Canadian cities ranked for sustainability

The fifth annual Sustainable Cities ranking was announced last month by Corporate Knights, a national magazine for ‘clean capitalism.’ This year, Western Canada is the leader in urban sustainability, with Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., tying for first place in the overall standings as Canada’s most sustainable cities.

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Toronto law firm wins award for dispute resolution

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) has presented its first Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution for a Small Law Firm to Toronto’s Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (GSNH). The New York-based institute is a global, non-profit think tank and alliance of corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions focused on commercial conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

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Celebrating World Plumbing Day around the globe

The second World Plumbing Day is happening next month to draw attention to the importance that plumbing plays in relation to public health and the environment. On March 11, plumbing organizations across the country are joining the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) to participate in activities with the aim of raising awareness to the important role played by Canada’s plumbing industry.

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Québec architectural projects awarded for excellence

A theatre, a university, and an airport hotel were among this year’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture winners from the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ). “The awards program is much more than just a competition,” OAQ’s Sylvie Champeau, told Construction Canada Online. “The formula is aimed at saluting and showcasing top-quality architecture by publicizing a number of achievements, all carefully selected by three juries of experts.”

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers build new stadium

Work on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ new stadium has finally started—and football and construction fans alike can watch. The Canadian Football League (CFL) team’s management, the Winnipeg Football Club, announced the first of many steel piles were driven into the ground at the University of Manitoba (U of M) last week.

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Major Toronto mall makeover planned

Toronto’s Yorkdale mall is undergoing a $220-million expansion that includes more than 13,470.9 m2 (145,000 sf) of additional space, 40 stores, and more than 800 underground parking spaces. Additionally, the food court will re-locate to the third floor level of the former Eatons store. It will offer double the seats, 14 new food vendors, and will reduce waste by 85 per cent with reusable tableware.

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Canadian housing slows down in December

The nation’s housing starts dropped from 198,200 in November to 171,500 units the next month, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC). “Housing starts moved lower in December due to the multiple starts segment, especially in Ontario,” Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist, told Construction Canada Online.

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B.C. project wins AIA award

A British Columbia project has won an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. The first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum facility of its kind in the world, Vancouver Convention Centre West—designed by LMN Architects and Prime Architects: DA/MCM—occupies a former brownfield site on the downtown waterfront.

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