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GENIVAR Acquires Three Engineering Firms

Posted on November 7, 2008
The GENIVAR Income Fund has acquired three consulting engineering firms: Les Consultants GENIPLUS Inc., Nageco Inc. and Consumaj Estrie Inc. GENIPLUS specializes in structural engineering and bridge infrastructure; Nageco works in municipal infrastructure and structural engineering, while Consumaj Estrie specializes in municipal infrastructure, civil engineering and environment. GENIPLUS and Nageco are based in Montreal, and Consumaj Estrie in Sherbrooke. The three firms have a total of 25 employees. [...]

Infrastructure Top Priority: Montreal Board of Trade

Posted on November 6, 2008
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is reminding the new Quebec government that infrastructure is one of its three top priorities, which also include focuses on talent and SMEs. "Both Quebec and Montreal have significant needs in terms of the renewal and development of their infrastructures. In today's economic context, these public investments, which are essential to the competitiveness of our economy, take on even greater strategic importance. In fact, their accomplishment in the near future will stimulate the Quebec economy, support employment [...]

Rio Tinto Invests in Quebec Clean Hydropower

Posted on October 29, 2008
Rio Tinto is investing US$228 million in the construction of a new 225-megawatt high-efficiency turbine at Rio Tinto Alcan's Shipshaw power station in Saguenay, Quebec. The project is expected to be completed in December 2012. The Shipshaw power station is a major component of Rio Tinto Alcan's extensive hydroelectric network, which has a total installed capacity of approximately 2,900 megawatts in Quebec. The new turbine is expected to replace four hydro generator units at the Chute-à-Caron power station and will thereby promote more efficient water [...]

Carleton Wind Farm: 73 Wind Turbines Erected

Posted on October 20, 2008
All 73 wind turbines of the Carleton wind farm have been erected, announced Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. today. Access roads and the electrical sub-station have also been completed. The commissioning is underway and commercial operations should begin by November 30, 2008. Innergex owns 38 per cent of the Carleton wind farm through its interest in Cartier Wind Energy. TransCanada Corporation holds 62 per cent ownership in the wind farm. Construction of the project began in October 2007. The project has a total installed capacity of 109.5 megawatts [...]

FCM Stands Up for Infrastructure

Posted on October 15, 2008
Today, FCM President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., issued the following statement on the federal election result: "On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the new Government of Canada, and all those elected to serve in the next Parliament. "After six weeks of campaigning, Canadians are ready for parties to roll up their sleeves to deliver the bread-and-butter solutions that will make a difference to their jobs, families and communities during this time of growing [...]

Richard Arena Gets $5.2M Revamp

Posted on October 2, 2008
Montreal's Maurice Richard Arena is to get a $5.2-million facelift starting in March and then be temporarily dedicated to short-track speed skaters training for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, reports Montreal's Gazette. The 47-year-old, 6,600-seat arena is to have its water treatment system upgraded, along with new refrigeration and heating systems. Funding for the work is to be split among the Quebec government ($2.6 million), the city of Montreal ($2.1 million) and Speed Skating Canada ($500,000). [...]

Four Honoured with 2008 Canadian Transportation Awards

Posted on September 26, 2008
Transport Canada, along with the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), today announced the winners of the 2008 Canadian Transportation Awards, recognizing leadership, excellence and achievement in the transportation sector. The recipients of the four transportation awards are having a positive impact on the way we travel and move goods in Canada and around the world. Ron Harmer, of Victoria, B.C., received the Transportation Person of the Year award for his leadership role in advancing the adoption of cleaner fuels and sustainable [...]

Hydro-Québec Sends Crews to Ohio: Response to Ike

Posted on September 19, 2008
A delegation of some 60 Hydro-Québec employees, including 25 line crews and administrative staff, arrived in Wooster, Ohio, late Wednesday to help restore power to thousands of homes in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Under an agreement between Hydro-Québec and several American utilities, American Electric Power Co. enlisted the help of Hydro-Québec early this week to deal with widespread power outages in Ohio. If the estimates are accurate, Ike will be the third or fourth costliest Atlantic hurricane and third costliest U.S. hurricane of all time. Hydro-Québec [...]

CTZoom Complies with PACP

Posted on September 15, 2008
CTZoom Technologies Inc. has become the first Canadian vendor to provide sewer system assessment software that complies with the requirements of the Pipe Assessment Certification Program (PACP), the standard for engineers, inspection firms and municipal managers looking to compile, analyze, compare and manage CCTV inspection data. The database in CTZoom's leading-edge CTSpec Sewer solution has been PACP-certified by the U.S.-based National Association of Sewer Services Companies (NASSCO). With PACP protocols now integrated into CTSpec Sewer software, Canadian [...]

More Quebec Infrastructure Woes: CBC

Posted on September 10, 2008
Today a service road under Montreal's Turcot Interchange remains closed after a large chunk of concrete fell off the highway structure yesterday, CBC News reports. Transport Quebec said the one-metre piece of concrete was cosmetic and does not affect the junction's safety, but inspectors are surveying the site as a precaution. The structure is heavily used all day long and traffic vibrations likely caused the flaking, the transport agency said. The piece of concrete snapped off Tuesday and hit a nearby lamppost. No one was under the section at the [...]
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