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Ontario breaks ground on Mackenzie Vaughan hospital

Posted on October 25, 2016
Construction is beginning on a new hospital -- the first in the city of Vaughan -- that will provide advanced health care services to more than 500,000 people. The $1.3 billion Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will help patients by providing modern surgical services and operating rooms, advanced diagnostic imaging and other specialized services. The hospital will have 342 beds on opening day. The majority of rooms for patients in acute care will be private. " Our new hospital will be the first smart hospital in Canada designed through the eyes of the patient,” [...]

Groups call for Alberta renewables commitment

Posted on October 24, 2016
A dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are urging the Alberta government to solidify its commitment to having renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. Today, they released an open letter calling on Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips to enshrine this target in law. The signatories say the certainty of a legislated target will result in more long-term and good-paying jobs, lower costs for renewables [...]

North Island Hospitals Project reaches milestone

Posted on October 24, 2016
The North Island Hospitals Project reached an important milestone recently with the first-time energizing of the main electrical rooms in the new Comox Valley and Campbell River hospitals. ‘Going hot’ – the term used by the electricians – might make the process sound simple, but setting the stage to distribute electricity through a vast network of cables in each of the hospitals required much more than just flipping a switch. It required months of planning and preparation work, as well as dedication to teamwork and a devotion to safety. One [...]

Highway 16 twinning project nears completion

Posted on October 24, 2016
An estimated $52.4 million Highway 16 project east of Saskatoon is targeted to open to traffic one year early. Funded by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, the project includes the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway from east of Saskatoon to west of the Bradwell access road, shifting Highway 16 north of Clavet, and a new CN railway crossing. This section of Yellowhead Trans-Canada Highway 16 from east of Saskatoon to near the Bradwell access is an important commuter link to Saskatchewan’s largest city with about 9,400 vehicles [...]

UOIT plans for 2050's smart future

Posted on October 21, 2016
On October 20th, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) hosted a dinner and panel discussion titled Transforming Toronto 2050. UOIT has a foundation in technology, science, and professional practice. As Susan McGovern, vice-president of external relations and advancement, said UOIT students are “shop floor and boardroom ready.” The university is focused on advanced practices to develop and accelerate economic, regional, and social growth and trains its students in the same capacity. UOIT Graduates Mario Vasilescu, Janelle MacDougall [...]

Province wants increased clearing at Muskrat Falls

Posted on October 21, 2016
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has required Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir as an additional mitigation to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. "We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury and this is why removing additional forest cover is being required,” said Perry Trimper, minister of environment and climate change. “Along with additional clearing, we will continue to work with the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut government, and the NunatuKavut [...]

B.C. exploring Sea to Sky transit expansion

Posted on October 21, 2016
Plans are in motion to explore improved transit service for the Sea to Sky corridor — a growing region that the B.C. government has identified as a priority area for expansion. “As the population along the Sea to Sky corridor continues to increase, our transit services must keep pace,” said minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone. “Government recognizes there is room for improvement to better service this area, and we are committed to working with local governments, First Nations and the public to ensure the plans we put forward [...]

Windstream still hopes to complete Kingston offshore wind project

Posted on October 21, 2016
Windstream Energy is still looking to complete its proposed $5.2 billion offshore wind farm project near Kingston, despite a provincial moratorium that continues to stall its construction. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the provincial government placed the moratorium on building offshore wind farms in order to research the environmental impacts of such projects. Windstream had filed a $568 million complaint under NAFTA and was recently awarded $25 million in damages. In September, the Ontario government suspended the second round of its [...]

ATCO completes Site C accommodation lodge

Posted on October 20, 2016
BC Hydro and its contractor, ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group, announced the completion of the worker accommodation lodge, a significant project milestone for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The lodge – which includes 1,600 rooms and a wide variety of on-site amenities – has been completed on time and on budget. Providing innovative, high-quality accommodation for workers is a key component of the project's labour approach to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This approach provides workers from all over B.C. the opportunity to participate in building [...]

RFQ issued for Hurontario LRT

Posted on October 19, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a vendor to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario LRT project, and procure a fleet of light rail vehicles. The new LRT line will bring 20 kilometres of new, dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga and the Gateway Terminal at Steeles Ave. in Brampton. It will serve 22 surface stops connecting one urban growth centre, four mobility hubs, two GO Transit rail lines and a number of interchange stops with Brampton and [...]
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