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April 21, 2014

Legal battle over temporary foreign workers heats up

Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up.

April 21, 2014

B.C. prison proceeding

The government of British Columbia has signed a $192.9 million fixed-price performance-based agreement with Plenary Justice for that organization to design, build, partially finance construction and provide facilities management services for the Okanagan Correctional Centre for the next 30 years.

April 21, 2014

B.C. labour minister calls for WorkSafeBC reforms

Massive changes are needed at WorkSafeBC to restore public confidence in the worker protection agency's investigations after two deadly sawmill blasts have failed to result in charges, says Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

April 16, 2014

Fort McMurray airport terminal getting ready for take off

Construction of a new terminal building at Fort McMurray Airport in northern Alberta is nearing completion, after the project was delayed several times.

April 14, 2014

Concrete industry unites to spread sustainability message

A comprehensive collection of groups have formed the Concrete Council of Canada (CCC), a 14-member bloc that intends to educate the public about the concrete advantage.

April 14, 2014

Carbon tax may give unfair advantage to foreign cement

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is disappointed that the B.C. government has failed to address industry concerns about whether the provincial carbon tax is giving foreign cement producers the upper hand.

April 9, 2014

Worker safety includes planning and reporting

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 9, 2014

P3 proponent named for North Island Hospitals project

Tandem Health Partners has been named as the selected proponent for the North Island Hospitals project on Vancouver Island.

April 9, 2014

City council called on for asbestos bylaw

An advocacy group in Saskatchewan has asked Saskatoon City Council to consider passing a bylaw to improve the safety of workers involved in the demolition of buildings that contain asbestos.

April 9, 2014

Flaggers meet with transportation minister

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are feeling positive about a meeting with the provincial minister of transportation in which they discussed the need to double fines for speeding in construction zones.

April 7, 2014

Integrity is everything in procurement

I am very concerned with what I have seen over the last several weeks related to the tender process at several municipalities.

April 7, 2014

PCL named preferred proponent for Regina football stadium

The City of Regina has selected PCL Construction Management Inc. as the preferred proponent for the construction of a new football stadium, which marks the next phase of the procurement process.

April 2, 2014

Workplace deaths must be prosecuted

B.C. was recently given the opportunity to take a critical step forward in workplace safety when opposition labour critic and NDP MLA Harry Bains introduced a motion calling for the government to pursue the prosecution of corporate executives and directors responsible for workers' health and safety in cases of negligence causing workplace death or serious injury.

April 2, 2014

Criminal prosecution for executives gains support

Construction unions in B.C. are calling on the provincial government to support proposed legislation that would include the criminal prosecution of corporate executives responsible for the injury or death of workers.

April 2, 2014

Heavy fines planned for firms abusing temporary foreign worker program

Firms that abuse the temporary foreign workers program to replace Canadian employees could face hefty penalties under changes proposed in the budget implementation bill.

March 31, 2014

CCA developing "perfect" lien act

Development of a "perfect" lien act for construction took some significant steps at the Canadian Construction Association's (CCA) recent 96th annual conference.

March 31, 2014

B.C. flaggers still looking for fines to be doubled

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are preparing to meet with the provincial minister of transportation next month to discuss the need for new laws that double the fine for drivers who are caught speeding in construction zones.

March 31, 2014

Industry working with EDC on finding a bonding solution

Export Development Canada (EDC) made its case to Canada's construction industry recently that a permanent industry-based solution is needed for bonding public-private partnership (P3) projects domestically.

March 31, 2014

Budget watchdog downplays skills shortage concerns

Canada's budget watchdog says there's little evidence of serious labour shortages or a skills mismatch problem in the country.

March 26, 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.

March 26, 2014

Saskatchewan boosts capital spending in latest budget

The Saskatchewan Budget 2014 will generate a surplus while maintaining capital spending on the construction of infrastructure and increasing support for apprenticeship training.

March 26, 2014

Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of March 31st, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of March 31st, 2014.

March 26, 2014

National prompt payment guidelines needed

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 24, 2014

Drug and alcohol treatment can bring workers back to the job

There is no hard data, but anecdotal evidence suggests drug and alcoholic dependence is a growing problem in the B.C. construction industry, but there is help for those afflicted.

March 24, 2014

Concrete spacer confirmed as culprit in guideway shift

Structural engineers have confirmed that the failure of a concrete spacer on the Evergreen Line project in Coquitlam, B.C. caused a large beam to shift during the construction of the elevated guideway.


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