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Nova Scotians Satisfied with Highways: Survey

Posted on September 12, 2008
Most Nova Scotians are satisfied with their provincial highways system, a survey shows. "We are happy that our motorists continue to be pleased with our work. We'll use the findings of the survey to help us continue to improve our highway programs and services," Murray Scott, minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal, said of the customer satisfaction survey conducted for the department. Nova Scotians were especially pleased with safety, with 75 per cent of those surveyed indicating they felt secure driving on Nova Scotia roads. Those surveyed [...]

More Quebec Infrastructure Woes: CBC

Posted on September 10, 2008
Today a service road under Montreal's Turcot Interchange remains closed after a large chunk of concrete fell off the highway structure yesterday, CBC News reports. Transport Quebec said the one-metre piece of concrete was cosmetic and does not affect the junction's safety, but inspectors are surveying the site as a precaution. The structure is heavily used all day long and traffic vibrations likely caused the flaking, the transport agency said. The piece of concrete snapped off Tuesday and hit a nearby lamppost. No one was under the section at the [...]

Greenbelt Contributes $2.6B to Local Economy: Report

Posted on September 10, 2008
Toronto, Ont.-A new report released by the David Suzuki Foundation with support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has found that Ontario's Greenbelt contributes $2.6 billion worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year, an average value of $3,487 per hectare. " is a good reminder to decision-makers that if we don't protect our greenspaces, we'll end up paying a higher price in the future, not just with our health and the planet's health, but economically as well," said Dr. David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation [...]

More Money for B.C. Transportation

Posted on September 8, 2008
Vancouver, B.C.- Last week, the federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure Fund, announced an investment of a total of up to $20.9 million in five shortsea shipping projects and two road projects in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. This represents a potential $43.5-million joint investment with private sector transportation service providers and municipalities in the region. These projects will establish a network of complementary shortsea shipping services in the Lower Mainland that will [...]

TTC Funds To Begin Flowing: Flaherty

Posted on September 8, 2008
Toronto, Ont.-Funds will finally begin flowing for the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension, Jim Flaherty, minister of finance, announced last Friday. The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project encompasses an 8.6 kilometre extension to the Toronto Transit Commission's Spadina subway line, extending subway service to York University and the Vaughan Corporate Centre. The federal government is funding up to $622 million under the Building Canada infrastructure plan towards the design and construction. This is in addition to the $75 [...]

Canada and Nunavut Partner to Strengthen Community Infrastructure Across Nunavut

Posted on September 5, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.-Yesterday, the federal government announced $24.4 million in joint funding to support economic and community projects-including three new community halls, one new community arena, three energy efficiency upgrades, a community hall retrofit and a job training program-in Nunavut communities. The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund assists smaller communities across Canada in meeting their infrastructure needs in areas such as water, wastewater treatment, culture, recreation, tourism, and "green" projects that reduce community environmental impacts [...]

Funds for Nfld. Hydroelectric Generation Project

Posted on September 5, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.-The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has awarded a total of $125,000 to three applicants-Sierra Club of Canada-Atlantic Canada Chapter, Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Grand Riverkeeper Labrador Inc.-in support of their participation in the environmental assessment process of the proposed Lower Churchill project, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. This phase II funding will help successful applicants review the proponent's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or prepare for and participate [...]

MRC Merges with MMM

Posted on September 5, 2008
McCormick Rankin Corporation (MRC) and MMM Group (MMM) have merged to form one of Canada's largest privately owned transportation consulting practices. MRC is a transportation focused, Canadian consulting engineering services firm, diversified in transportation sectors that include highway design, transit, and transportation planning. Similarly, Ecoplans is a leading full service environmental consulting firm. Both firms will operate under these well recognized names as part of the MMM Group. MMM is a project management, engineering, planning and geomatics [...]

Canada and B.C. Partner to Improve Highway 97

Posted on September 4, 2008
Quesnel, B.C.—Highway improvement initiatives along Highway 97 today received $21.5 million in joint funding from the federal and British Columbia governments. The highway improvements will involve creating four lanes along a 3.2-km stretch of Highway 97 from Dale Lake Road to Dragon Lake Road as well as replacing the existing Hixon Bridge with a new four-lane structure. Both initiatives are expected to be completed by fall 2009. [...]

New Money, New Reports

Posted on September 4, 2008
The federal government continues its deal-making spree this week, signing agreements with the provinces of Alberta and Quebec. Through Building Canada, Quebec will get $4 billion and Alberta will get about $1.8 billion. With new funding coming in, Quebec's city hall is putting together a progress report about the $401 million it plans to spend this year on infrastructure repairs--193 projects across Montreal Island are penciled in for this year for road, sidewalk and waterworks repairs. [...]
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