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Sunny Power Coming to Norfolk

Posted on May 5, 2007
A new 9.12-megawatt solar park near Norfolk County in Ontario will begin construction later this year. The Ontario Power Authority signed the 20-year power purchase agreement with SkyPower Corp and SunEdison Canada LLC. "This award allows Norfolk Power to meet customers’ increasing energy demands with green power,” said SkyPower president and CEO Kerry Adler. “At 9.12 megawatts, this solar park could be the model for how traditional utilities can deploy clean solar energy." The grid is currently scheduled to begin delivering power in early 2008. Potentially [...]

Mental Health Centre to be Replaced

Posted on May 4, 2007
Six million more dollars of spending of Ontario’s ReNew Ontario program has been announced with the planned replacement of the Oak Ridge building of the Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene. The Liberal government will spend $6 million on planning of the new facility this year and hope to see construction start in 2009. "Patients with mental illnesses should have access to the health care they need,” said George Smitherman, minister of Health and Long-Term Care. ReNew Ontario is the government’s five-year plan to spend $30 billion on infrastructure [...]

Big City Mayors Want Big Bucks

Posted on May 4, 2007
“Cities play an integral role in terms of generating wealth and growth. However, for this growth to occur municipalities also require significant investments for infrastructure and to ensure they can offer first-rate services,” said Monteral Mayor Gérald Tremblay at the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. Yesterday, the caucus released the final component of their proposal to restore fiscal balance to Canadian municipalities at a press conference in Toronto. The mayors want the government to surrender the equivalent of one cent of each GST purchase to the [...]

Alberta Budget Tries to Match Growth

Posted on May 1, 2007
The provincial budget for Alberta was released this week with an unprecedented amount for infrastructure. In the budget’s three-year Capital Plan, $18.2 billion dollars will be spent on municipal infrastructure, schools, roads, health care facilities, housing, water and a two-year program to upgrade and construct community facilities. This year expenditure is expected to be $2.6 billion—$320 million more than last year’s budget. Highlights of the budget include $368 million for highway rehabilitation and maintenance Funding to implement the [...]

New Report on Brownfield Remediation

Posted on April 27, 2007
The New Brunswick Brownfield Development Working Group, established by the New Brunswick Department of the Environment (NBEnv), has released a new report, available online.The Working Group was formed to bring together stakeholders who share a common interest in facilitating the remediation and redevelopment of New Brunswick's brownfield properties. Fter analyzing the key impediments to brownfield remediation and redevelopment in New Brunswick, they have published their recommendations for how those impediments might best be addressed. The Working Group [...]

Sunnybrook Centre Gives Birth to New Wing

Posted on April 25, 2007
Construction on Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s new M-Wing Shell and Perinatal & Gynaecology project is set to begin May. The redevelopment project will expand Sunnybrook's capacity to provide care for critically ill newborns and high-risk pregnancies. The building team, which is to be led by Vanbots Construction Corporation, also includes financing arranged by Stonebridge Financial Corporation. "Our staff and volunteers are thrilled to see that construction is almost ready to begin," said Leo Steven, president and CEO of the Sunnybrook Health [...]

Toronto-area BOMA Awards Announced.

Posted on April 25, 2007
Over 500 real estate professionals joined CITY TV anchorman Mark Dailey — who acted as MC — at this year’s Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA) Awards of Excellence Dinner. The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at the Exhibition Place hosted the event, which honoured advancements in everything from customer service to environmental policies to building and management.This year acknowledgement was also given the over two dozen companies that qualified for BOMA’s Go Green and Go Green Plus programs. This year’s [...]

Sunnybrook Centre Gives Birth to New Wing

Posted on April 25, 2007
Construction on Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s new M-Wing Shell and Perinatal & Gynaecology project is set to begin May. The redevelopment project will expand Sunnybrook's capacity to provide care for critically ill newborns and high-risk pregnancies. The building team, which is to be led by Vanbots Construction Corporation, also includes financing arranged by Stonebridge Financial Corporation. "Our staff and volunteers are thrilled to see that construction is almost ready to begin," said Leo Steven, president and CEO of the Sunnybrook Health [...]

Ontario Growth Secretariat Accept Award

Posted on April 18, 2007
Yesterday, The Ontario Growth Secretariat accepted the American Planning Association's Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. This marks the first time that the award has been given to a plan outside of the United States. On hand to accept the award were Tija Dirks, Brad Graham and Hannah Evans of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (PIR). "This plan is the result of the effort and care of an enormous group of stakeholders, elected officials, environmentalists, interested citizens, developers and professional planners who all contributed [...]

UMA Wins Award of Excellence for Red River Project

Posted on April 17, 2007
Consulting, engineering and project management firm UMA has received an Award of Excellence in Innovation at the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba Awards of Excellence for its work on the "Twin Red River Floodway Bridges on Trans Canada Highway No. 1 East." The goal of the Manitoba Floodway expansion project is to accommodate a one-in-700 year flood, which requires changes to the 12 existing bridges that presently cross the floodway. The Manitoba Floodway Authority retained UMA’s Winnipeg office to provide detailed design and contract administration [...]
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