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Index of Reports and Outcome Statements

Posted on: Tue, Jan 24th, 2017

When the Bough Breaks (REPORT) - Nov 2014


Procurement Workshop Outcome Summary  - Oct 26, 2016


InfraForum 2016 Outcome Statement - May 26,2016


InfraForum 2015 Outcome Statement - May 26, 2015

InfraForum 2014 Outcome Statement - Sept 2014

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NEWS: FCM Announcements

Posted on: Mon, Mar 27th, 2017

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is seeking representatives from the following groups to sit on the Technical Working Group for the new Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP):


1. Provincial/Territorial municipal association representatives;
2. Practitioner representatives (municipal staff); and
3. Technical representatives from communities of practice or the private sector.

Please submit nominations by email to Kirsten Brouse (kbrouse@fcm.ca) by Friday, March 31st. Nominations should include the name and title of the nominee along with a few sentences describing the nominee's experience and why they would make a valuable contribution to the Technical Working Group. You are welcome to forward this call for nominations to others in your network.

The first Technical Working Group meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 18th and 19th in Calgary, following the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) conference.

For additional information about the Technical Working Group, please review the Terms of Reference, in the link, below.

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[News] PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP PRODUCES OUTCOMES

Posted on: Fri, Nov 18th, 2016

The Courageous Conversations: Procurement Workshop was held on October 21, 2016, at the University of Toronto.  The workshop was co-hosted by WaterTAP, OCSI and Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO).  Cole Engineering Group sponsored the event.

The workshop brought togehter a diverse set of stakeholders to identify a set of criteria for th eprocurement of sustinable municipal infrastructure.  These criteria were used to identify forces that are acting in resistance to these criteria and forces that are working to achieve them.

The day concluded with an agreement to move forward with the co-hosts working to attain the criteria in connection with other procurement initiatives currently being undertaken locally and elsewhere.

Read the Preliminary Outcomes Summary document here.

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[News] OCSI RELEASES OUTCOME STATEMENT

Posted on: Wed, Sep 21st, 2016

OCSI is pleased to release the Outcome Statement from the 3rd annual InfraForum held earlier this year on May 26, 2016 in Toronto.

Industry leaders from 19 organizations within Ontario's municipal and public works sectors and their partners in the private sector met to discuss the role that infrastructure plays in supporting the economic development critical to Ontario's continued success.

"The InfraForum allowed an exchange of viewpoints from a wide range of stakeholders on how infrastructure investments can best be utilized to promote economic growth and benefit the citizens of Ontario," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair OCSI. "Other benefits which could be realized include greater resiliency to climate change, better accommodation of future population patterns and demographics, and increased innovation. For these to occur, inclusive, multi-stakeholder forums such as this are essential."

 

The courageous conversations generated six main messages based on the provocateurs' challenge questions and issues raised by delegates. The outcome addresses how to leverage infrastructure investments for growth in Ontario and secure the future. (Click on link, below, to view the Outcome Statement.)

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[EVENT] INFRAFORUM A GREAT SUCCESS

Posted on: Fri, May 27th, 2016

OCSI hosted the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum in Toronto on the timely topic of leveraging infrastructure investments for economic growth in Ontario.  Session kicked off with a panel on "Big Things Happening in Ontario" in stormater, water and soil, followed by group discussions on the topical questions posed by the panelists.  Provocateurs included MP Adam Vaughan, Allan O'Dette (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) and Mike P. Moffatt (Chief Economist Mowat Centre) who provided key information and perspective to fuel the courageous converations throughout the day.  The results of the session will be published in an Outcome Statement. Link for the InfraForum slides, below.

     

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[NEWS] A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION

Posted on: Wed, May 18th, 2016

FULL COST FOR WATER RATES PROVIDES A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION


May 18, 2016 – As one of the leading voices of public infrastructure in Canada, the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is committed to the sustainability of our transportation, water and sewer systems and other public infrastructure. Sustainable funding is a key area of focus for OCSI.

OCSI applauds the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) and the release of their report earlier this week Bringing sustainability to Ontario's water systems. The report studies the progress of the past quarter-century and identifies 18 findings and recommendations.  (See link, below, for copy of the report.)

Three recommendations include:

WATER RATES: "Although steady progress is being made, existing water and wastewater rates will need to rise, or significant improvements in productivity will need to be realized, if water services are to achieve true financial sustainability over time."

INFRASTRUCTURE: "After a generation of underinvestment in water-related infrastructure, the scale of reinvestment will necessarily be large and will need to be sustained over time."

GLOBAL: "Canada's and Ontario's water policy should recognize the growing continental importance of water-source access, preservation and conservation and new forms of economic activity related to water use. The focus should be on preserving water resources, levering competitive economic advantage (especially in the Great lakes Region), and ensuring full-cost compensation for water withdrawals. Ontario should seek opportunities to be a leader in these efforts."

"As municipalities continue their efforts in moving towards good asset management, sustainable funding sources will be required to deliver the much needed priorities for each community. Full cost recovery for water, wastewater and stormwater provides a sustainable solution for funding these essential amenities," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI.

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[ARTICLE] HOW ONTARIO CAN COPE WITH ITS $60B INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT

Posted on: Mon, Apr 25th, 2016

excerpt from Environmental Science & Engineering magazine, April 2016

Municipalities are faced with a growing backlog of infrastructure needs, while funding sources remain limited and contrained.  In Ontario, the municipal related infrastructure deficit (for engineering services) is estimated at $60 billion.  If other municipal infrastructure, such as parks and recreation, libraries and cultural centres are added to the total, the true deficit is much greater.

Link to article.

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[News] PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION AND ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on: Thu, Feb 25th, 2016

OCSI made a pre-budget submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, on January 29, 2016.  Key messages included:

  • Formula-based funding is best approach: predictable, stable funding for municipalities that can be carried forward for 5 years
  • "Worst First" Approach rewards the wrong behaviour
  • Funding for "Shovel-Ready" projects does not necessarily create new projects
  • Municipal Priorities: funding for rehabilitation and preventative maintenance
  • Support asset management planning by municipalities
  • Leadership by the Province
  • Connectivity supports economic development

On February 22nd at the OGRA/ROMA conference, the Premier announced increased funding for municipalities.  The increase from $50million to $200 million by 2018 (OCIF) for formula-based funding that is predictable and stable will be allowed to be carried forward for 5 years.

Link to Ontario News announcement.

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[News] NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD RELEASED

Posted on: Mon, Jan 18th, 2016

OCSI applauds the work of the Report Card Advisory Board and the 120 municipalities that contributed to the national infrastructure report card 2016 released today.

"The significance of having access to data that helps define the infrastructure deficit across the country cannot be understated," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair of the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. "It is an important step to understand where we are. Only then can we make decisions of how best to leverage infrastructure investments in order to sustain economic opportunities and quality of life for Canadians."

The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card 2016 provides a comprehensive review of the state of infrastructure in Canada, with input from 36 municipalities in Ontario, representing a population of 9,436,000.

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[NEWS] CURRENT GUIDE FOR MUNICIPAL ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS PRESENTS CHALLENGE FOR ONTARIO'S INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

Posted on: Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015

Head of Consulting Engineers of Ontario calls for overhaul of municipal asset management framework

(Article by Barry Steinberg, published in Canadian Consulting Engineer)

The 2015 Ontario auditor general's annual report raises concerns about the fact that the Wynne government doesn't have a long-term infrastructure plan that includes an accurate description of the current condition of the Province's assets, including roads and buildings.

That is to say that there is no reliable estimate of Ontario's infrastructure deficit - a crucial factor in making evidence-based, properly planned investment decisions, both for new capital and refurbishment of existing infrastructure.
Contributing to government's inability to create an accurate estimate of its infrastructure deficit is the lack of consistency among municipal asset management plans that communities must produce in order to qualify for infrastructure funding.

Municipal asset management plans help communities track and categorize not just what sort of infrastructure they have, but also its precise condition, including location, age, and condition and remaining life expectancy - all essential variables to consider when prioritizing crucial infrastructure investments.

Full article LINK.

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[RESPONSE] CAP AND TRADE EBR SUBMISSION

Posted on: Tue, Dec 15th, 2015

The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure represents the municipal public works sector. In reviewing the EBR post on Cap and Trade Program Design Options, OCSI has the following important points which we feel the provincial government should consider during development of this important and far-reaching policy.

1. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change must coordinate policy development with other relevant ministries, such as the Ministry of Energy (MOE), Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), to ensure that the policy fulfils the intended objectives without duplicating other programs that those ministries may already have put in place.

