MTO helps animals safely cross the highway

The first wildlife bridge in Ontario is being constructed across the new section of Highway 69 to provide a safe crossing for animals across the roadway. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is building its first four-lane overhead ‘eco-passage,’ with construction and landscaping expected to be complete in the summer of 2011.

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North American insulation demand to rise 6.2 per cent

World demand for R-1 insulation is expected to increase five per cent annually through 2014 to nearly 23 billion m2 (247 billion sf)—a large increase over the rate of the last five years. Insulation consumption in most industrializing nations will continue to expand at a healthy pace, according to the The Freedonia Group’s study, “World Insulation.”

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2010 wood awards honour top Canadian projects

A pavilion, a house, and a footbridge were the Canadian winning projects in the 2010 Wood Design Awards. This year’s winners included: Bodega Residence, Cutler Anderson Architects (Bodega, Calif.)–Honour; Tallgrass Prairie Pavilion, David J. Agro (Walsingham, Ont.)–Honour; LightFold: One Kearny Lobby, IwamotoScott Architecture (San Francisco, Calif.)–Merit.

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Québec hospital takes first place in global competition

A Canadian hospital project won first place in the existing healthcare facilities category at this year’s American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology Awards. Gilles Desmarais, of Montréal’s engineering/construction firm, Dessau, won an award for his work on the rehabilitation of the Pierre-Boucher Hospital (Longueuil, Que.).

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Design firm hosts urban planning event in Toronto

Canadian architectural/planning firm Kasian held its second annual Healthy Cities evening in Toronto last month, bringing together design professionals, corporate players, and city planners to discuss the future of the built environment. Held in College Park’s seventh-floor Art Moderne venue, the Carlu, the event assembled speakers from across the country to discuss how architecture interfaces with industry, sports, the arts, and transportation to shape urban environments.

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Canadian cities ranked for sustainability

The fifth annual Sustainable Cities ranking was announced last month by Corporate Knights, a national magazine for ‘clean capitalism.’ This year, Western Canada is the leader in urban sustainability, with Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., tying for first place in the overall standings as Canada’s most sustainable cities.

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Toronto law firm wins award for dispute resolution

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) has presented its first Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution for a Small Law Firm to Toronto’s Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (GSNH). The New York-based institute is a global, non-profit think tank and alliance of corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions focused on commercial conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

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Celebrating World Plumbing Day around the globe

The second World Plumbing Day is happening next month to draw attention to the importance that plumbing plays in relation to public health and the environment. On March 11, plumbing organizations across the country are joining the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) to participate in activities with the aim of raising awareness to the important role played by Canada’s plumbing industry.

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Québec architectural projects awarded for excellence

A theatre, a university, and an airport hotel were among this year’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture winners from the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ). “The awards program is much more than just a competition,” OAQ’s Sylvie Champeau, told Construction Canada Online. “The formula is aimed at saluting and showcasing top-quality architecture by publicizing a number of achievements, all carefully selected by three juries of experts.”

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