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Winnipeg's Infrastructure Gap is $7.4 Billion

Posted on July 6, 2009
Winnipeg’s infrastructure is in bad shape – but that’s no surprise. In a release late last week, Mayor Sam Katz said, “With every passing day, our roads and bridges are falling into a further state of disrepair. Our public service has confirmed what we’ve always known—that the current level of funding is simply not an option if Winnipeg is expected to make serious strides to long term sustainability of its existing and new infrastructure priorities.” He’s referring to a report put together by the Secretary of Strategic Infrastructure Renewal [...]

Edmonton Mayor Joins Environmental Council

Posted on June 16, 2009
Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel has been appointed to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives' (ICLEI) Executive Committee. Mandel made the opening remarks at the council's big meeting in Edmonton this week, leaning hard on his commitment to promoting bio-diversity as a major driver for cities of the future. "The city of Edmonton has a long history of retaining park land. You look at our river valley and the work we've done there," says Mandel.  "We have a lot of policies that direct the city and administration to make sure that [...]

$125 Million in Stimulus Funding for Saskatchewan

Posted on June 8, 2009
Last Friday, $125 million in infrastructure funding for a roadwork, water, sewer and other projects were announced for Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall and Saskatoon Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block announced 57 infrastructure projects, including $1 million in federal funding to complete the city-wide bike path network in Saskatoon, which the city will match. Under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund,$61.5 million worth of projects in Saskatoon will get$25 million in federal funding. This is the first time the city has gotten any funding from the Building [...]

New Solar Panel Lab for Vancouver

Posted on May 29, 2009
A new lab to test and certify solar panels and equipment just opened in Vancouver. "This new facility will increase testing capacity for the rapidly growing photovoltaic market which recorded 110 per cent growth in 2008," says Randall W. Luecke, president, CSA International, the testing and certification organization that opened the lab. The lab will serve both North American and international clients in a market that, according to CSA, is growing. In 2008, world solar photovoltaic market installations recorded revenues of $37.1-billion and reached [...]

Biomass to Heat UNBC Campus

Posted on May 28, 2009
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has awarded the contract for a new biomass gasification system to heat its Prince George campus to Nexterra. The system is part of a $14.8-million bioenergy program that includes upgraded road and utility infrastructure, a new building and a "living laboratory" for bioenergy research and development. The gasification system will convert locally-sourced wood residue (bark, branches, sawdust) into clean-burning "syngas" that will displace up to 85 per cent of the natural gas currently used to heat the campus. The [...]

Gasification: Coming to a Power Plant Near You

Posted on May 13, 2009
Canada's first fully integrated gasification power facility is in the design stages now that EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Siemens Energy Inc. have reached an agreement to provide power generation technology for EPCOR's Genesee Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power facility. This agreement is part of the continuing work being done in the EPCOR-led Front End Engineering and Design project into the feasibility of an IGCC power plant that is designed to deliver improved air quality and capture carbon emissions for permanent storage. More on carbon [...]

$220 to Rewire Saskatchewan

Posted on May 6, 2009
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) will invest $220 million in its Saskatchewan network this year, including $42.4 million from the provincial government for year one of a three year Rural Infrastructure Program. "Since 1987, SaskTel has invested more than $3.2 billion in our Saskatchewan network," SaskTel President and CEO Robert Watson said in a release. Now it will invest in upgrading some of that infrastructure. Highlights of this year's investment program include: In 2009, SaskTel will invest $48.5 million to begin [...]

$300 Million for Edmonton Transit

Posted on May 1, 2009
Edmonton's not wasting the opportunity to fast track some projects in this economic climate. Yesterday, the province and federal government today announced up to $100 million each in funding transit initiatives that the City classified as top priority. The City will pitch in its third, as well. "This major investment in public transit will help create and maintain jobs for Albertans," Premier Ed Stelmach said in a release. Edmonton's LRT line will be extended further into the northeast, from Clareview to Gorman Town Centre; LRT stations will be upgraded; [...]

Vancouver wants to be the Greenest

Posted on April 29, 2009
Vancouver's Greenest City Action Team has released a report with its recommendations for reaching the city's goal to be "the greenest city in the world by 2020." This is the Team's first report: a quick start, setting out actions the team calls "ambitious yet pragmatic" that can be done in time for the 2010 Winter Games. Later this year, the Greenest City Action Team will deliver a more comprehensive 10-year vision, including measurable benchmarks to help monitor and refine Vancouver's progress toward the vanguard of environmental sustainability. An [...]

Faster Gas Tax Funding for MB

Posted on April 28, 2009
The first payment of $33.5 million in 2009 federal gas tax funding will be delivered to Manitoba municipalities almost three months earlier this year. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton said during an announcement yesterday, "We are pleased to see that 2009 funding has started to flow to support municipal investments in infrastructure across Manitoba. By working together with other levels of government, we are able to provide these funds earlier, to help municipalities start construction on critical municipal infrastructure projects as quickly [...]
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