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British Columbia and Squamish First Nation Sign Sea-to-Sky Agreement

Posted on September 19, 2008
The government of British Columbia and the Squamish First Nation signed an historic Sea-to-Sky agreement on September 12, 2008. The agreement allows the province to widen the Sea-to-Sky Highway through portions of the Squamish claimed traditional territory, while enabling the Squamish to pursue economic development opportunities created by the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project and the 2010 Winter Games. Previously, on December 15, 2006, the government of British Columbia and the Lil'wat First Nation signed a similar agreement. These agreements give [...]

Government of Saskatchewan Invests $36.2 Million in Highway and Bridge Infrastructure to Support Southeast Economy

Posted on September 18, 2008
On September 11, 2008, Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister Wayne Elhard provided an update on the $36.2 million worth of highway and bridge construction projects taking place in southeast Saskatchewan in 2008-09. The province will invest $17 million to rebuild Highway 8 from Storthoaks north to Fairlight, a total of 47.3 kilometres. This upgrade will be completed in three sections: Storthoaks to south of Redvers is complete; construction is ongoing from Redvers to 18.3 kilometres north; and construction on the section from 18.3 kilometres [...]

B.C. Premier Announces $31-Million Cycling Investment

Posted on September 18, 2008
Cyclists throughout British Columbia will benefit from new, safe and high-quality cycling trails, bike lanes, bike lockers and more, thanks to Bike BC, a $31-million program for cycling infrastructure, Premier Gordon Campbell announced earlier this week. "Cycling is a great option for people who want to stay healthy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint," said Campbell. "Government is supporting those choices through Bike BC-one of the largest investments the Province has ever made in building and improving cycling infrastructure in communities [...]

Ten Nuclear Recommendations: Report

Posted on September 15, 2008
Calgary, Alta.-The Canada West Foundation last week released a paper that outlines the opportunities and challenges of expanding the nuclear industry and the use of nuclear energy as a source of electricity. Prairie Atoms: The Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Power in Alberta and Saskatchewan examines examining how Alberta and Saskatchewan can take advantage of the nuclear revival, and recommends ways to improve public policy as it relates to Canada's untapped nuclear capacity. "On balance, the opportunities outweigh the challenges," argues the [...]

Nexterra to Supply Gasification System to Major U.S. Laboratory

Posted on September 12, 2008
Nexterra Energy Corp., a Canadian company based in Vancouver, has received an order from Johnson Controls Inc. for a multi-million dollar biomass gasification system at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Nexterra biomass gasification system is the cornerstone of an $89-million contract for Johnson Controls to undertake a wide range of building management and energy conservation measures at ORNL. The ORNL campus is home to the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy [...]

More Money for B.C. Transportation

Posted on September 8, 2008
Vancouver, B.C.- Last week, the federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure Fund, announced an investment of a total of up to $20.9 million in five shortsea shipping projects and two road projects in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. This represents a potential $43.5-million joint investment with private sector transportation service providers and municipalities in the region. These projects will establish a network of complementary shortsea shipping services in the Lower Mainland that will [...]

Canada and B.C. Partner to Improve Highway 97

Posted on September 4, 2008
Quesnel, B.C.—Highway improvement initiatives along Highway 97 today received $21.5 million in joint funding from the federal and British Columbia governments. The highway improvements will involve creating four lanes along a 3.2-km stretch of Highway 97 from Dale Lake Road to Dragon Lake Road as well as replacing the existing Hixon Bridge with a new four-lane structure. Both initiatives are expected to be completed by fall 2009. [...]

New Money, New Reports

Posted on September 4, 2008
The federal government continues its deal-making spree this week, signing agreements with the provinces of Alberta and Quebec. Through Building Canada, Quebec will get $4 billion and Alberta will get about $1.8 billion. With new funding coming in, Quebec's city hall is putting together a progress report about the $401 million it plans to spend this year on infrastructure repairs--193 projects across Montreal Island are penciled in for this year for road, sidewalk and waterworks repairs. [...]

Feds Invest $3.5M in B.C. Transportation

Posted on September 3, 2008
The federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, is investing $3.5 million in two road projects in Prince George, B.C. This represents a joint investment in excess of $7 million with the City of Prince George. Richard Harris, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, made the announcement yesterday on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities and James Moore, secretary of state (Asia-Pacific Gateway) (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages). Improvements to two concurrent sections of River Road were [...]

QGI Awarded Rail Review Contract

Posted on August 29, 2008
Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities today announced the selection of QGI, an Edmonton consulting company, to conduct the first two projects for the rail freight service review, following an RFP issued July 24, 2008. The rail freight review, which will be conducted in two stages, may take up to 18 months to complete. The first stage, which is now underway, consists of research related to the rail-based logistics system. The second stage will be led by a panel of three eminent persons who will develop recommendations [...]
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