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Edmonton Aims for Energy-Efficient Suburbia

Posted on November 18, 2012
Edmontonians wanting to adopt a sustainable urban lifestyle can now look to the city’s new northwest neighbourhood of Oxford. The Oxford subdivision located south of 167 Avenue and west of 130 Street is Edmonton’s first energy-efficient residential community, where each house will be designed at high environmental standards. “Part of our vision for creating a more environmentally sustainable city includes the concept of building green,” said Councillor Dave Loken in a CTV report. “To help support that vision, council has endorsed the green [...]

Delta Mayor's SOIL Initiative Awarded 2012 Brownfield of the Year

Posted on September 20, 2012
Last week, the Canadian Urban Institute announced the finalists for the 2012 CUI Brownie Awards. The 2012 Individual Achievement and “Brownfielder of the Year” award went to mayor Lois E. Jackson, who has been a vocal advocate for brownfield issues in her capacity as Delta’s Mayor, and in her capacity as the Chair of Metro Vancouver. Jackson spearheaded the "Saving Our Industrial Lands" (SOIL) Initiative in 2006. The Corporation of Delta’s submission for the initiative has also been chosen as a finalist in the legislation and policy category. “I [...]

Metro Vancouver to Develop Network of Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Posted on August 30, 2012
Metro Vancouver has been awarded a grant to begin developing, in collaboration with its member municipalities, a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. Earlier this year, Metro Vancouver applied for a grant under the Province of B.C.’s Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, with the goal of identifying 75 to 150 highly-visible host sites for electric vehicle chargers. “Our goal is to facilitate the creation of a network of charging stations, installed at places like malls, theatres and tourism destinations,” said Metro Vancouver [...]

Story Update: A Penny Saved

Posted on August 23, 2012
Last September, we talked about the proposed penny tax for Calgary to help pay for infrastructure. (Look for additional coverage in our January/February 2011 issue.) Now, Canada West Foundation and others are supporting the erroneously-named penny tax (it's more of a percentage than an actual penny) for Saskatchewan municipalities. Moose Jaw Mayor Glenn Hagel told the Star Phoenix: "I'm not personally a fan of the penny tax." Will it make any headway? Time will tell. [...]

Manitoba Unveils Comprehensive Environmental Strategy

Posted on June 17, 2012
The Province  continues moving forward on environmental protection with an aggressive strategy of more than 100 initiatives across government that will bolster Manitoba’s economy and protect water, air and land for future generations, Premier Greg Selinger announced last week. “Manitobans enjoy some of the most spectacular lakes, rivers and forests in the world that support a diverse range of iconic species, from polar bears to caribou to sturgeon,” said Selinger in a press release.  “TomorrowNow is an achievable plan that is good for [...]

Cleaner and More Abundant Hydrocarbon Energy Through Genomic Research: Report

Posted on June 5, 2012
Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum recently released a joint policy paper titled Enhancing Energy Production and Environmental Outcomes through Genomics: The case for innovation, which outlines how the hydrocarbon energy sector in Canada can improve production, and environmental sustainability, through genomic research. In February, Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum held a day-long workshop in Calgary to explore the potential of genomics to mitigate the environmental impact of oil and gas development in areas such as tailings ponds [...]

Manitoba Touts Locally-Designed Electric Bus

Posted on June 4, 2012
Manitoba has unveiled the prototype for a new, all-electric, battery‑powered transit bus. Premier Greg Selinger said yesterday that the Province will "continue to aggressively push the development of a made-in-Manitoba solution for providing mass transit vehicles powered by clean energy.” Takaya Watanabe, general manager of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (one of five partners on the project) said, “This is an important step to realizing a low-carbon society and for popularizing a Manitoba‑made electric bus using MHI’s lithium-ion rechargeable [...]

B.C. Creates Incentive Fund for EV Infrastructure

Posted on May 31, 2012
The Province of British Columbia has created a new $2.7-million fund in order to offer incentives for those looking to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund offers two incentives to help build a province-wide network of up to 570 electric vehicle charging stations for both the public and fleets. Regional districts, municipalities, First Nations, businesses, public institutions and other organizations can all apply for funding which, if awarded, will cover 75 per cent of the cost of purchase [...]

Central Manitoba Railway Incorporates Biodiesel, Wins Award

Posted on May 22, 2012
Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) received this year’s award for Marketing Innovation from the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) for its approach to finding a suitable, cost effective method of meeting the provincial government’s regulatory requirement that all diesel fuel contain a minimum of two per cent biodiesel. To meet the transportation and logistics needs of the industry, CEMR developed a mobile system for blending multiple fuels together. The mobile design allows for the unit to be moved to specific locations where it is needed and the technology [...]

Manitoba Budget Lacks Long-Term Funding: AMM

Posted on April 18, 2012
The Manitoba government tabled its budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year yesterday, leaning hard on its financial commitment to transportation, social infrastructure, and downtown development in the province’s cities. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Stan Struthers said last year the Province committed to provide the equivalent of one percentage point of the provincial sales tax (PST) to support investment in municipal infrastructure and public transit. But Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) President Doug [...]
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