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Canada, Ontario commit to expanded broadband access

Posted on October 10, 2017
People living in five Northern Ontario First Nation communities will be able to connect with friends and family across Canada and around the world, and have improved access to distance education, skills training, and new business opportunities, thanks to a joint investment from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario of up to $69.2 million in the Ring of Fire region. The Government of Canada will invest up to $37.1 million in the project, through Connect to Innovate, a federal program that allows Canadians in every region of the country to [...]

Belle River wind power facility completed

Posted on October 10, 2017
Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) have announced their 100 megawatt (MW) Belle River Wind power facility, based in Lakeshore, Ont., has completed construction and is fully operational. Belle River Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 35,000 Ontario homes each year, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario. “Samsung is proud to complete our fifth wind project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the Government of Ontario,” said Eskay [...]

N.S. adjusts policy on tidal energy

Posted on October 6, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia is amending the Marine Renewable-energy Act to make it easier to assess innovative, lower-cost tidal energy technologies and help developers bring them to market faster. The amendments will allow demonstration permits of up to five megawatts and allow companies to sell the electricity they generate at a lower price than existing tidal feed-in-tariffs. “Technology in this industry is evolving rapidly, and if we don’t adapt we risk being left behind,” said Geoff MacLellan, minister of energy. “By taking this next [...]

Ferrigan named OPPI president

Posted on October 6, 2017
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has announced that Jason Ferrigan has become its 2017-2019 president. Ferrigan previously served on the OPPI council as president-elect (2015-2017), as well as two terms as a director from 2013-2015 and 2005-2007. He has also been an active volunteer of OPPI through his many contributions to the Journal, working groups, and committees. As president, he will work with Council, professional planners, and key stakeholders to advance INSPIRE OPPI - the Institute's Strategic Plan. "I look forward to advancing [...]

Site C project cost rises $610 million

Posted on October 6, 2017
BC Hydro has filed an information response to the British Columbia Utilities Commission in regards to the ongoing inquiry to determine the future of the Site C Clean Energy Project. The letter, sent by BC Hydro president and CEO Chris O’Riley, includes a note that the cost of the project has now risen $610 million because the project will no longer be able to meet the 2019 timeline for the river diversion. Here is the letter in full, which was formally addressed to Patrick Wruck, commission secretary and manager, regulatory support, for the B.C. Utilities [...]

Winnipeg awards $180-million sewage plant contract

Posted on October 3, 2017
The City of Winnipeg has awarded a $180-million contract for sewage upgrades in the city, including work on the South End Water Pollution Control Centre. According to a CBC News report, the contract was awarded to NAC Constructors (NAC) of Morriston, Ont. The Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba had requested that the municipal’s waste-and-waste committee consider a slightly higher bid ($182 million) from PCL Construction, who has a local presence in Winnipeg. However, the committee chose to accept an administrative recommendation to [...]

Preferred bidders selected for Highway 401 expansion

Posted on October 3, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario has announced that three teams are prequalified to design, build, and finance the Highway 401 Expansion project. The Highway 401 expansion project involves an almost 18-kilometre stretch, from Highway 25 in Milton east to the Credit River in Mississauga. According to Infrastructure Ontario, the project features an expansion of the primarily six-lane highway to: 12 lane core-collector system from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard; 10 lanes from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange; 12 [...]

New initiative helps communities make stronger infrastructure decisions

Posted on September 29, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative to help local governments strengthen their infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. FCM has awarded $3.6 million to 22 partner organizations from across the country to design and deliver local asset management training to Canadian municipalities. These partners are non-profit, non-governmental organizations from across Canada with a mandate of serving the municipal sector and are perfectly positioned to help [...]

Bill 137 adopted to support the implementation of the REM

Posted on September 29, 2017
The National Assembly of Quebec has passed Bill 137 on the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM). The purpose of this legislation is to promote the rapid implementation of the REM, which is the most important public transit project since the creation of the Montréal metro in 1967. “The REM project will contribute to the achievement of government objectives, including economic growth, electrification of transport and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility, and transportation electrification [...]

Nova Scotia introduces cap and trade legislation

Posted on September 29, 2017
Amendments to the Environment Act, introduced today by the Government of Nova Scotia, will allow the province to develop a cap and trade program. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change,” said Iain Rankin, minister of the environment. “Working closely with our stakeholders, our program will set and achieve targets for further greenhouse gas reductions while protecting the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians.” The amendments will enable government to create regulations to: Set caps, distribute emission allowances and set penalties; Enable [...]
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