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Municipal Elections: Ottawa transit drives municipal campaign trail

While Ottawa may not be considered a hotbed of political controversy compared to other major cities this municipal election, the president and general manager of the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) says in local government it comes down to stability and reliability. "There's been a pretty stab...

Municipal Elections: Transportation a key issue in Hamilton election race

As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 27 municipal election, transportation is the primary issue among the three leading mayoral candidates thanks to a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line. The city's Rapid Ready strategy is a comprehensive plan that specifies an LRT line running along the east-west...

Construction Corner: High-rise innovation reaches new heights

The idea of high-rise modular construction in North America got a boost recently when the companies building a residential project at the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, N.Y., were named as one of this year’s winners of the Breakthrough Awards sponsored by Popular Mechanics magazine. The awa...

VIDEO: Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of October 27th, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of October 27th. A new highrise development is aiming to charge Fort McMurray. The two towers proposed would be the tallest structures in the Northern Alberta city. Russell Hixson has a ...

BLOG: Mark Milke on Asian markets, Proposed Energy Projects and Native Land Claim issues at CanaData West

Mark Milke, a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, was the keynote speaker for the Canadata West conference held Oct. 23 in Vancouver. Milke, who has a PhD in political philosophy and international relations, said that numbers are an accurate reflection of what's happening on the ground, and also ...

Tony Dean to lead OCOT review

TORONTO — Tony Dean has been appointed by the province to lead the review of the Ontario College of Trades. "It is a privilege to be asked to take on this important independent review. I am looking forward to hearing from and talking to the organizations and individuals who have ideas and proposals ...

Architects favour Hamilton LRT

Tthe development of a 14-km light rail line service in Hamilton has received support from local architects. At issue is to what degree the province will support the project, estimated to cost more than $800 million. Although provincial Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca affirmed in July that th...

BLOG: High-tech presence in B.C. and infrastructure outlook with Mark Betteridge at CanaData West

Mark Betteridge, the CEO of Discovery Parks, gave an overview of B.C.’s high-tech landscape and infrastructure challenges at the Canadata West Conference held in Vancouver on Oct. 23. Betteridge began by saying high-tech is the biggest growing sector of B.C.'s economy and the second highest creator ...

CanaData West Blog: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market by Ryan Berlin

Ryan Berlin, the demographer and director of Urban Futures Inc., was on hand at the Canadata West conference in Vancouver on Oct. 23 with a talk entitled: The future of B.C.’s Demography and What it Means for our Labour Market Back in 2006-2007, labour was "hot," Berlin said, and he co-authored a re...

BLOG: Cameron Muir’s B.C. Economy overview and real estate outlook at CanaData West

Cameron Muir, the chief economist of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, addressed the delegates of the inaugural Canadata West conference with a talk about the B.C. economy and a look at current real estate trends. Muir said a falling dollar helps exports, but he also sees more demand for...

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