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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 [...]

NB Power posts $27M in earnings despite $30M in storm impact

Posted on June 28, 2017
In 2017, NB Power recorded earnings of $27 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year despite significant challenges posed by the $30-million impact of January’s ice storm, which did unprecedented damage to the utility’s infrastructure. Several key operational initiatives advanced during 2017 included the Mactaquac Generating Station decision, which will be a capital project proposed in the utility’s 2018 year. To extend the station beyond 2030 to meet its 100-year lifespan of termination in 2068 will require upwards of a $3.6 billion investment. Other [...]

Construction beings on Dartmouth General Hospital expansion

Posted on June 27, 2017
Today, construction began on Dartmouth General Hospital Expansion and the second of three tenders for construction was released. The expansion and renovations involve construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms (replacing four existing operating rooms and adding four more) and extensive upgrades to areas including pharmacy and diagnostic imaging. “It’s exciting to see excavators, backhoes and construction crews preparing the foundation for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of [...]

Fredericton, NB, receives funding for roads, culverts

Posted on June 23, 2017
The provincial government and the City of Fredericton will jointly fund several infrastructure projects this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program. “New Brunswick’s capital city is an economic leader in New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Maintaining modern infrastructure is key to continued growth, and we are pleased to be able to work with the City of Fredericton on some of these important projects.” Paving will be completed on Hanwell Road, Regent Street and Waterloo Row. Culverts [...]

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 [...]
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