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RCCAO Backs User Fees

Posted on January 21, 2008
Local governments in the Greater Toronto Area including Hamilton (GTAH) should be allowed to adopt a range of new taxes — including road tolls, fuel taxes, levies on non-residential parking spaces and motor vehicle registration fees — in order to fund their road and public transit systems, reduce traffic congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Or so concludes Financing Public Transit and Transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton: Future Initiatives — a report commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario [...]

Money for Guelph, ON

Posted on January 17, 2008
Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge and local MPP Liz Sandals met up with Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan in Guelph this week to announce, yet again, the $300 million in funding through the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative. This new money for Ontario’s infrastructure is aimed at helping communities restore and repair roads, bridges, water systems, sports and community centres and cultural facilities. The deadline for municipalities to submit funding applications is February 15th, 2008, with money supposedly flowing [...]

$3.1 Million for B.C. Water Main Expansion

Posted on January 15, 2008
The community of Summerland will improve the quality and reliability of its water supply with an upgraded water system. An investment of more than $3.1 million from the federal and provincial governments will be provided through the Canada B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CBCMRIF), which supports the continued growth of B.C. communities as greener, healthier and more sustainable places to live. The announcement was made today by Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquilhalla, and Rick Thorpe, MLA for [...]

Olympic Oval's Roof Completed

Posted on January 15, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and other dignitaries marked a construction milestone for a major Olympic venue today as the final section of the Richmond Oval’s massive 6.5-acre roof was lifted into place. “Today marks an important step forward as B.C. prepares to play host to the world in 2010,” said Premier Campbell. “Like the B.C.-Canada Pavilion at the upcoming 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, the Richmond Oval and its unique roof constructed primarily of pine beetle-killed timber will showcase the ingenuity [...]

Ontario Finds Money for Municipalities

Posted on January 14, 2008
January 14, 2007. The McGuinty government has announced a new initiative that may help municipalities fix roads, bridges, community centres and other public facilities. Ontario municipalities are being asked to apply for a share of $300-million in provincial funding through the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative. "Local investments mean local benefits," said Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan. "This new program supports a strong and resilient economy, continued growth and better quality of life in communities across Ontario." The [...]

Transit Plan to Help B.C. Reach Greenhouse Gas Targets

Posted on January 14, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon unveiled a $14-billion public transit plan to be completed by 2020 today. The plan is seen as a key measure in the Province’s greenhouse gas reduction plan. “Our new plan will double transit ridership by increasing choice for people around the province, with new fleets, green technology, new lines and new innovative services like RapidBus BC,” Campbell said. “The plan focuses on safe, comfortable, reliable services that will highlight green technologies and will reshape our communities [...]

Late Reaction to Aging Reactor

Posted on January 11, 2008
Due to a lack of infrastructure renewal, the world’s supply of medical isotopes, used in nuclear medicine, suffered a significant drop this autumn. “Significant deficiencies” at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) have been found by Canada’s Auditor-General, Sheila Fraser, requiring an investment of more than $1-billion if the corporation is to continue to be a leader in nuclear research and sales. One of the main challenges identified by the report is the upgrade of the aging reactor at Chalk River, Ont., a major source of medical isotopes [...]

Gondola for Winnipeg?

Posted on January 9, 2008
Winnipeggers could one day be using an aerial cable car to get across the Red River between St. Vital Centre and the University of Manitoba if a proposal to be considered by city councillors Tuesday comes to fruition, CBC News reports. Interestingly, after an earlier report, Winnipeg has discovered that a cable car would be less expensive than joining the communities with a footbridge. A report to be tabled today at a meeting of the city's infrastructure renewal and public works committee outlines four options for potential gondola systems, with construction [...]

Water Still Unsafe: First Nations

Posted on January 9, 2008
Though government programs have put $1.6 billion into First Nations water systems since 2003, more than one-third of reserve populations still believe their drinking water is unsafe. The report comes from a survey of 1,502 First Nations residents conducted last summer by Ekos for Health Canada, and recently posted on a Library and Archives Canada website. The study looked at whether those living on reserves thought their water had improved since Ottawa launched the First Nations Water Management Strategy in 2003, two years before the crisis at Ontario's [...]

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces P3 Plan

Posted on January 7, 2008
On December 26, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a plan to improve public infrastructure and save taxpayer dollars. He’s proposing that the state be permitted to broadly use Performance Based Infrastructure (PBI) – aka P3s – when that method can help California build, operate or maintain its infrastructure better, faster or for less. "California must improve its infrastructure. The bonds approved by voters last year marked the first major investment in California's infrastructure in decades, but the job is far from finished," said [...]
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