2. We recognize that municipalities have an important part to play in addressing climate change; however, the policy must ensure municipalities are not unduly negatively impacted by the cap and trade policy.

3. The policy must acknowledge the initiatives and significant efforts that municipalities have already implemented to reduce GHG emissions in the province.

4. To continue that momentum, future programs should provide incentives for municipalities to continue to reduce their GHG emissions.

5. We recommend that the cap and trade policy be considered as only one, but important, part of the province's overall response to climate change, which should also include initiatives and projects that help municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change.

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[NEWS] INFRASTRUCTURE A HIGHER PRIORITY FOR THE NEW LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

Posted on: Fri, Dec 4th, 2015

Economic Prosperity and Infrastructure

Leading up to the federal election on October 19th, OCSI sent letters to the leaders of the federal parties to ask about their commitment to infrastructure.

OCSI received responses from the NDP, Green Party and the Liberal Party of Canada. OCSI did not receive a response from the Conservative Party of Canada. The complete letters from each party were published on an OCSI election specific website (https://ocsiorg.wordpress.com/). On October 16th OCSI issued a news release with highlights from the parties' responses.

In reviewing the mandate letter addressed to federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, we find a strong similarity to the Liberal Party's response during the election. We are pleased to see that the mandate letter reflects the position that we received during the campaign.

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[NEWS] CONNECTING LINKS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Posted on: Thu, Nov 26th, 2015

Applications for Connecting Links Program now open

(excerpt from Consulting Engineers Ontario newsletter - Nov 19, 2015)

Applications are now open for Connecting Links Program. On November 10, 2015, Ontario launched a new $15 million annual Connecting Links Program to help municipalities pay the construction and repair costs for municipal roads that connect communities to provincial highways and border crossings.

Across the province, there are 352 kilometres of connecting links, including 70 bridges, in 77 municipalities.

The Ministry of Transportation will provide connecting link funding for a range of capital projects such as bridge replacement, pavement rehabilitation, storm sewer construction and intersection improvements. Projects will be funded up to 90 percent to a maximum of $3 million of eligible project costs.

The deadline for Connecting Links applications is Friday, January 29, 2016. Click here to download the Connecting Links Program application and guide.

 

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[EVENT] INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2016

Posted on: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

Plan to join us for the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - TORONTO

Leveraging infrastructure investments
for economic growth in Ontario

Event information and Tickets.

Check out the Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the InfraForum

BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN ONTARIO (Panel)

STORMWATER - Christine Zimmer
(Credit Valley Conservation)

WATER - Krystyn Tully (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper)

SOIL - J.P. Marini (Terra Nova Environmental Services Inc.)

PROVOCATEURS (Speakers) 

Mike P. Moffatt
Chief Economist, Mowat Centre

Mike P. Moffatt is one of Canada's most dynamic young thinkers. He is the Chief Economist of the Mowat Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) group at the Ivey Business School at Western University and a Research Fellow at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management in addition to being a regular contributor to Canadian Business and Macleans.

Allan O'Dette
President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Allan O'Dette is the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario which collectively employ over two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario's GDP. Prior to joining the OCC, Allan was an entrepreneur and a senior executive in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 25 years of experience. 

Adam Vaughan, MP (Spadina – Fort York)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)

Adam Vaughan was elected twice to Toronto City Council before voters sent him to Ottawa to represent urban issues in Parliament. As an activist and as a journalist, Adam has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto. On City Council he played a major role in reforming the planning process in the city. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing stock while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs in Toronto. Before entering politics, Adam was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. He covered all three levels of government and has written about urban issues too.

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[NEWS] FEDERAL PARTIES SHOW VARYING LEVELS OF SUPPORT FOR MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Posted on: Fri, Oct 16th, 2015

October 16, 2015 - As one of the leading voices of public infrastructure in Canada, the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is committed to the sustainability of our transportation, water and sewer systems and other public infrastructure. During this federal election, OCSI asked each of the federal leaders about their party's position on infrastructure and their funding commitment for municipal infrastructure.


According to the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada (ACEC), the top three reasons that infrastructure needs to be an election issue are:
1. Infrastructure is a core responsibility of the government and decisive leadership is needed in 2015 and onward.
2. Infrastructure grows the economy, strengthens communities and protects the environment. It creates jobs and prosperity.
3. Sustained, predictable infrastructure investment makes good business sense for governments, taxpayers and all Canadians.


"Climate change has become a reality for many communities who are dealing with intense rainfall and flooding," stated Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI. "The emerging challenge (and opportunity) is how we prioritize and fund the required infrastructure improvements to make our communities more resilient. The federal government's role in supporting municipalities is paramount."


What is your party's approach and commitment to supporting the infrastructure challenges faced by municipalities in building sustainable communities that are resilient to potential impacts of climate change?


The Liberal Party plans to nearly double the federal infrastructure investment from $65 to $125 billion over 10 years. The Liberal Party will boost investment in green infrastructure by nearly $6billion over the next four years, and almost $20billion over ten years. Dedicated funding will be provided to invest in a broad range of projects including climate resilient infrastructure.


The NDP will invest up to an additional $1.5 billion annually in funding for municipal infrastructure which municipalities will be able to target to local priorities, including adapting to climate change. Together, the NDP's Better Transit Plan and improved gas tax fund will invest a total of $15.2 billion in new and existing funding over the next 4 years. The NDP will increase funding by increasing the gas tax fund, starting with the equivalent of one additional cent and ramping up to an additional $1.5 billion annually by year 4. By 2020, this will mean municipalities are receiving $3.7 billion annually in core infrastructure funding under the NDP plan.


The Green Party commits to one percentage point of GST which is $6.4 billion/year plus maintaining the gas tax fund of $2 billion/year.

The creation of a Canadian Infrastructure Bank is suggested by both the Green Party and the Liberal Party.


The Conservative Party has not yet submitted a response to the request.


For more information and to read the complete responses from the parties, visit OCSI's election website at ocsiorg.wordpress.com.

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NEWS: INVE$TABLE CITY FORUM

Posted on: Fri, Oct 2nd, 2015

Help build momentum for positive change in Canada's urban policy framework on Thursday, October 8 at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.  INVE$TABLE City forum is hosted by the Canadian Urban Institute and ReNew Canada.

Opening Plenary: Canada's Opportunity to Create INVE$TABLE CITIES The Hon. Glen Murray, MPP, Ontario's Minister of Environment & Climate Change

4 interactive sessions: Creating Investment-Ready Conditions; Getting to Effective Public Policy; Building Economically Resilient Infrastructure; Integrating Investment & Public Policy

Discussion leaders from: Vancity, Oxford Properties Group, City of Ottawa, Sustainable Prosperity, Canada Lands Company, Metrolinx, KPMG Canada.

Luncheon Keynote: Strategic Infrastructure Investment Insights Dr. Anne F. Kerr, Global Head, Urbanisation, Mott MacDonald Group

2015 CUI Brownie Awards Gala & Dinner
Celebrating 16 years of recognizing excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities. Learn about the finalists here.

Link for more information and to register.

 

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RESPONSE TO "MOVING ONTARIO FORWARD - OUTSIDE GTHA"

Posted on: Fri, Sep 18th, 2015

OCSI participated in the Ontario government's consultations on "Moving Ontario Forward - Outside the GTHA" during the summer.  OCSI's written response included the main challenges for municipalities (from our research on the WINA project).

Challenges for Municipalities: The number one priority for short term and long term challenges relate to sustainable funding for rehabilitation and preventative maintenance, with adequate funding for capital works a close second.  Operations staff availability and competency was identified by 38% as a priority and 30% identified incorporating resiliency into infrastructure projects.

See submission, below.

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FEDERAL LEADERS RESPOND TO SURVEY

Posted on: Fri, Sep 18th, 2015

Sept 18, 2015 - OCSI sent a letter to federal leaders today, asking for their input on two important infrastructure questions.

Q1. What is your party's approach and commitment to supporting the infrastructure challenges faced by municipalities in building sustainable communities that are resilient to potential impacts of climate change?

Q2. What is your party's funding commitment for (municipal) infrastructure?

Results will be shared with our membership and posted on our election website.

