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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 [...]

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 [...]
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