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User pay models for new federal infrastructure?

Posted on March 1, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was greeted by a difficult question at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal: should bridges in Montréal charge tolls? It was a subject that Garneau clearly was not expecting to discuss at the Forum, following formal remarks that focused [...]

FCM Leadership in Asset Management Program (LAMP)

Posted on February 10, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

What happens when you bring 12 municipalities of varying sizes and experience together, in one room, to work towards the common goal of integrating sustainability into asset management? You form a diverse conversation that builds a collaborative approach for solutions for communities across Canada. That [...]

Is the road toll issue dead in Ontario?

Posted on February 8, 2017
Written by Andrew Macklin

Less than two weeks since Premier Kathleen Wynne rejected the City of Toronto’s plans to introduce tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, one member of the city’s council believes the conversation is still far from over. Councillor Josh Colle was one of four panellists at [...]

Road tolls are inevitable for Toronto and Canada

Posted on February 7, 2017

When Premier Kathleen Wynne closed the door on Toronto Mayor John Tory’s plan to toll the city’s two main arteries to downtown – the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway -- an opportunity was lost. For now. The truth is road tolls are inevitable for Toronto, as well as other major [...]

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 [...]
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