Federal budget to simplify environmental review process

A major initiative which may have been missed in the commotion regarding retirement ages and pennies: The federal government is promising in its budget to streamline environmental review of major industrial projects and impose hard timelines on decisions.

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Municipalities give 'thumbs up' to Federal budget...

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says the 'commitment to have its new long-term infrastructure plan in place before current funding programs end in 2014, means that municipalities can look forward to stable, secure federal infrastructure funding.'

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Toronto picks up the shovels...

The City of Toronto has made a new commitment to renewing their infrastructure. They decided last month to allow large, non-corrosive vinyl water mains into the system, and it's easy to understand why. A recent Global News investigation shows certain parts of Toronto are more prone to water main breaks than others.

Global has released an interactive map showing what neighbourhoods struggle the most.

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The problem with low-flow toilets

Municipalities across North America are increasingly promoting low-flow toilets as a water conservation measure. Unfortunately, they're also discovering the downside of low-flow toilets: just because you 'go' doesn't mean that 'it' goes away. Our Gordon Lefort has a great article, where he points out that the issue isn't the toilet, but the corroded, cast-iron drain pipe the toilet is often connected to.

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Trenchless Technology Road Show - June 5-6

Trenchless Road Shows provide a platform to educate municipal, engineering and contractor personnel across North America on the benefits of trenchless methods for sewer and water pipeline rehabilitation.

The two-day conference and trade show will feature new research and development, exhibiting companies, plus educational breakout sessions and live outdoor technique sessions. The presentations contain the most up-to-date information on the best trenchless technologies and techniques to utilize in rehabilitation and new installation projects.

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Comments or Questions?

As always, I love to know what you're up to in your neighbourhood. Call or email anytime.

Veso Sobot, P. Eng.
Ipex Management Inc.
Veso.Sobot@ipexna.com
(905) 795-6113

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