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[NEWS] MUNICIPAL ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS MAP THE ROAD TO SUCCESS FOR ONTARIO COMMUNITIES

Posted on: Tue, Sep 15th, 2015

Municipal asset management plans map the road to success for Ontario communities

Op-Ed article in the Hamilton Spectator, Sept 15, 2015 by Barry Steinberg, CEO of Consulting Engineers Ontario

"Municipal asset management plans are essential for the province and municipalities to prioritize where to invest valuable infrastructure dollars, ensuring they're being directed to municipalities with the most urgent infrastructure needs," said Mr. Steinberg. "These plans help municipalities track and understand not just what sort of infrastructure they have, but also its precise location, age, condition and remaining life expectancy - all essential variables in effectively planning and managing the cost of maintaining and replacing their assets, which foster continued civic growth and development."

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[NEWS] OUTCOME STATEMENT RELEASED

Posted on: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

OCSI RELEASES OUTCOME STATEMENT ON
ECO-FISCAL CHALLENGES TO BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

August 20, 2015 - The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is pleased to release the Outcome Statement from the 2015 Courageous Conversations Infrastructure Forum.

Leaders from 20 organizations within the municipal and public works sectors in Ontario met in Toronto on May 26, including representatives from the province to discuss some of the funding and fiscal challenges to building resilient communities. Three provocateurs contributed significantly to the conversations: Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; Mel Cappe, representing Canada's Ecofiscal Commission; and Gerry Lashley from Intact Insurance.

The outcome of the day was four "Big Ideas" for building resilient communities:
1. Identifying the economic benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation
2. Encouraging innovation by municipalities
3. Supporting leadership by the Province
4. Planning and funding for resiliency

"Climate change has become a reality for many communities in Ontario who are dealing with intense rainfall and flooding," stated Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI. "The emerging challenge (and opportunity) is how we prioritize and fund the required infrastructure improvements to make our communities more resilient."

OCSI will continue the conversation and discussions of these four "Big Ideas", moving them from ideas to actions. The Outcome Statement is available on the website at www.on-csi.ca.

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[NEWS] ONTARIO PASSES INFRASTRUCTURE FOR JOBS AND PROSPERITY ACT

Posted on: Fri, Jun 5th, 2015

Link to news release.

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[NEWS] INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM A SUCCESS

Posted on: Wed, May 27th, 2015

Eco-Fiscal Challenges to Building Resilient Communities

Thank you to the participants and sponsors of the second annual "Think Tank" for Courageous
Conversation held on May 26, 2015 and hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. The Outcome Statement 2015 will be released shortly.

Carl Bodimeade (Chair, OCSI), Minister Glen Murray (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), Todd Latham (ReNew), Darla Campbell (Executive Director, OCSI)

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[NEWS]: HOLD THE DATE - INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2015

Posted on: Fri, Mar 27th, 2015

InfraForum Banner

Building on OCSI’s successful Infrastructure Forum of September 2014, we are pleased to announce the date and theme for this year’s forum.

OCSI Infrastructure Forum 2015

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS

Eco-Fiscal Challenges to Building Resilient Communities

~ Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

~ Gerry Lashley, Intact Insurance

~ Mel Cappe, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, representing Ecofiscal Commission

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

1pm to 7pm (5:30 reception)

Toronto

SPONSORS:

Register.

Click on Link, below, to see the Outcome Statement from last year's Infrastructure Forum.

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[NEWS-Star] TTC WANTS OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS

Posted on: Fri, Mar 20th, 2015

From the Toronto Star, March 20, 2015

TTC wants outside contractor to help finish Spadina subway

- Transit agency says that will keep cost overrun to $150 million.

Link

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[NEWS-Globe] CANADA'S INFRASTRUCTURE GAP IS WIDEST IN BIG CITIES

Posted on: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015

article in Globe and Mail - Feb 6, 2015

Canada's infrastructure gap is widest in big cities
Heavy on needs but light on revenue, mayors can only beg - unlike the premiers and Ottawa

Link

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[NEWS] OCSI RELEASES REPORT ON WINA PROJECT

Posted on: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015

January 13, 2015 - The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is pleased to announce that the report resulting from its research and consultation on the Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment (WINA) project is now available.

The Province provided OCSI with funding for a Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment project to evaluate the sector need for a risk-based wastewater infrastructure prioritization framework for municipalities, in the context of sustainability planning and asset management.

See Link for Full News Release.

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[REPORT] Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment (WINA) Project

Posted on: Sun, Nov 30th, 2014

The Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment (WINA) Project is a project led by the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) with grant funding by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  The major themes addressed by the WINA project are to:

 

  • Discover what municipalities need to operate their wastewater and stormwater systems considering the future impacts of climate change and population growth;
  • Help municipalities prioritize investment in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure;  and
  • Build capacity primarily in small and rural municipalities, to advance the goals of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.

 

Report published Nov 30, 2014.

See link for copy of the report, including the results of the survey (in the appendix).

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[NEWS-Star] FRUSTRATION IS GROWING BECAUSE TORONTO IS, TOO

Posted on: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014

Published in The Toronto Star - June 9, 2014

Frustration is growing because Toronto is, too

by Christopher Hume


We finally need to accept the sort of long-avoided infrastructure rebuilding and construction that our growing city needs.

Article

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[NEWS - Star] RED TAPE COSTING CITY TAXPAYERS, CONTRACTORS SAY

Posted on: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

OCSI Chair, Carl Bodimeade, attended this consultation meeting in Toronto.

Article in The Toronto Star - June 4, 2014

Red tape costing city taxpayers, contractors say

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[NEWS - Star] PILOT PROJECT TO RIP UP ASPHALT TO PROTECT CITIES FROM FLOODS

Posted on: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

Article in The Toronto Star

June 5, 2014 - Business Section

Pilot project to rip up asphalt to protect cities from floods

Hurt by billions of dollars in claims after the flooding, insurance company Intact Financial is backing a University of Waterloo project to help make cities more tolerant to flooding.

Article

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[EVENT] OCSI Infrastructure Forum - A Think Tank for Courageous Conversations

Posted on: Fri, May 30th, 2014

Infrastructure Forum:
A Half-Day "Think Tank" for Courageous Conversations
[NEW DATE] Sept 4, 2014 in Toronto from 1pm to 7pm

Hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI)

Sponsors: ReNew Canada, RCCAO, Credit Valley Conservation

OCSI invites you to the Infrastructure Forum, a half-day "think tank" featuring two essential pillars of the infrastructure challenge: sustainable funding and affordable levels of service. This special event will bring together municipal decision makers and key stakeholders to engage in a dialogue about the delivery of infrastructure in the province. This afternoon half-day event will kick off with keynote speakers who would serve as provocateurs, followed by breakout sessions facilitated by Waterlution. The groups will then come back together to share the results of the breakout sessions and finish the program with an outcome statement for the Infrastructure Forum. This event is hosted by OCSI and its six member associations (MEA, MFOA, OGRA, OPWA, OWWA and WEAO).

Event Supporters: CEO, ONEIA, OSPE, RCCAO, WaterTAP

Venue:  Chestnut Conference Centre, near Toronto City Hall with $12 parking in the building and blocks from St. Patrick Subway stop.

REGISTER

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[ELECTION] OCSI SENDS QUESTIONS TO PARTY LEADERS - RESPONSES RECEIVED

Posted on: Fri, May 30th, 2014

At the beginning of the Ontario election, OCSI wrote to each of the party leaders and asked specific questions about infrastructure. Here's an excerpt from the letter:


Our infrastructure questions fall into four categories as follows:

1. FUNDING TOOLS: How will your Party work with municipalities to ensure sustainable and predictable funding for infrastructure? What new or enhanced revenue tools does your Party feel should be available to municipalities to permit them to make adequate investments in our infrastructure systems?

2. DEVELOPMENT CHARGES REVIEW: The current development charges legislation has had the effect of underfunding infrastructure. There is broad consensus among our members that the Development Charges Act, 1997 should ensure that growth pays for 100% of growth related capital costs for all municipalities. How will your Party strengthen the financial sustainability of communities experiencing significant growth pressures? What changes and improvements would your Party make to the present Development Charges framework to ensure that municipalities have the tools to plan and fund future growth?

3. PLANNING: How will your Party ensure that infrastructure, both municipal and provincial, is planned in an environmentally and fiscally sustainable manner which promotes the well-being and economic vitality of Ontario's communities?

4. SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: How will your Party encourage municipalities to continue to adopt sound asset management principles to ensure the sustainability of their infrastructure systems?


We have received responses from Andrea Horwath (NDP Party), Tim Hudak (PC Party), Jessica Higgins(Green Party Ontario) and Kathleen Wynne (Liberal). Please find their letters, attached.

