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New Electric Buses for Quebec City

Posted on June 3, 2008
Eight new electric buses, designed to easily traverse Old Quebec's narrow streets, were launched into service yesterday, under Transport Canada's Urban Transportation Showcase Program. Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, along with mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, and Quebec minister of transport, Julie Boulet, unveiled the buses yesterday in Old Quebec. In Quebec City, the total cost of the project is valued at $12.2 million. The partners have committed the following amounts: $4.2 million over two [...]

Macquarie Doubles Holdings

Posted on May 30, 2008
Investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd plans to double its Canadian infrastructure holdings to at least C$8 billion ($8.1 billion) in the next five years to take advantage of a building boom. ReNew Canada’s editor, Mira Shenker, just moderated a panel at a Dow Jones infrastructure conference in New York about opportunities in Canada. On that panel, Macquarie North America’s executive director Michael Bernstein said he finds government procurement agencies like Partnerships BC and Infrastructure Ontario helpful when setting up P3s, but all the panelists [...]

Durham Regional Council Gives Okay to EFW

Posted on May 29, 2008
Durham Regional Council today accepted the business case for a proposed energy-from-waste (EFW) facility. Deloitte and Touche prepared the economic and financial analysis of the feasibility of using energy-from-waste to deal with Durham Region's residual waste. "The business case proves that an energy-from-waste facility is the best option for the management of Durham's garbage," said Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson. "Using the Federal Gas Tax funds towards the upfront cost ensures that the funds are being used for something that benefits all [...]

World Bioenergy Association Launched Today

Posted on May 28, 2008
The World Bioenergy Association, a global organisation for the fast growing bioenergy sector, is launching today during the ongoing conference World Bioenergy 2008 in Jönköping. ReNew Canada's Kerry Freek will be there to hear about the goals and an action plan for the new organisation. The aim of the new organisation is to be a global voice for bioenergy, and to promote the use of bioenergy in a sustainable and economically efficient way. The World Bioenergy Association will also participate in the development of certifications systems to ensure that [...]

PEI Signs $270M Infrastructure Agreement

Posted on May 22, 2008
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island yesterday announced the signing of a Framework Agreement worth $270 million under Building Canada, the Canada's new long-term infrastructure plan. The plan will help address infrastructure needs and priorities in Prince Edward Island until 2014. Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, and Robert W. J. Ghiz, premier of Prince Edward Island, participated in the announcement. Recognizing the economic importance of broadband coverage in Prince Edward Island, the governments [...]

Maple Reactors Development Discontinued

Posted on May 16, 2008
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is announcing that, after careful review and analysis, it will discontinue development work of the MAPLE reactors located at its Chalk River Laboratories, effective immediately. This decision is based on a series of reviews that considered, among other things, the costs of further development, as well as the time frame and risks involved with continuing the project. "We are making the right business decision given the circumstances," stated AECL's president and CEO Hugh MacDiarmid. "This was a difficult choice [...]

Quebec Bridge Closed

Posted on May 12, 2008
After September 2006's De La Concorde overpass tragedy and following thorough inquiry, Transport Quebec isn't taking any chances. Last Thursday night officials closed the bridge while repairs were made, and now, after finding a second crack in the 50-year-old structure on Sunday, it has been closed to all traffic. Transport Quebec said the closure was a preventive measure until it has a better understanding of the structural problems, reported CBC News. The bridge, which connects the city's northern and southern districts, normally handles about 25,000 [...]

Metrolinx White Papers Released

Posted on May 9, 2008
Metrolinx is seeking public input to help shape a strategy to create a better transportation system across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Two new White Papers set out a vision, goals and objectives and propose specific policies and concepts for a new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). "The White Papers move everyone from talking about our region's transportation challenges to developing real solutions," said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx. "Based on the input we receive, we will be able to set out a clear plan to improve transportation [...]

Power For Moose Deer Point

Posted on May 7, 2008
The Ontario government has announced that it will invest $500,000 to aid Niigon Technologies and the Schad Foundation in the installation of a new standby generator and an Uninterruptible Power System at Moose Deer Point First Nation. “Because of our remote location, power problems cut into productivity and get in the way of around-the-clock operation,” said Chief Barron King. “Higher productivity will mean more money reinvested in social, environmental, wellness and infrastructure projects within our community.” The new power supply will help [...]

ecoFREIGHT Program Announced

Posted on May 7, 2008
Canadian Pacific will test two environmentally friendly locomotives in southern Ontario in coordination with Transport Canada's ecoFREIGHT Program, executive vice-president and COO Kathryn McQuade announced yesterday. "Moving goods long haul by rail is already much more fuel efficient and safer than other modes of transportation," said McQuade. "We are always looking for innovations that reduce our environmental footprint and make rail an even cleaner mode of transportation." Canadian Pacific has ordered two high efficiency National Railway Equipment [...]
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