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Nominations Open for 13th Annual Brownie Awards

Posted on July 10, 2013
The Canadian Urban Institute's (CUI) annual Brownie Awards recognizes leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment across Canada. Working with key industry and professional organizations, the Canadian Urban Institute presents its awards at the annual Canadian Brownfields conference, held each year in the fall. They are now accepting nominations for the 2013 awards. To nominate a project/policy/program, please download the guide and nomination form and return the completed application to brownies@canurb.org by Aug [...]

POLL// Where in the World are You Expanding?

Posted on July 9, 2013
The world is achieving leaps in innovation, and Canadian companies have a major role to play. As populations grow and resources become less available, efficiency becomes a key element of any infrastructure project. Canadian companies are looking overseas for opportunities to export their engineering, financing, and design expertise. In the upcoming September/October 2013 issue of ReNew Canada, we're highlighting the Canada-U.S. partnership as it relates to infrastrcuture development south of the border. What about you? What is the top region in the [...]

Canadian Urban Institute Releases Draft Position Paper

Posted on June 14, 2013
Today, almost 81 per cent of Canadians live in urban areas, contributing to a significant portion of national GDP. Attracting talent has become a challenge in recent years, as Canada faces an ever-growing municipal infrastructure deficit, estimated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to exceed $123 billion for existing municipal infrastructure, $115 for new infrastructure, and $300-400 billion if federal and provincial needs are accounted for. Moving toward a model of investing in sustainable infrastructure means building new infrastructure and rehabilitating [...]

Report Summarizes How Municipalities Reduce GHG Emissions

Posted on June 14, 2013
Partners for Climate Protection (PCP), created by the federally funded Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and ICLEI-Canada have released 2012’s National Measures Report. The report evaluates and summarizes ways in which Canadian communities of varying sizes are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It considers initiatives of all scopes and complexities, from energy efficient retrofits to district energy systems. The report aims to highlight the many unique strategies municipalities have adopted nation-wide in order to conserve their regional [...]

Canada, U.S. Form Joint Border Infrastructure Plan

Posted on June 5, 2013
Canadian and American politicians have announced new measures to increase the efficiency of the world’s largest trading partnership: the joint Canada-United States Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP). The BIIP will focus on understanding, developing, and planning for a series of potential infrastructure projects along the Canada-U.S. border, particularly at smaller, more remotes crossings. The goal is to facilitate expanded commercial and non-commercial traffic in and out of both countries by reducing wait times and increasing the reliability [...]

WHO Road Report Highlights Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety

Posted on June 4, 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 (the first since 2009), and while Canada fared better than many of less privileged countries that were audited, there is still significant room for improvement. While Canada performs relatively well in most areas of the report and mirrors the overall worldwide trend of decreasing road deaths, there are areas of concern for those trying to make the nation’s roads safer. In particular, pedestrian and cyclist safety has come under scrutiny since the report’s [...]

FCM Starts Conference with State-of-Cities Report

Posted on June 3, 2013
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities kicked off their 76th annual conference and tradeshow with the release of its Report on the State of Cities and Communities, which addresses where Canada stands and the way forward for municipalities. “Today’s report tells a story of a changing Canada where the issues Canadians care about are no longer purely federal or provincial issues,” FCM President Karen Leibovici said. “Issues such as safe streets, gridlock, and climate change are playing out primarily in the places we call home.” The report calls [...]

Railway Proximity Guidelines Unveiled

Posted on May 31, 2013
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unveiled brand new land use guidelines and a website intended to promote best practices and awareness about the issues associated with developments near railway operations. The document, Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations, was launched as part of the FCM Annual Conference and builds on guidelines first launched in 2004. Using input from various stakeholders, the updated guidelines address issues concerning noise, vibration [...]

Eight Municipalities Win CAMA Awards of Excellence

Posted on May 30, 2013
Eight Canadian municipalities have won national awards of excellence from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The awards were presented in the areas of innovation, education, and environment during CAMA’s national conference in Victoria, B.C. Ravenhill Group Inc. is the presenting sponsor for CAMA’s Awards of Excellence. Projects recognized included: a water treatment plant, a mobile app, green partnerships with students, supervisor training, an emergency social services exercise workbook, solid waste management, sustainability [...]

SNC-Lavalin Offers Amnesty to Fight Corruption

Posted on May 28, 2013
SNC-Lavalin is launching a company-wide amnesty program to encourage current employees to report potential corruption and anti-competition matters in which they may have direct or indirect knowledge. The program is intended to assist SNC-Lavalin in its efforts to fully gather and assess the facts associated with corporate ethics matters in order to resolve them. To be eligible for amnesty, an employee must file a request with SNC-Lavalin’s chief compliance officer (CCO) within the 90-day period between June 3 and Aug. 31, 2013. The company guarantees [...]
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