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Regina Bypass hits milestone with opening of Balgonie Overpass

Posted on July 24, 2017
Residents of Balgonie will soon have safer access to their community. Beginning this week, the Balgonie Overpass will be the first to open to traffic on the Regina Bypass–less than two years after construction started. The design of the Balgonie overpass includes two roundabouts, which are designed to accommodate large vehicles such as agriculture equipment. The roundabouts provide many benefits over standard intersections, including fewer stops, shorter delays, fewer spots where collisions are likely to occur and increased safety. “The Regina Bypass [...]

Premier Horgan announces new B.C. cabinet

Posted on July 20, 2017
Premier John Horgan has officially announced his new cabinet. The new cabinet is made up of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. In addition, six MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries. Premier Horgan’s cabinet is the first in B.C. history to achieve gender parity, with 10 women named to cabinet and one named minister of state. The new minister of transportation and infrastructure is Claire Trevena, MLA for the riding of North Island. Trevena was elected to her fourth consecutive term in office in the May election, and has now represented [...]

Brandon Municipal Airport expansion project completed

Posted on July 17, 2017
Brian Pallister, premier of Manitoba, joined Rick Chrest, mayor of Brandon, and community members to celebrate the completion of the Brandon Municipal Airport expansion project. The representatives also took the occasion to announce new federal-provincial-municipal funding of up to $2.5 million for the replacement of the airport maintenance building. The airport terminal has been renovated and expanded to three times its former size. Among the many features is a new arrival hall and departure lounge, a dedicated security screening area, as well as check-in [...]

Edmonton adopts new transit strategy

Posted on July 13, 2017
Edmonton City Council has approved its new transit strategy, which will modernize Edmonton’s transit system over the coming years. “Over 20,000 Edmontonians participated in the development of the transit strategy,” says Sarah Feldman, general supervisor of city wide strategy. “We very clearly heard people have different expectations of transit depending on where they live and how they travel, and these differences were most clearly shown in inner and outer neighbourhoods. A redesigned transit network that matches transit service to the needs of [...]

Funding announced for new Peace River bridge

Posted on July 7, 2017
The federal and Alberta governments have jointly announced funding that will improve the capacity and flow of traffic over the Peace River by constructing a second bridge to accommodate westbound traffic. The Government of Alberta is investing approximately $88 million and the Government of Canada is providing more than $74 million. The project has a combined total estimated cost of over $162 million. “One of the first concerns I heard about after being elected was the need for a new Peace River bridge. I’m thrilled the government has made this [...]

SaskPower issues RFP for 200-MW wind project

Posted on July 7, 2017
The competitive process for the next 200 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale wind capacity is moving forward, with the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the competition. Eight of the 23 independent power producers who entered the Request for Qualification (RFQ) phase have qualified to move on to the RFP phase and have been invited to submit proposals for the competition. “Wind power will play a key role in Saskatchewan’s electricity future,” said Guy Bruce, SaskPower’s vice-president of special projects. “As of today, wind makes up a total of [...]

Alberta commits $1.53 billion to Green Line LRT

Posted on July 6, 2017
The Government of Alberta has announced that it will provide one-third of the project cost for Calgary’s Green Line LRT Stage 1. The province will provide up to $1.53 billion over the next eight years. The funds will come from the Climate Leadership Plan. The Calgary Green Line will serve more than 60,000 Calgarians every day by safely and efficiently connecting communities from 16th Avenue North through the downtown core to Shepard in the southeast. Once the Green Line is complete, this investment will mean Calgarians spend less time commuting and more [...]

Construction of Freedom Road begins in Manitoba/Ontario

Posted on July 4, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Shoal Lake No. 40 have announced that construction has begun on the on-reserve portion of Freedom Road. The Government of Canada has committed up to $20 million for all phases of the Freedom Road project. Once finished, Freedom Road will provide secure, all-weather road access for Shoal Lake No. 40's 287 residents from the First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway, dramatically improving community well-being, allowing unrestricted access to essential goods and services, and restoring economic opportunities for residents. "Secure [...]

Saskatchewan municipalities association CEO steps down

Posted on June 27, 2017
Yesterday, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced that Laurent Mougeot is stepping down after 12 years as SUMA’s chief executive officer. Mougeot’s last day will be September 22, 2017. A search for SUMA’s new CEO will start in the coming weeks. Outgoing SUMA CEO, Laurent Mougeot. Photo Credit: CBC. “Laurent has been a strong leader on the local government scene,” said Barnhart. “He has been an invaluable advisor and a good friend to many in the municipal world— in Canada and abroad. A [...]

Manitoba issues RFP for two new schools

Posted on June 19, 2017
The Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals (RFP) from architectural consulting teams to finalize the design and tender for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville. “These new schools are priorities for our government based on the greatest need due to higher enrolment pressures in two of Manitoba’s fastest-growing communities,” said Ian Wishart, education and training minister for the Government of Manitoba. “We are working expeditiously to ensure there can be shovels [...]
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