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Report: Prioritize regional transit connections into Toronto Pearson

Posted on December 2, 2016
A report published by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) explains how Toronto Pearson International Airport is poised to become one of the world's next top tier international airports, providing air connectivity to as much as 80 per cent of the world's economies. The report, Growing Canada with a Mega Hub Airport, outlines the significant economic advantages realized by mega hub airports around the world. The report recommends six concrete steps the Government of Canada should take that would allow Toronto Pearson to realize its potential and deliver [...]

Executive Committee backs Tory's tolling plans

Posted on December 2, 2016
The executive committee of the City of Toronto has voted unanimously to support Mayor John Tory’s plan for road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the road tolls were one of a handful of initiatives supported by the committee in an effort to increase municipal revenues. A tax for hotel and short-term accommodations, as well as the cancellation of a rebate for vacant businesses, were also approved by the committee. City Council will vote on whether or not to support the executive [...]

OHMPA releases statement regarding Auditor General’s report

Posted on December 1, 2016
The Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association has released a statement following a report from the province’s Auditor General raised significant concerns about the sub-standard quality of asphalt used in the construction of Ontario highways. Here is the statement that was released: Since 1974, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association (OHMPA) has been recognized as the authoritative voice of the asphalt producing industry in the province of Ontario. OHMPA promotes excellence in asphalt quality and paving. OHMPA is surprised and extremely displeased [...]

RFQ issued for Kipling Bus Terminal

Posted on December 1, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Kipling Bus Terminal project. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: An elevated pedestrian bridge to connect the pedestrian entrance to the new bus terminal building and rail platforms A new pedestrian underground tunnel from the new bus terminal to the existing building A new service building incorporating main public entrance to the station with electrical and mechanical service [...]

Awards celebrate the best in brownfield redevelopment

Posted on November 30, 2016
The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced at last night’s gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada. “There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian [...]

Ledgett appointed to CCPPP board

Posted on November 30, 2016
Michael Ledgett has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Michael has practised law in Ontario for more than forty years. As co-chair of the National P3/Infrastructure Group at Dentons, he advises governments and their agencies, as well as private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on P3 projects in Canada and abroad. He is also the co-chair of the National Transportation Group, honorary counsel to the Ontario Public Transit Association and honorary counsel to the Canadian [...]

Contract awarded for Halifax hospital redevelopment plan

Posted on November 29, 2016
A Toronto-based architecture and design firms will begin the detailed planning process needed to determine what the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment project will look like, and where services will be located. The Nova Scotia government awarded the contract for the QEII master planning and programming to Kasian Architecture. The project includes planning the expansion and renovations of the Halifax Infirmary site, as well as specialized and community outpatient centres. "We have to consider medical trends for the next 20 to 30 years, and the [...]

New stations added to REM project

Posted on November 29, 2016
CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the addition of three new stations to the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. The Bassin Peel, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations will improve downtown Montréal service and further integrate the REM into the métro system through connections to the Orange, Green and Blue lines. The new stations were made possible by the development of innovative solutions to complex technical issues. The three new stations will: Increase efficient use of public transit [...]

Nunavut, Canada announce joint investment in Nunavut Arctic College

Posted on November 29, 2016
The Governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a joint $29.54-million investment in Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) for the construction of a new training facility. The new training facility at NAC will be built for students and community members who are studying fisheries or learning about language and culture through the Inuktitut interpreter and translator and Inuit Studies programs, among other professional diploma and degree programs. The project supports Nunavut’s key priorities to increase self-reliance and optimism through education and training [...]

$1 billion added to Gardiner rehabilitation cost

Posted on November 28, 2016
The City of Toronto has announced that the planned rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway will cost more than $1 billion more than originally anticipated. According to an article from the CBC, a city staff report published last week showed that the cost of the project has risen from $2.57 billion to an estimated $3.637 billion as of August of 2016. Part of the reason for the cost increase has been the lack of government funding made available for the project. The provincial government is focusing investment on regional transit projects, rather than [...]
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