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Ontario invests in rehabilitation of 131 hospitals

Posted on July 12, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will provide funding for repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year, in an effort to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment. Minister of health and long-term care Dr. Eric Hoskins made the announcement at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, which will receive over $2.3 million this year to revitalize its facilities. “Hospitals appreciate the support of the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund for maintaining buildings and systems essential to high-quality care,” [...]

Ottawa looks to adjust Stage 2 LRT plan

Posted on July 7, 2017
City of Ottawa officials are discussing the possibility of further extending one of the lines already being extended as part of the $3-billion Stage 2 LRT project. The new alignment would move Bowesville Station to the edge of the urban boundary just southeast of the Bowesville and Earl Armstrong intersection, bringing rail almost a full kilometre closer to the Riverside South community. The new alignment also takes advantage of an existing City-owned rail corridor, ultimately reducing the environmental impact on sensitive green spaces, in addition to [...]

Toronto to receive $4.8 billion for transit

Posted on July 6, 2017
Toronto mayor John Tory has released a letter acknowledging that the city will receive $4.8 billion from the federal government for future transit projects. The funding Is part of phase two of the federal government’s public transit infrastructure funding. “I would like to thank Minister Sohi and the federal government for providing transformative transit investments based on the ridership of municipal transit systems, of which the TTC carries the highest number of riders from throughout the region every day. Tory notes that the funding awarded [...]

Early success for pole-mounted energy storage pilot program

Posted on July 6, 2017
A pole-mounted energy storage system located in Toronto's North York neighbourhood is showing positive results in the early stages of a pilot program. Put into service in August 2016, the energy storage system is mounted to the top of an existing hydro pole. The system stores energy during off-peak hours and releases power as needed. The project team is currently monitoring how the technology responds to real-time data. From initial results, the energy storage system has demonstrated an ability to reduce strain on the local transformer. The pilot continues [...]

Ontario municipalities plead for stormwater infrastructure funding: report

Posted on July 6, 2017
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), the Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), and the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) have released a joint-report entitled Weathering the Storms: Municipalities Plead for Stormwater Infrastructure Funding. The organizations partnered to better assess the province’s ability to cope with the impending impacts of climate change and severe weather patterns. “Stormwater infrastructure is extremely complicated and is significantly different from [...]

Toronto passes long-term climate action plan

Posted on July 5, 2017
City Council has approved Toronto's long-term path to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The TransformTO Pathway to a Low Carbon Future report recommends ambitious strategies and long-term goals to transform Toronto's urban systems – specifically buildings, energy, transportation, and waste. "I am proud that City Council has moved forward with TransformTO – a climate action plan to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050," said mayor John Tory. "As a city, we need to set ambitious goals [...]

$85 million committed to English-Wabigoon River system remediation

Posted on July 5, 2017
Ontario’s minister of environment and climate change, Glen Murray, issued a statement to announce an $85-million funding commitment to the remediation of the English-Wabigoon River system. “As an immediate next step and in addition to previous funding commitments, Ontario is providing $85 million in dedicated funding for the remediation of the English-Wabigoon River system. This historic financial commitment will be devoted to the cost of the remediation, including the engineering design and implementation of remediation measures and long-term monitoring [...]

Metrolinx challenged over Alstom LRV purchase

Posted on July 5, 2017
Siemens has come forward to challenge Metrolinx’s decision to purchase light rail vehicles from Alstom. According to an article in the Toronto Star, Siemens has sent a letter to Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, questioning whether the sole source contract is in violation of provincial government’s own procurement policies. The suggestion was also made that the deal could be in violation of international trade agreements. The purchase of 61 Citadis Spirit LRV’s from Alstom for $528 million was announced in May, with 17 of the [...]

Construction of Freedom Road begins in Manitoba/Ontario

Posted on July 4, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Shoal Lake No. 40 have announced that construction has begun on the on-reserve portion of Freedom Road. The Government of Canada has committed up to $20 million for all phases of the Freedom Road project. Once finished, Freedom Road will provide secure, all-weather road access for Shoal Lake No. 40's 287 residents from the First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway, dramatically improving community well-being, allowing unrestricted access to essential goods and services, and restoring economic opportunities for residents. "Secure [...]

City of Ottawa, RTG sign agreement for Stage 2 LRT

Posted on July 4, 2017
The City of Ottawa has exercised the option, under the current contract, to utilize equipment continuity, knowledge, and cost efficiencies, and has signed a fixed-price variation agreement worth $349 million with Rideau Transit Group Partnership (RTG) for the rolling stock and onboard equipment for Stage 2 of the Confederation Line. This contract is part of the Memorandum of Understanding ratified by RTG with the City of Ottawa on March 24th, 2017 for a portion of Stage 2 of the Confederation Line for $492 million. RTG is a consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin [...]
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