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CUI Brownie Awards Gala A Success

Posted on October 27, 2006
The reception hall at the Toronto Congress Centre was packed last night as leaders in the industry gathered to celebrate those who have done exemplary work in brownfield remediation. ReNew Canada’s Todd Latham was master of ceremonies, with CUI’s David Crombie and CMHC's Doug Stewart on hand to give out the awards. Three Sisters Mountain Village in Alberta, which Latham said “is truly a beautiful place,” won for best sustainable design and technological innovation on a brownfield site. Evergreen at the Brickworks in Ontario won for best [...]

Higher Learning Symposium

Posted on October 23, 2006
Architects, planners, policy-makers and ReNew Canada’s editors convened at the Westin Harbour Castle for a higher learning symposium on tall buildings. President and chief executive officer at CUI, David Crombie, moderated a lively panel discussion. Speakers included Samuel Assefa, director of policy for Chicago’s department of planning and development, and Edith Hsu-Chen, deputy director for city planning in Manhattan. While almost every speaker extolled the virtues of very tall buildings, the ROM’s William Thorsell said it with the most flair [...]

Canada's Infrastructure Crisis

Posted on September 26, 2006
The current issue of ReNew Canada magazine features Guy “Dr. Infrastructure” Felio, Ph.D at the National Research Council (NRC), who says it’s pointless to try and assign a dollar amount to the infrastructure deficit, or gap. “Whether it’s $40 or $60 or $100 billion, nobody’s going to come up with that amount and say, ‘let’s fix it,’ ” Felio writes. The Sept./Oct. issue of ReNew Canada features an investigation of Canada’s infrastructure — how much we have, how much we need and, most importantly, what it is. In a letter to the [...]

$50 Million Capital Campaign

Posted on September 26, 2006
Evergreen, a not-for-profit organization in Toronto, has started restoration work at the old Brick Works factory in Don Valley. Evergreen Director Geoff Cape says although the site is currently a brownfield — an environmentally-contaminated and underused space being considered for redevelopment — the area is manageable and the soil will be cleaned enough to grow vegetables in the indoor and outdoor gardens they plan to install.  “This project that will show policymakers how a vacant industrial lot can become a cultural centre for Ontario that [...]

Design and Bid Fees Introduced

Posted on September 8, 2006
Infrastructure Ontario has received authority from the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal to offer design and bid fees for its Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) projects.  The partial compensation will be given to losing bidders for the detailed design and bid preparation work submitted in project proposals.   “This is a positive step for developers, general contractors and professional service firms,“ said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. “Our government wants to ensure that we get the most competitive bids for [...]

PWGSC Minister says future Government Funded Projects to be Energy Efficient, LEED Certified.

Posted on July 31, 2006
The Federal Buildings Initiative (FBI) is part of Public Works and Government Services Canada's (PWGSC) plan to raise the value of buildings while lowering environmental costs. Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Michael Fortier, is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine: “One of the key elements in our efforts to reduce energy and water consumption and recapitalize our current building inventory is the FBI. Projects we’ve completed under this initiative are saving Canadian taxpayers more than $6 million annually [...]

Canadian Cities are Prosperous — They Need to Look Like It.

Posted on July 31, 2006
Potholes, the side-effect of a Canadian winter, are almost impossible to avoid. So why do they upset us so much? Todd Hirsch, chief economist for the Canada West Foundation, is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine as saying “we derive a strong sense of how ‘wealthy’ we are as a society from the condition of our immediate surroundings. And for most of us in western Canada, that is the visual image we have of our cities. Potholes, run-down infrastructure, crumbling concrete on bridges, weeded-over abandoned lots, half-painted light [...]

Public-Private Partnerships - Canada’s Healthcare Future?

Posted on July 31, 2006
To fund redevelopment projects, the provinces are turning to partnerships with the private sector. For example, plans for construction of the McGill University Health Care Centre (MUHC) may not be completed without funding from private investors, an option that the Quebec government is open to. The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services plans to prepare a business case with the MUHC on the potential of a public-private partnership. Director General and CEO, Dr. Arthur T. Porter is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine: “The [...]

Financing Green Buildings

Posted on July 9, 2006
The Toronto Regional Green Building Festival is pleased to announce additions to the conference program. Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes, Principal of EcoCité Developments and Martin Stickland, Vice President of the Canadian Plenary Group will discuss the challenges and opportunities for financing sustainable buildings. The EcoCité Case Study and the Alternative Finance Procurement (AFP) Model will be featured as part of this year's panel on Financing Green Building. Featured as part of the Financing Green Building panel, Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes will [...]

New Report on Infrastructure Funding

Posted on July 7, 2006
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) has released a report titled "The Infrastructure Funding Deficit: Time To Act".  The report, presented to Ontario Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan, highlights the current government’s initiatives and investments into the infrastructure deficit and provides innovative cost solutions to the public infrastructure deficit by outlining the benefits of involving the private sector in the delivery of capital for infrastructure.  The report also makes a number of recommendations [...]
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