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Governments Investment in N.B. Fundy Trail Parkway

Posted on May 21, 2013
The New Brunswick and federal governments are making a further, combined investment of more than $7.9 million to continue work on the Fundy Trail Parkway east of St. Martins. The funding will help the Fundy Trail Development Authority Inc. with the construction, engineering and geotechnical testing associated with the next phase of development from Long Beach Brook escarpment eastward along Tufts Point Plateau. The New Brunswick government is investing $3,750,351, while the federal government, through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing [...]

St. John’s Invests $270M in City’s Infrastructure

Posted on May 14, 2013
Over the next three years, the City of St. John’s looks to make infrastructure investments of approximately $270 million, according to the City’s 2013 Capital Works Budget. The investments include financial contributions from all three levels of government, but the City is contributing the majority of the funds with expenditures of more than $178 million (72 per cent) over the next three years. In addition to cost-shared projects with the federal and provincial governments, the City also receives funding from the Gas Tax to go toward street rehabilitation [...]

New Brunswick Introduces New Electricity Act

Posted on May 8, 2013
A new Electricity Act introduced in the New Brunswick legislative assembly today will allow NB Power to operate more efficiently, increase transparency, and continue to provide stable electricity rates. The act, introduced by Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard, will re-integrate the NB Power group of companies into one main company and one subsidiary, as opposed to seven separate companies. Also, the New Brunswick System Operator and the New Brunswick Electric Finance Corp. will be amalgamated into the new, vertically integrated Crown utility to [...]

Paradise, N.L., Breaks Ground on $22M Arena

Posted on May 2, 2013
Ground was broken this week at the site of a future $22-million hockey arena in Paradise, N.L., which will have two NHL-sized ice surfaces totalling 5,700 square metres, six dressing rooms, a fitness area, canteen, and skate sharpening facilities. It will be built by EllisDon. One rink will include fixed and retractable seating for 1,100 spectators while the other will include fixed seating for 310. This will allow the arena complex to host a variety of ice and other sporting events as well as tradeshows and other meetings. As part of the design process [...]

Nova Scotia Opens Up Roads on Formerly Private Land

Posted on April 30, 2013
The roads are now open to Nova Scotia's new Crown land in the province's western region. The province purchased 555,000 acres of land from the former Bowater Mersey mill, and three large pieces of that land have 2,500 kilometres of forest roads blocked off by the previous owners; 13 road gates are now open, providing access to 1,700 kilometres of forest roads. Provincial Crown land policy allows Nova Scotians access to all provincially owned land, except where restricted for appropriate reasons, such as ecological protection. “The land now belongs to [...]

Atlantic Mayors to Ottawa: Focus on Wastewater Projects

Posted on April 29, 2013
Mayors throughout the Atlantic provinces convened in Halifax last week where they called for full inclusion in discussions with their provinces and Ottawa as decisions are made around municipal infrastructure spending. The mayors said funding for wastewater projects should be a top priority for consideration under the renewed Building Canada Fund. The federal government released its Wastewater System Effluent Regulation in July 2012 with the goal of bringing municipal wastewater systems across the country to an enhanced treatment level. All municipalities [...]

Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup Progresses

Posted on December 17, 2012
Excavators are sorting through large piles of topsoil at the southern Sydney Tar Ponds in Nova Scotia, with the machines used for the remediation project deliberately uncovering dirt for future use plans for the remediation. The topsoil is being peeled off by contractors, which could be reused to make green grass in the future. Walking trails will be developed once grades are elevated to level out the site to accommodate a sports field for future use. Next year, artificial turf will be installed and grass will begin growing on the natural turf field [...]

Federal Support for Atlantic Energy Projects Will "Significantly Benefit" Canada

Posted on December 11, 2012
Federal support for the Lower Churchill project in Labrador indicates a new era of regional energy cooperation valuable to Canada, according to the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The project, which will develop 35 per cent of the Churchill River, is developed by the Churchill Falls Generating Station and will produce 16.7 terawatt hours of electricity per year. Along with the federal government, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador will take steps toward creating an “efficient, sustainable and affordable regional electricity system” [...]

Siemens Canada and NB Power to Develop Smart Grid Program in New Brunswick

Posted on July 26, 2012
Siemens and New Brunswick's NB Power officially announced plans this week for a multi-year Smart Grid Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD) modernization plan, said to offer business and residents more choice and control over their energy consumption. "We look forward to working with Siemens," says Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power president and CEO, in a press release. "This relationship will be long lasting, and will modernize the New Brunswick electricity system and the way our customers view their own electricity consumption. It will also provide long term benefits [...]

More Renewable Energy Projects Move Forward in Nova Scotia

Posted on July 10, 2012
Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced on July 9 that five renewable electricity projects have received approval under the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program. The projects are: two 800-kilowatt wind projects in Barney's River, Pictou Co., owned by Northumberland Wind Field. a four-megawatt wind project in Barrachois, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and a 2.3-megawatt wind project in Gaetz Brook, Halifax Regional Municipality, owned by Wind4all Communities. a 50-kilowatt wind project on the campus of Université Ste-Anne in [...]
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