Spending Smarter on Infrastructure

May 2009

US Stimulus Stifling Canada
If you have a manufacturer in your town or city, you should pay close attention.  They could be in line to lose millions, and your area may lose jobs, thanks to harmful "Made in America" policies south of the border. 

Manufacturers across Canada have shockingly discovered that while the US Government may agree to abide by NAFTA, individual states that receive US Federal money are under no such rule.  The consequences to Canadian manufacturers who export to the United States could be devastating.

Baltimore watermain causes traffic chaos
When a 20 inch cast-iron watermain broke in Baltimore, Maryland, it didn't just cause a water shortage.  42 square blocks of the city were shut down, including the National Aquarium, criminal courts, city hall and several state bureaucracies.  At the time we prepared this article, the watermain has been repaired but the road is still closed.

A man navigates the police tape blocking off over 32 blocks of downtown Baltimore, Maryland last week, after a 20 inch cast-iron watermain shattered.
(Photo courtesy Baltimore Sun.)

Canadian municipalities push back on protectionism
The municipality of Halton Hills, Ontario, is one of the first to strike back at new US Trade rules.  The town is concerned that the new laws will unfairly damage Canadian businesses - and risk thousands of jobs.

Halton Hills has crafted a resolution to ban the purchase of all goods from any country which bars Canadian products.
  The resolution will be forwarded to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for nation-wide endorsement.

AIMS: Where do you stand? 
Size doesn’t seem to matter for municipalities in Nova Scotia. Big or small; there are some good and some bad. 
The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has released their annual report on municipal performance


If you're familiar with other studies which compare municipal performance, let us know about it.  We'd be pleased to share it with our readers.

Questions or concerns about municipal infrastructure?
Let's talk. I can be reached at:
Tel: (905) 670-7676
or:  (800) 268-4664 
Fax: (905) 670-1512
6810 Invader Cres, Mississauga, On
L5T 2B6
Veso Sobot, P.Eng.
Director, Corporate Affairs
Ipex Inc.

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