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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 [...]

Still No Answers

Posted on August 6, 2007
A week after the tragic collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River — that caused the death of five people and has injured 100 more — there are still no answers as to the cause. Construction crews, who were working on resurfacing the bridge during the collapse, said that the bridge began to wobble as they removed concrete. The National Transportation Safety Board has said that there are plans to investigate the rubble and conduct computer simulations to determine the reason for the collapse. Yesterday, President Bush signed a bill [...]

Eco-Industrial Park Nearing Completion

Posted on July 31, 2007
Construction on Innovista, Hinton’s new eco-industrial park (EIP), is well underway. The city council has just awarded a multi-million dollar construction contract to Waiward Construction Management Ltd., while Vancouver’s Eco-Industrial Solutions Ltd designs the EIP. “This is the biggest most innovative project a small western community has ever seen”, said Hinton Mayor Glenn Taylor about the project. “The economic and environmental benefits are tangible.” One large part of the project is the sewer technology that will be used in Innovista [...]
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