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Ont. Has Best Transportation System in Canada: Report

Posted on October 23, 2008
Ontario has the best transportation system in Canada while British Columbia and Newfoundland have the worst, according to a new peer-reviewed study that compares the transportation infrastructure of the 10 Canadian provinces released today by independent research organization the Fraser Institute. Ontario is followed closely by Nova Scotia in second spot and Quebec in third, while Saskatchewan is ranked slightly ahead of British Columbia and Newfoundland. "A province's transportation system is a critical factor in fostering a positive investment climate [...]

CanWEA Releases Wind Vision 2025

Posted on October 20, 2008
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) today released its strategic vision for wind energy development during its 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver. The plan, entitled Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future, argues that Canada can and must ensure that wind energy supplies 20 per cent of the country's demand by 2025, bringing total Canadian wind-energy capacity to 55,000 megawatts. This target would generate $79 billion of investment in Canada by 2025 and would make the Canadian wind-power sector a major player in an international [...]

An End to Tolls for Coquihalla

Posted on October 17, 2008
After two and a half decades, Premier Gordon Campbell announced on September 26, 2008, that the tolls on the Coquihalla Highway will end and decommissioning of the toll plaza will begin. The Coquihalla Highway officially opened on May 16, 1986, just in time for Expo 86.  Constructed in three phases, the highway cost $848 million to build, and significantly enhanced access to the Interior of the province which resulted in population and economic growth.  The highway became the foundation for a transportation network that opened up Canada's Pacific Gateway [...]

Temporary Streetcar of the Future for Vancouver

Posted on October 17, 2008
In less than 25 years, the City of Vancouver is taking yet another opportunity to unveil a new rail transportation system when it hosts a global event. Similar to when the ExpoLine of Vancouver's SkyTrain was built in time for the Expo '86 World's Fair, the city announced on September 30, 2008, that it plans to conduct a pilot project of a modern streetcar service when it hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics. Dubbed The Olympic Line - Vancouver's 2010 Streetcar, this transportation project will connect Granville Island to the Canada Line Olympic Village Station [...]

NB Waste Commissions Turning Garbage into Green Energy

Posted on October 10, 2008
A New Brunswick landfill site is not letting its waste go to waste. It plans to transform its garbage into green energy. The Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation proposes to convert methane gas arising from its Berry Mills landfill in Moncton into electricity. The corporation hopes that within a year it will produce a megawatt of electricity from methane, worth about a million dollars per year. Bill Slater, general manager of the Westmorland-Albert commission, estimated the Berry Mills landfill gas could eventually produce three megawatts annually. In [...]

Stuart Olson Awarded $63M in Contracts

Posted on October 7, 2008
The Churchill Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary Stuart Olson Constructors has been awarded two new contracts with the Alberta government. A new $45-million high school will be built on land at the corner of 69th Street and 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, clearing the way for the west leg of LRT to run through the existing Ernest Manning site located at the corner of 17th Avenue and 33rd Street S.W. The new high school will be jointly funded through a memorandum of understanding between Alberta Infrastructure, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Board [...]

Kasian to Redesign Edmonton Landmark

Posted on October 7, 2008
Kasian, a global design firm, has been selected to lead the design of the Federal Building and Centennial Plaza project in Edmonton. The existing landmark building, originally constructed in 1958, has been unoccupied since 1989, and is now scheduled to undergo a contemporary transformation. The new design focuses on preservation and sustainability, drawing inspiration from the art deco style of the original architecture. The commission was awarded by Alberta Infrastructure after a public competitive process. The project, situated on the Edmonton Legislature [...]

$2M for Waterfront Property: Port Metro Vancouver

Posted on October 2, 2008
Port Metro Vancouver has announced it will contribute $2 million to the Corporation of Delta for the acquisition of the Seven Seas Fishing Company site in Ladner. The purchase of this property will help Delta secure public waterfront land to revitalize Ladner Harbour. The $2-million contribution is being made by the Port as part of the Deltaport Third Berth Project Community Amenities Fund. The Deltaport Third Berth Project will add a third berth and twenty hectares of container storage to the existing Deltaport container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta. Originally [...]

Stantec Designing New P3 Hospitals in B.C.

Posted on October 2, 2008
Stantec has been named part of the Infusion Health consortia engaged to deliver the largest single investment on record in the health system for the Interior of British Columbia. The $432.5-million expansion project is being undertaken as a public-private partnership (P3) between Infusion Health and the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia. Stantec is designing several facets of the project, including the architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, and LEED consulting services for both the Kelowna and Vernon hospitals. Infusion Health [...]

Manitoba Business Initiative to Support Inland Port Development

Posted on September 26, 2008
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the province of Manitoba announced on September 19, 2008, $80,000 in joint funding for a private sector-led initiative to identify and attract new business investment to Manitoba’s inland port. The goal of the Chamber’s new Business Call program will be to seek out and act on the expertise of local CEOs who work in organizations or are connected to industries most likely to be interested in locating to the province’s inland port. On September 10, 2008, the province introduced legislation creating CentrePort [...]
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