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For whom the road tolls

Posted on January 25, 2017

Toronto has a traffic problem. And it has a money problem. And the two problems are rapidly colliding. The GTA is growing by 110,000 people per year. By 2019 the region’s population will top 7 million. Traffic congestion is choking the downtown and the number of vehicles using the roads grows every [...]

Supporting the Pan-Canadian Framework

Posted on December 14, 2016
Written by Andrew Macklin

The federal government’s release of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change has provided a roadmap for how this country will be guided towards a low carbon economy. The framework, which provides direction on carbon pricing, emissions reduction, resilience, and innovation, has [...]

Setting federal infrastructure priorities

Posted on November 8, 2016
Written by Andrew Macklin

The announcement by federal finance minister Bill Morneau that a stronger, longer term commitment was being made to funding infrastructure projects throughout the country was a huge victory for communities across Canada. The additional $81 billion, which both expands and extends the original infrastructure [...]

The Benefits of HOT Lanes

Posted on September 8, 2016

Do you remember the last time you raced out the door with just enough time to make it to your destination, and how your heart sank when you saw the line of glowing red brake lights on the highway? Perhaps you were heading to an important meeting or going home to pick up a sick child from school. Since [...]

A Roadmap to On Time, On Budget for Mega-Project Planning

Posted on May 30, 2016

By Matti Siemiatycki Municipalities across Canada are in the midst of an infrastructure building boom. After decades of underinvestment, billions of dollars are being promised and spent to rehabilitate existing assets and construct new transportation, water, waste, public housing, civic, and recreation [...]

Imagining The New Age of Cognitive Cities

Posted on May 17, 2016
Written by Jean-François Barsoum

According to the World Health Organization, 54 per cent of the total global population lives in a city, and it is estimated that percentage will grow approximately 1.8 per cent per year between now and 2020. Canada, like most industrialized countries, is even more urbanized, with more than 80 per cent [...]

Skilling Up

Posted on May 5, 2016
Written by Eve Krakow

Training in asset management helps municipalities fight complacency and prioritize their investments.

Across Canada, cities and municipalities are grappling with infrastructure challenges. Now, with the federal government committed to injecting significant capital into infrastructure over the next 10 years, municipalities need to be ready with their next wave of projects. In this context, training employees [...]

Adaptive Reuse in Doors Open Toronto 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016
Written by Don Procter

This year’s theme for Doors Open—a public celebration of Toronto’s architecture from May 28 to 29—is “Re-used, Re-visited, Re-vised.” It is an apt theme for the times. “I would say Toronto has become a showcase for adaptive reuse,” says Michael McClelland, a founding principal of ERA [...]

In a SNAP

Posted on May 2, 2016
Written by Cathrin Winkelmann

A neighbourhood-based approach to integrated infrastructure renewal.

In the face of climate change, communities across Canada are contending with the vulnerability of infrastructure to severe weather events and the ongoing challenge of keeping pace with infrastructure maintenance and replacement cycles. The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates claims related to catastrophic [...]

Making Green Count

Posted on April 29, 2016
Written by Steven W. Peck

We cannot afford to neglect the need to recognize and invest in trees and other forms of living green infrastructure.

During the past decade, new thinking has emerged regarding trees and other forms of living “green infrastructure,” such as wetlands, bioswales, green roofs, and green walls. We have moved beyond their aesthetic appeal toward a better understanding of why it matters—and why it should count. A [...]
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