of architects, designers, and artists who call themselves the Third Mind Foundation launched a competition calling for the design of a border wall between the US and Mexico. 

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A look at abandoned architectural marvels in China's largest ghost town
In the early 2000s, Chinese government officials poured over $1 billion into the development of the city, several miles south of Ordos in Inner Mongolia. The result, according to French photographer Raphael Olivier, is a 'very beautiful city, full of contradictions.'

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