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Construction begins on wastewater treatment facility

Posted on October 16, 2017
Work has officially begun on TransAqua’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade and Modernization Project. The facility serves Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe. “Our government’s investment in this important wastewater treatment facility will improve the management of combined sewer overflows and help us better protect our environment,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. Rogers spoke on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. The federal and [...]

N.S. adjusts policy on tidal energy

Posted on October 6, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia is amending the Marine Renewable-energy Act to make it easier to assess innovative, lower-cost tidal energy technologies and help developers bring them to market faster. The amendments will allow demonstration permits of up to five megawatts and allow companies to sell the electricity they generate at a lower price than existing tidal feed-in-tariffs. “Technology in this industry is evolving rapidly, and if we don’t adapt we risk being left behind,” said Geoff MacLellan, minister of energy. “By taking this next [...]

Nova Scotia introduces cap and trade legislation

Posted on September 29, 2017
Amendments to the Environment Act, introduced today by the Government of Nova Scotia, will allow the province to develop a cap and trade program. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change,” said Iain Rankin, minister of the environment. “Working closely with our stakeholders, our program will set and achieve targets for further greenhouse gas reductions while protecting the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians.” The amendments will enable government to create regulations to: Set caps, distribute emission allowances and set penalties; Enable [...]

Nova Scotia presents first budget of new mandate

Posted on September 28, 2017
Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government has announced details of Budget 2017-18 for Nova Scotia. This is the first budget of the new term for McNeil, following the election of a majority Liberal government on May 30th. The budget builds on the budget tabled in the spring, before the province’s general election. Budget 2017-18 has a positive net position of $21.3 million on estimated revenues of $10.6 billion and expenses of $10.5 billion. Included in the budget highlights were notes on several key investment areas in the infrastructure sector: Undertake [...]

EY awarded contract for Corner Brook hospital project

Posted on September 11, 2017
Following a Request for Proposals, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has awarded a contract to EY, valued at $1.7 million, for financial and procurement advisory services for the new acute care regional hospital project in Corner Brook. The new hospital, announced in February, will include the same services currently provided at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well as an expanded cancer care program, including radiation services. The new acute care regional hospital, scheduled for completion in 2023, will be approximately 50,000 square [...]

Contracts awarded for QEII redevelopment project

Posted on August 14, 2017
Five Nova Scotia companies and one New Brunswick company have been awarded the latest contracts for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation. The Nova Scotia Government awarded the contracts as part of the QEII redevelopment project. The companies are: Darim Masonry Limited, Lower Sackville RKO Steel Limited, Dartmouth Southeast Drywall Limited, Dartmouth Flynn Canada Limited, Dartmouth McCarthy’s Roofing Limited, Dartmouth Royal Door Limited, Moncton. These contracts are for the construction of the exterior of the [...]

Premier Ball announces changes to Cabinet

Posted on August 1, 2017
Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced changes to his Cabinet. Joining Cabinet are Tom Osborne, Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for Waterford Valley, who has been appointed as minister of finance and president of Treasury Board, minister responsible for the Human Resources Secretariat, minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, minister responsible for the office of the chief information officer and minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation; and Lisa Dempster, MHA for Cartwright [...]

N.B. government welcomes project bid by Emera

Posted on July 28, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick is welcoming news that Emera’s bid for a major clean-energy program in Massachusetts will rely on proposed renewable energy projects in New Brunswick. “This proposal represents an incredible opportunity for New Brunswick to capitalize on its resources to provide clean, renewable energy. Responsible resource development has the potential to create jobs and help grow our economy,” said minister of energy and resource development Rick Doucet. Emera’s proposal would see the construction of the Atlantic Link, a 375-mile [...]

Advisory services contract awarded for the QEII Redevelopment Project

Posted on July 24, 2017
Deloitte has been awarded the contract to explore public and private sector-led options to help determine the best approach to design, construct, and maintain new buildings that will replace the Victoria and Centennial buildings in Halifax. The work is part of the QEII Redevelopment Project. Deloitte has extensive financial advisory services experience and has advised on the planning, procurement, and implementation of some of the largest and most complex new hospital projects in Canada. Deloitte will work closely with Kasian Architecture, the QEII [...]

Lafarge plant to use tires as fuel

Posted on July 6, 2017
The Lafarge Canada plant in Brookfield, N.S. has been granted permission to experiment with the use of used tires as a fuel source for the plant. According to an article from the CBC, the Nova Scotia Environment Department has granted permission for the one-year pilot project, which Lafarge will run in a partnership with Dalhousie University. The company will be allowed to substitute up to 15 per cent of its current fuel with recycled tires. Traditionally, Lafarge has burned coal as a fuel source at its cement plants across Canada. However, for the [...]
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