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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 [...]

Kicking Horse Bridge Completed

Posted on August 31, 2007
The new Park Bridge near Kicking Horse Canyon, part of phase two of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, has been completed ahead of schedule. "With the new bridge and highway upgrades, the safety and efficiency of this important corridor have been substantially improved for the thousands of motorists who use it every day," said Jim Abbott, MP for Kootenay-Columbia. The Park Bridge spans 405 metres and features five piers reaching up as high as 90 metres. Approaches to the bridge and realignment of more than 5 kilometres (km) of new four-lane highway east [...]

Northern Quebec to see Increased Air Traffic

Posted on August 31, 2007
Airports in Eastmain and Wemindji in Northern Quebec are going to see over one million dollars in repair work. "In addition to ensuring the safety of airport users, the investments will allow the airports to better meet the transportation needs for goods and people of these communities of Northern Quebec," said Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon upon making the announcement. Both sites will be replacing primary cables, transformers and signal supports along runways and taxiways; modifying the ARCAL control system; [...]

Make LEED Homes HappenMake LEED Homes Happen

Posted on August 23, 2007
With the United States Green Building council set to launch a LEED certification for residential homes in November, the Canadian council is beginning studies to do the same. The CaGBC is beginning a case study to determine how the rating system will work and is looking for people participate. If you wish to apply you can click here for an application. According to the CaGBC the benefits of participating include Input into the development of the CaGBC’s LEED for Homes rating system in Canada; Coaching and support during the USGBC LEED for Homes [...]

AMO Conference Wraps Up

Posted on August 22, 2007
Today is the final day of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s 108th annual conference. 1700 municipal delegates from all over the province are expected to hear from Ontario opposition leaders Howard Hampton and John Tory on financial sustainability in the province. Other topics throughout the three-day event included talks on new developments on brownfields, financing for municipal infrastructure, waste management and much more. On Monday, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that the province will upload the $173 million spent annually on Ontario [...]

Endangered River to get Bridge

Posted on August 21, 2007
A $68 million bridge will be built over Petitcodiac River, the nation’s second most endangered river. The bridge will replace a causeway that was built in 1968 that reduced the tidal bore (making the passage more difficult for fish) and created Lake Petitcodiac. The Ministry of the Environment approved a federal-provincial Environmental Impact Assessment report that had four different options last December — the bridge was one of those options. Construction will happen in three phases: two years for planning and site preparation, two years for opening [...]

Vote Now for Ontario's Worst Roads

Posted on August 20, 2007
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and the Ontario Road Builders' Association’s fifth annual Ontario’s Worst Roads campaign is being launched today. The dubious honour will be given to 20 roads in Ontario based on votes at the worst roads website. The campaign is designed to attract attention to the province's most dangerous and congested roadways. CAA reports that 5,628 deaths; 509,637 injuries and 2,044,405 collisions happened in Ontario last year. Beyond the issues of public safety, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce believes that congestion [...]

Sault Area to Begin Hospital Construction

Posted on August 16, 2007
Construction on the new Sault Area Hospital should begin later this month. The hospital singed a contract with Hospital Infrastructure Partners — a consordium comprised of Carillion, EllisDon, LPF Infrastructure Fund (the Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada) and CIT Financial — to build finance and maintain the new facility. “Our investment in the new radiation treatment satellite will ensure that the more than 100,000 residents of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region have closer-to-home access to advanced cancer care," said George [...]

The Portlands Newest Port: Filmport

Posted on August 9, 2007
Yesterday, Toronto Mayor David Miller helped unveil the latest designs for Filmport, the large-scale film industry development project on Toronto’s waterfront. Two designs were presented: one for a 280,000 square foot building that will house commercial offices, post production companies, union and guild offices, film schools, restaurants and shops; the second for a 550,000 square foot studio lot that will house seven sound stages. Will Alsop, who designed the award-winning Ontario College of Art and Design building in Toronto, and Quadrangle Architects [...]
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