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Solving America’s infrastructure deficit

Posted on March 1, 2017
The director of infrastructure for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition team is hopeful that his recommendations can kickstart development in the country. Speaking to the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montréal, Dan Slane suggested that infrastructure crisis now facing the U.S. is a problem that has been 30 years in the making. Depending on the source, the country’s infrastructure deficit has been pegged at anywhere from $2.5 to $8 trillion dollars, and President Trump has suggested that he plans to infuse an additional $1 trillion [...]

User pay models for new federal infrastructure?

Posted on March 1, 2017
Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was greeted by a difficult question at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal: should bridges in Montréal charge tolls? It was a subject that Garneau clearly was not expecting to discuss at the Forum, following formal remarks that focused on increased investments, making trade corridors more robust, and the opportunities coming as a result of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Garneau opened by discussing the importance of federally-supported projects like the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge [...]

Does the U.S. need an Infrastructure Commission?

Posted on March 1, 2017
The opening session at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum sparked an intriguing discussion on the future of infrastructure in the United States. In a conversation between Clifford Myers, president of Ipsos North America and Dan Slane, director of infrastructure for the Trump Transition Team, the idea of an Infrastructure Commission was raised. According to Slane, the Commission is an idea pitched to help create a sustainable path for long-term infrastructure in the U.S. The Commission, as Slane described, would evaluate infrastructure projects [...]

$100 Million spent preparing for Green Line LRT

Posted on February 28, 2017
Officials at the City of Calgary have confirmed that approximately $100 million has already been spent in preparation of the Green Line LRT. According to an article from the CBC, the initial investment has focused on land acquisition and pre-design work associated with the new light rail transit system. The proposed $4.5 billion project, #11 on the 2017 Top100 Projects report, already has $3 billion in funding committed by the federal and municipal governments. However, the province has yet to determine what funding it will provide. In April of 2016 [...]

Cory named President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario

Posted on February 27, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario's (IO) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mr. Ehren Cory as the new President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. Mr. Cory has served as a member of IO's executive since December 2012, most recently leading the division responsible for delivering major public infrastructure projects such as hospitals, courthouses, roads, and public transit. Mr. Cory and the IO executive team will continue to focus on partnering to deliver public infrastructure projects successfully, providing loans for public infrastructure, and managing [...]

Tension crack appears at Site C worksite

Posted on February 27, 2017
A 400-metre long tension crack has appeared on a slope near a road construction site as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. According to a BC Hydro information bulletin regarding the appearance of the crack: “Tension cracks are not unexpected in this area; however, this particular crack requires attention due to its significant 400-metre length. BC Hydro and its contractor have installed instruments to measure and monitor stability around the tension crack. The project's independent engineer and technical experts in slope stability are [...]

Fourth Day Announces New Partnerships in Canada

Posted on February 24, 2017
Fourth Day has acquired both a new project and a new partner in Canada as it helps Getcleantech.com to raise its international profile. Getcleantech.com is disrupting the way people connect to and do business in the cleantech space. The platform, recently started by a group of technology professionals and entrepreneurs, aggregates information from the clean technology industry, helps accelerate project adoption and financing, and matches professionals to new projects and others in their field. Fourth Day has been tasked with improving the hub's reach within [...]

RFQ issued for Union Station Enhancement Project

Posted on February 23, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Union Station Enhancement project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service, which link into Union Station as the major transit hub in the City of Toronto. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: Construction of a new platform, including a new roof structure Development of a new concourse area below the platform Safety [...]

EllisDon announces second CII pilot project

Posted on February 23, 2017
On March 1, EllisDon will begin redevelopment of the historic kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works. Conversion of the 53,000-square-foot, Building 16, will create a year-round hub for thought leaders and citizen city builders to collaborate in building sustainable cities; and, will provide an opportunity to test and drive change for future low carbon cities across the country. Under EllisDon's Carbon Impact Initiative, launched in June 2016, this will be the second official pilot project as well as the first in Canada to target a carbon neutral design [...]

RCCAO and MEA’s 2017 Environmental Bill of Rights Application

Posted on February 22, 2017
On February 3, 2017 a joint application by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) was hand delivered to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. The application, under section 61 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, calls for a review of and changes to the Environmental Assessment Act, various regulations under that statute; and all policies and guidance documents, published or in use by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) related to the Municipal Class Environmental [...]
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