Highlights / construction

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Enviro-friendly, bio construction making inroads into building industry

Imagine building a house from material that was a carbon sink, highly insulating, fire resitant, insect proof and yet costs almost the same as standard cement block materials. While cement blocks are a still by far a key construction material »


Policing infrastructure rejig in Canada’s northwestern Yukon territory

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Government of Yukon announced new plans this week for policing infrastructure in the territory. Besides renovations to police buildings in »

International, Society

Canadian construction companies alarmed about Chinese bid

Canada’s construction industry is the latest to express alarm over efforts by a Chinese state-owned company to take over Canada’s third-largest construction firm. China Communications Construction Co. has bid $1.5 billion to buy 100 per cent of Aecon group. Aecon »


Canada housing starts surge on condo demand: CMHC

Canadian housing starts blew past expectations to their highest level in almost 10 years, fueled by the construction of multifamily dwellings in Toronto, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported Friday. In November, the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing »

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Canada now officially connected by road-coast to coast to coast

It’s official. For the first time in Canadian history, the country is now linked by all-weather road from Atlantic to Pacific, and now to the Arctic. Yesterday the final 137 kilometre section of an all-weather road linking Inuvik in the »

Economy, International, Society

China seeks another major Canadian purchase; Beware says expert

“The naivete, and short-sightedness of people always surprises” M Juneau Katsuya  China is to set to move into another large industrial area in Canada as it seeks to take over Canada’s largest publicly-traded construction company. This comes on the heels »

Economy, Health, Politics

Marijuana legalisation: Construction industry worried

With the legalization of cannabis to be announced on or near July 1, next year, many industries are very concerned about impairment on the job. It is well-known that the construction industy is fraught with dangers requiring workers to be »

Economy, Politics

Labour strife in Quebec halts major construction projects

The good weather of summer is the time most construction is accomplished in Canada. Right now however major construction sites across the entire province of Quebec has ground to a halt in a construction industry general strike involving tens of »

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Demonstrating the feasibility of “net zero” housing

In housing, the “net-zero” concept means a house that produces as much energy itself as it consumes. This is not an entirely new concept, but such rare buildings have always been custom made. BuildABILITY Corporation is a housing industry consulting »