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Power Shift

Posted on March 16, 2016
Written by David Caplan, Pierre Alvarez, and Darrell Dexter

To switch its focus to renewable energy, Alberta can learn a lesson or two.

The dramatic shift in Alberta’s political landscape in 2015 was considered seismic at the time. Rachel Notley’s New Democratic Party (NDP) came from seemingly nowhere to end 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in the province. This change took place against a backdrop of equally seismic changes [...]

At the Speed of Light

Posted on March 11, 2016
Written by Gord McGuire

How Hamilton replaced 10,000 streetlights with LEDs on time and under budget—with the help of mapping technology.

If you pass through the main streets of Hamilton, you’ll notice that street lights have become much brighter. The city recently completed an extensive street light retrofit project that replaced 10,000 street lights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology. City council approved [...]

Banking on Change

Posted on March 3, 2016
Written by Jean-Francis Strayer and David Rose

Scoping out the role and mandate of a federal infrastructure bank in Canada.

Over the past decade, several attempts were made to close the Canadian infrastructure gap. These were led at various government levels across Canada and favoured the emergence of now-successful organizations essential to the modern procurement approach to public sector assets: the P3 Canada Fund, the [...]

Not Making the Grade

Posted on February 19, 2016
Written by Tristan Simpson

The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card shows municipal infrastructure needs improvement.

The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) provided an assessment of the country’s municipal assets, including roads and bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, stormwater, wastewater, and potable water infrastructure. The report concluded that one-third of municipal [...]

Flowing Funds

Posted on February 18, 2016
Written by Darren Sokoloski

Public-private partnerships can be an effective model for renewing critical water infrastructure despite challenges.

There is widespread consensus that Canada’s water systems are in urgent need of investment, replacement, and renewal. For many cities and communities, however, the upfront costs are prohibitive. Public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining ground as a means for governments to achieve their infrastructure [...]

Inside our Federal Infrastructure Expectations

Posted on February 3, 2016
Written by David Caplan

What's next? Measuring the impact of Canada's new government on infrastructure.

During Canada’s 2015 federal election, you couldn’t open a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing the party leaders talk about Canada’s infrastructure. Crumbling bridges, pot-holed roads, overcrowded transit systems, and patched-up water systems were regularly highlighted at campaign rallies [...]

Insights into Canada’s Top100 Projects

Posted on January 27, 2016

ReNew Canada has produced the Top100 Projects report for the past 10 years, and this annual listing of the country’s 100 biggest projects (ranked by project value) is an industry touchstone. It looks at how our mega-projects are funded and, perhaps of more interest to our readership, which firms are [...]

Come What May

Posted on January 12, 2016
Written by Ryan Jones

Planning for a season of extreme weather, water damage, and potential human error.

Following the U.S National Weather Service prediction that there is a 95-per-cent chance El Nino will affect the northern hemisphere this year, Canadians need to brace for the potential of another year of extreme weather patterns. This reality is especially true for anyone in the business of construction [...]

Northern Exposure

Posted on January 4, 2016
Written by James Careless

The Yukon’s experience underlines climate change’s challenges to Northern infrastructure.

In the Yukon, the territorial government takes the possibility of climate change seriously because even the slightest temperature increase above freezing can change everything. The region’s roads and buildings are built on permafrost—the always-frozen layer of ice, soil, and rocks lurking below the [...]

The Low-Carbon Highway

Posted on December 18, 2015
Written by Adam Auer

What climate change means for how we build our roads.

Transportation accounts for about a third of all greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs) in Canada and, in most provinces, is the single largest source of emissions, followed closely by buildings and industry. As governments turn a sharp eye to meeting deep de-carbonization targets, it’s no surprise that parsing [...]
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