Canada: A Hydro Superpower

With 15 hydroelectric projects (valued at $34 billion) now underway across Canada, over 12,600 megawatts of new power is expected to come online in the next few years. And that’s only a quarter of the total value of the 2013 Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects.

ReNew Canada’s annual Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects report is dominated by hydroelectric megaprojects this year. The top three projects on the list are hydroelectric generating facilities, starting with this year’s number one project, the $7.9-billion Site C Clean Energy Project in Fort St. John, British Columbia. The fifteen hydroelectric projects on the list outnumber all other major project categories, with health care, highway, LRT, and wind projects following close behind.

The controversial Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project in Newfoundland and Labrador ranks at number 12, with the associated transmission project, Maritime Transmission Link, landing at number 41.

“Last year’s number one project was a transit project—Toronto’s notorious Eglinton Crosstown LRT, down at five this year due to a reversion to the original design scheme. This year, energy is back on top,” says ReNew …

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Actual Media Supports The Stop

Actual Media is proud to have contributed to the fundraising efforts of Toronto collective Choir! Choir! Choir! The group of singers is embarking on a choir-a-thon to raise funds for The Stop Community Food Centre. On December 14, members of Choir! Choir! Choir! will pile into school buses and tour three hospitals: Sunnybrook Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and The Briton House Retirement Centre. The original fundraising foal of $10,000 has been surpassed thanks to the generosity of a long list of donors, including Actual Media. Actual Media’s executive editor, Mira Shenker, will be one of over 100 singers taking part in this day-long event.

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SNAPSHOTS: CBN’s “Falling for Brownfields” Cocktail Reception

An inside look at last night’s “Falling for Brownfields” cocktail reception, hosted by the Canadian Brownfields Network at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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PRESS RELEASE: Canada’s First National State of Municipal Infrastructure Report Card Released

TORONTO, September 11, 2012 – Canada’s first-ever report card on the state of its public works assets has been released. ReNew Canada magazine released an exclusive first look at the results of the report in their recent issue. The article is available online at It turns out that the system with the worst result in this report is neither roads nor water—it’s asset management.

Just in time to weigh in on the importance of asset management in the next federal long-term infrastructure plan, four of Canada’s biggest industry associations (CCA, FCM, CSCE, CPWA) have released the results of a municipal assessment of the condition of four primary municipal infrastructure asset categories: drinking water systems, wastewater and stormwater networks, and municipal roads.

After a big initial push to get communities to submit data, 346 municipalities registered to participate. In the end, only 123 contributed. Part of the reason: municipalities lack a detailed inventory of their infrastructure. What the Report Card found that many municipalities lack the internal capacity to assess the state of their infrastructure accurately on their own. “Asset …

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ReNew Canada and EDC Launch

Export Development Canada (EDC) announced that is has parlayed the success of its annual Canadians at Work: 50 International Infrastructure Projects publication into a new online resource for Canadian companies.

“Connecting Canadian companies to global infrastructure projects, and to other Canadian companies already involved in them, is another opportunity to help create trade opportunities for Canada’s infrastructure sector,” said Francoise Faverjon-Fortin, Vice-President, Infrastructure and Environment, EDC.

EDC developed the site to deliver three key benefits for Canadian companies:

First, companies can register their projects online, giving them international exposure in the infrastructure sector. Second, companies can be alerted to new opportunities being presented to EDC and DFAIT through local networks around the world. Third, companies can research and learn about other Canadian companies in the infrastructure sector, allowing for information-sharing and networking opportunities.

As Canadian companies register their companies and their projects online, the website will evolve and expand its network. More than four new projects will be posted monthly, as will a feature article discussing a specific area of Canadian innovation or expertise in the infrastructure sector.

“Enhancing the ability of Canadian companies …

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Top 100 Projects Gearing Up for 2013

Our researchers never sleep. As the team at ReNew Canada continues its work on the 2013 report on Canada’s Top 100 biggest infrastructure projects, we’re taking a break to fill you in on a few major developments that occurred after we released the 2012 report. We’re also releasing a few details about some of the new projects we’ll be adding to the list.

Transit in Toronto

There’s been more shuffling at Toronto City Hall, with yet more massive shifts in transit policy. In October 2010, Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, cancelled Transit City, a plan initiated by the previous administration. A network of light rail transit (LRT) lines across Sheppard and Finch Avenues, part of Transit City, was cancelled, with that funding redirected to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Running the entire line underground, coupled with the inclusion of the Scarborough RT into the project description, took the project cost from $4.6 billion to $8.4 billion, making it the biggest infrastructure project in Canada, and our number one for 2012.

However, Mayor Ford had only signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with …

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Kerry’s Kilimanjaro Climb for Life

In October 2012 I’m scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro — at over 19,000 feet, it’s Africa’s highest peak — to raise awareness and funds to help combat the global water and sanitation crisis.

I believe that everyone on earth deserves access to these basic human needs and I invite you to share my passion. Please consider making a donation (large or small) toward my personal fundraising goal. Every dollar raised will help support WaterCan’s clean water and sanitation projects in communities throughout eastern Africa.

Worldwide, nearly one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, and a further 2.6 billion have no basic sanitation like toilets and latrines. This constitutes one of the most lethal, yet solvable, public health emergencies affecting the developing world today. Let’s all lend a helping hand and help end poverty at the source!

To find out more about WaterCan’s work or to get involved, please visit

Thank you!

Kerry Freek, editor, Water Canada

My Campaign Goal: $10,000.00

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From Words to Action – Lessons from Antarctica

Robert Swan, O.B.E., is a polar explorer, an environmental leader and the first person ever to walk to both the North and South poles. Rob talks about the early Antarctic polar explorers, positive leadership, and the importance of people adopting sustainable, renewable energy practices so that Antarctica will never be exploited for its resources. Rob shared his ideas at TEDxAntarcticPeninsula, a solar powered event.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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