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It's Public Works Week

Posted on May 14, 2010
“Public works is all encompassing, and it affects the quality of our lives in so many ways,” says Gary Losier, president of the Canadian Public Works Association and director of engineering and works for the Town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. “But, for many students, public works doesn’t immediately come to mind as a career choice. It’s our job to spread the word and inform the public about the importance of our work and about the opportunities that exist in our profession.” That’s why this week, municipalities and public works agencies will [...]

First Wave of Broadband Canada Projects Announced

Posted on May 11, 2010
Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, has announced the first series of projects to receive conditional funding approval under the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program. As part of Budget 2009, the federal government set aside $225 million over three years for Industry Canada to develop and implement a strategy to extend broadband coverage. Part of that strategy is Broadband Canada, a program to extend broadband service to unserved and underserved households. The focus on households, as the ministry explains it, is based on the fact that [...]

New Study Shows the Risk of Underfunding Infrastructure

Posted on May 5, 2010
A new report will link public spending on infrastructure to national growth and prosperity: the report will quantify what Canada's poor infrastructure strategies may cost the public over the next 50 years. The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) commissioned RiskAnalytica (a Toronto-based risk analysis group) to write the report, which is set for release in June 2010. Ultimately, they aim to produce an "optimal infrastructure spending scenario" based on analysis of different infrastructure investment and maintenance scenarios [...]

FCM to Municipalities: You Have The Right of Way

Posted on April 30, 2010
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) says new fibre technologies and proposed changes to telecom foreign ownership rules have the potential to create a “perfect storm” that could swamp municipalities and cost Canadian property tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. FCM warns that the cost to property tax payers of accommodating telecom companies that lay cable and install equipment on public property is growing—an issue we cover in-depth in our current (May/June) issue of ReNew Canada. FCM, in Vancouver today launching a campaign [...]

Canada Invests in Rail Service

Posted on April 23, 2010
Industrial Rail Services Inc (IRSI) of Moncton has been awarded a $12.6 million contract to complete the modernization and upgrading of six self-propelled rail diesel cars (RDCs). The project to rebuild rail cars that will be used on VIA services between Sudbury and White River in Ontario and between Victoria and Courtenay, British Columbia, is being fully funded through the Government’s Economic Action Plan. Built in the 1950s, the six stainless steel RDCs are structurally sound. The upgrade will add 15 to 20 years of life to the cars with improved [...]

New Report on Canada's Growing Wind Energy Market

Posted on April 21, 2010
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have released a joint report that outlines the “significant opportunity” that North America’s growing wind energy market represents for Canadian manufacturers. The report, Wind Industry Supply Chain Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers, is the first product of a strategic partnership between CanWEA and CME aimed at exploring the opportunities, challenges, and actions required to ensure Canada earns its share of new global investment in wind energy manufacturing [...]

UK Firm Merges with Canada's cm2r

Posted on April 15, 2010
For all the reasons mentioned in the story I wrote last June about big mergers, sometimes the little guy wants to be “swallowed up” by the big guy. This morning’s announcement that Toronto-and-Calgary-based construction consulting firm cm2r is merging with the much bigger UK firm Turner & Townsend is another one of those cases. Turner & Townsend has offices around the world, providing and cost management services to its clients and project management services to companies like Nissan. It also works extensively in the mining and power sectors [...]

Federal Wastewater Regs Open for Comment

Posted on April 10, 2010
The feds have released  proposed wastewater regulations, opening up the process to the public for comment. In January, representatives for the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) met with a Environment Canada  for a briefing on the process of developing the proposed regulations and to discuss potential impacts on public works agencies. Now that the regulations are available, the CPWA is recommending that  its members and their agencies review and submit comments to the government before the May 19, 2010. According to a press release issued [...]

CUTA Reports Transit Investment Needs Total $53.5 Billion

Posted on April 1, 2010
"Public transit infrastructure needs for the period 2010-2014 stands at $53.5 billion," said The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) President and CEO Michael Roschlau in a release Wednesday. These findings have been published in a new infrastructure report. CUTA surveyed transit systems across the country on two dimensions: expenditures currently planned versus additional needs that cannot be met through existing funding; and expenditures for replacement or renewal, versus expenditures to respond to population growth or attract new ridership. What [...]

More Advice for Canadian Tech Developers

Posted on March 29, 2010
Just after releasing a report that found Canadians fail to make the most of opportunities to sell climate-friendly technologies globally, the Conference Board of Canada has released a report on Canada's global strengths in several specific climate-friendly technologies. The report, Global Climate-Friendly Trade: Canada’s Chance to Clean Up, says Canada's strengths tend to be in areas associated with the country’s geography and resource base, notably waste management and energy technologies. Canada overtrades, or has relative global strengths, in 13 [...]
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