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Unloading a CANDU or Two

Posted on October 30, 2009
To get itself out of debt, NB Power is selling most of its assets to Hydro-Quebec for about $4.75 billion. That includes number 12 on last year’s Top 100 projects list, the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant. The hydro facilities, the peaking power plants and the transmission and distribution assets of NB Power are being taken over by Hydro-Quebec, though the company won’t assume any liabilities with respect to the current construction on the plant. This doubles Hydro Quebec’s nuclear generating capacity to 1260 megawatts—the company has decided [...]

Zoning Info, Anyone?

Posted on August 11, 2009
St. John, New Brunswick, has a new zoning map that, according to the City, provides a level of information not available in other municipalities across North America. Yves Léger, Manager of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), says developers, marketers and real-estate agents often request zoning maps. The City had already released the maps as PDFs, but because municipal zoning changes all the time, the maps provided as PDFs were out of date almost as soon as they left City Hall. The new interactive zoning map makes the current information available [...]

$52-Million Contract for Tar Ponds Cleanup

Posted on June 26, 2009
A major$52 million contract to solidify and stabilize  sediment at the Sydney Tar Ponds has finally been awarded. We actually announced this in our May/June 2009 issue. But now it's officially official. Nordly’s Environmental, a Cape Breton company owned by J&T van Zutphen Construction Inc. of Southwest Mabou and ECC of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the contract. As described in our article, sediments will be solidified and contaminants will be stabilized. That's why the approach is called solidification/stabilization. There's been much public [...]

"Biggest Construction Project in Canada" Underway

Posted on May 14, 2009
Our number one project on this year's Top 100 list, the Romaine Hydroelectric Complex is officially under construction. Québec Premier Jean Charest made the announcement yesterday accompanied by Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Claude Béchard, Minister of Native Affairs, Pierre Corbeil, the mayor of Havre-Saint-Pierre and prefect of the Minganie RCM, Pierre Cormier, the chiefs of the Innu communities of the Moyenne-Côte-Nord and Basse-Côte-Nord, and Hydro Québec president and CEO, Thierry Vandal. There has been a lot of controversy around [...]

Atlantic Mayors to Feds: Let's Get Building

Posted on April 21, 2009
After a meeting with the Atlantic Mayors' Congress (AMC) this week, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly expressed some concern about how quickly the federal government is acting to get stimulus funding into municipal hands. The mayors discussed delays in the roll-out of the federal stimulus infrastructure program (they also discussed cuts to the CBC but we are, after all, and infrastructure news outlet). They're calling on the feds to quickly announce program details, including the application and approval process so that planning can begin before construction season [...]

NB Releases Report on Wind Energy

Posted on April 16, 2009
The province of New Brunswick released a report yesterday on model wind turbine provisions and best practices. The report has the longest name in report history: Model Wind Turbine Provisions and Best Practices for New Brunswick Municipalities, Rural Communities and Unincorporated Areas. Prepared by environmental consultant Jacques Whitford, it will act as a resource for local governments concerning wind energy projects, and will provide guidance for future zoning and the issuing of permits for wind farms throughout the province. "There is strong [...]

$53 Million for NB Highways

Posted on April 8, 2009
The province of New Brunswick will invest over $53 million in its highways--about 30 separate projects. Transportation Minister Denis Landry said during a PR opportunity at one of the new sites, "This year we are making the largest investment in northern New Brunswick highways in at least 15 years. This work is taking place on both high-volume highways and local roads as part of our work to build a better, self-sufficient New Brunswick by improving our highway infrastructure." Landry said that support from Acadian Peninsula mayors for a proposed [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Use Quebec's Infrastructure

Posted on April 3, 2009
For the first time in the province's history, Newfoundland and Labrador is now using Quebec's transmission capacity to peddle its power to the North American marketplace. The province's energy corporation, Nalcor Energy, through its subsidiary, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, has signed an agreement to send hydroelectricity through Quebec to the Canadian - United States border. Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador said in a statement, "Never before have we been granted access through the province of Quebec with our own power. This power [...]

New Brunswick Spends to Attract Business

Posted on April 1, 2009
The Province of New Brunswick is investing $2.8 million in a new industrial park expected to make Beresford and the Chaleur region more attractive to businesses. Roland Haché, minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative, says, "To attain our goal of self-sufficiency, we need adequate tools to make northern New Brunswick a place in which to invest, and to create new opportunities." Funding under the government's $100-million Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative will be used to make service improvements by [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador Release Budget09

Posted on March 27, 2009
Newfoundland and Labrador's 2009 budget forecasts a $750-million deficit. The shortfall is made even more significant in the context if last year's $2.4-billion surplus. There's $35 million set aside for infrastructure projects in central Newfoundland. The region is hurting after the closure of the AbitibiBowater paper mill this year in Grand Falls-Windsor. The closure left 800 people without work-new projects could get some of those people back to work. [...]
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