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New Cleantech Report

Posted on January 23, 2009
OCETA and The Russell-Mitchell Group, in collaboration with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Ontario government, announced today the upcoming release of a report on Ontario's Clean Technology Industry. The 2009 OCETA SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-to-Market Report analyzes Ontario's clean technology industry, and identifies best practices to help Ontario's clean technology companies improve their go-to-market strategies. Kevin Jones, president and CEO of OCETA, says, "The opportunities for Ontario's clean technology companies are [...]

Listapalooza!

Posted on January 22, 2009
More calls for our government to support infrastructure development in the last few days before budget announcements — this time from the construction industry. Residential and Civil Consruction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) executive director Andy Manahan, after a productive meeting with Minister Dwight Duncan in which he reassured the Minister that there is capacity to deliver infrastructure projects, released a message to his association's members. "The Cabinet Committee on Economy as well as the Policy & Priorities Committee are both focused on [...]

More Staff for PPP Canada

Posted on January 20, 2009
Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty has finally announced the appointment of a CEO and Chair of PPP Canada Inc. (P3C). $1.2 billion in federal funding was set aside for the crown corporation in Budget 2008 but so far little has been done to establish an office or staff. Today, Minister Flaherty said, "I am very pleased to appoint two accomplished people to lead PPP Canada." Gregory K. Melchin will act as chair and John McBride as CEO. Melchin has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, where his portfolios included Minister [...]

Housing: The Next Big Spend?

Posted on January 15, 2009
Affordable housing needs to be part of the federal government's plan to get the Canadian economy moving, says Megan Leslie, a Nova Scotia New Democrat MP. Leslie told reporters she wants to see the government make a "massive" investment in large-scale infrastructure projects across Canada, but wouldn't say how much should go to housing. "I wouldn't be able to give you a number," she said. "I mean, we're in an economic crisis. We need to spend to get out of it." In an address to the Economic Club of Toronto this week, Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure [...]

More Shovel-Ready Projects

Posted on January 15, 2009
Leading up to federal budget announcements, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has added its voice to the crowds, releasing a report that lists more than 1,000 infrastructure projects that would be ready to go as early as this spring if federal funding is made available. "Last October, we released a study showing that infrastructure spending is the best stimulus tool around and we said that hundreds of municipal infrastructure projects would be ready to go this spring if they received federal funding. Today we are releasing a snapshot that [...]

Infra-Mania!

Posted on January 14, 2009
Leading up to federal budget announcements, everyone from the Board of Trade to Ontario's Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman is calling press conferences to talk about our favourtie topic" infrastructure. And infrastructure funding. This morning at the National Club in Toronto, the Board of Trade's Brian Zeller-Kligman said, "Transit infrastructure is a top issue for our members--even above taxes" He said they expect to see a stimulus package and are advocating for a national public transit fund based on ridership, not population. This [...]

ACEC to Flaherty: We Have the Capacity

Posted on January 8, 2009
When the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (ACEC) heard the federal government is concerned that the construction and engineering industries don't have the capacity to deal with all the new infrastructure work expected to come after the federal budget on January 27, they responded with a letter to Minister Flaherty. ACEC president and CEO Jeff Morrison says, "We asked our member firms to provide information on their available capacities, and what sort of impact they were feeling as a result of the economic downturn. We received a great deal [...]

Which Direction will the Feds Choose?

Posted on December 17, 2008
As Japanese and European Union leaders announced major stimulus packages to combat a worsening global economy this past week, Canadians were still waiting to see what their own government would do. Canada, of course, will see a new budget next month that may put Prime Minister Stephen Harper's own government on the line, if opposition members decide he has not provided enough support for the struggling economy. Economists are of several minds when asked how the government should provide an economic stimulus to best protect Canada's own economy. Some [...]

CFI Invests in Research Infrastructure

Posted on December 13, 2008
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Canada agrees that investing in infrastructure is one way to stimulate the economy. But, not surprisingly, they'd also like some funding for innovation. Under its Leaders Opportunity Fund, CFI is investing $45 million so that 312 researchers will be able to conduct research. This funding program was designed to provide infrastructure to attract researchers to Canadian institutions at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers. The investment in labs and equipment at 44 universities across [...]

Highway 35 No Threat: Environment Minister

Posted on December 11, 2008
Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that the proposed Highway 35 Extension project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. "After taking into consideration the comprehensive study report and the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, I am confident that this project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects," said Minister Prentice. The Ministry of Transportation of Quebec proposed the extension of Highway 35  between Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Philipsburg, Quebec [...]
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