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[ELECTION] OGRA LETTER TO PARTY LEADERS

Posted on: Thu, May 29th, 2014

OPEN LETTER TO PROVINCIAL PARTY LEADERS TO DEBATE INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT PLAN

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[NEWS] REPORT SAYS THAT MUNICIPALITIES SHOULD CHARGE USER FEES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Article published in Canadian Consulting Engineer

May 28, 2014

Report says that municipalities should charge user fees for infrastructure

Article

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[NEWS] OTTAWA FACES MORE BACKLASH OVER $14-BILLION BUILDING CANADA FUND

Posted on: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Article in Financial Post

'There really hasn't been a plan':  Ottawa faces more backlash over $14-billion Building Canada Fund.

Article

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[NEWS-Star] WILL TORONTO BE RESILIENT IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

Posted on: Sat, May 17th, 2014

Carl Bodimeade (Chair, OCSI), spoke on the panel at the Global Cities'Summit and is quoted in this article.

Article from The Toronto Star - May 17, 2014

CHRISTOPHER HUME

Will Toronto be resilient in the face of climate change?

News

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[News-Globe] HERE'S HOW TO CHANGE CANADA FROM A SUBURBAN TO AN URBAN NATION

Posted on: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Here's how to change Canada from a suburban to an urban nation
JENNIFER KEESMAAT
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 12 2014, 7:31 AM EDT

See article.

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[OCSI-News] OCSI PROJECT MOVES FORWARD: WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROJECT (WINA)

Posted on: Mon, Apr 28th, 2014

OCSI PROJECT MOVES FORWARD:
WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROJECT (WINA)


April 28, 2014 - The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is pleased to announce that it has moved forward on one of its key strategic initiatives for 2014 in working collaboratively with the Province. Earlier this year, OCSI entered into an agreement with the MOE to deliver a project "Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment" (WINA), helping municipalities prioritize investment in wastewater infrastructure.


The Province is providing the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure with funding for a Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment project to evaluate sector needs for a risk-based wastewater infrastructure prioritization framework for municipalities in the context of sustainability planning and asset management.


By engaging municipal sector stakeholders, OCSI will be evaluating and providing feedback for the development of a risk-based prioritization process for wastewater systems which could assist municipalities in identifying critical projects. Over the next few months, OCSI will develop and implement surveys, workshops and consultations with municipalities and other wastewater stakeholders. The project will focus specifically on municipal wastewater facilities within the Great Lakes Basin.


"The OCSI Project is an important initiative for the Coalition to work on collaboratively with the Province and draw upon the expertise of its six member associations," said Carl Bodimeade, P.Eng., OCSI Chair. "There is an increasing need for municipalities to deliver safe and sustainable infrastructure. Through this project we will be providing support to municipalities, especially the smaller ones, on their asset management journey."


A Technical Advisory Team will be established to review and provide feedback throughout the project. Results of the project will be shared in a technology transfer workshop later in the year
"Congratulations to the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure for undertaking important work which will help municipalities reduce harmful pollutants that flow from their wastewater and stormwater systems into waterways. These efforts will help protect our environment, and particularly the Great Lakes," said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.


The Ministry of Environment (MOE) agreed to provide OCSI (through the Municipal Finance Officers' Association, one of our member organizations) with funding to build capacity, primarily in small and rural municipalities, to advance the Goals of Ontario's Great Lakes Strategy.


OCSI is an umbrella organization that is uniquely qualified to provide the necessary technical expertise through representation from six well-established Ontario associations with a strong focus on municipal and water/wastewater issues that collectively connect with 96% of Ontario municipalities.


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Contact:
Darla Campbell, P.Eng., Executive Director OCSI
416-562-9082, ExecutiveDirector@on-csi.ca

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[Paper] OCSI: WORKING TOGETHER, WORKING FOR YOU

Posted on: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

Paper presented at WEAO Conference on April 8, 2014

OCSI: WORKING TOGETHER, WORKING FOR YOU

by Carl Bodimeade, P.Eng., Chair OCSI and Darla Campbell, P.Eng., Executive Director OCSI

ABSTRACT
The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is a network of six well established organizations in Ontario, including Municipal Engineers Association (MEA), Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) and Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Each organization has an interest in the area of public infrastructure, and together we raise the awareness of the needs of the municipal sector so that their infrastructure challenges can be addressed in a more effective way than as individual organizations. OCSI is a single point of contact for the provincial government and the federal government, as well as other interest groups.


We have built on our partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) in 2012, when OCSI was invited to the private consultation on June 8th, 2012 on the proposed Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans and the on-line Toolkit. We have continued to connect with MOI, as well as others. In this paper we will provide an update of the initiatives of OCSI in 2013 in working on our mission of promoting "Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure".

See Link for copy of paper.

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[Article] RAISE PROFILE OF OCSI BY NETWORKING AND MEETINGS

Posted on: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

Raise Profile of OCSI by Networking and Meetings

OCSI Quarterly Article - April 2014

On March 26th, OCSI met with Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Drew Fagan and Scott Pegg to discuss Bill 141 (Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2014) which is in its second reading in the legislature. There has been eight and a half hours of debate in the legislature so far on this bill. After second reading, they will decide whether to take it to committee and accept amendments to the bill.

See Report for complete article.

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[Event] NATIONAL CONFERENCE SUPPORTED BY OCSI

Posted on: Sat, Mar 15th, 2014

National Conference May 20-23rd co-hosted by OCSI

The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) opens their annual conference in Toronto on May 20th with the theme of "Moving Plans to Action".  OCSI is co-hosting this event which provides excellent training, networking and knowledge transfer on infrastructure best practices from across the country and around the world.

OCSI is pleased to offer our six member associations that benefit of registering "at the CNAM member rate".

Join us on May 21st for the "Accountineering Panel and Workshop" with session chair, Darla Campbell (OCSI Executive Director) and panel moderator Reg Andres (CSCE President).

Join us on May 22nd for the "Future of Infrastructure in Canada" panel moderated by Todd Latham featuring Carl Bodimeade (Chair, OCSI).

For more information and to register, click here.

See link for invitation from CNAM for OCSI members.

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[News-Gazette] SUPER BEAMS AND SINKHOLES: MONTREAL'S YEAR IN INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Wed, Dec 25th, 2013

Super beams and sinkholes: Montreal's year in infrastructure

BY ANDY RIGA, GAZETTE TRANSPORTATION REPORTER DECEMBER 25, 2013

Like Toronto, Montreal's word of the year was crack. As in cracked sewer pipes, bridges and highway ramps. One downtown street became a rushing river, another sucked up construction equipment but couldn't quite digest it. The world's biggest splint was used to hold up our busiest bridge. The city's infrastructure crisis is a long-running malaise, but this year's spate of disasters were particularly dramatic. With that in mind, here's a look back at five 2013 blockbusters.

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[Report] OCSI YEAR END REPORT 2013

Posted on: Sun, Dec 15th, 2013

OCSI YEAR END REPORT 2013

Key highlights of 2013 are presented, below, and details are provided at the end of the report.

1. Quarterly Reports (January, April, July, October): Quarterly Report presented the OSCI update in alignment with the following components of our work plan:
A. OUTREACH (be well known to MOI and other stakeholders)
B. AWARENESS (raise profile with member organizations)
C. ACTION (deliver external projects)
D. ADMIN (well-run organization)

See Report for 15 key highlights.

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[News-DCN] POTENTIAL HIRING QUOTAS OVERSHADOW INFRASTRUCTURE ACT

Posted on: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

Daily Commercial News

December 6, 2013
Potential hiring quotas overshadow infrastructure act
KELLY LAPOINTE, staff writer

Potential apprenticeship hiring quotas are cause for concern for some Ontario construction industry leaders about the otherwise positive long-term infrastructure planning legislation released recently.

If passed, Bill 141, Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2013, would require the province to regularly table a long-term infrastructure plan in the legislature covering a period of at least 10 years. The legislation also requires that "certain numbers of apprentices be employed or engaged in the construction or maintenance by the government of infrastructure assets," reads the act.

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[Article] OCSI REACHES OUT TO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, FUTURE LEADERS

Posted on: Sun, Dec 1st, 2013

OCSI Reaches Out to Young Professionals, Future Leaders

November/December 2013 Quarterly ArticleOn November 7th, OCSI hosted a panel discussion in London, Ontario as part of the Value of Water Workshop organized by the Canadian Water Network (CWN). The audience for this event included young professionals and students at the post graduate level.

OCSI was invited by CWN to organize a career panel to address "Skills, Career paths, and Challenges related to the Water Industry". What better organization, than OCSI, to reach out to its constituent associations to bring together an informative, thought provoking and inspirational panel of speakers?

