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February, 2017
City of Toronto wants Victoria University to pay property tax on Yorkville land


While the school — better known as the University of Toronto's Victoria College — does not pay property taxes on the land, it's unclear whether it does on the buildings themselves. 

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February, 2017
A Designer's view on zoning by-laws in Toronto


City by-laws are a crucial part of any qualified designer’s career and certainly any negligence towards them can result in catastrophic consequences.

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February, 2017
Construction on schedule for Haliburton's Highlands Health Services Palliative Care Centre


A tour of the facility last week gave an in-depth look at the project progressing on schedule, with a completion date of mid to late May and occupancy expected by mid June, said Ben Jardine, engineering manager with Greystone Construction.

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February, 2017
Are dams and LNG shutting out biofuels in B.C.?


With B.C.'s needs satisfied by hydro and natural gas, Kariya worries that the province is driving away innovation in the renewable energy sector.

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February, 2017
Trump, Trudeau call for 'expeditious' construction of Gordie Howe International Bridge


Canada has made construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge one of its top national infrastructure projects.

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February, 2017
B.C. throne speech a missed opportunity for clean economic prosperity


Josha MacNab, B.C. director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s throne speech in the B.C. legislature:

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February, 2017
How one small municipality revamped their storm water system inspections


The town of Renfrew is a small municipality, with storm and sanitary system including 89 km (55 miles) of pipe. In 2005, Renfrew hired a CCTV service company to inspect 75% of their system, totaling $400,000 to complete. 

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February, 2017
A look at the multi-billion-dollar green electric power fiascos across Canada


While the punditocracy whipped itself into a justifiable if ritual lather over another Ottawa bailout of Bombardier, the $372-million loan is small change compared with the multi-billion-dollar green electric power fiascos across the country.

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February, 2017
Taking a look at the new second phase of the McEwen Architecture building in Sudbury


It's the first new school of architecture in Canada in 45 years, and they're making every piece of the building count.

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February, 2017
Canadian housing starts trends higher in January


The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). 

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February, 2017
BC approves $417-million tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops


The $417-million tower will rise on the east side of the hospital in an area that is now a parking lot for doctors and other staff. It will climb to nine storeys and have 11 operating rooms, among other features.

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February, 2017
Halifax wants to use thermal energy to heat buildings for upcoming Cogswell project


Coal or other fuels can power a DES, but in this case, Halifax Water would harness heat from the nearby sewage treatment plant to create thermal energy. The utility says that energy would be enough to provide heating and cooling to the Cogswell redevelopment area.

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February, 2017
Montreal spending $50 million to revitalize Plaza St-Hubert


The city of Montreal announced it will spend close to $50 million to revitalize Plaza St-Hubert, including $22 million to replace the glass awning that covers the sidewalk. 

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February, 2017
Construction contract awarded for redevelopment of Dauphin Regional Health Centre


Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that a construction contract has been awarded for a $23-million project to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

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