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The CN Tower: Canada's iconic tower

The CN Tower: Canada's iconic tower

More than 40 years after its grand opening, the CN Tower remains remarkably relevant: an engineering marvel, a major attraction and an irreplaceable part of the Toronto skyline. The city has seen major construction projects before and since, but not one so visible that almost every citizen could mark its stunning pro…

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Raising the roof: Toronto’s Rogers Centre remains a marvel

Raising the roof: Toronto’s Rogers Centre remains a marvel

Lloyd Keller will never forget the first time he saw the roof move on the SkyDome in Toronto. It was before the grand opening on June 3, 1989 — before the large spectacle with all eyes watching as the sky began to peek through the first stadium with a fully retractable roof. It was January 1989 when the first t…

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The Lion's Gate Bridge: A legacy that spans the globe

The Lion's Gate Bridge: A legacy that spans the globe

Whether it's going for a scenic bike ride under its massive green trusses, crossing the water to start a weekend snowboarding on the North Shore or seeing its long cables after a stint abroad, locals have a connection with Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge. "Everyone who grew up here has a bridge story," said Donald Luxt…

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Schools receive $1.4B for repairs and renewal

Schools receive $1.4B for repairs and renewal

TORONTO — Ontario is investing to repair school buildings this year, including $200 million from the new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). Schools receive $1.4B for repairs and renewal As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, the province is allocating $200 million worth of cap and trade auction proceeds …

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Toronto developer concerns over building approvals process grows: U of T report

Toronto developer concerns over building approvals process grows: U of T report

A new report shows it is taking longer to get condo projects approved in Toronto, with the delays causing uncertainty and risk for developers, slowing down the supply of new units coming to market and resulting in lost tax revenue for the city. The report, called the Evaluation of Tall Building Construction Permittin…

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Hundreds of Ontario projects now underway

Hundreds of Ontario projects now underway

TORONTO — Construction season has begun and crews across Ontario are busy building and upgrading hospitals, schools, transit projects, roads and bridges, states Queen’s Park. Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto recently to announce that shovels are in the ground on hundreds of proj…

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Broccolini buys downtown Montreal development site

Broccolini buys downtown Montreal development site

MONTREAL — Developer and constructor Broccolini announced it has acquired the last parcel of land available for redevelopment in the vicinity of Square-Victoria, in Montreal’s International District. The acquisition of this plot, located at 630 Saint-Jacques St., was accomplished in the wake of Broccolini's acqui…

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How best to determine which infrastructure projects should get built?

How best to determine which infrastructure projects should get built?

Canada has an infrastructure deficit to the tune of $123 billion. That's according to Shovel Worthy? — Doing Infrastructure Smarter, a draft project plan that was published recently by Canada's Public Policy Forum. Roads, sewers, pipelines, power grids and waste management systems all require expensive upgrades sim…

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Port Hope waste remediation saga turns corner

Port Hope waste remediation saga turns corner

The latest milestone in long-running efforts to find safe storage for decades-old low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) generated in Port Hope, Ont. was reached last month as government and community partners broke ground on a new, and final, LLRW storage facility. Emphasis is on worker and community safety, say stakeholders…

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