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Manufacturing & Transport

Apr 4, 2016
Mayors ask feds to weigh in on Massey Tunnel replacement
Marcie Good

In an effort to stall the province’s preferred bridge replacement of the George Massey Tunnel, Metro Vancouver directors voted on Friday to ask the federal government for an environmental assessment of the controversial project. Thirty-seven of the region’s board members, with sole dissent from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, supported a motion...

Mar 21, 2016
Woodfibre moves to the front of the LNG pack
Jacob Parry

With a green light from the federal Ministry of Environment, WoodFibre's $1.6-billion proposal for a liquified natural gas plant outside of Squamish moves one step closer to construction this week. On Friday evening, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its verdict on Woodfibre LNG, stating that the project is “not...

Mar 18, 2016
Seaspan CEO lashes out at rival shipbuilder's claim that it hasn't built "a single ship"
Marcie Good

The CEO of B.C.’s largest shipbuilder is lashing back at “face value” claims made in a March 17 CBC story, in which a rival shipbuilder claimed Seaspan hasn’t completed a “single ship” since being awarded a $7-billion federal contract in 2011. “All we hear are delays and cost overruns which are...

Mar 2, 2016
Province allows electric cars with any number of occupants in HOV lanes
Felicity Stone

Plugging electric carsIt’s full speed ahead for electric vehicles in B.C. At the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation on Wednesday, Premier Christy Clark announced a raft of incentives for purchasers of electric vehicles: • Effective immediately, HOV lane eligibility for electric vehicles with any number of passengers and an...

Feb 26, 2016
A conversation with port CEO Robin Silvester
Jacob Parry

Port Metro Vancouver is running out of land—over 40 acres of available land in the Lower Mainland is converted into housing each year—and according to Robin Silvester, the authority’s president and CEO, the consequences for the regional economy will be dire. Real estate—or a lack thereof—is just one of many...

Feb 25, 2016
B.C. snags construction workers from Alberta oil patch
Felicity Stone

Constructive resultsB.C.’s construction industry is attracting both skilled workers from Alberta and more young people, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey conducted by the BC Construction Association, Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations. The survey found that 45 per cent of employers had hired someone who previously worked in Alberta’s oil...

Feb 3, 2016
B.C. moves ahead with study on bridge to the Sunshine Coast
Felicity Stone

Bridge financing Last week the B.C. government decided that a bridge between Gabriola Island and Vancouver Island is not economically feasible. Today it announced that R.F. Binnie & Associates will study the feasibility of a highway link from the Sunshine Coast to the Lower Mainland. The contract is worth $250,000, and...

Jan 29, 2016
By the numbers: Vancouver's worsening transit woes
Melissa Edwards

Increase in Metro Vancouver’s transit ridership between 2004 and 2014 320,000 Estimated daily ridership of a proposed underground Broadway transit line by 2041 500,000 Number of times each year a person is left standing by full buses on the Broadway corridor The Lower Mainland's population has increased by 38,000 in the year since the mayors...

Dec 16, 2015
B.C. government releases cost and design details of George Massey Tunnel replacement
Felicity Stone

BridgeworkThe B.C. government wants your input on replacing the Massey Tunnel with a new 10-lane bridge. On Wednesday Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone launched the third phase of consultation and released design and cost details of the estimated $3.5-billion George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Members of the public can...

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