Montreal tunnel collapse ‘a lesson to the entire country’

Canada’s second-biggest city is being called a No. 1 example of the potential consequences of neglecting infrastructure renewal projects.

Longtime structural engineers say Montreal’s woes are an illustration for other Canadian cities of what could happen when a municipality doesn’t have a solid maintenance plan in place — from the very beginning.

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Rough month in Montreal

Montreals infrastructure problems may have begun decades ago, but they appear to be coming to a head this year. The city was blasted by a flash storm earlier this month - which led to this shocking video of what can happen when storm drains become overrun.

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Liability questions remain in Calgary water main fiasco

A family of five were evacuated following the Thursday afternoon mishap in northeast Calgary that saw a 24-inch concrete pipe burst, sending a torrent of water shooting two storeys into the air.

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Is Revenue Canada going to come knocking on your door?

The Canada Revenue Agency will be able to inspect the books of about 150 Quebec municipalities as it conducts a sweeping probe looking for possible cases of tax evasion. The revenue agency wants to scrutinize hundreds of contracts handed out by municipalities between 2007 and 2010 — looking at everything from snow removal and garbage pickup to individuals who may have done consultant work.

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Is there a 'Silver Bullet' for aging water systems?

In folklore, a silver bullet is reportedly the only kind that provides an effective defense against terrible monsters. One municipal official in Denver's third-largest city says if the evil monster is corrosion or pipe replacement costs, then there is indeed a silver bullet out there.

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