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Manitoba mega-project stopped in its tracks over environmental concerns

Concerns about the $3-billion, 30-year East Side Road project’s environmental effects have been echoed by the province’s wildlife and fisheries branch and in a recent consultant’s report for the Manitoba Metis Federation.

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Construction slows in Calgary as recession delays office tower projects

Construction crews have boarded up the skeleton of a partially built office tower in the middle of Calgary as real-estate developers slow or stop projects amid a glut of available commercial space.

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BOMA Toronto comments on Green Button proposal

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area’s (BOMA Toronto) recently published letter to the Ontario Ministry of Energy (MOE) offers nine recommendations on the draft policy of the province’s Green Button energy data analytics network.

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National Highway System gets $53M investment in Manitoba

Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Infrastructure, and Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $53 million in joint funding for major rehabilitation projects for Provincial Trunk Highways (PTH) 1 and 6.

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Funding approved for new Sidney BC community safety building

Designed by Bradley Shuya Architect, the 26,000-square-foot building will also include an emergency communications centre and a B.C. Ambulance station.

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Construction to begin for roundabouts of Cornwall bypass in PEI

Construction on Phase 1 of a perimeter highway bypassing Cornwall will begin early next month, despite the province having purchased only 30 per cent of the land required for the full project.

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First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

The 60-level building will be the first skyscraper in Australia environmentally engineered to include solar cells in the facade, creating a far greater surface area for catching the sun's rays.

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Canada, Ontario reach US$2.3B funding agreement for infrastructure

The government of Canada and the province of Ontario reached an agreement that makes CA$2.97 billion (US$2.3 billion) in combined funding available for infrastructure improvements in the province.

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Toronto District School Board announces $3.4B needed to repair and update schools

An online guide launched Monday by the Toronto District School Board lets parents know exactly how badly in need of repair their local school is, and if you add up all those repairs across the entire system the total comes to $3.4 billion, the board says.

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Eleven organizations urge national plan for energy-efficient buildings in Canada

They offer 14 recommendations for key policies and programs for a national plan that would help the government meet climate-change objectives and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Such a plan, they say, would set the stage for deep energy retrofits of existing buildings (energy reductions of 25 to 50 percent of one-third of Canada’s buildings by 2030), and all new construction to be nearly zero energy by 2030.

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Edmonton pushes ahead to regulate privacy for infill projects

The new rules will require most new rooftop patios to be set back at least two metres from edge of the roof overlooking its own backyard or the neighbour’s house. It must be one metre back from the front of the house.

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Pembina Institute: B.C. climate plan leaves hard work for a later day

Josha MacNab, B.C. director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Premier Christy Clark’s release of the province’s new climate plan.

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Vancouver Island construction companies searching for workers amid boom

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association is launching a social media campaign to attract construction workers for major projects on Vancouver Island. 

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Municipality of Wood Buffalo issues progress report on recovery within the Fort Mac Region

After reviewing the Green Homes Plan, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has provided additional feedback to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force. Both the Task Force and the CMOH continue to work together to establish conditions that could allow for the re-occupation of some standing homes in Beacon Hill and Abasand.

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Alton Gas LP's natural gas storage facility hearing delayed until November

The Sipekne’katik First Nation’s court battle to halt Alton Natural Gas Storage LP’s controversial natural gas storage facility near Stewiacke is now on hold until November.

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Fredericton underpass construction project going over deadline

The underpass reconstruction project will miss its Aug. 31 deadline. Engineers blame high temperatures and recent rain for the delay which is expected to push the project past Labour Day.

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