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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson warns of possible in-year cuts to $2.8-billion infrastructure plan for 2020 without help from senior governments

Edmonton Journal Summary Edmonton city council is poised to back most of the $2.8 billion in construction projects approved for 2020, but Mayor Don Iveson is warning the plan may require cuts during the year if senior governments don’t provide funding. A pending motion filed by Iveson...


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Halifax Water thermal heating plan passes first hurdle

Saltwire Network Summary Halifax Water wants to stop wasting so much waste water. “There is a lot of latent heat, latent energy in the waste water that can be used,” James Campbell, communications manager for Halifax Water, said of the downtown Halifax waste water treatment plant adjacent...


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Prince George Downtown Renewable Energy System expands

Canadian Biomass Summary Construction started today on an expansion to Prince George’s Downtown Renewable Energy System that will serve the new parkade across from City Hall and the future new pool at 7th and Quebec. The system currently delivers heat from Lakeland Mills to nearly a dozen...


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CaGBC and RAIC share building code recommendations

HPAC Summary In early April the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) sent a joint letter to National Research Council (NRC) and other federal government ministers to share industry feedback on the overarching approach and omissions of...

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50 million lost power in 2003 blackout, but what if our energy had been locally produced?

Sudbury.com Summary Imagine you are producing renewable energy on your home, and your neighbours are too. When you produce extra, you can sell energy to a neighbour. When you need a bit extra, they can sell some to you. You help power your neighbourhood community centre, hospital and...


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Reviewing Ikea’s geothermal chiller

Canadian Consulting Engineer Summary In 2011, furniture retailer Ikea commissioned and implemented a frictionless magnetic levitation (maglev) centrifugal chiller to heat and air-condition a major distribution centre in Brossard, Que., by means of geothermal energy. The system achieved...


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According to Sussex Strategy Group, Alberta Court Rules Against Federal Carbon Tax

Sussex Strategy Group Press Release Summary The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled in a 4-1 decision that the federal carbon pricing backstop is unconstitutional. The finding applies to both the system for large emitters known as the Output-Based Pricing System and the distributed fuel charge...


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Canada Oil-Sands Plan Collapses Over Politics and Economics

New York Times Summary A major effort to develop growth of Canada’s oil sands has collapsed shortly earlier than a deadline for presidency approval, undone by investor issues over oil’s future and the political fault traces between financial and environmental priorities. 9 years within the...


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'Aggressive' game plan touted to tackle climate change emergency

Windsor Star Summary The lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to solving Windsor’s recently declared climate change emergency is our woefully inefficient homes, which use 35 per cent more energy than the Ontario average. So creating a Residential Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofit program aimed...


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City of Prince George says Downtown Renewable Energy System Performed Perfectly During Cold Snap

Prince George Matters Summary The City of Prince George is sharing their impressions of the Downtown Renewable Energy System's performance during the recent cold snap that saw temperatures read -44 C. A news release says the system operated at its "highest level ever and may have set a...