Ottawa to extend infrastructure spending deadline for some projects

Breaking News: Provinces finding it difficult to meet the federal government’s March 31 deadline for economic stimulus funding can expect some relief in the next two weeks, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The government has yet to confirm the report but an announcement is expected within the next two weeks.


Entire City of New York faces lead contamination scare

“When it comes to lead, it’s always better to be safe than sorry because according to the U.S. CDC, according to the U.S. EPA, there really is no level of lead that’s safe in children,” health officials said.

The potential for lead in the water increases in buildings and homes built before 1987, because lead solder was used to seal pipe joints. And for buildings put up before 1961, there’s an even greater concern — because the pipelines that brought water to those homes were made entirely of lead.


City of Toronto begins massive rebuild of water pipeline

Interesting fact - sometimes older watermains are in better shape than the newer cast iron pipes. The watermains most responsible for the headaches are those installed in the 50's and 60's. Prior to that, the cast iron used was much thicker and heavier. After that, new technologies like PVC began to take over.


Despite recommendation, Alberta still lacks infrastructure management plan

The government of Alberta doesn’t have a plan to undertake billions of dollars in much needed repairs to public infrastructure, even though a commission recommended in 2002 that it should be done.

According to a report by the Alberta auditor general, the Treasury Board doesn’t have a plan to deal with this growing problem of deferred maintenance.


Can we turn plastic back into oil?

It's a dream for municipalities everywhere - take the plastic that's currently in landfill and turn it into revenue-generating crude oil. Can it be done? One man thinks so.


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Veso Sobot, P.Eng
Ipex Management Inc
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