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Indian Summer

Posted on July 10, 2012
Written by James Sbrolla

James Sbrolla travels to India to discover opportunities in the country’s growing water, transportation, and municipal infrastructure sectors.

A land of extremes, India is an incredible market for some. For others, it’s a place to avoid. With a population of well over a billion and a strong birth rate, India in on track to surpass China by 2030 and become the most populated country on earth. “Development and construction is at an all-time [...]

Transit-Free Zone

Posted on June 26, 2012
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Debates over Toronto’s subways and Ottawa’s LRT have overshadowed an equally important issue: how to move people in small, rural communities.

Traffic congestion, sky-high commute times, and overcrowded buses—complaints such as these from across Canadian cities have generated a growing number of demands for government leadership and investment into a strong national public transit plan. But in the call for increased upper-tier investment [...]

Rolling Stock or Bike Paths?

Posted on June 25, 2012
Written by Mira Shenker

At this year’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference, members were polled on a variety of infrastructure issues—the first step in a long consultative process as part of FCM’s Target 2014 campaign to secure long-term funding for infrastructure when the federal Building Canada plan [...]

There’s an App for That

Posted on June 20, 2012
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Civilians are beginning to communicate more efficiently with their governments, thanks to the rapid growth and development of “city apps.”

Landtrackr -Toronto’s new app prototype for community land usage is the City’s attempt to understand what communities value within individual wards and the dialogue communities have with land developers.  App features include user access to building permit data and other datasets on toronto.ca/open [...]

Toronto’s Transit Saga

Posted on May 29, 2012
Written by Mira Shenker

In the City of Toronto, there are two primary theories surrounding how to develop new public transit projects: light rail transit (LRT) and subways. Correspondingly, there are two potential funding frameworks: use the $8.4 billion allocated by the Province to build a network of LRT lines, or use part [...]

In Transit

Posted on May 28, 2012

Cities turn to new financing models to deliver much-needed transit corridors.

RELATED ARTICLE: Toronto's Transit Saga Within the next 10 years, nearly 242 kilometres (kms) of commuter rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit lines will be built in Denver, Colorado. It will be one of the largest transportation redevelopment projects in North America. Consider it Denver’s Big [...]

Why Some Cities are Sick of LEED

Posted on April 26, 2012

Label Maker: Why some cities and developers are sick of LEED.

Construction of one of the greenest and most technologically advanced health care buildings in North America was announced this past February in Stouffville, Ontario. Canadian developer DCL Equity Partners is looking at incorporating geothermal and solar energy, rainwater harvesting, and LED lighting [...]

Glazed Over

Posted on April 17, 2012
Written by Steve Kemp

Changes to Ontario’s building code could mean fewer glass buildings in city skylines.

Significant changes to the 2006 Ontario Building Code (OBC) will likely greatly reduce the number of glass-walled towers being constructed in Ontario cities—and not a moment too soon, say energy and design professionals. The updated OBC generally follows the building standard outlined in ASHRAE [...]

Can New Rating System Improve U.S. Infrastructure's Failing Grade?

Posted on April 12, 2012

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in collaboration with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) have launched a  new infrastructure rating system designed to help policy makers evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure [...]

The Best Medicine

Posted on March 26, 2012
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EDC helps Canadian companies export their valuable healthcare expertise.

“I consider to be a building under attack by itself,” says Anton Davies, VP of Guelph, Ontario-based RWDI. The engineering consulting firm specializes in the effect of wind and other environmental factors (such as sun, noise, vibrations and airborne contaminants) on large builds such as hospitals [...]
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