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Newfoundland Makes Healthcare Investments

Posted on August 16, 2013
Newfoundland has announced a pair of investments in regional healthcare facilities over the past two days, with $2.7 million in funding for facilities serving Corner Brook, and a further $771,300 for the communities of Port aux Basques, Burgeo, and Ramea. The Corner Brook facility is utilized by much of Newfoundland’s western region. The Western Memorial Regional Hospital will receive the lion’s share of the $2.7 million commitment. Included in plans for the money are facility upgrades to the intensive care unit. “This investment will help Western [...]

St. John’s Approves $270M Infrastructure Plan

Posted on August 14, 2013
St. John’s, N.L.’s city council has approved a three-year infrastructure plan that will allow for more than $270 million in spending. This is in accordance with the 2013 capital works budget approved in May. “We certainly agree with the St. Johns’ Board of Trade that developing and maintaining the City’s infrastructure is one of the most important roles of any municipal council,” said St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe. “This is why over the past year we have been developing a long-term strategy to address the infrastructure needs of the [...]

Bridge Work Announced in Blackville, N.B.

Posted on June 28, 2013
Southwest Miramichi Bridge No. 2 in Blackville, NB, will be the subject of a two year, $1.4-million repair procedure. According to the Government of New Brunswick, repairs will include placing permanent and temporary bracing on the steel box girders, replacing deck expansion joints, and removing granite curbing and replacing it with new concrete along the sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. “The work involves full-deck rehabilitation on most of the structure,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claude Williams. “Phase One will [...]

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 [...]
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