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Manitoba scraps $1 billion in healthcare infrastructure projects

Posted on February 9, 2017
The Government of Manitoba has cancelled plans to move forward with more than $1 billion worth of health care infrastructure projects for the province, citing financial constraints. According to a CBC News report, the list of projects includes the $300 million earmarked for a new facility for CancerCare Manitoba, as well as several clinics and wellness centres. Rather than progress with these projects, the province will focus its spend on urgent healthcare infrastructure projects. The announcement comes as the province received the Provincial Clinical [...]

Work begins on $680-million Chinook Power Station

Posted on February 6, 2017
Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, has begun. Site work started in January on the 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current. “We know that the people of Saskatchewan deserve and expect reliable power, and demand for that power continues to grow,” said Premier Brad Wall. “The construction of Chinook Power Station is one way to ensure that our province has the power it needs today and well into the future. Once complete, Chinook will be capable of generating enough power for [...]

DND awards contract for the demolition of "B" Jetty

Posted on February 6, 2017
The Department of National Defence has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. from Surrey, B.C., for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work. The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships that were smaller and lighter than today’s modern Canadian Patrol Frigates. As such, they are not long enough or deep enough to accommodate modern ships. “This major infrastructure project has reached another important [...]

B.C. construction workforce poised for significant growth

Posted on February 3, 2017
The ramp-up of major projects in B.C., from proposed transportation, pipeline, and LNG projects to highway and bridgework will bolster the province’s construction workforce by 24 per cent, or almost 17,000 workers over the next five years, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada. “It’s potentially the most rapid rise we’ve seen in B.C.’s construction workforce in the past decade,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada. “The pace and magnitude of many of these proposed projects will [...]

Canada, Manitoba invest in University of Manitoba infrastructure

Posted on January 27, 2017
A joint federal-provincial investment in the University of Manitoba (U of M) will support the development of the U of M Smartpark Innovation Hub, as well as the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building. The Smartpark Innovation Hub will be an information exchange centre that will encourage further partnerships between industry, government and university; include new space for the laboratories, provide rentable space for companies; and be home for the Park’s North Forge incubator. Funding will also support the construction of the Stanley Pauley Engineering [...]

BC Transit to add AVL-enabled technology

Posted on January 26, 2017
BC Transit is beginning a request for proposal (RFP) process to introduce Real Time, automatic vehicle location (AVL) enabled technology on buses in seven transit communities, including Kamloops, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria. BC Transit aims to introduce the customer-facing features of the Real Time technology in 2018. “The introduction of AVL-equipped buses is an exciting step that will in many ways redefine how customers interact with public transportation,” said Todd Stone, B.C.’s minister of transportation and [...]

BC Hydro proposes new solution for Vancouver energy demands

Posted on January 24, 2017
BC Hydro is introducing "seed", a proposed concept to upgrade downtown Vancouver’s electricity infrastructure while funding new community amenities like new schools, daycare spaces and park upgrades. Demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver is expected to grow by over 75 per cent in the next 30 years due to population and densification. BC Hydro currently has three substations in the downtown core. The first is Cathedral Square substation which will be upgraded and continue to be an important part of the system. The others, Murrin substation in Chinatown [...]

Site C challenge denied by Federal Court of Appeal

Posted on January 24, 2017
A legal challenge filed by two B.C. First Nations regarding the Site C hydroelectric project has been unanimously denied by the Federal Court of Appeal. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the challenge from the West Moberly First Nation and the Prophet River First Nation called for a judicial review of federal approval of the project. The First Nations claimed that the environmental review of the project should have assessed their treaty rights, which the court rejected. To date, there have been 14 legal challenges filed against the project [...]

TransLink announces expanded service, planning for LRT extensions

Posted on January 19, 2017
TransLink announced the beginning of expanded transit services it will be rolling out in 2017 as part of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. TransLink has added more SkyTrain and SeaBus services, which will begin to reduce wait times and crowding. Over the coming weeks and months TransLink will continue rolling out phase one of the 10-Year Vision with a region-wide expansion of bus services and HandyDART, and working with communities to prioritize improvements to the region's major roads network to address traffic bottlenecks and congestion. "With [...]

Truss cracks cause Calgary library setback

Posted on January 19, 2017
Micro cracks discovered in steel trusses for the Calgary central library project has caused a setback in construction. According to an article from CBC News, the cracks were discovered before the trusses were delivered to the construction site. While construction of the new $245-million library has continued, the full assessment of the beams and the need to replace them has caused a six-week delay. Officials with the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation, the body responsible for overseeing the construction, hopes that time savings can be found to [...]
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