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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 [...]

Four Honoured with 2008 Canadian Transportation Awards

Posted on September 26, 2008
Transport Canada, along with the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), today announced the winners of the 2008 Canadian Transportation Awards, recognizing leadership, excellence and achievement in the transportation sector. The recipients of the four transportation awards are having a positive impact on the way we travel and move goods in Canada and around the world. Ron Harmer, of Victoria, B.C., received the Transportation Person of the Year award for his leadership role in advancing the adoption of cleaner fuels and sustainable [...]

B.C.’s EAO to Assess 130-Megawatt Hydro Project

Posted on September 24, 2008
Plutonic Power's application for an environmental assessment certificate for the 130-megawatt Upper Toba Valley run-of-river hydroelectric project has been accepted by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The Upper Toba Valley run-of-river project is comprised of three generation facilities on Jimmie Creek, Dalgleish Creek and the Upper Toba River and will utilize the same transmission line being built for Plutonic's 196 MW Toba/Montrose project, which has been under construction since July 2007. The Upper Toba Valley project has now been formally accepted [...]

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. [...]
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