Chartwell Plans for Changing Demographics in Oshawa

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 23, 2018 /CNW/ – CHARTWELL Retirement Residences (“Chartwell”) (TSX: CSH.UN), has acquired two acres of land on Woodmount Drive for the expansion of its existing Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Community in Oshawa. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 on a six-story, 200-suite Independent Supportive Living apartment residence which will complement the existing 105 retirement suites and 172 long term care beds currently operating on the site. In Oshawa, Chartwell also operates Chartwell Centennial Retirement Residence located at 259 Hillcroft Street.

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Construction union dispute comes to a head at Queen’s Park rally

TORONTO — A long-standing dispute between two powerful construction unions is coming to a head at a Queen’s Park rally Monday.

Members of LiUNA, the union representing construction labourers in Ontario, plan to protest what they call “draconian” measures tucked into the provincial government’s budget legislation, labour law changes known as Schedule 14 that they say give the Carpenter’s Union an advantage at their expense.

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Construction to begin on new Courtice and downtown Oshawa GO Park and Ride lots

DURHAM — While it will take years of construction before the GO Train rolls into downtown Oshawa and Clarington, the signs were unveiled for two new commuter GO bus Park and Ride lots in Courtice and Oshawa on Friday, April 13.

Construction will begin this spring on Park and Ride lots for the future Courtice Road GO Station and the future Ritson Road GO Station. As an interim step toward expanding rail service on the Lakeshore East GO line to these future station locations, GO Transit will expand service on Bus Route 91 — Newcastle to Oshawa — to include the stops at the Courtice and Ritson Park and Ride lots.

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GO East’s opening curtain

On April 12, MPP Grandville Anderson, Oshawa Mayor John Henry, and a number of Oshawa regional councillors were huddled in the wind at the site of the former Knob Hill Farms grocery store to unveil the ideation of the first step toward expanding the Lakeshore East line through Oshawa into Bowmanville.

There were no updates on the station itself, but for now, the province has announced it will be using a portion of the site as a Park and Ride location to allow commuters an alternative place to park in order to get to the extremely packed Bloor Street station.

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Toronto condo projects teeter on collapse amid rising costs

As Toronto’s condo market booms, signs are emerging that a stressed industry is facing rising costs and tax burdens that may mean an even grimmer outlook for buyers.

Observers are still sifting through the wreckage of the Toronto area’s latest project cancellation – a sold-out Vaughan project that dumped 1,100 would-be buyers back into the market earlier this month. That collapse is by some counts the 11th residential building project to be cancelled in the last year, and some are pointing to a rapid escalation in builder costs as the primary culprit.

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Building Trades Welcome Fair Wage Legislation

TORONTO, April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Today’s announcement of the Government Contract Wages Act, to be introduced by the Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, is a huge step towards leveling the playing field in Ontario’s construction industry,” announced Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Ontario Building Trades Council. “I commend the Minister, and Premier Kathleen Wynne who have shown bold leadership in bringing this forward with a view to tackling precariousness in the industry.”

“This legislation paves the way for protecting workers’ wages by establishing an enforceable requirement that contractors who bid on government-procured construction work must pay their workers fair wages that reflect trade-specific, prevailing rates in each region of the province,” explained Dillon.

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Hullmark Centre / Sheppard-Yonge TTC Station

Hullmark Centre - Sheppard-Yonge TTC Station

Client
Tridel

Architect
NORR

Project Completion 
August 2015

Description
The project involved the construction of two tunnels between the future mixed-use large development Hullmark Centre and the existing TTC Sheppard-Yonge Station. Two ventilation shafts were also constructed for the TTC Station.

Intricate structural tie-ins were required under Yonge Street to the existing and operational TTC station.for the exhaust shafts while existing exits were tied into for the pedestrian walkways.

The work also included the fit out of the new ticket booth.

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St. Clair West TTC Station

St. Clair West TTC Station

Client
Toronto Transit Commission

Architect
AECOM/ IBI Group

Project Completion 
December 2017

Description
Added three new elevators in the existing station and two new walkway/ bridges at platform level.

The challenge was to have this large-scale project done in an operating station and not impacting TTC commuters.

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Coxwell TTC Station

Coxwell TTC Station

Client
Toronto Transit Commission

Architect
AECOM

Project Completion 
June 2018

Description
Added two new elevators in existing facility, new bus loop pavement and lighting. Added new power operated doors and new eye-catching signage.

The largest challenge was the restricted site. Together with the TTC and with the homeowners' cooperation, we were able to complete this project professionally and on time and budget despite all the constraints we faced.

Canadian Home Building Hums Along at Decade-Best Pace

Canadian builders continued their elevated pace of construction in March, with developers producing another stronger-than-expected result.

Builders began work on an annualized 225,213 units during the month, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Tuesday in Ottawa. Construction has averaged 226,842 units since October, the highest six-month average in a decade.

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