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Construction begins on new bus terminal near Union Station

Posted on June 21, 2017
Ontario is celebrating the start of construction of a new bus terminal in Toronto. The project is a transit-oriented development that will help transform downtown Toronto, with two new commercial buildings connected by a one-acre elevated park over the rail corridor. The new bus terminal will better connect commuters to GO Transit, the TTC, VIA Rail, UP Express, and the proposed future high speed rail connection to destinations in southern Ontario. The location of the new terminal provides better access to the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard [...]

NB Power, TransAlta agree to add capacity at Kent Hills

Posted on June 21, 2017
NB Power and TransAlta, a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc., have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind-generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site. The existing wind farm accounts for 150 MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of a successful engagement process with First Nations and other stakeholders, it is expected to begin operation in late 2018. It will supply additional generation and make up for lower-than-anticipated energy [...]

Ontario building new courthouse in Halton Region

Posted on June 21, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced plan for a new justice facility in Southern Ontario: the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse. The new 21-courtroom facility will offer a broad range of justice, family, social, and victim services, bringing the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice operations in Milton and Burlington together at one accessible location. The building will feature new technology to make the court run more efficiently which will help speed up the criminal justice system in the Halton Region. For example, witnesses [...]

CIB has potential, but work needed: C.D. Howe report

Posted on June 21, 2017
Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians, author Steven Robins suggests that the bank could significantly improve the quality of infrastructure development in Canada. But there is still much work to be done, and the author recommends a number of improvements that can be accomplished under the current legislation. “Canadian governments [...]

Ground broken at PwC-YMCA tower

Posted on June 20, 2017
Canada’s largest urban development project broke ground on a central feature of the emerging downtown precinct in the City of Vaughan. The PwC-YMCA Tower, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will combine Class-A office space, amenities, and services and be situated at the heart of SmartCentres Place. The developers are Smart Real Estate Investment Trust (SmartREIT) and Mitchell Goldhar. The 236,000 square foot mixed-use tower will be home to professional services firm PwC Canada, a 100,000-square-foot YMCA, a 20,000-square-foot public library, 10,000-square-foot [...]

Ontario announces expansion of Highway 400

Posted on June 20, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced the start of construction of the Highway 400 widening project, expanding the highway across a stretch of more than 10 kilometres from Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan to King Road in the Township of King. This project, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2020 will widen the highway from six lanes to eight lanes and include a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction. "I am proud that the provincial government continues to invest in much needed infrastructure improvements in York Region,” said [...]

Governments commit $11.73 million to Quebec's INRS

Posted on June 20, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $11.73 million in infrastructure at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). Federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. The Government of Quebec's contribution is part of the Québec Infrastructure Plan. INRS will use some of the funds to set up a lab at the INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier [...]

Climate change action items lack implementation plans: N.B. auditor general

Posted on June 20, 2017
Auditor General Kim MacPherson has tabled her report assessing New Brunswick’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change. This report is part of ongoing work on climate change by all auditor’ general across Canada. Emissions in New Brunswick have declined from their peak in 2005 and reduction targets set for 2020 in the provincial climate change action plan are on track to be met. However, MacPherson found emissions are not projected to decline much further under the status quo, and meeting 2030 and 2050 [...]

Ontario begins GO rail electrification assessment process

Posted on June 19, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced the commencement of the GO Rail Network Electrification Transit Project Assessment Process. The process builds on public consultations held last year and will assess the environmental impacts of converting core segments of the GO rail network, including the UP Express, from diesel to electric. It is a critical step towards enabling the province to begin the procurement process to select a vendor to electrify the system. In tandem with the assessment process, Ontario is also undertaking a feasibility study on the [...]

Manitoba issues RFP for two new schools

Posted on June 19, 2017
The Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals (RFP) from architectural consulting teams to finalize the design and tender for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville. “These new schools are priorities for our government based on the greatest need due to higher enrolment pressures in two of Manitoba’s fastest-growing communities,” said Ian Wishart, education and training minister for the Government of Manitoba. “We are working expeditiously to ensure there can be shovels [...]
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