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OPL chooses site for $168-million ‘super-library’

Posted on December 15, 2016
The Ottawa Public Library has recommended city-owned property west of Bronson Avenue as the site for the new ‘super-library’, a 216,000 sq. ft. facility in conjunction with Library and Archives Canada. According to an article from the Ottawa Citizen, the 3.56-acre property located at 557 Wellington St. was chosen as the best of 12 options investigated for the site of the future central library. The proposed $168-million facility would be built on the easternmost part of the property, just under 300 metres from the future Pimisi LRT stop. An additional [...]

Toronto Council backs tolls for Gardiner, DVP

Posted on December 14, 2016
Toronto City Council has voted 32-9 in support of Mayor John Tory’s proposal to introduce road tolls to the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. According to the Toronto Star, the final decision will not be made until sometime in 2017, but the council vote provides Tory with a strong mandate to move forward with the plan. Council will consider additional measures to provide more revenue for the city, including new taxes on hotel stays and short-term rentals, and an increase to the tax for third-party signage. The tolls and taxes are part [...]

Ontario, Canada partnering to expand Highway 404

Posted on December 12, 2016
Ontario and Canada are partnering to expand Highway 404, a key road transportation link in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. The province and the federal government are widening the existing highway from six to eight lanes and adding an HOV lane in each direction between Highway 407 ETR and Stouffville Rd., for an approximate length of 10.4 kilometers. In addition, the project will include the construction of a new 171-vehicle carpool lot at Major Mackenzie Dr., rehabilitation of two overpasses at Highway 7, widening of the 16th Ave. overpasses, and replacement [...]

Three new directors appointed to Waterfront Toronto

Posted on December 8, 2016
The Government of Canada has appointed three new directors to the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that Sevaun Palvetzian, Janet Rieksts-Alderman, and Mazyar Mortazavi will take positions on the board. The new directors, from various backgrounds and fields of expertise in Toronto, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Waterfront Toronto initiative. The Waterfront Toronto corporation has a 25-year mandate and a $30-billion long-term plan to transform 800 hectares [...]

Transport Futures supports Tory's call for tolls

Posted on December 7, 2016
Transport Futures (TF) has announced its support for Toronto Mayor John Tory’s call for road tolls on the city’s Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway. “The Mayor’s bold leadership is perfectly timed since the provincial government is already testing High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes on the QEW between Oakville and Burlington”, says Martin Collier, TF founder. “In both cases, flat toll fees must be replaced by dynamic pricing but we’re encouraged by the regional opportunity these synergistic initiatives present.” Assuming Toronto [...]

Imagining alternative autonomous vehicle futures

Posted on December 6, 2016
Predicting the future adoption of autonomous vehicles is a highly inexact science, but one that experts around the world are attempting as cities and countries try to understand how to create infrastructure for the disruptive technology. Students from Ryerson University’s Urban Planning Graduate Program took a solid swing at making their own predictions, unveiling potential scenarios at an event hosted by the Ryerson City Building Institute. Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: Imagining Alternative Futures gave the students the opportunity to discuss the [...]

Tender documents issued for Whitney Block rehabilitation

Posted on December 6, 2016
On behalf of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), SNC-Lavalin O&M has invited prequalified contractors to bid on three major work packages for the Whitney Block rehabilitation. The Whitney Block, one of Ontario's oldest government office buildings, is undergoing rehabilitation work that includes installing energy efficient windows, updating the ventilation system and repairing the façade. The rehabilitation will be completed in phases and tenants will be relocated to temporary workspaces within the building while the work is being completed. The contracts [...]

Architectural firm selected for Macdonald Block complex relocation work

Posted on December 6, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has selected Gensler Architecture and Design Canada Inc., (Gensler) to provide architectural, design and programming services to facilitate the relocation of Ontario government employees from the Macdonald Block Complex. Gensler was selected following a competitive public procurement process. Prior to reconstruction, employees working in the complex will be relocated to three temporary office locations within downtown Toronto. In consultation and collaboration with stakeholders from each Ministry, Gensler will plan, program [...]

Carling site approved for new Ottawa hospital

Posted on December 5, 2016
The Government of Canada is prepared to cede the former Sir John Carling site for the construction of a new hospital in Ottawa. According to a CBC News report, officials from all three levels of government have joined together to call for the new Civic hospital to be built on the site, located at the northeast corner of the Central Experimental Farm. The National Capital Commission (NCC) board had voted to provide the western half of Tunney’s Pasture as the parcel of land to be used for the site, however a chorus of hospital officials and politicians [...]

LRT vehicle testing begins for Confederation Line

Posted on December 5, 2016
A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated as the first light rail vehicle (LRV) assembled in Ottawa began testing on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations. Vehicle testing along the alignment from Blair Station to Tunney's Pasture will continue until the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. “Today's milestone is significant as the first light rail vehicle assembled in Ottawa undergoes testing, demonstrating that we are on track to delivering a first-class transit system to [...]
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