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WDBA extends Request for Proposals period

Posted on August 31, 2017
Following last week's announcement regarding the timeline for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has released a statement announcing the extension of the Request for Proposals stage of the project. Here is the statement released by the WDBA: "On August 23, 2017, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced that the timetable for our public-private partnership (P3) procurement process was being reviewed. Following discussions with our Proponents, WDBA has extended the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage of the [...]

STM releases 2025 strategic plan

Posted on August 31, 2017
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has introduced the Plan stratégique organisationnel 2025, STM’s strategic organizational plan for 2025. Banking on the positive momentum enjoyed by public transit, as well as an evolving context that provides major opportunities for contributing to the development of Montréal, this strategic organizational plan was prepared to meet the growing expectations of its customers and the public in general. “This new strategic organizational plan will serve to enhance the offer of service for all Montrealers,” [...]

Saskatchewan announces changes to its cabinet

Posted on August 31, 2017
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced a number of changes to the provincial cabinet following the departure from cabinet of five ministers. Five ministers will remain in cabinet but change portfolios: Deputy Premier Don Morgan becomes Minister of Justice and Attorney General, while retaining responsibility for Labour and the Workers’ Compensation Board; Donna Harpauer becomes Minister of Finance; Kevin Doherty becomes Minister of Advanced Education; Bronwyn Eyre becomes Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of [...]

Conservatives unveil shadow cabinet

Posted on August 31, 2017
Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has unveiled his shadow cabinet, assigning Michael Chong with the task of watching over the infrastructure portfolio. Chong is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Wellington-Halton Hills, located just west of the Greater Toronto Area. Chong was first elected to the riding in 2004 by just over 2,300 votes. Chong also ran for the party leadership this past year, finishing fifth out of the fourteen candidate field. Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block has been named as the shadow minister for transport. Block was [...]

Fairview Container Terminal expansion reaches substantial completion

Posted on August 30, 2017
The Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world, following DP World’s expansion of its Fairview Container Terminal that increases the Port’s container-handling capacity to 1.35 million TEUs annually. The $820-million expansion, ranked #58 on ReNew Canada’s 2017 Top100 Projects report, grows Fairview Container Terminal’s annual throughput capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new “big ship ready” [...]

Jobke named president of Associated Engineering

Posted on August 29, 2017
Martin Jobke has accepted the role of president of the Associated Engineering group of companies, effective January 1, 2018. As part of the company’s leadership succession, Associated Engineering’s board of directors selected Jobke, a civil engineer with 33 years of experience, to succeed president & CEO Kerry Rudd, who will retain the role of CEO after the transition. Rudd states, “Martin has demonstrated leadership and a vision for integrated, collaborative project delivery that will support our clients and guide Associated Engineering’s [...]

Del Duca releases statement on station interference

Posted on August 29, 2017
Ontario’s minister of transportation, Steven Del Duca, has issued a statement following the release of a Toronto Star that claimed his ministry interfered with the selection of GO train stations to be built as part of the Regional Express Rail project. Here is Del Duca’s statement in full: "In June 2016 Metrolinx's Board of Directors gave approval for the addition of 12 new GO stations across the network. This decision came as a result of initial business case analysis, extensive consultation with municipal and regional representatives, community [...]

Toromont Industries acquires Hewitt Group

Posted on August 29, 2017
Toromont Industries Ltd. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the businesses and net operating assets of the Hewitt Group of companies in exchange for consideration of $917.7 million cash plus the issuance of 2.25 million Toromont shares (nominally $100 million based on 10-day average share price as at signing) for a total consideration of $1.0177 billion. Hewitt Equipment Limited is the authorized Caterpillar dealer for the province of Québec, Western Labrador, and the Maritimes, as well as the Caterpillar lift truck [...]

Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat leaving the City of Toronto

Posted on August 28, 2017
The City of Toronto has announced that, after five years as chief planner and executive director of the City Planning division, Jennifer Keesmaat has decided to leave her position effective September 29 to pursue other interests. Keesmaat joined the municipality in September 2012 and since then has successfully championed and led a wide array of projects including the first comprehensive plan for the downtown in 40 years (TOCore), Toronto’s first Council-approved Transit Network Plan (Feeling Congested), OMB reform, Chief Planner Roundtables, the Ravine [...]

Canada, Quebec invest in Autoroute Henri-IV rehabilitation

Posted on August 28, 2017
The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding to widen Autoroute Henri-IV and refurbish the concrete pavement, mainly between the Charest/Henri-IV and Félix-Leclerc/Henri-IV interchanges. The Government of Canada is contributing $173.6 million to this project, which is estimated to cost between $400 million and $500 million. The remaining amount will be financed by the Government of Quebec. The federal funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects. “Autoroute [...]
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