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Swift Current Moves Forward with Long-Term Care Facility

Posted on July 9, 2013
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, is moving forward with plans to build a 225-bed, long-term care facility. The province and the Cypress Health Region will pursue a design-build-finance-maintain P3 procurement strategy for the project, and the region is currently seeking out advisors to aid in certain aspects of the planning and funding processes. The Government of Saskatchewan indicated in a press release that they believe there is value for money available with a P3 model under the circumstances of this project, but have promised to pursue other funding methods [...]

Calgary Flood Damage Estimated at $256M

Posted on July 4, 2013
Early estimates suggest that Calgary is looking at more than $256 million dollars in repairs for buildings and infrastructure after devastating floods ripped through the city last month. Amongst the most expensive rehabilitation projects are the Calgary Zoo, the police administration building, city hall, and the wastewater treatment plant. The City is hoping that some of the cost will be compensated by the provincial and federal governments, especially considering the price could still rise substantially. City manager Owen Tobert informed city council [...]

Most Vancouver Commuters Choosing Cars over Transit

Posted on July 2, 2013
Vancouverites continue to prefer private automobiles to public transit, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun. The article cites a Statistics Canada National Household survey which suggests that about 66 per cent of the region’s 1.2 million commuters continue to drive to and from work each day, compared with about 20 per cent who rely on the transit system. This information comes despite significant expansions and improvements to the city’s TransLink system over the past decade, including the addition of buses, SeaBuses, and both the Canada Line [...]

Calgary Mayor Furious over Canadian Pacific Bridge Collapse

Posted on June 28, 2013
The City of Calgary continues to deal with fallout from last week’s devastating floods, including the partial collapse of a rail bridge on this past Thursday morning. The stranded rail cars have since been removed, but Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is none too pleased with Canadian Pacific Railway, and is demanding answers. “The opinion of the engineers at the city was that given the construction of that bridge, the possibility of something going wrong was actually very high and they probably would have taken more of an abundance of caution, would be [...]

Saskatchewan Moves Forward with Highway Twinning Process

Posted on June 26, 2013
The Province of Saskatchewan has deemed it necessary to twin Highways 16, 39, and 7, and workers are currently in the pre-construction process. “We’re moving forward on pre-construction work for twinning specific sections of highways that are handling high traffic volumes that are forecasted to become even busier as Saskatchewan continues to grow,” said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris. “These highways have been selected based on criteria that takes into account not only traffic volumes but also safety, which remains our highest [...]

Urban Land Institute Nominates Vancouver Project for Award

Posted on June 4, 2013
Five projects have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award, a competition that recognizes outstanding examples of transformative and vibrant public open space—large and small—that have spurred economic and social regeneration of their adjacent communities. This year's finalists are the Yards Park in Washington, D.C.; Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Calif.; Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tenn.; Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, N.Y.; and the Village on False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia [...]

Surrey, B.C., Issues RFQ for Organics Biofuel Facility

Posted on May 28, 2013
The City of Surrey in British Columbia has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for its new organics biofuel facility, which will process residential and commercial kitchen and yard waste into a renewable fuel to power the City’s new waste trucks. The 80,000 metric tonne per year facility will be the largest of its kind in Canada and will help the City and Metro Vancouver achieve the regional 70 per cent waste diversion target by 2015. “Surrey’s new organics biofuel facility will establish a new benchmark in Canada and provide environmental [...]

Alberta’s Opportunity to Be An Energy Leader

Posted on May 23, 2013
Alberta can be a leader in renewable energy development and address global concern about the province’s environmental record by meeting rising electricity demand with new clean wind energy. WindVision 2025: A Strategy For Alberta, released this week by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), makes the case for the strategic deployment of more wind energy in Alberta in a direct response to a challenge by Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes for the renewable industry to put forth policy solutions to help “green the grid”. The association says [...]

Saskatoon Chooses $194M Six-Lane Bridge

Posted on May 23, 2013
A new six lane bridge could span the South Saskatchewan River by 2016, connecting the north end of Saskatoon to the east side. On Tuesday, city council approved plans to expand the bridge to six lanes from the original four, boosting the cost of the bridge and the surrounding roadways to $194 million. An original four-lane proposal for the North Commuter Parkway Project pegged its cost at $85 million, but given the city's rapid growth, councilors approved a new six-lane plan at a higher cost (to avoid the even higher cost to potentially expand the bridge [...]

Edmonton Invests $230M in Neighbourhood Infrastructure

Posted on May 22, 2013
The City of Edmonton is investing $230 million in 56 neighbourhoods as part of its long-term Building Great Neighbourhoods initiative, which coordinates three City programs to renew and replace neighbourhood infrastructure and enhance community connections and overall neighbourhood livability: Drainage Neighbourhood Renewal (Financial Services and Utilities), Neighbourhood Renewal (Transportation Services) and the Great Neighbourhoods Capital Program (Community Services). The Drainage Neighbourhood Renewal Program is investing $38 million in Edmonton neighbourhoods [...]
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