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Alberta outlines process for its Renewable Electricity Program

Posted on November 8, 2016
The Alberta government will set clear timelines for developing renewable electricity like wind and solar, and a competitive bidding process structured to limit costs. The Renewable Electricity Program will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 using a competitive process, administered by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). This will put Alberta on a path to achieve its target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by that time. “This program is built on the recommendations from the AESO, who studied jurisdictions around [...]

Site C challenge denied by B.C. Supreme Court

Posted on November 2, 2016
A petition by two B.C. First Nations to halt construction of the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. has been rejected by the province’s top court. According to a CBC news article, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argued that they were not properly consulted on the permitting for the project, which will flood thousands of acres of their traditional lands. Justice Robert Sewell disagreed with the claim, stating that the province did attempt to engage the communities and, on more than one occasion, it was First Nations representatives who [...]

Alberta commits funding to Yellowhead Trail rehabilitation

Posted on November 2, 2016
Alberta transportation minister Brian Mason has announced the province’s commitment to fund its portion of the Yellowhead Trail rehabilitation project. According to an article from the CBC, the province has pledged a total of $242 million to the project, a figure that represents one-third of the eligible project costs. However, the funding will not be received by the City of Edmonton until 2023, which is when the province is prepared to provide the funds. The proposed 10-year, $1-billion rehabilitation of the Yellowhead Trail will remove stoplights [...]

Improving construction materials recycling in Manitoba

Posted on October 31, 2016
Manitoba is working in partnership with the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and Manitoba Environmental Industries Association to encourage more recycling of construction materials by funding a two-year construction waste pilot project. “Manitoba is committed to the goal of reducing the amount of waste heading to landfills,” Cox said.  “We look forward to working with the new home construction sector to find new business opportunities that will see waste materials recycled rather than entering our landfills.” Construction, renovation and [...]

RFP Issued for Alberta's Calgary Cancer Centre

Posted on October 28, 2016
Two companies are now attached to Alberta’s Calgary Cancer Centre. Both PCL Construction Management, Inc., and EllisDon Construction Services, Inc., have been selected to participate in a Request For Proposal (RFP) on the project. PCL and EllisDon will have six months to prepare their packages. The successful proposal will be announced in late spring 2017. The Request For Qualifications competition was closed on Sept. 22, which won PCL and EllisDon the opportunity for RFP on the Centre. “Our government is moving forward with the Calgary Cancer Centre [...]

Groups call for Alberta renewables commitment

Posted on October 24, 2016
A dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are urging the Alberta government to solidify its commitment to having renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. Today, they released an open letter calling on Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips to enshrine this target in law. The signatories say the certainty of a legislated target will result in more long-term and good-paying jobs, lower costs for renewables [...]

North Island Hospitals Project reaches milestone

Posted on October 24, 2016
The North Island Hospitals Project reached an important milestone recently with the first-time energizing of the main electrical rooms in the new Comox Valley and Campbell River hospitals. ‘Going hot’ – the term used by the electricians – might make the process sound simple, but setting the stage to distribute electricity through a vast network of cables in each of the hospitals required much more than just flipping a switch. It required months of planning and preparation work, as well as dedication to teamwork and a devotion to safety. One [...]

Highway 16 twinning project nears completion

Posted on October 24, 2016
An estimated $52.4 million Highway 16 project east of Saskatoon is targeted to open to traffic one year early. Funded by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, the project includes the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway from east of Saskatoon to west of the Bradwell access road, shifting Highway 16 north of Clavet, and a new CN railway crossing. This section of Yellowhead Trans-Canada Highway 16 from east of Saskatoon to near the Bradwell access is an important commuter link to Saskatchewan’s largest city with about 9,400 vehicles [...]

B.C. exploring Sea to Sky transit expansion

Posted on October 21, 2016
Plans are in motion to explore improved transit service for the Sea to Sky corridor — a growing region that the B.C. government has identified as a priority area for expansion. “As the population along the Sea to Sky corridor continues to increase, our transit services must keep pace,” said minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone. “Government recognizes there is room for improvement to better service this area, and we are committed to working with local governments, First Nations and the public to ensure the plans we put forward [...]

ATCO completes Site C accommodation lodge

Posted on October 20, 2016
BC Hydro and its contractor, ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group, announced the completion of the worker accommodation lodge, a significant project milestone for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The lodge – which includes 1,600 rooms and a wide variety of on-site amenities – has been completed on time and on budget. Providing innovative, high-quality accommodation for workers is a key component of the project's labour approach to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This approach provides workers from all over B.C. the opportunity to participate in building [...]
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