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Toronto's Waterfront To Undergo Soil Washing

Posted on June 15, 2010
Waterfront Toronto held a briefing today to discuss the detailed plans for a soil recycling pilot facility in Toronto’s Port Lands. The soil recycling pilot is part of Waterfront Toronto’s soils management strategy. This project, the only known soil washing-based pilot plant currently operating in Canada, is meant to help determine whether or not treating and reusing contaminated soil is a viable alternative to the more traditional dig-and-dump approach. Most of Toronto’s waterfront was created by filling in parts of Lake Ontario with materials that [...]

Brownfield Redevelopment Planned in Toronto, Montreal, and Guelph

Posted on June 9, 2010
The Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund recently acquired three brownfield properties for redevelopment in Toronto, Montreal, and Guelph. The Fund, established in 2006, is dedicated to the redevelopment of brownfield properties in Canada. In December 2009, the Fund acquired an 11-acre, former automotive parts manufacturing site in Toronto's Long Branch neighbourhood in southwest Toronto (formerly Etobicoke). The site's manufacturing history dates back to the 1950's and the site and surrounding area are contaminated from industrial activities. The property was [...]

McMaster Brings Hybrid Vehicle Tech to Canada

Posted on May 17, 2010
Professor Ali Emadi, a leading U.S. developer of electric powertrain technology, is relocating to McMaster University. He’s been appointed Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain, which is enabling the construction of a new hybrid vehicle research facility at McMaster Innovation Park, part of a new automotive resource centre that aims to bring together private and public sector organizations to develop new tech like hybrid engines, batteries and lightweight materials. The appointment was announced today by federal Minister of Industry Tony [...]

Ottawa Changes Brownfield Rehabilitation Grant Program

Posted on May 14, 2010
Ottawa City Council has approved two changes to the Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant Program. Infrastructure upgrading and construction offsite will no longer be eligible for grants, and only 50 per cent, compared to the current 100 per cent, of the cost of upgrading onsite water services, sanitary sewers and stormwater management facilities will be eligible. The changes were recommended by City staff after a review of best practices in seven other Ontario municipalities, and a detailed analysis of the program conducted by RCI Consulting of Stoney Creek [...]

Bombardier Builds Extra Trains for TTC

Posted on May 13, 2010
Bombardier Transportation is filling an order from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for another 186 subway cars (31 six-car trainsets) for the Toronto Rocket Subway Train—that’s a $390 million contract. The options are part of the Toronto Rocket Subway Train contract signed in December 2006. The trains will be built out of Bombardier’s factory in Thunder Bay, Ontario—good news for local workers. Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America, said in a release today, "We are delighted by the renewed interest that the TTC [...]

Trash Power for Ontario's Grid

Posted on May 10, 2010
A landfill-gas to energy facility in Ottawa is taking advantage of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program to plug its electricity into the grid. Waste Management has received its Commercial Certificate of Operation from the Ontario Power Authority and will now provide power to the electrical grid for the City of Ottawa. The facility will collect methane gas from a new, environmentally engineered landfill and convert it into electricity. "This is a significant milestone for the FIT program and another major step in our strategy to create a clean [...]

Ontario Plant Recognized for Environmental Efforts

Posted on May 3, 2010
Lafarge’s Bath Cement Plant in Ontario has been selected by an independent panel to receive an environmental excellence award for its commitment to improving the environment and surrounding communities. The plant has completed a range of environmental and energy efficiency projects including working with local farmers to raise crops for a biomass fuel demonstration, using 8.2 per cent recycled content in its cement. The company has also been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council for efforts to improve local wildlife habitat. The award was presented [...]

ECO Calls Ontario's Energy Conservation Plans "Uncoordinated"

Posted on May 3, 2010
A new report tabled by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller before the Ontario Legislature calls Ontario’s approach to energy conservation “uncoordinated and improvised.” The report, Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report - 2009, Volume One, says Ontario is too focused on electricity.  "We need a strategy that addresses conservation of all sources of energy,” argues Miller. “We already consume much more energy for transportation than we do for electricity, and most future growth in Ontario's energy consumption is expected [...]

Crossing Construction

Posted on May 3, 2010
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced last Friday that the Province will commit $1.6 billion to the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)—a project that the Sierra Club argues continues to advance “despite the steady and persistent decline in cross-border traffic in the Windsor-Detroit corridor dating back to 1999.” McGuinty said, “Improving the flow of traffic at the Windsor border is the number one economic infrastructure priority for the Government of Ontario.” Sierra Club feels that the DRIC project is” unnecessary and environmentally [...]

Brampton's Züm Buses Unveiled

Posted on April 23, 2010
Züm, the new transit service in Brampton, has announced that it will use Xcelsior model Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles. Manufactured in Winnipeg, the buses use hybrid diesel-electric technology and, because they are lightweight, they are also 10-15 per cent more fuel efficient than conventional diesel vehicles. The $285-million Brampton Züm project is being delivered in two phases with the feds, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Brampton investing equal amounts. The federal portion (up to $95 million) will come out of its FLOW program. Phase [...]
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