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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 [...]

$300M Infrastructure Renewal Bond Issue

Posted on August 21, 2008
As part of ReNew Ontario, Infrastructure Ontario has successfully completed an Infrastructure Renewal Bond issue, raising $300 million. Funds will be used to finance loans for broader public sector clients-including municipalities and universities-to build and renew essential local infrastructure in Ontario. The Infrastructure Renewal Bonds, Series 2008-A1, will bear interest at 3.95% per annum, paid semi-annually, and will mature on June 3, 2013. The Series 2008-A1 Bonds have been assigned long-term credit ratings of AA+, AA and Aa1 by S&P, DBRS [...]

ORMI to Provide Organic Residuals to Ledgecroft Operation

Posted on August 21, 2008
Organic Resource Management Inc. (ORMI) yesterday announced an exclusive, 20-year agreement to supply organic residuals to a farm-based anaerobic digester (AD) at Ledgecroft Farms Inc. located north of Kingston at Seeley's Bay, Ontario. This is the second Ontario farm-based AD to contract with ORMI to receive off-farm organic residuals for conversion into energy. The 1,500 cubic metre AD, which will produce renewable biogas energy, is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2009. Once fully functional, the AD is expected to generate about 500 kilowatts [...]

Toronto's FILMPORT Opens on Former Brownfield

Posted on August 20, 2008
Phase 1 of the FILMPORT, Toronto's new $90-million film district and home of the largest purpose-built sound stage in North America, opened today. In light of recent federal funding cuts to arts and culture, FILMPORT is a welcome public-private investment in Canada's creative industries. "It's incredible," gushed Canadian film director David Cronenberg. "I can't tell you how exciting it is for the crew people and technicians to look at this building-it's all state-of-the-art." "You can build the Parthenon , and I intend to do that," joked Cronenberg [...]

$300M Let’s Get Moving Strategy Continues

Posted on August 15, 2008
The governments of Canada and Ontario, in partnership with the County of Essex, today announced the start of construction for the widening of Essex County Road 22 from Lakeshore Boulevard to Patillo Road. This project is one of several projects under the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy. Funding for this strategy comes from the Canada-Ontario Border Infrastructure Fund, a joint commitment by the federal and provincial governments to invest $300 million in strengthening the transportation networks in Windsor-Essex. Coco Paving Inc. of Windsor has [...]

Greenbelt Loosens a Notch

Posted on August 14, 2008
Ontarians' ideas have shaped new rules for the expansion of the Greenbelt's boundaries. These new criteria, released yesterday, will be used to assess municipal requests to expand the Greenbelt, helping to grow and further protect more forests, wetlands and farmlands. Municipalities can seek guidance from the province before submitting their request. The criteria, developed through consultation with the public, municipalities and stakeholders, make it clear that requests to remove areas from the Greenbelt or reduce its size will not be considered. Growing [...]
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