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Political leaders say no to HST hike for infrastructure

Posted on August 16, 2017
One day after Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) president Lynn Dollin recommended a one per cent hike in the HST to help pay for municipal infrastructure, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated that she does not support the idea. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, held this year at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, the premier did not wait for the question to be asked, instead addressing the issue in her opening remarks. “We’re not going to do that,” Wynne stated in reference to raising the HST. “We are going to continue to have [...]

Delta issues recommendations for Massey tunnel project

Posted on August 16, 2017
Following a presentation from its chief administrative officer (CAO) George V. Harvie regarding the provincial review of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, Delta Council has provided its recommendations to the B.C. government. CAO Harvie identified some of the immediate safety issues with the George Massey Tunnel, including electrical system deficits, deteriorating concrete, damage to sprinkler system, and the ageing ventilation system, while also outlining the significance of Highway 99’s designation as a “Lifeline Corridor”. Mr. Harvie [...]

Bombardier launches new legal challenge against Metrolinx

Posted on August 16, 2017
The troubled relationship between Bombardier and Metrolinx took another turn for the worse this week after it was revealed that Bombardier has filed a court application over being prohibited to bid on the Regional Express Rail (RER) operator procurement contract. According to an article from the Toronto Star the application, filed Tuesday with the Ontario Division Court, Bombardier believes that it was “ improperly, arbitrarily, unfairly, and unlawfully excluded ” from the bidding process. In July, Metrolinx released a Request for Qualifications [...]

AMO calls for HST for local infrastructure

Posted on August 15, 2017
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is calling for a one per cent hike to the HST to pay for growing infrastructure needs in the province. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, being held in Ottawa this year, president Lynn Dollin calling for the sales tax to be devoted solely to local infrastructure services such as roads, bridges, and transit. Municipal governments in Ontario are responsible for providing critical services, like good roads, clean drinking water, and safe communities, but growing needs and costs are putting too much pressure [...]

Petrowest applies for receivership

Posted on August 15, 2017
One of the primary contractors involved with the $8.775-billion Site C Clean Energy Project has put forward an application to be placed into receivership. Petrowest Corporation, who along with ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd., formed the Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP) consortium, the winning bidders for the $1.75-billion main civil works for the Site C project. The application for receivership put forward by Petrowest Corporation is scheduled to be heard in court today, where approval of the application is expected. Ernst [...]

Coalition calls for low-carbon transformation

Posted on August 15, 2017
Leading building and energy professionals are urging the federal government to prioritize swift action to make Canada’s homes and buildings ultra energy-efficient and low-carbon in discussions between federal, provincial, and territorial energy ministers. For the first time since the adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada’s energy and mines ministers are gathering for their annual meeting in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Ten organizations have released a letter to Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and [...]

WSP working to acquire Opus International Consultants

Posted on August 14, 2017
WSP Global Inc. and UEM Edgenta Berhad have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which WSP will acquire UEM Edgenta's 61.2 per cent in Opus International Consultants Limited (OIC), through a New Zealand takeover offer. WSP has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, filed a notice of intention to make this takeover offer, in cash, for 100 per cent of the fully paid shares in OIC at NZ$1.78 per OIC share. The offer values the entire issued share capital of OIC at approximately NZ$263.2 million (CDN$243.4 million). In addition, the terms [...]

Contracts awarded for QEII redevelopment project

Posted on August 14, 2017
Five Nova Scotia companies and one New Brunswick company have been awarded the latest contracts for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation. The Nova Scotia Government awarded the contracts as part of the QEII redevelopment project. The companies are: Darim Masonry Limited, Lower Sackville RKO Steel Limited, Dartmouth Southeast Drywall Limited, Dartmouth Flynn Canada Limited, Dartmouth McCarthy’s Roofing Limited, Dartmouth Royal Door Limited, Moncton. These contracts are for the construction of the exterior of the [...]

Report addresses flood resilience in Bow River basin

Posted on August 14, 2017
The Government of Alberta has begun implementing the advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better manage water throughout the Bow River basin. The Bow River Water Management Project report, produced by the Bow River Working Group, represents a first step in building multiple layers of resilience throughout the Bow River basin to address both flood and drought concerns. It outlines both short- and long-term options. Possible options for upstream storage include new potential storage sites and a further modification [...]

Energy conservation is a wise investment for Ontario: report

Posted on August 11, 2017
A new report by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), shows that energy conservation continues to be a wise investment in Ontario's future. Every Joule Counts, Volume Two of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, provides a comprehensive public review of energy use and conservation in the province. Volume One, Every Drop Counts, which was released in May 2017, focused on energy use in Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems. “Ontario has been growing its economy and population for a decade without increasing [...]
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