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Breaking Away

Posted on December 1, 2014

Twenty demonstration projects to help Canadians adapt to extreme weather.

Intact Financial and the University of Waterloo announced a national initiative involving the implementation of 20 climate change adaptation projects designed to reduce the physical, financial, and social impacts of extreme weather events. In Nova Scotia, the Ecology Action Centre will create a “living [...]

The Revolutionary Community

Posted on November 27, 2014
Written by Robert Bell, John Jung and Louis Zacharilla

How intelligent communities are reinventing urban and rural planning.

Intelligent communities are cities and regions that use information and communications technologies (ICT) to build prosperous economies, solve social problems, and enrich cultures. Many people are familiar with the concept of the smart city, which turns to technology for solutions to problems like  [...]

Canada’s Next Top Model?

Posted on November 21, 2014
Written by Gary Watkins

The United Kingdom has made a new iteration of its P3 program, opening up the market beyond banks. What can Canada take from this approach?

Since the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was first launched in 1992 by the United Kingdom’s Conservative government, the use of private-sector capacity and public resource to deliver public-sector infrastructure and services has courted controversy and criticism from opposition parties, the media [...]

Unlocking the Ring of Fire

Posted on November 19, 2014
Written by David Caplan

Mining operations in Northern Ontario have been delayed due to uncertainty around how to finance critical infrastructure. What now?

In 2007, Noront Resources Ltd. announced the discovery of a massive deposit of chromite, nickel, copper, and other minerals in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario. Since then, the Government of Ontario, First Nations, and private sector partners have been seized on the idea of how best to develop [...]

Greening Transit

Posted on November 19, 2014
Written by Saul Chernos

Public rail corridors are on track for electrification. What economic, social, and environmental gains do we have in store?

Electric commuter rail, long a staple of suburban passenger travel overseas, is finally coming ’round the bend in North America. Guided by overhead wires and connected to the grid, electrified trains have proven faster, more efficient, and less polluting than traditional diesel systems. And with considerable [...]

Follow the Green

Posted on November 18, 2014
Written by Dustyn Lanz

Green bonds for infrastructure projects hold potential for greening the economy—yet their promise is not a given.

The Government of Ontario will soon launch its green bonds program, making the first issues available through its current dealer group to Canadian and international institutional investors. This makes Ontario the first provincial government in Canada to issue green bonds—but not the first government [...]

The Smart Energy Utility

Posted on November 18, 2014
Written by Eric Campbell and Richard Laszlo

Utilities are entering a brave new world of energy services. But some are blazing the trail.

Across Canada, a handful of energy utilities have been thinking outside the box. Rather than providing individual energy services—such as electricity, natural gas, and heating and cooling—strictly under the auspices of affordability and reliability, they are pioneering a new age of energy delivery [...]

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 [...]
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