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Ontario Needs Smart Water Infrastructure Investments

Posted on March 26, 2015
Written by Brent Wootton
Last week, provincial ministers Jeff Leal and Brad Duguid announced that the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) has approved 78 projects under application-based funding. Water infrastructure projects accounted for nearly $60 million of these funds, and the investment is welcome. Amid crumbling assets and growing populations, many municipalities are currently facing a shortage of funds. This shot in the arm for rural communities is making a significant difference, but Ontario’s municipalities are realizing they must do more with less. They [...]

De-Risking the Future

Posted on February 17, 2015
Written by Todd Latham
As any intelligent person on the planet now understands, we are experiencing climate change. The buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the past century (especially recent decades) has caused the Earth to warm. As the Earth warms, ocean waters expand and ice melts, raising sea levels. The cycle of rainfall and evaporation accelerates, leading to more severe droughts and more severe precipitation. Heat waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons are all more frequent and intense. The “100-year storm” insurance adjusters referenced in their policies [...]

Not Understanding Context Impedes Benefits of District Energy

Posted on February 9, 2015
Written by Alex Hay
You will, I’m sure, have noticed a definite upswing in the number of people talking about adaptation to climate change and how one scheme or other is the solution. While all too often these are enthusiastic gatherings of the faithful, it does occasionally spur a call to action and a priority analysis of a single operation or utility, typically electrical power. Few of these initiatives have been genuinely effective or cost efficient. Consequently, the recommendations arising from these assessments fail to inspire real action or much needed cooperation [...]

The City in 2035

Posted on February 1, 2015
Written by Frédéric Roulland
It’s 2035, and I’m on my way home on a spring evening. I’m a city dweller, one of 6.3 billion people around the world who live in urban areas. Come along with me as I head home in this brand new city. You’d be surprised at how different things are. You probably have an old-fashion view of cities – massive places with land covered by congested roadways and parking lots. It’s not like that anymore. The new cities they’re building today are compact and easy to get around, with lots of green space. They are run, for the most part, by data-driven [...]

Help Needed: 2015 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card

Posted on December 19, 2014
Written by Brad Woodside
Infrastructure is critical to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Canadians depend on the roads, bridges, water networks, and transit systems that connect our communities and our businesses to new and exciting markets. The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) is an important tool to track the health of our infrastructure to help inform the investment decisions all levels of government make in local infrastructure. The first volume of the CIRC provided a snapshot of the condition of Canada’s municipal infrastructure, and now it’s time [...]

ReNew at Autodesk University 2014

Posted on December 9, 2014
ReNew Canada was on site at Autodesk University 2014 to speak with Joe Eichenseer, building solutions division manager with IMAGINiT Technologies, about how to ensure making the most of infrastructure technology. Watch now: [...]

I Declare! Labels for Green Buildings

Posted on September 3, 2014
Written by Bonnie Rose
As Canadians, we need to think about the way we live and plan for a more sustainable future. One place we can start making noticeable improvements is in our built environment—the homes and offices we occupy every day. These buildings are the single biggest contributors to greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in North America, at more than 35 per cent (Business in Focus Magazine, April 2014). To move toward a more sustainable future, we need to change the way we think about infrastructure and look at the overall viability of our construction and its [...]

Q&A with Morrison Hershfield’s Jim Lew

Posted on August 6, 2014
What do you see as a critical trend in public-private partnerships (P3s)? Broadly speaking, the U.S. national picture looks extremely positive with more than 600 deals expected to work their way through the system over the next 10 years (54 per cent in transportation). However, the jurisdictional landscape is a patchwork with a much higher rate of diversity than Canada; therefore, pursuit of sustainable deal flow currently requires aggregating opportunities across numerous states/regions with less chance of encountering standardization. I liken the current [...]

Public Procurement in Quebec: AMF’s Discretionary Powers Confirmed

Posted on August 2, 2014
Written by Liviu Kaufman
A series of recent judicial decisions have strengthened the broad powers of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), Quebec’s financial markets regulator, to decide whether a company can be authorized to participate in public contracts in Québec. To the dismay and surprise of enterprises interested in doing business with the government, the courts not only accepted allegations of fraudulent commercial practices made before the Charbonneau Commission (in the absence of a formal indictment or condemnation) as sufficient to warrant a refusal, but have [...]

VIDEO: Asset Management Meltdown

Posted on June 3, 2014
This is a must-see video: Ian Woodbury, CEO of Riva Modeling Systems, addresses aging infrastructure and asset management in this rant-style YouTube video:   [...]
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