See link for full article.

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[News - Ontario] STRENGTHENING LONG-TERM INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING

Posted on: Tue, Nov 26th, 2013

News Release

Strengthening Long-term Infrastructure Planning
Ontario Committed to Building the Right Infrastructure to Grow the Economy
November 26, 2013 9:30 a.m.Ministry of Infrastructure


Ontario is proposing legislation that, if passed, would support long-term strategic infrastructure planning to build a stronger economy that supports more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

If passed, the proposed Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act would require the province to regularly table a long-term infrastructure plan in the legislature covering a period of at least 10 years. The proposed act also includes guiding principles to help planning align with demographic and economic trends to maximize the value of provincial infrastructure investments and promote innovation, competitiveness, and job creation and training.

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[News] DEVELOPMENT CHARGES SYSTEMS REVIEW

Posted on: Tue, Nov 5th, 2013

Land Use Planning and Appeal and Development Charges Systems Review

The Government of Ontario is taking a look at the way cities and towns plan for development and how to help pay for it.

We want to ensure that the land use planning and appeal systems, and the development charges system are predictable, transparent and cost effective.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is consulting from October 2013 to January 2014 across the province with the public, municipalities and stakeholders on what changes to the systems are needed.

 

You are invited to share your comments and ideas by January 10, 2014.

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[News-Globe] THE TRUE COSTS OF SUBURBAN SPRAWL

Posted on: Mon, Nov 4th, 2013

The true costs of suburban sprawl
JACK DIAMOND AND DAVID THOMPSON
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 04 2013, 6:00 AM EST
Last updated Monday, Nov. 04 2013, 1:14 PM EST


For many Canadians, the first step in buying a home is to drive out of town. How far they go depends on how much they can afford to pay - it's the "drive till you qualify" syndrome.

But are the costs in fact lower?

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[News - DCN] ONTARIO LOOKS AT MUNICIPAL PLANNING

Posted on: Mon, Nov 4th, 2013

Published Nov 4, 2013 - Daily Commercial News

The province is looking at how municipalities plan and fund development to ensure growth is smart and sustainable across Ontario.


"It is time to take a good, hard look at our land use planning process and the Development Charges Act. Ontario succeeds when our communities are able to grow and prosper in a way that is effective and well-managed," said Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a press statement.

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[News - CP24] ONT. DRIVERS PAY MOST ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS: STUDY

Posted on: Thu, Oct 17th, 2013

The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:28AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013 3:44PM EDT


TORONTO -- Ontario drivers are covering most of the costs of road infrastructure, while those in the Toronto-Hamilton area are paying far more than their share, a new study has found.


The report released Thursday found Ontario road users driving cars, minivans, SUVs and light pickup trucks are paying 70 to 90 per cent of the costs of the road through fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees and tolls, to the tune of $7.5 billion a year.

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[News] MINISTERS MEET TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

Ministers meet to discuss importance of infrastructure

article published in Journal of Commerce (July 22, 2013)

Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for local government reaffirmed the importance of long-term federal funding for infrastructure at their recent annual meeting.


The ministers used the meeting, held in Whitehorse from July 9 to 11, to share information relating to municipalities and communities to promote sustainability.


They also shared information on how to work collaboratively, in particular, on new initiatives that support infrastructure across Canada.

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[News-Star] TORONTO'S INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS: What will it take to restore the city?: Hume

Posted on: Fri, Jul 19th, 2013

Toronto's infrastructure crisis: What will it take to restore the city?: Hume

By: Christopher Hume Urban Issues, Published on Fri Jul 19 2013


Infrastructure's not what it used to be. In Toronto, most of it is old and getting older. Even worse, it is no longer the heroic mission of a proud city, but a burden no one wants to shoulder.


Though we've had good times and bad, Toronto has never been able to wrap its collective brain around infrastructure issues. A local plebiscite turned down a subway as far back as 1912, an act of singular short-sightedness that hampers the city to this day.

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[News-DCN] CANADIAN MINISTERS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT STRESS INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Posted on: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

Canadian ministers for local government stress infrastructure funding

Article published in Daily Commercial News (July 17, 2013)

WHITEHORSE
Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for local government reaffirmed the importance of long-term federal funding for infrastructure at their recent annual meeting.


The ministers used the meeting, held in Whitehorse from July 9 to 11, to share information relating to municipalities and communities; to promote sustainability; and to work collaboratively, in particular, on new initiatives that support infrastructure across Canada.

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[News-CBC] URBAN FLOODING LIKELY TO WORSEN, SAY EXPERTS

Posted on: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013

Urban flooding likely to worsen, say experts
'Soft engineering' more urban parks, porous pavement might help, but costly sewers will still need to be replaced

article published by CBC (July 11, 2013)

Southern Alberta's June floods and those in Toronto this week may be freak occurrences that were caused by unusually severe storms.

But they have highlighted a desperate need for upgraded urban storm systems that account for increases in severe weather, engineers and municipal planners say.

Calgary flood spotlight cities' costly failure to plan for climate change
In municipalities across Canada, outdated storm and waste water infrastructure has resulted in increased flood damage to homes and these types of situations will likely get worse in the near future, says Paul Kovacs, executive director at the insurance industry's Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

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[News-DCN] CANADIAN INFRASTRUCTURE GROWING PRONE TO NATURAL DISASTERS: EXPERTS

Posted on: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

Canadian Infrastructure Growing Prone to Natural Disasters:  Experts

Article published in Daily Commercial News (July 9, 2013)

Canada's infrastructure has become more vulnerable to natural disasters such as the flooding in southern Alberta due to the rising cost of upkeep and increasing frequency of dangerous weather due to climate change, say experts who attended a major conference on disaster management.

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[News-Star] TORONTO FLOODING: Storm renews debate on aging infrastructure

Posted on: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

Toronto flooding: Storm renews debate on aging infrastructure

article published in the Toronto Star (July 9, 2013)

Toronto's wettest day in recorded history, which stranded commuters on flood-drenched roads and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes, has raised alarm bells about the city's readiness for intense storms that are expected to become more frequent.

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[News-DCN] MUNICIPAL ASSET MANAGEMENT WOULD PROVIDE SAFER WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Thu, Jun 27th, 2013

Municipal asset management would provide safer water infrastructure

as published in the Daily Commercial News (June 27, 2013)

At the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), we work on behalf of our industry to advocate for predictable investments, good governance and fiscal responsibility to ensure the long-term sustainability of our province's water and wastewater infrastructure assets. These principles drive our efforts to constantly improve service delivery to consumers and ensure that maximum value is being realized from new and existing infrastructure assets.

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[News-Toronto Star] CANADA'S OUTDATED INFRASTRUCTURE VULNERABLE TO DISASTERS, EXPERTS WARN

Posted on: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013

Canada's outdated infrastructure vulnerable to disasters, experts warn

Article from the Toronto Star (June 23, 2013)

Canada's infrastructure has become more vulnerable to natural disasters such as the flooding in southern Alberta due to the rising cost of upkeep and increasing frequency of dangerous weather due to climate change, say experts attending a major conference on disaster management.

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[News-National Post] CANADA'S MUNICIPALITIES FACE AN $80-BILLION WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT

Posted on: Thu, Jun 20th, 2013

High and dry: Canada's municipalities face an $80-billion water infrastructure deficit
National Post
Thu Jun 20 2013
Page: FP7
Section: Special Section
Byline: Denise Deveau
Source: Postmedia
Canada's municipal water systems are facing challenges will only intensify as systems age, populations grow, regulatory requirements become more stringent and the effects of climate change overburden stormwater systems. The general public appears to be unaware of the gravity of the situation. A March, 2013 Canadian Water Attitudes Study from RBC showed 78% of Canadians believe their municipality's water infrastructure is in good condition and does not require investment in upkeep. Yet the Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates the cost for replacing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructures in fair or very poor condition will reach $80-billion or beyond.


"In most cities across Canada, infrastructure is crumbling and in urgent need of replacement or repair," says Bob Sandford, chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations' Water for Life Decade in Canmore.


Many of the water systems in major cities across the country date back a century or more. A good portion of more modern infrastructures were built in the post-Second World War era and are in need of upgrades or replacement. Canadian consumers' wasteful water usage habits are another factor compounding the problem, he says. "Wasteful water use has become a social norm in Canada. But there's an enormous cost to supporting that norm."


