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Cisco and EllisDon Team up on Next-Gen Building

Posted on October 5, 2011
EllisDon and Cisco are building the next generation of buildings--this according to an announcement on October 4 that the two have completed the technology infrastructure for the PwC building in downtown Toronto. The new technology brings together all of the information technology systems in the building into one centralised system. In 2009, EllisDon and Cisco formed a strategic collaboration designed to accelerate the development of a next-generation, connected building strategy to bring the power of network convergence to building construction. The PwC [...]

National Transit Strategy Still a Possibility

Posted on October 3, 2011
The Standing Committee on Transit, Infrastructure and Communities is meeting today in Ottawa to discuss a National Public Transit Strategy--something that came up in a ReNew Canada roundtable held this September. During that roundtable, Toronto Transit Commission's Anna Pace said, “We need a federal government that recognizes that transit is hugely important to the economy of the country’s largest cities." Rod McPhail, director of transportation planning for the City of Toronto said, “The federal government must get more involved; we all know [...]

Environmental Groups Take on New Nuclear Reactors

Posted on October 3, 2011
Ecojustice and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), on behalf of Greenpeace Canada, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, CELA, and Northwatch have filed for a judicial review in Canadian Federal Court of the assessment undertaken for the proposed nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear complex, east of Toronto. The organisations suggest that the federal assessment does not take into account the long-term effects of nuclear waste, alternative energy options, and the models of the reactors and cooling technology to be used. These organisations suggest [...]

Cement Industry Looks to Energy-from-Waste

Posted on September 7, 2011
The Network for Business Sustainability, a non-profit organisation, has released the results of its research into using alternative fuels to power cement manufacturing. A systematic review of all available research materials reportedly demonstrates the benefits of using used tires, waste wood and plastics to fuel cement kilns (instead of coal). Similarly, the new Durham York Energy Centre, a candidate for inclusion on this year’s Top 100 Infrastructure Projects report, will burn waste instead of sending it to landfill. But while this waste is being diverted [...]

New Smart Grid Standards Released

Posted on July 11, 2011
To help electric utilities and other decision-makers modernize electricity infrastructure, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has released a guideline for the selection and use of smart grid standards. The guideline contains eight fundamental principles and fifteen elective criteria to make it easier for manufacturers and users of smart grid technologies to develop and integrate new and emerging technologies. Pierre Guimond, CEA president and CEO, said in a release today, “Whether it is vendors, manufacturers, electric utilities, regulators [...]

Top 100 Projects White Paper Now Available

Posted on July 11, 2011
“With the destruction of Toronto’s Transit City plan, a strange new phenomenon has developed around transit policy in Canada. Calgary, previously associated with big oil and big cars, is quickly outpacing Toronto when it comes to transit policy.” – Page 21, Top 100 Projects white paper ReNew Canada’s report, Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects, released in January 2011, listed multiple transit projects funded through Toronto’s Transit City plan. Now that the plan has been scrapped, the entire $8-billion the Province of Ontario [...]

Brownie Nominations Now Open

Posted on July 8, 2011
The Canadian Urban Institute's annual Brownie Awards program recognizes leadership, innovation, and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment across Canada. Winners will be announced, as always, at CUI's annual conference this fall. To nominate a project/policy/program for a Brownie, you can download the guide and nomination form, and return your completed application by August 31, 2011. Good luck to all the nominees! [...]

SNC-Lavalin Buys AECL Assets

Posted on June 30, 2011
One of Canada's biggest engineering firms, SNC-Lavalin Group, has acquired some of Atomic Energy of Canada's (AECL) assets through its subsidiary, CANDU Energy. For a purchase price of $15 million and royalty payments from future new build and life extension projects, CANDU Energy now owns a piece of the crown corporation's commercial reactor division. CANDU Energy will focus on the new build, life extension and services product lines, but AECL will retain its past liabilities. According to SNC-Lavalin, "In its current form, AECL was judged to be no [...]

Lack of Skilled Workers Slows Growth

Posted on June 21, 2011
Canada's construction industry will need about 320,000 workers over the next nine years to meet demand for new construction and to replace retirements and mortalities. The finding, from the Construction Sector Council's (CSC's) just-released national forecast of labour supply and demand from 2011-2019, says Canada's slowing population growth combined with its rising demand for large natural resource construction projects is challenging the industry to find the required number of skilled workers. George Gritziotis, executive director of the CSC says industry [...]

The Private Sector's Role: The Debate Continues

Posted on June 17, 2011
The Schulich Real Property Alumni Association (SRPAA) held an panel discussion with the theme Investing in Infrastructure at the Albany Club in Toronto on June 16. The mandate of the association is to help foster opportunities to network with other professionals and to provide informative and insightful topics related to the real estate industry. Members are graduates of the Schulich School of Business who have taken the Real Estate and Infrastructure Program at the MBA level and are working in the real estate and infrastructure industry in various areas [...]
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