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Study Assesses 15 Canadian Cities’ Flood Preparedness

Posted on May 25, 2015
A new study assesses the level of preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities to limit flood damage. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Dr. Blair Feltmate from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, the report aims to motivate cities to increase efforts to build resilience against flooding, and to provide a benchmark against which their progress can be measured. Researchers examined the cities’ preparedness for flooding caused by extreme rainfall, relative to 16 areas of flood vulnerability. It identified four key areas [...]

Energy Tops Top 100 as Mega-Project Spending Soars

Posted on January 8, 2015
Canadian mega-project spending is on the rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $157.9 billion, a 12-per-cent increase over 2014’s $140.5 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its ninth annual Top 100 Projects report. View the complete report breakdown at The list is dominated by $62.3 billion in energy projects, with hydroelectric generation—including the controversial and costly Site C dam—claiming the first four of the top 10 spots: Site [...]

NB Power to Construct New Line, Substation for Maine

Posted on November 5, 2014
Northern Maine’s Houlton Water Company (HWC) is turning to New Brunswick Power for a reliable and secure transmission path for energy through a new international interconnect joining Woodstock, New Brunswick and Houlton, Maine. HWC, a consumer-owned electric, water, and wastewater utility based in Houlton, has signed an agreement with NB Power to build a 25-kilometre, 138-kilovolt transmission line and substation. Construction will begin once regulatory approvals have been received. The project will be 100-per-cent funded by Houlton Water Company and [...]

Newfoundland Invests $3.3M in Municipal Infrastructure

Posted on August 28, 2014
The Newfoundland and Labrador government will invest $3.3 million in projects to deliver new facilities, road upgrades, and water and sewer infrastructure for the District of Baie Verte-Springdale. More than $2 million will go toward water and sewer projects. “This investment of $3.3 million will provide much needed infrastructure in the Baie Verte-Springdale region,” said Dan Crummell, minister of municipal and intergovernmental affairs. “By upgrading roads and water and sewer services, we are ensuring residents have access to improved services.” The [...]

Maritime Transmission Project Awards $400M ABB Contract

Posted on August 20, 2014
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth approximately $400 million from NSP Maritime Link Inc. (a subsidiary of Emera Inc.) to supply a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission solution creating the first electricity link between the island of Newfoundland and the North American power grid. The Maritime Link Project is a 500-MW high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) connection that will enable clean, renewable electricity generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in [...]

Nova Scotia Names First Building Canada Fund Project

Posted on July 8, 2014
A new interchange and connector between Tantallon and Hubbards, Nova Scotia, will be the province’s first Building Canada Fund project. The new roads will provide better access between Highway 103 and Trunk 3. The two communities are located on St Margarets Bay, east of Halifax. “The new interchange and connector will reduce congestion, reduce travel time and help to improve emergency response times to communities along the trunk highway,” said Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft at the funding announcement. The project, which is scheduled to begin [...]

$500M Being Invested in St. Lawrence Seaway

Posted on April 30, 2014
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season with the transit of Algoma Central Corp.’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway. “Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the [...]

Nova Scotia Funds Tidal Industry

Posted on April 4, 2014
The Government of Nova Scotia has committed more than $4 million to fund projects in the tidal industry, which will go toward increasing the electrical capacity at Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) to accommodate up to 20 megawatts of connection. This will allow the next level of device deployments, including small arrays, to connect to the electricity grid from FORCE. The government also announced the tidal energy developers who have won a chance to deploy their technologies in the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Passage. Nova Scotia’s recent tender [...]

Stantec, AECOM Recognized for Confederation Bridge with Award

Posted on October 3, 2013
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has recognized Stantec and AECOM for their work on the Confederation Bridge with an Award of Excellence for a major civil engineering project of the last 100 years. The award was presented at FIDIC’s annual conference in Barcelona, along with other important feats of engineering from the past century. “We are so honoured to have our project recognized on a global scale,” said VP Eric Tromposch, who worked as a design engineer on the project. “This speaks to the talented team that came [...]

New Dartmouth RCMP Headquarters Opens

Posted on September 12, 2013
The RCMP opened their new H Division Headquarters in the Burnside Business Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, last month. The Government of Canada is calling the $113-million building “a leading example of smart and environmental technologies,” and “one of the most energy-efficient buildings” Public Works and Government Services Canada has ever constructed. According to a government release, design and site preparation were focused on three initiatives: sustainable development, which minimizes environmental impact during construction and future maintenance; [...]
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