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NB Power, TransAlta agree to add capacity at Kent Hills

Posted on June 21, 2017
NB Power and TransAlta, a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc., have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind-generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site. The existing wind farm accounts for 150 MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of a successful engagement process with First Nations and other stakeholders, it is expected to begin operation in late 2018. It will supply additional generation and make up for lower-than-anticipated energy [...]

Climate change action items lack implementation plans: N.B. auditor general

Posted on June 20, 2017
Auditor General Kim MacPherson has tabled her report assessing New Brunswick’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change. This report is part of ongoing work on climate change by all auditor’ general across Canada. Emissions in New Brunswick have declined from their peak in 2005 and reduction targets set for 2020 in the provincial climate change action plan are on track to be met. However, MacPherson found emissions are not projected to decline much further under the status quo, and meeting 2030 and 2050 [...]

Hines named Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister for Nova Scotia

Posted on June 16, 2017
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has unveiled his new cabinet, with Lloyd Hines taking over as the new minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal. Hines was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie in 2013, and was re-elected in last month’s general election. Before last month’s election, Hines served in McNeil’s cabinet as the minister of natural resources. Prior to his election in 2013, he served as a municipal warden in the Municipality of Gusborough. The former minister of transportation [...]

Governments announce $45.4 million for Trans Labrador Highway

Posted on June 14, 2017
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced $45.4 million to improve a section of the Trans Labrador Highway. The project consists of the widening and paving of Route 510 from Charlottetown junction to Cartwright junction. Once complete, it will improve the quality of life for local residents, encourage tourism in the region and facilitate the movement of goods across the province. "The Trans Labrador Highway project is extremely important to Labradorians, and is vital to the economic development of the region,” said Dwight [...]

PEI Commits funding to recruit construction workers

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Prince Edward Island construction sector has immediate needs for 500-750 workers and as many as 1,800 workers will be needed over the next 10 years to keep pace with major projects, retirements, and an upswing in the sector. In anticipation of the workforce demands, the Government of Prince Edward Island has partnered with the Construction Association of Prince Edward Island to support new training and employment opportunities in the province’s fast-growing construction industry. “Non-residential investment in construction in PEI has the fastest [...]

New Brunswick signs contract for innovative culvert assessment

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick has signed a contract with a Fredericton engineering company that is changing the way culverts are assessed. “Your government understands that transportation infrastructure is vital to the safety of the travelling public and the competitiveness of our industries,” said transportation and infrastructure minister Bill Fraser. “Timely maintenance of infrastructure like culverts preserves its lifespan and costs less than replacement.” Inversa Systems has developed technology that allows for a more efficient inspection [...]

Corner Brook LTC project moves to RFP

Posted on May 25, 2017
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the teams that have been identified to move forward to the second-stage, Request for Proposals (RFP), for the procurement of a new long-term care facility in Corner Brook. The shortlisted teams are: Corner Brook Care Partnership Plenary Group Marco Services Ltd. Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. Smith and Anderson Consulting Engineering WSP Canada Inc. G. J. Cahill (1979) Ltd. Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc. Infraworks Concert Infrastructure Ltd. Bird Capital Limited [...]

Government awards contract for night time paving pilot project

Posted on May 4, 2017
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the award of a tender for a pilot project that will allow the province to investigate the value of night time paving work on provincial roadways. The tender, valued at $2.5 million, was awarded to Concord Paving Ltd. of Carbonear. The contractor will complete a paving project on the Trans-Canada Highway from Kenmount Road to Salmonier Line at night, helping to reduce slowdowns during high traffic periods in the day. “As part of our efforts to be more innovative and improve the way we do business [...]

Funding announced for St. Francis Xavier University infrastructure

Posted on May 2, 2017
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have announced close to $35 million in federal-provincial funding for three educational centres on the St. Francis Xavier University campus. "This investment allows StFX University to create an educational hub that aligns innovative health and liberal education programming with our one-of-a-kind Institute of Government," said Dr. Kent MacDonald, president of St. Francis Xavier University Work involves constructing a Centre for Innovation in Health and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, while rehabilitating [...]

NSP sets new renewable energy standard

Posted on May 2, 2017
Nova Scotia Power continues to make progress in reducing carbon and increasing renewable energy, with 28 per cent of the electricity used by Nova Scotians in 2016 coming from renewable resources. The amount topped the previous high mark of 26.6 per cent, set in 2015. “We’re working to build a future focused on clean energy, smart technology and enhanced customer service,” said Mark Sidebottom, chief operating officer for Nova Scotia Power. “Our customers expect more of their energy to come from more sustainable sources – together, we’re building [...]
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