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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 [...]

New Money, New Reports

Posted on September 4, 2008
The federal government continues its deal-making spree this week, signing agreements with the provinces of Alberta and Quebec. Through Building Canada, Quebec will get $4 billion and Alberta will get about $1.8 billion. With new funding coming in, Quebec's city hall is putting together a progress report about the $401 million it plans to spend this year on infrastructure repairs--193 projects across Montreal Island are penciled in for this year for road, sidewalk and waterworks repairs. [...]

$73M Port Investments: Quebec

Posted on August 20, 2008
During his visit to Rimouski today, Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, announced a $7.3 million investment in the ports of Rimouski and Matane. The invested funds will go toward different repairs that will maintain the safety of the facilities and keep the ports in optimal operating condition. The ports of Rimouski and Matane will receive considerable funding to carry out the preparation of plans and specifications for the dredging project of the Port of Rimouski, scheduled to begin in summer 2009, and the dredging [...]

Hydro-Québec to Refurbish Gentilly-2

Posted on August 19, 2008
Hydro-Québec announced today that it is investing $1.9 billion to refurbish Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station in Bécancour. Refurbishing the 675-megawatt plant will extend its operation until about 2040, allowing Hydro-Québec to keep a reliable asset that contributes significantly to the stability of its power grid. This generating facility, in commercial operation for 25 years, does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions. The project has two components: refurbishment of Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station, commissioned in 1983, and construction [...]

Replace Champlain Bridge? Feds Get Serious

Posted on August 19, 2008
The federal government says it's serious about replacing Montreal's Champlain bridge and that a new bridge could save between $10 million and $30 million in annual maintenance costs, reports CBC News. The 46-year-old bridge connecting Montreal to the South Shore is expensive to repair, and that money could be put to better use if a new structure were built, Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon said during a visit to Montreal Monday. A new Champlain bridge would likely be financed through a public-private partnership and would probably require tolls, he [...]
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