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Infrastructure Best Way to Boost Economy: FCM

Posted on November 6, 2008
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is advocating infrastructure spending as a "recession-busting" tool. A study by economic forecasting firm, Informetrica Ltd., released today by FCM, compares the stimulus impact of $1 billion in tax cuts (personal and excise tax) to the same amount in accelerated infrastructure investment. The study shows that even a combined $2-billion tax reduction would produce fewer jobs and a lower economic stimulus than $1 billion dollars spent upgrading roads, bridges and water mains. Because of administrative [...]

CN Acquires Rail Subsidiaries

Posted on November 5, 2008
CN announced this week the acquisition of the three principal railway subsidiaries of the Quebec Railway Corp. (QRC) and a QRC rail-freight ferry operation for $49.8 million. Under the transaction, CN is purchasing 540 track miles of rail line it formerly owned in eastern Ontario, eastern Quebec and northern New Brunswick, as well as a ferry service on the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec. CN sold the rail lines to QRC in the late 1990s and has held a minority equity interest in the ferry operation since its start-up in 1975. CN will invest capital [...]

Global Opportunities for Canada: Conference Board

Posted on October 31, 2008
"The biggest challenge is to bring Canada's widely dispersed technologies together, so that Canadian companies can compete on a global scale, and ultimately become more innovative and prosperous," says Gilles Rheaume, vice president of public policy at the Conference Board of Canada. Canada has a consistently poor record on innovation, in part because it fails to take advantage of opportunities in which it can combine leading-edge technology with the potential to develop globally-competitive companies, says a report published by the Board, based on the [...]

Canada’s Largest Wind Energy Installation

Posted on October 30, 2008
Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. announced today the official opening of the Melancthon EcoPower Centre, located in Melancthon and Amaranth Townships near Shelburne, Ontario, two hours northwest of Toronto. The 199.5-megawatt centre is 100 per cent owned and operated by Canadian Hydro and is the largest wind energy installation in Canada. Construction began with the 67.5-megawatt Phase I in the spring of 2005 and achieved commercial operation on March 4, 2006. Construction of the 132-megawatt Phase II of the project began in autumn 2007 and is expected [...]

Harper Shuffles Cabinet

Posted on October 30, 2008
When Jim Prentice arrived at Rideau Hall in a hybrid car, it reflected our "new" minority government's attempt to highlight the environment as a priority. Prentice, one of Harper's more senior ministers, will take on the environment portfolio. Jim Flaherty is staying with Finance, but Lawrence Cannon will move from Transport , Infrastructure and Communities to Foreign Affairs. John Baird, who has been Environment Minister since 2007, will take over that portfolio. Details here. [...]

Industry Loses Waste Management Pioneer

Posted on October 27, 2008
Brian Winters, president of Proeco Corporation based in Edmonton, Alberta, passed away on October 24 due to complications of a recent lung transplant. Brian was a pioneer in the waste management industry and a driving force with the Environmental Services Association of Alberta - specifically with the Environmental Artworks Foundation.  He will be missed. For details and to sign the book of condolences, click here. [...]

Five Receive CEAA Funds for Bruce Nuclear Project

Posted on October 23, 2008
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has awarded a total of $175,000 to five applicants in support of their participation in the environmental assessment process of the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. The funding recipients are Power Workers Union, Citizens For Renewable Energy, Northwatch Coalition for Environmental Protection, Greenpeace Canada and Eugene Bourgeois. This phase II funding is being made available to help successful applicants review the proponent's Environmental [...]

Ont. Has Best Transportation System in Canada: Report

Posted on October 23, 2008
Ontario has the best transportation system in Canada while British Columbia and Newfoundland have the worst, according to a new peer-reviewed study that compares the transportation infrastructure of the 10 Canadian provinces released today by independent research organization the Fraser Institute. Ontario is followed closely by Nova Scotia in second spot and Quebec in third, while Saskatchewan is ranked slightly ahead of British Columbia and Newfoundland. "A province's transportation system is a critical factor in fostering a positive investment climate [...]

Use P3s Selectively: Report

Posted on October 21, 2008
Governments must be selective in deciding which projects are best developed as public-private partnerships (PPPs or P3s), the Conference Board has said in a new study that examines both successful and failed transportation infrastructure projects. "In some quarters, PPPs are viewed as the only way to build and maintain transportation infrastructure, while others are opposed to any and all forms of PPPs," said Mario Iacobacci, the Conference Board's director of research and director, Centre for Infrastructure. "Neither view is accurate. The merits of PPPs [...]

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 [...]
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