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Green Fuel for AB

Posted on December 11, 2008
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has announced there will be an Alberta Renewable Fuel Standard, which would require 5 per cent ethanol and 2 per cent biodiesel fuel blends in the province by 2010. "Today, Alberta is building on its energy leadership by encouraging the use of cleaner renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel," says Gordon Quaiattini, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA). Renewable Fuel Standards are now in place at the federal level in Canada, as well as in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The [...]

SNC-Lavalin Buys Quéformat

Posted on December 10, 2008
SNC’s Qualitas Division has acquired Quéformat Ltd., a 35 years-old Longueuil, Quebec, firm specializing in materials engineering, geotechnology and environmental sciences, and roofs and waterproofing. "Our materials engineering and geotechnology know-how is extensive and we are pleased to have Quéformat's employees bring their expertise to our team," says Riadh Ben Aissa, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. [...]

Canada Blows

Posted on December 10, 2008
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) reports that Canada has officially become the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity. "Surpassing the 2,000 megawatt mark represents a significant milestone for the wind energy industry in Canada,” says Robert Hornung, President of CanWEA. “We believe, however, that we have only scratched the surface in terms of the role wind energy can and must play in Canada's clean energy future.” Wind accounts for about one per cent of Canada's electricity demand [...]

Fiscal Update: Just an Update

Posted on November 28, 2008
Yesterday, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty delivered a fiscal update that he told media the week before would include no special measures to help keep Canada steady in what he called "turbulent" times. "It's called a fiscal update and that's what it is," said Flaherty, "just an update." On Thursday, Flaherty repeated the sentiment, saying, "We were fully aware that difficult times were ahead when I presented our Economic Statement last fall. We planned for it. We made choices to help put Canada in a stronger economic position." According to the [...]

World Unites Around Global Transportation Challenge

Posted on November 10, 2008
On November 13, 2008, an estimated 50,000 participants and volunteers from corporations, organizations, and universities around the world will focus on a common global concern-transportation usability and its impact on our environment. World Usability Day 2008 will launch the Global Transport Challenge to help individuals measure their everyday travel usage; monitor their carbon travel footprint and compare it with others around the world; and minimize their energy usage through alternative travel choices and simple travel changes. " This year's theme [...]

Your Weekend Reminder

Posted on November 7, 2008
Don't forget that World Town Planning Day is this Saturday, November 8. Several associations around the globe have planned events. Click here for more information about events in Ontario. [...]

AECL Makes Agreement with China

Posted on November 5, 2008
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has formalized an advanced nuclear fuel development agreement with China's Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Co. (TQNPC), China North Nuclear Fuel Corporation and Nuclear Power Institute of China. The agreement is to jointly develop the technology for the use of uranium recovered from the spent fuel of light water reactors in China, and to be used in the CANDU reactors in China, located southwest of Shanghai. The planned development program will involve scientists and engineers from Canada and China but would not be implemented [...]

Rio Tinto Invests in Quebec Clean Hydropower

Posted on October 29, 2008
Rio Tinto is investing US$228 million in the construction of a new 225-megawatt high-efficiency turbine at Rio Tinto Alcan's Shipshaw power station in Saguenay, Quebec. The project is expected to be completed in December 2012. The Shipshaw power station is a major component of Rio Tinto Alcan's extensive hydroelectric network, which has a total installed capacity of approximately 2,900 megawatts in Quebec. The new turbine is expected to replace four hydro generator units at the Chute-à-Caron power station and will thereby promote more efficient water [...]

N. America Holcim Award Winners Announced

Posted on October 17, 2008
A ceremony in Montreal announced the winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions. Nine projects from Canada and the United States showcasing the latest approaches to address critical themes including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency shared in USD 270,000 in prize money. New York City's first carbon-neutral building, the Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center received the Holcim Awards Gold 2008 trophy for "bringing the eco-building vision [...]

OMERS Opens London Office

Posted on October 15, 2008
The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), one of Canada's largest pension funds, now has a presence in London, UK. The London office will have a 20-member team, including OMERS investment professionals in real estate, infrastructure, private equity and capital markets. As relationships are formed and new investment opportunities are discovered, OMERS Worldwide will open offices in other global regions. OMERS has four investment arms under the OMERS Worldwide banner, one of which is Borealis Infrastructure, a 10-year-old pioneer that [...]
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