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The wisdom of green infrastructure for Manitoba's future

Posted on May 23, 2017
Written by Hank Venema

As the Manitoba Government contemplates the shape and form of its carbon pricing and green plan, heeding the words of perhaps our greatest public intellectual might be prudent. “We shape the tools then the tools shape us,” said Marshal McLuhan, the Kelvin High School and University of Manitoba [...]

Historic minority government result in B.C.

Posted on May 10, 2017

In a campaign that painted three different pictures of the future of infrastructure in the province, voters in British Columbia were divided in its support for the Liberals and NDP, providing the province with the potential for its first minority government in 65 years. The campaign was often plagued [...]

Ontario's budget provides positive outlook

Posted on April 28, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

There were no real expectations for pomp and circumstance for the infrastructure industry as Charles Sousa delivered his 2017 Budget for Ontario. After all, the expansive spending for infrastructure had already been announced as part of the province’s long-term infrastructure plan, and a steady stream [...]

How Colorado made tolling work

Posted on April 25, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

Aurora, Colorado mayor Steve Hogan is no stranger to the issue of road tolls. Hogan, who will be speaking at the upcoming Transport Futures Road Pricing Leadership Summit in Toronto on May 12, has spent part of the last three decades working both on and with major tolling projects in the Denver area [...]

Quebec prioritizes transit in 2017 budget

Posted on March 29, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

The Quebec Government has released its 2017-18 budget, with a strong focus on transit as part of its 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan. In total, the government of Quebec has committed to a $91.1 billion overall budget for the 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan. The government will provide significant [...]

Ambrose critical of federal budget

Posted on March 27, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

The Conservative Party is speaking very critically of last week’s budget introduced by the federal Liberal government. Speaking at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Interim Leader Rona Ambrose was quick to criticize the ‘nickel and dime-ing’ of taxpayers she feels is very evident in this year’s [...]

Breaking down Budget 2017

Posted on March 23, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

The infrastructure money train looks primed to leave the station in Ottawa, even if people aren’t quite sure when and how those dollars will be spent. First and foremost, the Canadian Infrastructure Bank (CIB). The expectation was that details about the structure, location, and some basic information [...]

Opposing views on private infrastructure funding

Posted on March 16, 2017

*The following is CUPE national president Mark Hancock’s Closing Shot on building infrastructure with private funding, which appeared in the January/February 2017 edition of ReNew Canada. The column is followed by a response from Andy Manahan, executive director of the RCCAO, which appeared as the [...]

User pay models for new federal infrastructure?

Posted on March 1, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was greeted by a difficult question at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal: should bridges in Montréal charge tolls? It was a subject that Garneau clearly was not expecting to discuss at the Forum, following formal remarks that focused [...]

FCM Leadership in Asset Management Program (LAMP)

Posted on February 10, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

What happens when you bring 12 municipalities of varying sizes and experience together, in one room, to work towards the common goal of integrating sustainability into asset management? You form a diverse conversation that builds a collaborative approach for solutions for communities across Canada. That [...]
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