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Federal Transit Investment Needed: CUTA

Posted on September 16, 2008
Transit leaders from across Canada today called on federal party leaders to pledge increased funding for transit during the current federal election campaign. The call to action was supported by the release of an economic study that analyzed the optimal supply and demand for urban transit in Canada. "This economic study highlights the need for greater investment in transit," said Michael Roschlau, Canadian Urban Transit Assocation (CUTA) president and CEP. "The study demonstrates that Canada is clearly underinvested in urban transit." The study, conducted [...]

Greenbelt Contributes $2.6B to Local Economy: Report

Posted on September 10, 2008
Toronto, Ont.-A new report released by the David Suzuki Foundation with support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has found that Ontario's Greenbelt contributes $2.6 billion worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year, an average value of $3,487 per hectare. " is a good reminder to decision-makers that if we don't protect our greenspaces, we'll end up paying a higher price in the future, not just with our health and the planet's health, but economically as well," said Dr. David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation [...]

TTC Funds To Begin Flowing: Flaherty

Posted on September 8, 2008
Toronto, Ont.-Funds will finally begin flowing for the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension, Jim Flaherty, minister of finance, announced last Friday. The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project encompasses an 8.6 kilometre extension to the Toronto Transit Commission's Spadina subway line, extending subway service to York University and the Vaughan Corporate Centre. The federal government is funding up to $622 million under the Building Canada infrastructure plan towards the design and construction. This is in addition to the $75 [...]

Toronto's New "Scramble" Intersection Opens

Posted on August 29, 2008
Over the past week or so, our friends at Spacing magazine have covered the unveiling of Toronto's new  pedestrian "scramble" intersection at Yonge-Dundas Square. Today, Spacing's publisher Matthew Blackett teamed up with photoblogger Sam Javanrouh to create a time-lapse video of the new intersection. Check out the video here. ReNew Canada wishes you a happy and safe Labour Day weekend. [...]

$724M for Ontario’s Smaller Communities

Posted on August 27, 2008
More news from Premier Dalton McGuinty's $1.1 billion announcement at the AMO earlier this week. Yesterday, the AMO welcomed the signing of the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which will flow more than $724 million in infrastructure funding to rural and small urban municipalities across Ontario. Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments will each provide $362 million over seven years to support community infrastructure investment in Ontario municipalities that have less than 100,000 residents. Receiving municipalities [...]

Aecon Wins $31M Contract for Smiths Falls Hospital

Posted on August 27, 2008
Aecon Group Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract totaling approximately $31.5 million for the re-development of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Under the contract, Aecon will build a new 58,000 square foot multi-level wing addition to the hospital. Also included in the project is the renovation of 70,000 square feet of the existing hospital structure, and the reconfiguration of the exterior parking area. The project will be completed in three phases, with work beginning in September 2008, and a [...]

McGuinty Announces More Money for Ont. Infrastructure: $1.1B

Posted on August 25, 2008
The Ontario government is investing an additional $1.1 billion in municipal infrastructure to improve roads and bridges, expand public transit and build other municipal projects. The increase in infrastructure funding, which may create as many as 11,000 short-term jobs, comes as a result of the government passing the Investing in Ontario Act, 2008. Because of that act, the government's provincial budget surplus above $600 million for the 2007-2008 fiscal year was able to flow to municipalities to fund infrastructure projects. Today's announcement was [...]

Guidelines, Agreement for Proposed Bruce Power Nuclear Project Released

Posted on August 25, 2008
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issued two documents late last week-the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines and the Joint Review Panel (JRP) Agreement-related to the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project, located in Kincardine, Ontario. The EIS guidelines will help Bruce Power to prepare the EIS, providing a detailed analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposed project. They also list the requirements for a licence to prepare the site. The JRP agreement [...]

Renewable Energy Announcements

Posted on August 22, 2008
Seven renewable energy projects across Canada will see funding as investments from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. In British Columbia, the Kwalsa low-impact hydro project near Harrison Lake will benefit from an investment of up to $35 million. When complete, the Kwalsa Energy Project will have a total capacity of 90 megawatts from eight turbines operating on four waterways around Harrison Lake at Douglas, Fire, Stokke and Tipella Creeks. The peak electricity demands of more than 27,000 households can be met with that amount of clean electricity [...]

GO Transit Repairs on Track

Posted on August 22, 2008
Recently completed improvements to GO Transit's Lakeshore East rail line will relieve congestion and reduce delays for the 44,700 riders who use the corridor each weekday. The $69.5 million Lakeshore East corridor expansion projects included the construction of a third track on the main rail line from Danforth GO Station to Scarborough GO Station. This additional track will improve train service, increasing the efficiency of the commute for the passengers who travel along the corridor. To improve efficiency, GO Transit has also introduced 12-car passenger [...]
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