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Terrebonne LEEDs with GMF Funding

Posted on April 8, 2009
The latest community to develop an innovative project with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is Terrebonne, Quebec. The town will use a $350,000 GMF grant to develop a sustainable neighbourhood. The new development will be a mix of residential, businesses and light industry. All of the project's buildings will meet LEED-Neighbourhood standards. Dorval mayor and FCM representative Edgar Rouleau said during the funding announcement, "The financing and knowledge provided by the supports the development [...]

Infrastructure Planning During a Deficit

Posted on March 23, 2009
Last Thursday's budget announcements in Quebec revealed a debt not experienced in over a decade. Already one of the highest in the country, estimates put the province's deficit at $130-billion by the end of the next fiscal year. But Premier Jean Charest says the government's five-year, $42-billion infrastructure renewal plan will help pull Quebec out of the recession in 2010. "We have placed our priority on the economy and on jobs. The Quebec economy and Quebeckers are doing better thanks to the actions taken by our government," he said during an address [...]

New High-Speed Rail Study

Posted on February 25, 2009
The Governments of Québec, Ontario and Canada have awarded a contract to the EcoTrain Consortium to update the feasibility studies for high-speed rail (HSR) in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor. The $3-million study will be funded equally by each government. The consortium (Dessau, MMM Group, KPMG, Wilbur Smith & Associates, Deutsche Bahn International) will focus on a few areas: HSR technology and route options; transportation demand forecasts; development and operating costs; environmental and social impacts; financial and economic analyses; institutional [...]

New Plan for Griffintown...Again

Posted on February 24, 2009
Without sacrificing the entire $1.3 billion project in Griffintown, Devimco announced that, starting in 2010, it will implement an alternate scenario that better responds to the new economic and financial reality and that will conform to planning regulations adopted in 2008. Devimco will focus its first investments in the southern part of the territory. This revised project, which would be predominately residential and, to a lesser extent, office space and shops, will occupy an area equivalent to 30 per cent of the original site. Full details of this [...]

Romaine Project Belongs to Quebec

Posted on February 12, 2009
Hydro-Québec has confirmed that the Romaine hydroelectric power project, number one on our Top 100 list of projects for 2009, will have no impact on the territory of Labrador since its area of influence is situated entirely within Québec. In a press release earlier today, the company says, "The hydrological regime of the river above Romaine-4 will be identical to present conditions in all respects." Hydro-Québec has filed a detailed environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project that they claim meets the requirements set forth in the directive [...]

Some Companies are Still Growing, Not Downsizing

Posted on February 9, 2009
The GENIVAR Income Fund has acquired ENTRA Consultants Inc. (an Ontario-based transportation planning firm), Sherbrooke-based Envirotel 3000 Inc. and Montreal-based WSATrenchless Consultants Inc. GENIVAR's president and CEO, Pierre Shoiry, says, "Given the need for transportation infrastructure development and improvements across Canada, we are strategically positioned to take part in a wide range of emerging projects." Envirotel has both private and public-sector clients, including a number of private hydro and wind power developers, as well as Hydro-Quebec [...]

Quebec's Bridges go to Rehab

Posted on January 12, 2009
Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, says the federal government will contribute $50 million to redeck the Honoré Mercier Bridge and $11 million to reconfigure the access roads and ramps to the Champlain Bridge. The contribution for the Honoré Mercier Bridge is added to $85 million granted to the project in 2006. "Many Quebecers rely on these bridges daily to commute to work and return home to their families," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "This investment allows for faster commute times, promotes [...]

Dessau Expands

Posted on December 11, 2008
Dessau Inc. is expanding into Toronto. The engineering-construction firm has acquired Toronto-based geotechnical engineering firm John Emery Geotechnical Engineering Limited (JEGEL). The combination with JEGEL will give Dessau a base in Toronto.  Senior VP of Dessau, Guy Meunier, president of JEGEL, John Emery, and Dessau's president and CEO, Jean-Pierre Sauriol, toured JEGEL's Toronto lab when they made the deal official on December 10. [...]

Highway 35 No Threat: Environment Minister

Posted on December 11, 2008
Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that the proposed Highway 35 Extension project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. "After taking into consideration the comprehensive study report and the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, I am confident that this project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects," said Minister Prentice. The Ministry of Transportation of Quebec proposed the extension of Highway 35  between Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Philipsburg, Quebec [...]

SLC: No-Fault Ruling

Posted on November 21, 2008
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that St. Lawrence Cement (SLC) committed no fault in operating the Beauport cement plant prior to its decommissioning in 1997. The company had been subject to a class-action law suit filed by a group of residents from Beauport, Québec. The implications of the confirmation by the Supreme Court of Canada that a no-fault liability regime does exist in the Province of Québec may have far reaching implications for Canadian industry. This precedent setting decision will require further review and detailed analysis, not [...]
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