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B.C. Government provides budget update

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Government of B.C., under the leadership of premier John Horgan, has issued its first budget update stating financial priorities for the months ahead. The Budget Update outlined current public sector infrastructure investment commitments: $2.6 billion for post-secondary institutions around the province to invest in priority projects to build capacity and help meet the province’s future workforce needs in key sectors, including science, trades and technology; $3.1 billion to expand and upgrade health facilities. These investments support new [...]

Government of Canada looks to restore Churchill rail service

Posted on September 11, 2017
The Government of Canada is deeply concerned that OmniTRAX Inc. has not yet commenced repairs and that further delay may jeopardize the ability to complete repairs before winter. As per its 2008 agreement, the Government of Canada committed to provide financial support to Hudson Bay Railway Company in exchange for their agreement to repair, maintain and operate the rail service through to Churchill until 2029. “The Government of Canada remains committed to the people of Churchill and Northern Manitoba and is ready to do its part to restore rail service,” [...]

Winnipeg expands asset management training program

Posted on September 8, 2017
The City of Winnipeg is expanding its training in asset management with the launch of a new internal course curriculum in project management tailor-made for the City, developed and delivered with Red River College. “This new training program will help the City of Winnipeg make important improvements to project management oversight by implementing leading best practices throughout civic departments in investment planning & project management processes, as identified in the 2014 Winnipeg Police Headquarter Construction Project Audit,” Mike Pagtakhan [...]

Independent review to assess Massey Tunnel replacement

Posted on September 7, 2017
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is proceeding with an independent technical review of the George Massey Tunnel corridor. The ministry is in the process of recruiting the individual to lead the technical review, and will support the review with expertise in highway infrastructure construction, transportation planning, and traffic engineering. The review will focus on what level of improvement is needed in the context of regional and provincial planning, growth and vision, as well as which option would be best for [...]

Emily Carr University opens new main campus

Posted on September 5, 2017
Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver has officially opened its new campus. The 92-year-old institution relocates to the east side of downtown Vancouver from Granville Island to a purpose-built facility. This 26,700-square-metre (290,000 sq. ft.) landmark building anchors the regeneration of an industrial zone and is a catalyst for its redevelopment and connection with the city. To engage the community of this emerging cultural and academic precinct, the campus has an open and accessible design that welcomes the public into the creative processes [...]

Alberta forges on with Springbank project

Posted on September 1, 2017
Following the end of public consultation, the Government of Alberta is moving forward with its plans to the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir project. According to an article from the CBC, the project aimed at mitigating flood risk in Calgary will now move forward into the environmental assessment phase. The $432-million project, located approximately 15-kilometres west of Calgary, is the province’s solution for helping to mitigate against severe flooding along the Elbow River. Working in tandem with the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, the combined storage [...]

Saskatchewan announces changes to its cabinet

Posted on August 31, 2017
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced a number of changes to the provincial cabinet following the departure from cabinet of five ministers. Five ministers will remain in cabinet but change portfolios: Deputy Premier Don Morgan becomes Minister of Justice and Attorney General, while retaining responsibility for Labour and the Workers’ Compensation Board; Donna Harpauer becomes Minister of Finance; Kevin Doherty becomes Minister of Advanced Education; Bronwyn Eyre becomes Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of [...]

Fairview Container Terminal expansion reaches substantial completion

Posted on August 30, 2017
The Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world, following DP World’s expansion of its Fairview Container Terminal that increases the Port’s container-handling capacity to 1.35 million TEUs annually. The $820-million expansion, ranked #58 on ReNew Canada’s 2017 Top100 Projects report, grows Fairview Container Terminal’s annual throughput capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new “big ship ready” [...]

Tolls being removed from Port Mann, Golden Ears bridges

Posted on August 25, 2017
Drivers in the Lower Mainland soon will be paying less to get around as the British Columbia government is eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges. “We’re taking immediate action to make life more affordable and get people moving by scrapping unfair tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges,” said B.C. premier John Horgan. The removal of the tolls, which will take effect on Friday, Sept. 1, delivers on the premier’s commitment to put an end to the program put in place by the previous government. Each day, approximately [...]

Livingstone to lead Saskatchewan Health Authority

Posted on August 23, 2017
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that Scott Livingstone has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority (RHA). “Scott Livingstone is an innovative, strategic leader who shares our goal of one provincial health authority that is focused on better co-ordination of health services across Saskatchewan,” said Jim Reiter, minister of health. “Scott is uniquely qualified to lead the formation of the new organization, with a wealth of experience in the Saskatchewan health system as a pharmacist and as CEO [...]
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