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Shared Risk and Reward

Posted on November 14, 2014
Written by Richard Shaban and Richard Yehia

Governments look to integrated project delivery to tackle infrastructure revitalization—which raises a number of legal issues.

For years after the infrastructure boom in the 1950s and ’60s, Canada’s public infrastructure may not have been a top-of-the-mind issue for many, and rightfully so: many infrastructure issues did not get publicized and were not pressing concerns. However, aging infrastructure and the development [...]

Nothing to Fear

Posted on November 14, 2014
Written by Susan Anson

How analyzing building information data allows public facilities to meet public needs.

Big data is all the rage these days. Many facilities managers, especially those in the public sector, may believe it has no relevance to them and may feel intimidated by its technical complexity and expected high cost. They are wrong. Big data is very relevant to them. Rather than fear it, facilities [...]

A Brave New Funding Source

Posted on November 13, 2014
Written by Stephen Frank

Insurers wait in the wings for long-term infrastructure investment opportunities.

Even in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, Canada’s life and health insurers continued to be strong buyers of long-term assets in Canada and abroad. A stable supply of attractive infrastructure and other long-term assets is critical for long-term investors, such as Canada’s residents, governments [...]

Mega Decisions

Posted on October 10, 2014
Written by Noelle Stapinsky

Public opposition makes approval processes for major infrastructure projects increasingly difficult.

Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway Project has been a hot topic for more than a decade now, and there still doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Originally proposed in 2004, the $6.5-billion pipeline project would consist of twin pipelines running 1,177 kilometres from Northern [...]

New Saskatoon Police HQ Sets Standard in Canada

Posted on September 24, 2014

More than 650 members of the Saskatoon Police Service moved into their new home this summer, as the new Saskatoon Police Headquarters opened its doors. It is designed by Toronto-based design firm CS&P Architects, in partnership with aodbt architecture + interior design of Saskatoon, and built by [...]

Freed Breeze

Posted on September 18, 2014
Written by Bruce Orloff

Harness the power of wind with big data and analytics.

Wind—it’s powerful, plentiful, and now, predictable. Improvements in technologies for managing big data, like analytics, have enhanced the potential for utility companies to forecast and manage wind better than ever before. This is especially significant for utilities looking for new and innovative [...]

Trees as Infrastructure: Urban Forest Policy

Posted on September 11, 2014
Written by Adrina Bardekjian

How organizations and municipalities are influencing urban forestry development in Canada.

Urban forests in Canada face a diversity of issues environmentally, socially, and economically. Research shows that issues include invasive insects, diverse cultural perspectives, and a lack of funding for proactive maintenance. Trees are often underrepresented in our cities and need advocates to help [...]

Take Cover

Posted on September 3, 2014

Public policy and planning open the floodgates for green roofs on residential high rises.

Melanie Belz and husband Michael sold their house and are moving into a two-bedroom apartment in Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill neighbourhood this fall. For a couple accustomed to owning their own home, moving into a typical downtown apartment would have been tough. When they found the Heathview, Morguard’s [...]

Balancing Act

Posted on September 3, 2014
Written by David Caplan

How P3s may help repair Canada’s water and wastewater systems given the financial dilemma faced by municipalities.

Properly maintained water and wastewater systems underpin our quality of life. Most Canadians are unaware of the poor condition of these systems and the risks associated with our governments’ lack of an adequate plan for long-term sustainability. If not addressed, this negligence will cause economic [...]

Infrastructure & Your Health

Posted on July 22, 2014
Written by Steven Peck

Research shows humans need natural elements and environments to be mentally and physically healthy.

A growing body of research points to the fact that humans have a fundamental affinity for nature and, more importantly, that we need to be surrounded by natural environments to be mentally and physically healthy. This idea is called the biophilia hypothesis, and it was first described by E. O Wilson [...]
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