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PWGSC Minister says future Government Funded Projects to be Energy Efficient, LEED Certified.

Posted on July 31, 2006
The Federal Buildings Initiative (FBI) is part of Public Works and Government Services Canada's (PWGSC) plan to raise the value of buildings while lowering environmental costs. Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Michael Fortier, is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine: “One of the key elements in our efforts to reduce energy and water consumption and recapitalize our current building inventory is the FBI. Projects we’ve completed under this initiative are saving Canadian taxpayers more than $6 million annually [...]

Canadian Cities are Prosperous — They Need to Look Like It.

Posted on July 31, 2006
Potholes, the side-effect of a Canadian winter, are almost impossible to avoid. So why do they upset us so much? Todd Hirsch, chief economist for the Canada West Foundation, is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine as saying “we derive a strong sense of how ‘wealthy’ we are as a society from the condition of our immediate surroundings. And for most of us in western Canada, that is the visual image we have of our cities. Potholes, run-down infrastructure, crumbling concrete on bridges, weeded-over abandoned lots, half-painted light [...]

Public-Private Partnerships - Canada’s Healthcare Future?

Posted on July 31, 2006
To fund redevelopment projects, the provinces are turning to partnerships with the private sector. For example, plans for construction of the McGill University Health Care Centre (MUHC) may not be completed without funding from private investors, an option that the Quebec government is open to. The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services plans to prepare a business case with the MUHC on the potential of a public-private partnership. Director General and CEO, Dr. Arthur T. Porter is quoted in the July/August issue of ReNew Canada magazine: “The [...]

Financing Green Buildings

Posted on July 9, 2006
The Toronto Regional Green Building Festival is pleased to announce additions to the conference program. Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes, Principal of EcoCité Developments and Martin Stickland, Vice President of the Canadian Plenary Group will discuss the challenges and opportunities for financing sustainable buildings. The EcoCité Case Study and the Alternative Finance Procurement (AFP) Model will be featured as part of this year's panel on Financing Green Building. Featured as part of the Financing Green Building panel, Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes will [...]

New Report on Infrastructure Funding

Posted on July 7, 2006
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) has released a report titled "The Infrastructure Funding Deficit: Time To Act".  The report, presented to Ontario Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan, highlights the current government’s initiatives and investments into the infrastructure deficit and provides innovative cost solutions to the public infrastructure deficit by outlining the benefits of involving the private sector in the delivery of capital for infrastructure.  The report also makes a number of recommendations [...]

New Call for Applications for Funding by SDTC

Posted on January 25, 2006
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a Government of Canada initiative that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies, announced its ninth call for funding applications (Statements of Interest - SOI). The closing date for submissions is March 15, 2006. The call includes applications for technologies that address climate change, clean air and – recently – clean water and clean soil issues. Prospective clean water technologies will look to optimize Canada’s water and waste-water infrastructure, improve [...]

CWF Releases New Big City/Provincial Partnership Blueprint

Posted on September 27, 2005
The rise of the information economy, coupled with expanded global trade and increased international economic competition, has vaulted big cities to a level of importance that renders archaic the intergovernmental debates of the past. Recent discussions of the "urban agenda" further highlight the need to shift the conventional intergovernmental focus of Canadian politics from federal-provincial relations to provincial-municipal relations. The Canada West Foundation has released "Rationale for Renewal: The Imperatives Behind a New Big City-Provincial Partnership" [...]

Developer Promotes Urban renewal by Focusing on the Arts

Posted on September 13, 2005
Toronto Artscape has been leading a cultural revolution in the world of urban renewal. When it was first formed in 1986, the mandate of the country's only non-profit real estate developer was simply to create affordable working and living space for artists. But its work has evolved to include much more than that. Related developments in six Toronto neighborhoods now include retail studios alongside office, production, performance and exhibition facilities for non-profit groups devoted to the arts. [...]

Manitoba Hydro Headquarters to Showcase Energy Efficiency

Posted on September 13, 2005
Thomas Akerstream uses organic words that are seldom applied to glass, concrete and steel when he talks about the design of Manitoba Hydro's new $188-million headquarters in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. When, for example, did you last hear someone refer to a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system as a building's "lungs"? His choice of words is somewhat appropriate when you consider how natural forces and living organisms will play a significant role in the energy efficiency of the 22-storey, 690-square foot building, scheduled to be completed [...]

Public-Private Partnerships Deliver

Posted on September 13, 2005
An editorial written for the October issue by Michael Wilson, declares that many Canadians are convinced that governments cannot keep pace with the demand for new or improved public infrastructure. he states that as we move forward on the vital question of how to close the multi-billion dollar infrastructure gap, we should also remember that construction is a short-term issue. The long term challenge is maintenance. Saeed Mirza, a civil engineering professor at McGill University, has carried out extensive research into how "deferred" maintenance adds to [...]
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