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April 21, 2014

Dive tower pushes formwork forward

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.

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

Understanding municipal strategy

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

April 16, 2014

Learning to dig safely can save lives

Beneath the surface of the earth runs a complicated labyrinth of pipes and cables transporting anything from oil and gas to electricity and telecommunication services.

April 16, 2014

Photo Gallery: 2014 ACEC BC Awards of Excellence winners

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia announced the winners of the 25th annual Awards of Engineering Excellence at a gala ceremony held April 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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 16, 2014

Precast concrete enables net-zero homes

Constructing buildings that produce at least as much energy as they use is still a new concept, especially when working in a cold climate.

April 16, 2014

B.C. government forms liquefied natural gas working group

Construction unions in B.C. are supporting a new Liberal government initiative to supply an adequate number of skilled labourers to build a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in the province by 2020, but some say it's too little, too late.

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

Insulating concrete forms hailed as efficient solution

A new report shows that insulating concrete forms (ICFs) can be used effectively as walls in building structures.

April 14, 2014

Concrete eating robot could render rubble recyclable

A robot that "erases" concrete buildings got a thumbs-up from the Industrial Designers Society of America, who gave its designer a gold award in the student category.

April 9, 2014

Nearly $1 million in fines levied against sawmill owners

WorkSafeBC has imposed more than $1 million in fines and fees against the owners of the Burns Lake sawmill that exploded, killing two workers and injuring 19 others more than two years ago.

April 9, 2014

Island apartment rises

The Waverly, a six-storey, purpose-built rental building is taking shape in Langford, near Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island.

April 9, 2014

Federal agency considering environmental review of $800 million plant

A federal agency is deciding whether there should be an environmental review of a plan by ATCO to build a gas-fired power plant northeast of Edmonton, Alberta

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 9, 2014

Roundtable attempts to balance economy and environment

The B.C. government has established a roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector to discuss ways to balance economic development with environmental protection.

April 7, 2014

Panel rules against random drug testing

Canada's largest private sector union is applauding a decision by an Alberta arbitration panel that random drug and alcohol testing of all employees at a Suncor site near Fort McMurray violates the fundamental rights of workers to privacy, respect and dignity in the workplace.

April 7, 2014

University of Victoria Athletics

The $77 million Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities is taking shape at the University of Victoria.

April 7, 2014

Island shipyard plans $30 million expansion

A $30 million expansion of a Victoria area shipyard is expected to require 150-300 more skilled workers when complete.

April 7, 2014

Telus residential tower

Work continues on the 53-storey Telus Garden residential tower, part of a $100 million development in downtown Vancouver that includes both condominium and office towers.

April 7, 2014

Northern Alberta thermal oilsands facility gets go ahead from regulators

Cenovus Energy Inc. has received approval from the provincial regulator for the construction of a thermal oilsands facility in northern Alberta, which will expand on the development of a pilot project.

April 2, 2014

Affordable housing takes shape in Fort McMurray

It's one of the largest affordable housing construction projects of its kind currently being built in Alberta.

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

Manitoba opposition questions hydro focus

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

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

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

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

Best wood design honoured at gala

The 10th anniversary of B.C. Wood Design Award recognized leadership and innovation in wood design.

March 26, 2014

Alberta strikes trades training deal with Ottawa

The Alberta government struck a deal with Ottawa that gives the province money and flexibility to train more people for specific jobs.

March 26, 2014

Concrete Tower

The 22-storey 999 Seymour development is reaching for the sky in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

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 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

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

No Frills Construction

Construction is underway on a new, No Frills store on East Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C.

March 24, 2014

Five-storey Student Union Building taking shape at UBC

The construction site of the new Student Union Building (SUB) on the Point Grey campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a busy place these days.

March 24, 2014

Getting a Look at the View

The View is a mixed-use condominium project on East Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. Cornerstone Architecture did the design and Thind Properties Ltd. is the construction manager.

March 24, 2014

Fort McMurray community centre expanded once again

Despite cold temperatures, work is steadily progressing on the second re-development and expansion at the MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray.

March 24, 2014

Convention Centre Expansion

Construction is underway on the expansion of the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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

Alberta touts foreign workers as solution to skills shortages

With expected labour shortages over the next decade, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is calling for a permanent foreign workers program to supplement the temporary foreign workers program and local skills training.

March 24, 2014

Empire Strikes Back

Construction crews are busy building Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park near the PNE Fair Grounds in Vancouver, B.C.

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