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Changes to Ontario's Brownfield Regulations

Posted on January 11, 2010
According to environmental law firm Willms and Shier, last December without press release or any online explanation, the Ontario government filed the extensive and long-awaited changes to its brownfields regulations (O. Reg. 153/04).  The amendments include: a complete rewrite of the requirements for Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (including new Schedules covering the application, site investigations, review and evaluation of the information, and preparation of the assessment report for each ESA) reference to new Soil, Ground Water and [...]

Building Bridges

Posted on December 9, 2009
The Auditor General (AG) of Ontario has released its annual report, which includes recommendations for changes to the bridge inspection process. The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) was involved in the section on bridge inspection and, while they support the AG's recommendations, the concern is that changes won't move forward quickly enough. Andy Manahan, executive director of RCCAO, says, “The result will be increased efficiency and a more stable and supportive future for the millions of Ontarians who utilize provincial [...]

Cabinet Shuffle in Ontario

Posted on November 9, 2009
Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman will resign from cabinet today and officially start his campaign for mayor of Toronto. At ReNew Canada, we like to know who our energy and infrastructure minister is – according to the Canadian Press, it’s Liberal MPP Gerry Phillips, at least for now. Phillips currently has no portfolio. [...]

Inefficient Procurement Leads to Wasted Cash

Posted on October 29, 2009
Governments at all levels can save millions of dollars each year in infrastructure spending with more realistic and efficient construction contract procurement practices, concludes a major new study released today by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). “While the study conservatively estimates that taxpayers are paying at least five per cent more than they should because of these practices, that’s very much on the low side. At the upper end, it could be as much as 20 per cent,” says Stephen Bauld, author of the report [...]

Green Manufacturing Potential for ON

Posted on October 15, 2009
Calgary-based Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd., a developer of power electronics equipment for solar projects, is coming to Southern Ontario and bringing with it “green-collar jobs.” The Toronto Star reports that, until recently, the company was planning on outsourcing the manufacturing of that equipment to a firm in China. Instead, it will manufacture parts in southern Ontario, potentially creating 300 jobs. [...]

Moving People in Niagara

Posted on September 28, 2009
The City of Niagara Falls is getting a new bus system thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment announced this week. The Niagara People Mover project is a proposed bus route that has been sitting on the books for some time. It’s meant to enhance the existing transportation systems. Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, said, "The Niagara People Mover will contribute to easier movement of people in this great city. We are happy to join with the Government of [...]

Is an East-West Grid in the Future?

Posted on September 24, 2009
The Province of Ontario has given Hydro One the go-ahead for the planning and implementation of 20 major new transmission projects. Hydro One will spend about $2.3 billion on transmission and distribution projects over the next three years. These investments, According to the Province, this investment in the distribution network will create about 20,000 jobs. Six core transmission network upgrades are moving forward, including North-South lines from Sudbury to Barrie and Barrie to the Greater Toronto Area and an East-West line from Nipigon to Wawa [...]

Swimming in the Ottawa River

Posted on August 19, 2009
The Association of Ontario Municipalities' annual conference was a chance for some municipal leaders to ask questions about--what else--stimulus funding. But it was in the media scrum that the real action took place. More on that later in this post... Over the two days, provincial and federal politicians fielded questions on local projects, such as Minister Jim Watson who expressed his concerned about the Ottawa Light Rail project or Minister John Baird indicating it is not acceptable in 2009 that a municipality dumps raw sewage in a river, but also were [...]

Sunny Days in Ottawa

Posted on July 22, 2009
Ottawa is on its way to getting one of the biggest solar farms in North America. An 80-hectare farm in West Carleton, just west of Ottawa, is the site of a potential 300,000 photovoltaic panels--a move that could create enough electricity to power 7,000 homes. This power would be used during peak hours when existing facilities are under pressure. The $100-million project, which is being undertaken by EDF EN Canada, the Canadian arm of the French renewable-energy firm, EDFEnergies Nouvelles, is made up of two parallel installations feeding into the provincial [...]

RFQ Issued for Windsor-Essex Parkway

Posted on July 6, 2009
Infrastructure Ontario has announced the Windsor-Essex Parkway project will move ahead as an AFP (alternative financing and procurement). A request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued as the first stage in a process to find the winning bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the new highway. [...]
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