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Small Businesses Concerned about Metrolinx Plan: Poll

Posted on July 19, 2013
Small business owners in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are unimpressed with Metrolinx’s plan to use higher taxes to finance their Big Move transportation plan, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey. In the weeks following the release of Metrolinx funding proposal, 1,300 business owners were surveyed. “Taxpayers aren’t buying the argument that hiking taxes is the only solution to reducing gridlock on our roads and highways,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly. “While some on Bay Street might be perfectly [...]

Sudbury Begins Work on $63M Biosolids Plant

Posted on July 19, 2013
The City of Greater Sudbury in Ontario has officially begun work on its first P3 project, an advanced biosolids management facility. The project, which will cost $63.1 million to construct, will be financed in part by $11 million from the P3 Canada Fund, with the remainder coming from the city and N-Viro, the consortium awarded the contract to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the facility. Sudbury will be sole owner of the plant. “Our Government is proud to support projects that stretch tax dollars further, create jobs, and generate economic [...]

Providence Care Hospital Project Reaches RFP Stage

Posted on July 16, 2013
The request for proposals portion of the selection process for the design, construction, financing, and maintenance of Providence Care Hospital is officially closed. Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care will now begin the process of evaluating the proposals offered by Integrated Health Solutions, Plenary Health, and Providence Alliance for Caring Environments, the three shortlisted teams. Providence Care is a southeastern Ontario provider of mental health care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, geriatric services, continuing care, palliative [...]

Ontario Smart Grid Fund Looking for Applications

Posted on July 4, 2013
Ontario is asking for project submissions for the next round of the Smart Grid Fund program, which supports Ontario-based projects that test, develop and bring to market innovative smart grid solutions. In particular, this round of funding is seeking out advanced energy projects such as energy storage and electric vehicle integration. The end goal is a modern, world class intelligent electricity system. The smart grid connects the existing electrical system with new and upcoming technologies to help assimilate them into the network and avoid significant [...]

Ontario Doctors Back Bicycle Infrastructure Funding

Posted on June 28, 2013
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) has waded into the ongoing debate over transit funding by voicing their support for further bicycle infrastructure funding. “Ontario’s doctors,” reads a press release from the association, “call on the provincial and municipal governments to provide funding for paved shoulders, bike lanes and other infrastructure elements that will improve cycling safety in this province.” The release goes on to describe how bicycle and pedestrian investments are important parts of transportation infrastructure, particularly [...]

Ontario Place Undergoing Revitalization Ahead of Pan Am Games

Posted on June 27, 2013
Ontario Place is due for a significant facelift, according to the provincial government. Upcoming changes, including a new urban park and a waterfront trail, were unveiled today in a plan to revitalize the man-made islands along Lake Ontario’s waterfront. Already boasting a 780 kilometre waterfront trail system, the new green space and trail will span 7.5 acres, and will provide residents and visitors access to a previously closed section of the waterfront. The site of the new development will be along part of Ontario Place’s east island. The area [...]

Ottawa Introduces New Trains for O-Train Transit Line

Posted on June 26, 2013
Ottawa has announced the arrival of six diesel O-Trains to run on the city’s O-Train transit line between Greenboro Station in the city’s South and Bayview Station downtown. The trains are Alstom CORADIA LINT 41 diesel electric sets, making Ottawa the first North American municipality to introduce the vehicles. Representatives from Alstom attended the official handing-over of the trains, along with mayor Jim Watson and councillor Diane Deans. “Today’s O-Train delivery marks another step forward in our City’s investment in improved transit and [...]

CivicAction Earns Support for Transportation Plan Funding

Posted on June 24, 2013
CivicAction’s Your32 campaign—which takes its name from the 32 minutes per person that could be shaved off of the average daily Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) commute—has drummed up significant support from public officials who pledge to confront the issue of gridlock in the region. The group has publicized their “pledge to get a move on,” which asks for the support of residents and in finding new sources of investment for the area’s transportation system. One hundred and sixteen officials have so far pledged their support. “Congestion [...]

Investigate Wind Farm-Related Health Complaints, WCO Asks

Posted on June 21, 2013
Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), a coalition of Ontario citizens who oppose widespread wind farming operations in their respective regions, have made an official request to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Arlene King, to investigate reports of bad health caused by environmental noise and vibration from industrial wind farms. The group has said that the government has a duty to act according to the Health Protection and Promotion Act. “A great deal has happened since 2010,” said WCO president Jane Wilson, referring to a report released [...]

City of Kitchener Develops Transportation Master Plan

Posted on June 20, 2013
The community and infrastructure services committee for the City of Kitchener in Ontario has unanimously recommended a transportation master plan (TMP), the city’s first. The plan will be reviewed once every five years over the course of its 20-year span. Until now, the city has always relied on the province and surrounding region to dictate how the area’s transportation choices should be made. Now, Kitchener will be able to tailor transportation choices to the unique needs of the city. Ken Carmichael, interim director of transportation services [...]
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