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Alta. invests $100m in transport infrastructure

Posted on June 1, 2017
Alberta will fund 87 municipal road, bridge, and community airport projects in 50 communities through 2017–18. Budget 2017 includes $100 million in Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) funding over three years—with more than $37 million approved for projects in 2017–18—for municipal infrastructure, including local road bridges, resource roads, and community airports in rural Alberta. The 2017–18 investment is expected to support more than 200 jobs across the province as approved projects get underway. “STIP funding helps [...]

Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital project receives $50 million donation

Posted on May 31, 2017
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) to announce a $50 million donation and a new name for the children’s hospital and the foundation. The largest-ever gift of money to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan was made by the Jim Pattison Foundation. In honour of this generous donation, the hospital will be named the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. The CHFS will also be renamed the Jim Pattison Children’s Foundation. Jim Pattison is a Vancouver-based businessman and philanthropist [...]

Site selected for new Edmonton hospital

Posted on May 30, 2017
The Government of Alberta has announced the selection of the site for a new state-of-the-art hospital to be built in the City of Edmonton. The province has committed $400 million over four years to the project. With a projected 350 to 500 beds, the new hospital will provide expanded health-care delivery to a city that is seeing some of the highest population growth in the country. Southwest Edmonton has seen significant growth in recent years and this trend is expected to continue through to 2030. Over the next decade, the largest growth rate of seniors [...]

TransLink launches electric bus trial

Posted on May 16, 2017
TransLink has begun a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus. It is one of a number of environmentally friendly bus technology trials TransLink plans to launch to help the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. The bus in this demo, supplied by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology with an advertised range of approximately 250 kilometers on a single charge. It will be recharged nightly at the Vancouver Transit Centre where the electric trolley fleet is based, and will run on routes in Vancouver. This trial [...]

Council approves phase 1 of Green Line LRT

Posted on May 16, 2017
Calgary City Council has voted in favour of building phase 1 of the Green Line light rail transit (LRT) system. According to a report from CBC News, council approved the current version of the route by a vote of 12-3. The $4.5-billion transit system is designed to run from 16th Avenue North to 126 Ave. S.E., with an underground tunnel running through the downtown portion of the route. The City of Calgary and the federal government have both committed one-third of the project funding, approximately $1.5 billion each, with a provincial commitment yet [...]

Manitoba launches Municipal Road and Bridge Program

Posted on May 12, 2017
The Government of Manitoba is now accepting 2017 proposals through a single-window application intake for the Municipal Road and Bridge Program. The Municipal Road and Bridge Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), and includes two program components: the Municipal Road Improvement Program and the Municipal Bridge Program. Municipalities and Northern Affairs communities can submit applications for cost-shared funding for municipal road and bridge projects. In addition to the $747 million that Manitoba [...]

Highway 19 upgrades underway in Alberta

Posted on May 12, 2017
Construction is underway on the $25-million upgrade of a section of Highway 19 in Alberta. The work includes upgrading and installation of traffic signals at 34 Street (Range Road 252) and construction of a new intersection to the west at 42 Street. Highway 19 will be widened from two lanes to six lanes along the 1.8-kilometre section of road at the east end of the highway. In addition, ramp improvements will be made at the Highway 2 interchange. Alberta Transportation is cost-sharing the project with Remington Development Corporation and Edmonton International [...]

Edmonton approves ambitious Sustainable Building policy

Posted on May 10, 2017
Edmonton’s City Council has approved a new Sustainable Buildings Policy, the most ambitious for a major Canadian city with a carbon intensive electricity grid. “Energy and climate change are the top sustainability and resiliency challenges facing Edmonton. We know that 39 per cent of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 42 per cent of our energy consumption is from buildings,” says Jenny Hong, senior project manager for the Energy Transition Strategy. “It’s important for the city to show leadership in sustainable building practices [...]

Money dedicated to design second highway out of Fort McMurray

Posted on May 8, 2017
Following an ongoing feasibility study for a second highway in and out of Fort McMurray, the provincial government has announced $5 million for the design of the route. According to an article from the CBC, the province began the study in December to analyze the financial and environmental issues that may emerge with the creation of the new highway. Last year’s wildfire caused the city’s population of 88,000 to use just one highway to escape the flames, causing a traffic nightmare on Highway 63. The new highway, one that could link Fort McKay, multiple [...]

New North Battleford hospital reaches 60 per cent completion

Posted on May 8, 2017
Government officials joined residents, staff, and community members in North Battleford to celebrate 60 per cent completion of the province’s new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB). “Our government recognizes the need for appropriate and timely access to mental health services, and the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is a key step forward in our commitment to improve those services,” Cox said. “This project remains important to our government, as well as to the people of Saskatchewan.” Much of the exterior is now complete [...]
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