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New Transmission Line Coming in Northern B.C.

Posted on October 2, 2007
The government of British Columbia has decided to proceed with a $400 million transmission line in northern part of the province. "The electrification of the northwest region will benefit all British Columbians by building new infrastructure that will improve access to clean, green electricity sources," said Premier Gordon Campbell during the announcement. The 287-kilovolt line will extend 335 kilometres from Terrace to Meziadin Junction and north to Bob Quinn Lake. The project is a public-private partnership with Galore Creek Partnership; whose contribution [...]

Manitoba Increases Bridge Funding

Posted on October 1, 2007
In the wake of the collapse of overpasses in Minneapolis and Laval, the province of Manitoba is announcing $125 million to improve, replace and repair their bridges over the next four years. Of the $125 million, $20 million will be spent on bridge maintenance, preservation and inspection and $105 million on capitol renewal and replacement. The funds will in the 2008-2009 budget. For more information on bridge collapses please see the September/October issue of ReNew Canada. [...]

B.C.'s Green City Awards go to Seven Municipalities

Posted on September 28, 2007
The inaugural annual Green City Awards for demonstrating leadership and action in environmental sustainability were presented on Wednesday. The awards were created by the province of British Columbia and the winning municipalities share up to $500,000 in award funding. Premier Gordon Campbell presented the awards that went to the following communities: Nanaimo Regional District is noted for its development pattern including urban containment and emphasis on regional transit, solid and liquid waste management; Capital Regional District – Salt Spring [...]

OMWA Survey Makes a Difference

Posted on September 28, 2007
We recently posted a letter written by Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) president Diane Gagner calling for Ontario's political parties to be upfront with their plans for public drinking water. It seems a survey conducted by the OMWA has convinced provincial parties to reconsider raising water rates. An Ontario government commissioned report, Watertight: The case for change in Ontario's water and wastewater sector, recommended the creation of a new provincial agency to scrutinize and approve the administration and rate setting of over 700 local water [...]


Posted on September 26, 2007
A new essay competition for post-secondary students interested in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable asset management launched today. The winners will be presented at the annual Canadian Society of Civil Engineering conference, who are the co-sponsor of the award with UMA, on June 10 to 13, 2008, in Quebec City. Submissions for the $500 cash prize (plus an additional $500 for travel expenses) should be around 4,000 words in length and received by April 1, 2008. The essays should be on civil infrastructure management topics such as performance models [...]

Gros-Cacouna Port Gets a $2.4 million dollar Facelift

Posted on September 24, 2007
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced that a contract of close to $2.4 million has been awarded for the dredging of the port of Gros-Cacouna. This is on top of the close to $13 million in investments announce this past July for Quebec’s ports. Dredging work will consist of making the maneuvering area's average depth 8.0 metres and returning the berth depths to 10.2 metres. The Gros-Cacouna dredging project has undergone an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The ministry [...]

Brownie Award Finalists Announced

Posted on September 21, 2007
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) has announced the finalist for the Brownie Awards. Winners will be announced at the Brownie Awards gala dinner on October 18th at Canadian Brownfields 2007 in Montreal. A special award will presented to Municipal Affairs and Housing minister John Gerretsen a Special Brownie Award in recognition of his tireless support and promotion of brownfield redevelopment. Gerretsen was responsible for appointing the province's first Brownfields Coordinator, and has personally spearheaded brownfields reform in cabinet. This year's [...]

More International Investment

Posted on September 12, 2007
Taking advantage on the growing demand for infrastructure projects internationally, Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin has acquired Indian engineering firm, Span Consultants Pvt. Ltd.The firm, based out of New Delhi, is SNC’s third acquisition in the country since 2005. Infrastructure spending is expected to grow globally as developing countries start to build new networks and western countries repair aging assets. The Indian engineering, procurement and construction market is estimated to be worth US$75 billion per year and Canadian companies [...]

TTC Running Faster EAs

Posted on September 12, 2007
Ontario Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten has approved a new Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process that is supposed to help the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) make major transit improvements sooner rather than later. The new process will streamline the approval process for municipal transit projects. Projects like those recently announced as part of the Toronto Transit City Light Rail Plan originally followed a more-comprehensive Individual EA process. That process required that, at the beginning of an EA study, a detailed Terms of Reference [...]

Line Closure a Bluff

Posted on September 12, 2007
The Toronto Transit Commission has taken the proposed closure of the Sheppard subway line in Toronto off the table. Earlier this summer, facing a $30 million budget cut, the TTC announced that it would be cutting bus service, mothballing the billon dollar subway line and would be considering another fare hike for users: only the last of those has come true. Today, in a special meeting, the TTC announced that they would bring a 15-cent fare increase to city council for approval. Based on a volunteer, online survey, TTC general manager Gary Webster said [...]
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