What is needed today, experts say, is a combination of planning, fiscal management and conservation innovation so communities can sustain healthy water supplies at a manageable cost.
Part of the planning involves getting a clear picture of what lies below ground, says M. Saeed Mirza, professor emeritus of civil engineering and applied mechanics at McGill University in Montreal.
"Prior to 1995, very few municipalities knew what they had underground and were managing by the seat of their pants. A number have done surveys in recent years and know exactly what they have and the condition it's in, so management can be much more scientific and optimal with limited resources."


Toronto has done the math based on the assets it has in place today, says Lou Di Gironimo, general manager of Toronto Water. He estimates that the city's backlog for repairs is sitting at about $1.5-billion, two-thirds of which is attributed to the underground infrastructure. The total asset value (i.e. replacement value) of the entire system is $28-billion.


"The good news is, the backlog in 2005 was actually $1.8-billion," he says. "At that point we weren't spending enough to deal with aging assets. Council embarked in a long-term term financing strategy of 9% rate increases for nine years in a row, which allowed us to reverse the backlog trend by 2009 to the point where we have reduced it by $300-million


Despite appearances, Canada is not immune to water shortages, Mr. Sandford says.
"A recent U.S. study projected certain regions will face water scarcity by 2050. We will see that in the Prairies here if farms and cities do not take advantage of water conservation activities."
Conservation has been on the agenda for the city of Calgary for some time, given the South Saskatchewan River basin was closed in 2007 - a move that effectively means there will be no additional water licenses for the region's communities.


"The only way we could grow as a city was to be more efficient in the way we use water," says Paul Fesko, manager, strategic services for water resources. "Those rivers aren't getting any bigger and no extra money is coming in. We just have to keep getting better at reducing per capita demand."
Initiatives include fixing leaky water mains and installing residential water meters (metered residents use 50% less water than unmetered). Mr. Fesko says the city population has grown by 500,000 since the late 1980s. Over that time, withdrawal from water reserves is the same or less than it was 25 years ago.


Portions of Edmonton's water infrastructure are 60 to 70 years old, says Stephen Stanley, senior vice-president for Epcor Water Canada in Edmonton.


"The challenges are the same across the country: increasing regulations that require upgrades, population growth and getting water to the extremities of the city." Epcor is unusual in that it not only supplies the city of Edmonton but also 50 communities within a 100-kilometre radius.
Its operational model is also a departure from the norm. While the city is a 100% shareholder, Epcor operates as an arm's-length business operation. "That means the rates we charge customers have to pay for our operating costs, upgrades, etc., so we engage in a lot more longer-term business planning," Mr. Stanley says.


He estimates pipe replacement costs are running about $40-million a year. Epcor is also working with new approaches such as in-situ coating of older pipe interiors to avoid digging up streets. Its Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant also supplies partially treated wastewater to the nearby Suncor Energy Edmonton Refinery oil refinery to reduce demand on the North Saskatchewan River.
A critical challenge that is adding sizeable pressure on water systems in many communities is the increased devastation caused by intense wet weather events.


"We're seeing problems of those overwhelming the system," Mr. Di Gironimo says. "Water getting into the stormwater pipes too quickly creates overflow issues and impacts homes and the overall system infrastructure."


Newer guidelines and policies are dictating alternative approaches to managing rainwater so it does not run directly to sewers, but what can be achieved differs depending on population density and the age of the area, he explains. "There are lots of techniques you can use from reuse to stormwater ponds that will hold heavy flows and release the water in a controlled fashion. Older cities were developed without these stormwater policies so now we're trying to build as we go along and squeeze things in where it makes sense."


Mr. Fesko relates his recent experience of flying into the Island Airport in Toronto recently, where he got a bird'seye view of the Don Valley Parkway flooding. "I saw all that silt and sediment and imagined all the stuff on the road getting washed into the river. It made me realize we have to look after water resources at a higher level than in the past."

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[News-Ontario] ONTARIO MPPs ASSIGNED NEW ROLES

Posted on: Thu, Jun 13th, 2013

Ontario MPPs Assigned New Roles

News published by Ontario Government

MPP Michael Colle appointed to Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Infrastructure/Minister of Transportation

MPP Kevin Flynn re-appointed to Parliamentary Assistant to Minsiter of Infrastructure/Minister of Transportation and appointed chief government whip

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[News] OCSI PARTICIPATES IN PANEL AT DISCOVERY

Posted on: Mon, May 27th, 2013

Intelligent Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure Panel

Carl Bodimeade participated in a panel moderated by Senator Art Eggleton, May 27, 2013 in Toronto.

OVERVIEW OF SESSION
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Cities are a convergence of systems: transportation, housing, communication, technical, mechanical, ecological, economic, political and social. The evolving complexity of urban environments, advancing technologies, aging infrastructure and rapid urban population growth creates challenges and opportunities for city environments that are currently the result of 20th century planning and development. The stress on city infrastructure will grow in the short term, as some 200,000 people on average will be added to the world's urban population each day between now and 2015.

This session will examine cities globally and the need for informed cities capable of intelligent infrastructure investment. More informed cities can lead to transformative decision-making; the adoption of strategic technology and innovations; cost-effective solutions for infrastructure investments; and, smarter, healthier futures for citizens.

This session will examine cities globally and the need for informed cities capable of intelligent infrastructure investment. More informed cities can lead to transformative decision-making; the adoption of strategic technology and innovations; cost-effective solutions for infrastructure investments; and, smarter, healthier futures for citizens.

Visit www.ocediscovery.com for a full agenda, speaker information, sponsorship and exhibitor details.

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[News-NBC] SINKHOLE SWALLOWS THREE CARS ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE

Posted on: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

Sinkhole swallows three cars on Chicago's South Side

article published by NBC (April 18, 2013)

A driver was hospitalized Thursday after a large sinkhole opened up in the middle of the street and swallowed three cars on Chicago's South Side, police said.

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[News-Toronto Star] BIG MOVE TRANSIT PLAN IS PROMISING, BUT NO ONE RIDES FOR FREE

Posted on: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

Big Move transit plan is promising, but no one rides for free

article published in Toronto Star (April 18, 2013)

Recent polls show about three-quarters of you are fed up with traffic congestion and commuting challenges. But less than half of you say you're willing to pay to fix the problem.

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[News] OCSI PARTICIPATES IN THUNDER BAY INFRASTRUCTURE ROUNDTABLE

Posted on: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

OCSI was invited to participate in a "Jobs and Infrastructure Roundtable" in Thunder Bay on April 26th hosted by Minister Glen Murray (Infrastructure and Transportation) and Minister Michael Gravelle (Northern Development and Mines). Our delegation included: Joe Tiernay - Executive Director, Ontario Good Roads Association; Pat Mauro - Manager of Engineering, Thunder Bay (representing Municipal Engineers Association); Dave Knutson, representing Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) and Carol Busch, CFO Thunder Bay (representing Municipal Finance Officers' Association).

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[News] EXCERPT FROM SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

Posted on: Tue, Feb 19th, 2013

OCSI NEWS for Infrastructure Network

Today's Speech from the Throne highlighted the Ontario Government's commitment to support municipalities with their infrastructure needs.  OCSI issued an OCSI NEWS page with an excerpt from the speech related to municipal infrastructure.  See the full article in the link, below.

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[News-Renew] TIMID ENGINEER SYNDROME

Posted on: Wed, Feb 13th, 2013

Timid Engineer Syndrome

Article published in Renew Magazine (Feb 13, 2013)

This morning, I moderated a panel on technology innovations in infrastructure. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' research and innovation taskforce put this event together to look at how policy- and decision-makers can learn to use innovations.

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[Event] POLICY FORUM: THE CASE FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS IN INFRASTRUCTURE (OSPE EVENT)

Posted on: Tue, Feb 12th, 2013

POLICY SERIES BREAKFAST FORUM (Presented by OSPE)
POLICIES, PROJECTS, PROSPERITY
The Case for Technology Innovations in Infrastructure

The ability to move people and goods across the province is essential to Ontario's prosperity. Engineers have a keen interest in public policies that will support timely implementation of new technologies for innovative, cost effective, sustainable infrastructure that deliver s long-term value and measurable ROI.
Join us, as we discuss how technology innovations in infrastructure can enhance Ontario's economy and quality of life.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place
77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario
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[Article] THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT DEFINED - IS ASSET MANAGEMENT THE SOLUTION?

Posted on: Sat, Feb 9th, 2013

The Infrastructure Deficit Defined - Is Asset Management the Solution?

article published by Canadian Civil Engineer magazine (Winter 2012)

by:  Carl Bodimeade, P.Eng. Chair, OCSI and Darla Campbell, P.Eng., Executive Director OCSI

It has been said that we live in interesting times.  That is especially true when it comes to the emerging challenge faced by municipalities in balancing their budgets while continuing to invest for the future.  Talk about conflicting priorities.

