How would YOU handle a $56B Federal Surplus? The federal government’s fiscal update, released on Nov. 12, revealed a projected $56 billion in surplus

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How would YOU handle a $56B Federal Surplus?

The federal government’s fiscal update, released on Nov. 12, revealed a projected $56 billion in surpluses over the next five years, beginning in 2015-2016.

How would you recommend the federal government use these projected surpluses to advance the economy? Since you can’t afford to do everything, would it be best to cut taxes, increase transfers, boost spending or simply pay down the debt?

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says one of the top three priorities is clear: Focus on Infrastructure.

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Will Harper give March-ing orders?

This is the time of year for political predictions.

Stephen Harper says he has no plans to call an early election. Despite these assurances, some predict he will call an election for late March.

The last possible date for the next federal election is Oct. 19, 2015. But the prime minister has the prerogative to call an election any time before then.

He will be criticized for taking Canadians to the polls early. But that criticism will soon dissipate as the battle for the electorate’s hearts and minds moves into full gear.

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Halifax Water’s in-pipe hydro power turbine a first for Canada

The water flowing from taps in the Halifax area will now also help light people’s homes thanks to a project that’s the first of its kind in Canada.

Halifax Water has installed the country’s first in-pipe hydroelectric project. Crews retrofitted a pressure-release facility to re-route excess water through a turbine. Rather than wasting the pressure, it’s being used to generate power.


Broken infrastructure - not just a Canadian problem.

Commuters in the US capital got a double dose of the perils of failing infrastructure as they headed into the holiday season. Not only did the commuter rail line system shut down, drivers then ran into traffic chaos when crews had to fix a sinkhole.

The incident was another reminder of how one infrastructure system’s problems can have a domino effect on others.

The solution has been studied, and the verdict is clear: There are better technologies available to deliver water than old fashioned, corrosion prone concrete and iron.


Federal infrastructure money means Chatham-Kent can keep moving.

Last year, a total of 25 bridges and culverts, totalling $21 million, were recommended for divestment, which doesn't necessarily mean immediate closure, but that they would no longer be rehabilitated.

New infrastructure money from the Federal Government means most of those structures may be saved.


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Veso Sobot, P.Eng
Ipex Management Inc.
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