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Delta issues recommendations for Massey tunnel project

Posted on August 16, 2017
Following a presentation from its chief administrative officer (CAO) George V. Harvie regarding the provincial review of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, Delta Council has provided its recommendations to the B.C. government. CAO Harvie identified some of the immediate safety issues with the George Massey Tunnel, including electrical system deficits, deteriorating concrete, damage to sprinkler system, and the ageing ventilation system, while also outlining the significance of Highway 99’s designation as a “Lifeline Corridor”. Mr. Harvie [...]

Petrowest applies for receivership

Posted on August 15, 2017
One of the primary contractors involved with the $8.775-billion Site C Clean Energy Project has put forward an application to be placed into receivership. Petrowest Corporation, who along with ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd., formed the Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP) consortium, the winning bidders for the $1.75-billion main civil works for the Site C project. The application for receivership put forward by Petrowest Corporation is scheduled to be heard in court today, where approval of the application is expected. Ernst [...]

Report addresses flood resilience in Bow River basin

Posted on August 14, 2017
The Government of Alberta has begun implementing the advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better manage water throughout the Bow River basin. The Bow River Water Management Project report, produced by the Bow River Working Group, represents a first step in building multiple layers of resilience throughout the Bow River basin to address both flood and drought concerns. It outlines both short- and long-term options. Possible options for upstream storage include new potential storage sites and a further modification [...]

White City Overpass opens to traffic

Posted on August 11, 2017
The new White City overpass, part of the Regina Bypass project, will open to traffic less than two years after construction started. A unique feature of the White City overpass is a pedestrian walkway that will connect the Trans Canada Trail on both sides of Highway 1. “The White City overpass, a vital link in the Regina Bypass project, puts us one step closer to completion of the project,” said Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities. “Our government’s infrastructure investments are achieving real and tangible results [...]

B.C. Utilities Commission initiates Site C inquiry

Posted on August 4, 2017
The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has initiated an inquiry into BC Hydro’s Site C project, as directed by the provincial government in an Order‐in‐Council (OIC) on August 2, 2017. The scope of the inquiry is set out in the government’s Terms of Reference for the OIC, which is available on the BCUC’s Site C Inquiry webpage: http://www.bcuc.com/Sitecinquiry.html. The BCUC has been directed to examine the impact on BC Hydro ratepayers associated with continuing, suspending, or terminating the Site C project. The inquiry will be [...]

Schwartz to advise Manitoba on legality of carbon pricing implementation

Posted on August 4, 2017
The Manitoba government has asked Dr. Bryan Schwartz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Manitoba, to provide a legal opinion on the federal government’s authority to implement a carbon pricing regime in Manitoba. “Dr. Schwartz is a well-known Manitoban expert on constitutional law who will provide a legal opinion to help guide our government in its development of a made-in-Manitoba climate and carbon pricing plan,” said Heather Stefanson, minister of justice. “Our government looks forward to receiving his assessment as we seek clarity [...]

Site selected for new BC Transit maintenance facility

Posted on August 3, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and BC Transit, have announced that a site has been selected for the new BC Transit operations and maintenance facility in the Cowichan Valley. The facility will be located in the Koksilah Industrial Park at the corner of Polkey Road and Boal Road. The proposed new building will include safety features to support the future introduction of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology. “This site selection will help the Cowichan Valley to meet the growing demand [...]

KPMG to provide P3 business case on Man. Schools Project

Posted on August 3, 2017
Today, Premier Brian Pallister and Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced the province would pursue alternative approaches to meeting Manitoba’s infrastructure needs. The province selected KPMG LLP as the successful bidder to develop a business case for the Manitoba Schools Project under a Public Private Partnership (P3) framework, advancing the province’s knowledge base for potential future P3 projects. “We are pleased to have selected KPMG through a fully competitive process to study the suitability of P3s for the Manitoba Schools [...]

BC Hydro purchases ownership interest in Waneta Dam

Posted on August 2, 2017
BC Hydro has announced it plans to purchase the remaining two-third ownership interest in the Waneta Dam and Generating Station in Trail, B.C. from Teck Resources Limited (Teck) for $1.2 billion. The purchase is forecast to have a beneficial financial impact each year, helping to keep rates affordable for BC Hydro’s customers. “BC Hydro was presented with a unique opportunity to purchase the remaining two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and our analysis shows that this purchase is in the best interest of our customers. Our number one priority is [...]

Manitoba issues RFP to study redesign of South Perimeter Highway

Posted on August 2, 2017
The Government of Manitoba has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to conduct a functional design study to rebuild the south Perimeter Highway. “Our government is committed to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our aging provincial infrastructure,” said Baline Pedersen, minister of infrastructure. “Our goal is to increase trade and improve transportation efficiency on this very important, heavily-travelled route. We look forward to hearing from industry experts to see what improvements can be made to handle projected [...]
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