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[News-DCM] ONTARIO STIMULUS RESULTS RENEW LONG-TERM FUNDING CALL

Posted on: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

Daily Commercial News (Jan 16, 2013) Article

Ontario stimulus results renew long-term funding call

The Auditor General's review of 2009 infrastructure stimulus spending programs points to the need for continued long-term planning say construction industry leaders.

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[News-R&D] SMARTER INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Fri, Jan 11th, 2013

R&D Magazine (Jan 11, 2013)

Smarter infrastructure

Undetected structural problems in aging infrastructure can be disastrous, such as the recent incident in the busy Sasago tunnel west of Tokyo. Nine people were killed when huge chunks of concrete began to fall from the roof of the tunnel, starting a fire and trapping people in their vehicles. Thankfully, such incidents are rare, but the ability to determine when structural problems may become a threat to public safety is a major priority for government and industry.

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[News-Citizen] CITY NOTIFIED OF POSSIBLE SINKHOLE-RELATED LEGAL CLAIM

Posted on: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Jan 8, 2013)

City notified of possible sinkhole-related legal claim

OTTAWA - The driver whose car fell into a sinkhole along Hwy. 174 has given notice of a possible legal claim, say city staff.

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[News-CPWA] MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM

Posted on: Fri, Dec 14th, 2012

CPWA Article in Newsletter (Dec 14, 2012) by Darwin K. Durnie, President, CPWA

Collaborative "Municipal Infrastructure Forum" Announces Consensus for the Next Long Term Infrastructure Plan

On November 8th, members of the Municipal Infrastructure Forum (MIF) held a press conference in Toronto to publicly announce their consensus recommendations for the "principles" that the Government should follow in crafting the next long term infrastructure plan. The "principles" are the result of a year-long discussion among the MIF as stakeholders for infrastructure and represent the members' recommendations to assure that Canada can meet current and future infrastructure needs and challenges and continue towards a safe and prosperous future.

I was very pleased to represent CPWA at this event and to be able to report that, collaboratively, the MIF members have talked through issues and reached consensus on priorities in a very positive and constructive way. And, we haven't worked in a vacuum; members of the MIF have held discussions with Government as our year-long discussions have ensued. The Municipal Infrastructure Forum has been instrumental in providing municipal and industry stakeholders with a united voice to Government on the next plan for infrastructure.

The Forum's consensus on the principles was signed by each member and include:
MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM - PRINCIPLES FOR THE LONG-TERM INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN (LTIP)

1. Secure, stable investments. LTIP must provide certainty and predictability to cities and communities over the long-term through a 20 year horizon.

2. Supporting economic growth. LTIP must put our economy on a strong foundation by guaranteeing that future infrastructure investments will keep pace with the growing needs created by economic and population growth as well as creating the conditions for climate resilient communities and addressing gridlock in our cities and communities.

3. Flexibility: Keeping communities - large and small - strong. Large cities and smaller communities, and different regions of the country, have different needs; one solution will not fit all. LTIP must be flexible in its design in recognition of the unique challenges faced by all municipalities across the country.

4. A balanced approach with smart partnerships. LTIP must enable municipalities to strategically invest in local infrastructure priorities while also providing predictability over time. Private sector involvement must be considered as one tool in the municipal toolkit. Secure, predictable, long-term public investment by all governments will also leverage private sector investment, expertise, and innovation that can help meet our infrastructure challenge.

5. Building municipal capacity. Federal investments must help build the capacities of all cities and communities to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure over the long term. Ensuring that municipalities have access to tools such as asset management, peer-to-peer best practices, and/or planning resources will help all governments track the value of these investments and to tackle tough economic, environmental and social challenges in the future.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the leader for the Municipal Infrastructure Forum which has provided a forum for municipalities, professional associations, business and industry to build consensus on Canada's future municipal needs. Other members of the Municipal Infrastructure Forum include the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Hub-City Chambers of Commerce, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Engineers Canada, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Construction Association, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Public Works Association and the City of Toronto - a very representative group of stakeholders.

To show your support for these principles, your organization can also "sign on": click here.

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[News-Post] MORE ABOUT THE CRUMBLING GARDINER

Posted on: Thu, Dec 6th, 2012

National Post Article (Dec 6, 2012)

Toronto ‘neglected’ crumbling Gardiner by underspending on repairs by millions of dollars over past decade: Denzil Minnan-Wong

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[Event] OSPE POLICY SERIES NOV 28th - SUSTAINABILITY

Posted on: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2012

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[Article] WATER CANADA NOV/DEC 2012 ISSUE - THE STATE OF OUR WATER ASSETS

Posted on: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2012

Water Canada (Nov/Dec 2012) Article

The State of Our Water Assets:

Experts comment on Canada's first municipal infrastructure report card

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[Article] THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT AND ASSET MANAGEMENT - FINALLY SOME PROGRESS?

Posted on: Mon, Nov 12th, 2012

Public Sector Digest Article (Nov 2012)

The Infrastructure Deficit and Asset Management: Finally Some Progress?

by: Carl Bodimeade & Darla D.W. Campbell, Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure

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[News-Toronto Star] GARDINER EXPRESSWAY FRONT PAGE NEWS

Posted on: Fri, Oct 19th, 2012

Article from the Toronto Star, November 19, 2012

Gardiner Expressway: 'Significant hazard to public safety' found by outside inspectors

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[Report] INFLUENTS SPECIAL SECTION: ASSET MANAGEMENT WINTER 2011

Posted on: Fri, Oct 19th, 2012

WEAO's publication, Influents, carried a special section in Winter 2011 on Asset Management.

Here is the link for the Special Section: Asset Management.

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[Event] OPWA FALL TECHNICAL WORKSHOP - NOV 8th

Posted on: Thu, Oct 18th, 2012

"The Lessons We Learned" Workshop

OPWA announces the upcoming 2012 OPWA Fall Technical Workshop taking place on Thursday November 8, 2012 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre. The event promises to be a valuable learning experience and something that will benefit our members from both the public and private sectors.

Please register as soon as possible for this always popular fall event.  See details and registration form in the link below.

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[Event] BUILDING TOGETHER WEBINAR - NOV 22nd

Posted on: Wed, Oct 17th, 2012

This event is co-hosted by the WEAO /OWWA Asset Management Committee.

This Webinar is one in a series intended to reach out to smaller communities that may be resource-limited, to provide knowledge, practical tools, resources, and case studies intended to provide guidance in the development of detailed asset management plans sufficient for MIII provincial funding requirements. These webinars will also allow participants to gain valuable insight into sustainable infrastructure planning techniques, tools and processes via the shared experiences of committee members, consultants and more importantly municipal leaders of small communities who have recognized the value of asset management planning for capital and maintenance investment planning.

Keynote Speaker: Mr.Chris Giannekos, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure will be speaking at the top of the webinar and will be providing an overview of the Ministry, its mandate and commitment to promoting the management of infrastructure in Ontario. Mr. Giannekos will be outlining details of the new Municipal Infrastructure Strategy and grant program and will have a Ministry representative available for questions at the end of the session.

Who Should Attend:
Treasurers, CAO's, Finance and Accounting, Engineers, Asset Managers and Planners: Those interested in learning first hand from the experience of municipal managers on the front line of Asset Management

Registration:
Registration is available online at http://www.weao.org/

Cost: $50 (plus applicable taxes) per computer
Date: Thursday November 22, 2012
Start Time: 12:00 noon

For general questions regarding the Asset Management Committee or additional details for this Webinar, please contact Dean Rurak.

See flyer for more details, below.

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[News] CALGARY'S CITY BUILDINGS NEED REFURBISHMENT

Posted on: Tue, Sep 25th, 2012

Calgary's city buildings in poor shape

(Canadian Consulting Engineer - Sept 25, 2012 article)

 

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[News-CBC] OTTAWA TOLD TO DOUBLE REPAIR SPENDING

Posted on: Wed, Sep 19th, 2012

City of Ottawa told to double infrastructure repair spending

(Link to CBC website for September 19, 2012 article.)

City staff are recommending the City of Ottawa doubles the money it spends to fix roads and aging buildings.

Ottawa allocates about $80 million in its annual budget for infrastructure repairs, but city staff said that number should be bumped to about $165 million a year.

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[Event] OGRA & MFOA ANNOUNCE FALL WORKSHOPS ON ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS

Posted on: Mon, Sep 17th, 2012

OCSI shares this member news with you.

