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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. [...]

Budget09 for Ontario: No Surprises

Posted on March 26, 2009
What happened to the good old days where we would report on the budget after it was announced? Minister Dwight Duncan just announced a budget with no surprises. As expected, Budget09 forecasts deficits of $3.9 billion in 2008-09 and $14.1 billion in 2009-10.  It lays out a plan to balance the budget by 2015-16 with the same "prudent management" that eliminated the $5.5 billion deficit that the government inherited in 2003. The McGuinty government will spend $32.5 billion oninfrastructure projects over the next two years; $390 million  to develop [...]

Eastern Power Corridor a Possibility

Posted on March 26, 2009
Irving Oil, a privately held refiner and gasoline retailer, is planning to create an energy corridor that could deliver as much as 1,500 megawatts of power from New Brunswick to the U.S. Northeast, according to Reuters. The project was discussed during a press conference with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham and Maine Governor John Baldacci in Saint John. The corridor would move electricity and natural gas between the Maritimes and New England. Irving has launched a feasibility study into developing the initial stage of the corridor-the first phase [...]

Canada's Environment Ministers Agree on Clean Water

Posted on February 20, 2009
Nova Scotia has joined the federal government and other provinces and territories in endorsing a Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the Council of Canadian Ministers of Environment (CCME) in Whitehorse, Yukon this week. The strategy sets out a framework to be followed by all participating jurisdictions to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada, many of which need repair and upgrading. The plan's 68 actions include a commitment that Nova Scotia participate [...]

IST Awarded Two Contracts Totaling $20M

Posted on January 20, 2009
Innovative Steam Technologies, part of Aecon Group, has been awarded two contracts valued at over $20 million to supply its Once-Through Steam Generator units to Nova Scotia Power Incorporated and Holmen Paper's Peninsular Cogeneration in Spain. Under the terms of the first contract, IST will design and supply two OTSG units to the Tufts Cove Thermal Generating Station in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The units are scheduled for an April 2010 delivery. The contract is based on the design and supply of two OTSGs which will recover waste heat from two existing [...]

Atlantic Canada Sees New Border Crossing

Posted on December 18, 2008
New Brunswick officially opened a new 23-kilometre section of highway in St. Stephen, thus leading towards the completion of the first new border crossing to the United States in Atlantic Canada in 30 years. The federal government has contributed $30 million towards the St. Stephen bypass project through the $600 million Border Infrastructure Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for infrastructure projects that reduce border congestion, improve the flow of goods and services, and expand existing infrastructure. The newly constructed highway [...]

Upping Infra Budgets

Posted on December 17, 2008
Leading up to the a first ministers' meeting on January 16 and the budget announcements on January 27, it's meeting-a-palooza in Ottawa and across the country. Halifax's Metro News reports that Atlantic ministers asked for-what else-more money at an infrastructure summit in Halifax this week. Federal Infrastructure Minister John Baird listened to Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald, who is looking for a speedier approval process for a number of projects such as transportation corridors, schools, and hospitals. "We have a number of infrastructure [...]

N.B. Releases Brownfield Redevelopment Plan

Posted on December 17, 2008
A comprehensive plan for brownfield redevelopment was released this week by Environment Minister Roland Haché. "By remediating and revitalizing urban brownfield properties we are contributing to the long-term sustainability of provincial communities, stimulating economic growth, and supporting New Brunswick's progress toward self-sufficiency by 2026," Haché said. The plan targets four key areas: improving New Brunswick's regulatory system for contaminated sites, developing appropriate incentives for redevelopment, harmonizing New Brunswick's approach [...]

NS Celebrates Twinned Highway

Posted on December 8, 2008
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have marked the completion of the 11.8 kilometres of twinned Highway 101 between Falmouth and Avonport, N.S. The cost to twin the section of Highway 101 was about $47 million, and it took four years to complete. Minor work, including centre-line painting and other finishing,  is expected to be completed within weeks. The twinning of Highway 101 between Mount Uniacke and Ellershouse was completed in 2004 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, a federal-provincial initiative. The section between [...]
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