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Tidal turbine case opens in N.S. Supreme Court

Posted on February 2, 2017
Nova Scotia Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the installation of a five-story tidal turbine in Minas Passage, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. According to a CBC News article, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association is challenging the project’s approval based on a lack of relevant data on the environmental impact of the turbine’s installation. The association believes that the installation of the turbine will have a detrimental effect on the commercial fishing industry in the region The Nova Scotia Department of [...]

Newfoundland & Labrador releases five-year roads plan

Posted on January 31, 2017
Minister of Transportation and Works Al Hawkins released the provincial government’s Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan, along with the full list of road tenders for 2017-18. The plan uses an evidence-based approach to build, renew and maintain transportation infrastructure and takes full advantage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s short construction season while allowing for more competitive bidding. This year, $77.2 million has been allocated for the Provincial Roads Program. Tenders for the 2017-18 construction season will be issued in three blocks beginning [...]

Nova Scotia considers P3 for QEII redevelopment project

Posted on January 27, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia is considering its options for the design, construction, finance, and infrastructure maintenance of the QEII redevelopment project, including province-led and private sector-led approaches. A request for supplier qualifications for public-private partnership (P3) advisory services was issued on January 25. "We have said all along we will consider all delivery options to see what's best financially and operationally," said transportation and infrastructure renewal minister Geoff MacLellan. "We are committed to moving [...]

Nova Scotia considers highway tolls

Posted on January 24, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia will discuss tolling opportunities when it holds highway twinning consultations across the province. The province commissioned a highway twinning feasibility study in an effort to improve highway safety across Nova Scotia. The eight sections studied would cost around $2 billion to twin according to the report. Collection of road tolls is being discussed as one of the potential measures that could provide revenue to help cover the cost of the twinning project, allowing the province to twin the 300-kilomtres of provincial [...]

$272 million pledged for Route 11 upgrade

Posted on January 16, 2017
The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced more than $272 million in federal-provincial funding for key upgrades to three sections of Route 11 between Shediac and Miramichi. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $125 million to this project while the Government of New Brunswick is providing $147 million. The project involves twinning approximately 20 kilometres of the highway from south of the Shediac River to south of the Little Bouctouche River, and constructing an 11-kilometre, two-lane, controlled-access bypass between Glenwood [...]

$76 million courthouse, restoration project coming to Fredericton

Posted on January 12, 2017
The Centennial Building in Fredericton will undergo a major restoration and a new courthouse will be built on the same parcel of land to maximize the use of provincial government building space. “Investing strategically in infrastructure helps create jobs in the short term,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Renovating the Centennial Building and moving the courthouse will also help us avoid costs and save money. Repurposing this building will help reduce expenses related to office space, allowing the province to use existing assets more efficiently [...]

Emera initiatives energy solicitation for Atlantic Link Transmission project

Posted on January 11, 2017
A solicitation process has been initiated for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on Emera Inc.’s proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO-New England market. Atlantic Link is a proposed approximately 350-mile submarine high-voltage direct current (HVdc) electric transmission line that will deliver 900 megawatts of clean energy from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick, to a new converter station to be constructed at one of two proposed [...]

EA sought for P.E.I. Trans-Canada extension

Posted on January 11, 2017
The P.E.I. government is seeking a contractor to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the second phase of the proposed Trans-Canada Highway extension in Cornwall. An environmental assessment will help protect habitat and wildlife as construction continues on the 9.5 kilometre project between Maypoint Road and New Haven. The first phase was completed in 2016 and the second phase – running north of Cornwall from North River to New Haven – is scheduled to begin this year pending approval of the environmental assessment. An average of 500 transport [...]

NB Power to maintain Mactaquac Generating Station

Posted on December 20, 2016
NB Power is recommending a project to maintain the Mactaquac Generating Station to its intended lifespan of approximately 2068. This recommendation follows a fact-based decision process involving NB Power’s board of directors, balancing environmental, social, technical and cost considerations. It also follows extensive and ongoing consultation with First Nations. In the coming months, NB Power will seek appropriate environmental approvals with the Government of New Brunswick and follow application and review processes for financial approvals to be [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador receives funding for water, wastewater projects

Posted on December 20, 2016
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced more than $14 million for 11 water and wastewater projects. “The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed $44 million to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund projects this year to ensure residents throughout the province have safe, reliable drinking water and well maintained wastewater and storm water systems,” said Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Many significant infrastructure upgrades were made possible through strong partnerships between our government [...]
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