OGRA & MFOA are pleased to present a one day workshop on Asset Management Plans.

Workshop Dates & Locations

Kingston October 2
Brampton October 3
Thunder Bay October 10
Sudbury October 11
London October 12
Kapuskasing October 30

For more information, see attached flyer with registration form.

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[Event] OWWA & WEAO ANNOUNCE CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR

Posted on: Thu, Sep 13th, 2012

OCSI shares this member news with you.

Climate Change: Impact on Water Resources
OWWA / WEAO Joint Seminar

October 4, 2012
Toscana Banquet & Conference Centre, Vaughan

A one-day seminar on Climate Change, with a Keynote Address by Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, presentations by notable environmental professionals, and a moderated expert panel discussion.

For more information, see attached agenda and flyer (with registration form).

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[News] CPWA ANNOUNCES CANADA'S FIRST "REPORT CARD" FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

Ottawa, ON -- The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) today announced the release of Canada's first "Report Card for Infrastructure." CPWA President Darwin K. Durnie was joined in Ottawa by representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Construction Association, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering - all fellow "Report Card for Infrastructure" partners.

"The Report Card gives us a first look at where our municipal infrastructure currently stands and, given that two-thirds of Canadian infrastructure is owned and managed by municipalities, it is an important snapshot of where we are in regard to our nation's infrastructure which is truly the backbone of our economic and social well-being. Thanks to the efforts of our public works professionals across Canada we are able to develop this important benchmark that will guide future discussions on infrastructure investments" Durnie said.

CPWA's further comments regarding the Report Card are available in the CPWA Press Release which is linked here.

The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card is available here.

Also visit the Canada Infrastructure website for more information.

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[News] OUR CITIES WILL DEFINE OUR FUTURE

Posted on: Tue, Sep 11th, 2012

Toronto - Globe and Mail - September 10, 2012 article by the new chief planner at the City of Toronto.

View article Our Cities Will Define Our Future.

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[News-CBC] SINKHOLE REPAIR NO EASY FIX, CITY SAYS

Posted on: Fri, Sep 7th, 2012

CBC News - Sept 6, 2012

Ottawa - Sinkhole repair no easy fix, city says
(link to CBC website)

Ottawa - The 3.6-metre-wide pipe collapsed on Tuesday, leading to the formation of a sinkhole that swallowed the car of motorist Juan Pedro Unger as he drove home. Unger crawled out of the hole and escaped, but the car remains in the hole.

Infrastructure manager Alain Gonthier stressed that repairs will take time to complete and said city staff is working "around the clock" to fix it.

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[Report] OCSI'S SUBMISSION TO FEDERAL ROUNDTABLE ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted on: Fri, Aug 31st, 2012

Aug 31, 2012 - OCSI responded to the invitation to provide a written submission to the Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Denis Lebel.  In this document, OCSI provided responses to the three questions raised by the Minister at the Federal Roundtable on Infrastructure during the national tour this summer.  OCSI also highlighted key messages of the Coalition in the document.

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[News] CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY APPLAUDS ONTARIO'S NEED FOR ASSET PLANS

Posted on: Fri, Aug 24th, 2012

Construction industry applauds Ontario's need for asset plans

(published in Daily Commercial News - August 24, 2012)

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[Report] AMO SUBMITS INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING PRIORITIES TO FEDERAL GOV'T

Posted on: Sun, Aug 19th, 2012

(Excerpt from AMO's website.)

The Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has approved a submission to Infrastructure Canada that lays out the needs of Ontario's municipalities in a new federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

The AMO submission calls for a long-term investment program that would allow municipalities to plan capital works and ensure that local priorities are funded. These include:
A long term, ideally at least ten-year, program;
Funding allocations by province based on population and economic importance;
Dedicated portion of the funds to be directly for municipal infrastructure reflecting the fact that municipal governments are owners of the greatest portion of public infrastructure; and
Eligibility of all local priorities determined by municipal councils through long term municipal asset management planning.
In approving the submission, AMO's Board noted the critical importance of municipal infrastructure as the foundation for economic and social development, environmental protection and quality of life and passed a resolution that articulates municipal priorities. This resolution is appended below and local councils are encouraged to support it or use it as a basis for their own resolutions to the federal and provincial governments.

The submission will be provided to the federal government and posted to the AMO website in the near future.

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OCSI APPLAUDS THE NEW MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

Posted on: Fri, Aug 17th, 2012

The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is very pleased to see the Ontario Government launching the first phase of its Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. This initiative, under its long-term infrastructure plan, Building Together, includes funding to assist smaller municipalities in the amount of $60 million over three years.

As announced yesterday by Infrastructure Minister Chiarelli, the launch of the first phase of the province's Municipal Infrastructure Strategy helps ensure communities get the greatest value from infrastructure investments. Asset management planning is a cornerstone of this strategy. This type of planning ensures the best possible decisions are made when it comes to building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing and disposing of infrastructure assets over their lifetime.

"Good asset management is one of the keys to ensuring infrastructure is safe and sustainable, and OCSI fully supports the new Municipal Infrastructure Strategy," remarked Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI. "Well managed infrastructure is necessary to provide Ontarians with the level of service they require and expect."

The Province has made available the Building Together: Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans, which sets out the information and analysis that, at a minimum, municipal asset management plans should include. The guide is complemented by an online toolkit to help municipalities prepare asset management plans and share best practices. More information is available at www.ontario.ca/municipalinfrastructure.

OCSI looks forward to working with the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure and other stakeholders in the implementation of this strategy.

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[Notice] OPWA MEMBER ADVISORY - BILL 8

Posted on: Tue, Jul 10th, 2012

OPWA shares its Member Advisory prepared by the OPWA Advocacy Committee containing important information about the passage of Bill 8 into law (Ontario's new one-call system). This information is provided as a service to OPWA members.

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OCSI WELCOMES MUNICIPAL FINANCE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION (MFOA)

Posted on: Mon, Jul 9th, 2012

OAKVILLE - The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is pleased to announce a new organization has joined OCSI. Effective June 1st, OCSI welcomes the Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario (MFOA), represented by Calvin Barrett, Treasurer/Past President of MFOA.

"When we learned about the mandate of OCSI, we recognized how important it would be to lend our voice, representing the financial aspects of infrastructure, to the experience of the well established organizations that build and operate the infrastructure," stated Calvin Barrett.

MFOA brings the expertise related to the financing of municipal infrastructure, an essential component of the sustainability challenge faced by municipalities across the province. MFOA represents all of Ontario's regional municipalities, all of its large municipalities, and many of its mid-sized and small municipalities.

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OCSI ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Posted on: Wed, Jul 4th, 2012

OAKVILLE - The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is pleased to announce that Darla Campbell, P.Eng. has been selected as the new Executive Director for OCSI, effective June 1st.

Darla Campbell, a professional engineer who worked with the Ontario Clean Water Agency and in the consulting engineering sector, was a project manager in the development of water and wastewater infrastructure in Ontario including the York-Durham Sewage System, Elgin-Huron Water System, York Water System, and a designer/resident engineer for infrastructure in St. Thomas and Niagara Region.

Campbell brings experience in collaborative leadership and working as a volunteer with many not-for-profit organizations. She has advanced training as a results coach, communication specialist, trainer and facilitator. In working with other associations, Campbell has delivered strategic planning workshops, member expectation surveys and marketing action plans.

"Darla's experience and enthusiasm will be a tremendous asset to OCSI in helping us to deliver on our mandate," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair, OCSI.

Darla replaces Catherine Jefferson as OCSI's Executive Director. "Catherine has played a key role in the progress that OCSI has made in the last eighteen months," said Carl Bodimeade. Catherine has moved on to other opportunities, but will continue in her role as WEAO's Executive Director.

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Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

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Excess Construction Soils

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Communiqué from OPWA

Posted on: Fri, Jan 13th, 2012

Ontario Regulation 397/11, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, came into force on January 1, 2012.

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ECO report 2011

Posted on: Wed, Dec 14th, 2011

The Environment Commissioner of Ontario releases his annual report. COmments include issues related to underfunding of Ministry of NAtural Resources and Environment; attention and funds required for the Great Lakes; the need for long term municipal infrastructure and references to green infrastructure. More more information see the report at http://www.eco.on.ca/

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Building Together

Posted on: Mon, Sep 19th, 2011

OCSI sends a letter to the MInister of Infrastructure congratulating his MInistry on the report "Buliding Together",  the government's strategy for moving forward on sustainable infrastructure.

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