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Old Posted Dec 21, 2017, 5:18 PM
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This from Kenora two years ago.

https://kenoraonline.com/local/mto-o...g-trans-canada

Ontario remains committed to the twinning of Hwy. 17 from the Ontario-Manitoba border easterly to Kenora and will continue to move forward with the first 15-km project (Manitoba to Rush Bay Road, Stages 1 and 2).

Ontario has several steps to complete the delivery of this project including obtaining environmental clearances. In addition, the ministry has to work with First Nation communities, the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO), property owners and municipalities to identify and attempt to mitigate any potential adverse impacts that may arise as a result of the project.

The ministry is committed to building constructive, co-operative relationships with First Nation and Metis peoples in Ontario, and honouring its duty to consult with First Nations and MNO where proposed MTO activities might adversely affect their rights or interests. Discussions are ongoing and continue towards the common goal of seeing the first 15-km project constructed.
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That commitment by Ontario government is a joke.
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 7:23 PM
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Lot's of people trying to get involved with this, may have to apply

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat...uana-1.4524641
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Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford Delayed

I found this to be interesting primarily because of the rarity of P3 projects not opening on time.

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The private company in charge of building a new hospital in North Battleford is delaying its completion date.

A public-private partnership (P3) was used for the project, and the province announced Tuesday the company chosen as the vendor — Access Prairies Partnership (APP) — is two to three months delayed.

The reason provided by the province is “a subcontractor unable to deliver according to the overall schedule.”

SaskBuilds Minister Dave Marit said he is unsure of what the specific issues are, but said extra staff and shifts have been added to address the delays.

APP will be fined about $1.25 million per month, said Marit.
Although there are certainly lots of positives and negatives that can be debated concerning the P3 project procurement method, late delivery is not typically among them. While the risk involved needs to be considered when pricing the project, the steep penalty costs will usually ensure that the project is delivered on time.

Here's the full story from the S-P:
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/saska...8-8701bef896b8
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Brandon Shoppers Mall - Restaurant Pads in the Parking Lot

The combined Harvey's/Swiss Chalet should be opening this week just in time for the Winter Fair at the Keystone Centre. The basic structure for East Side Mario's is up but much further behind. It was decided to put the Fionn MacCool's on a separate pad. I don't know if it will be proceeding as it has not progressed above the foundation work and is not currently on the online map of the Shoppers Mall:

https://shoppersmallbrandon.com/stores/
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2018, 6:59 AM
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Alright let’s list all the upgrades that the provincial government should have done but didn’t:
1. Interchange of TCH at Virden;
2. Interchange of TCH at Brandon;
3. Interchange of TCH at 110;
4. Interchange of TCH at 16 (Mind you that the funding and design were in place. Also how many fatalities have there been?);
5. Interchange of TCH at Elie;
6. 190 Headingley Bypass;
7. Completely grade-separated Perimeter Highway;
8. Interchange of TCH at 207;
9. Twinning of TCH from Falcon Lake to Ontario border;
10. Highway 75 Morris Bypass;
11. Highway 75 Saint Nobert Bypass.

This is my point:
If you think that the government isn’t doing its job, vote it out!
Then you make sure the new one actually keeps the promises.
Who do you propose we vote for? Has any one of the provincial parties ever promised to drag us into at least the 20th century?
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Does anybody know who Simplot's engineers are for the Portage La Prairie plant expansion? I ask for purely selfish reasons, my company may be able to help with design/budget pricing on the electrical side.
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Churchill Port and Rail Line News

New hope for Churchill?

https://www.manitobacooperator.ca/da...gtype=homepage

The federal government has announced an “agreement in principle” which will see a new partnership fix up northern Manitoba’s washed-out Hudson Bay Railway and take over the mothballed Port of Churchill.

Details of the agreement were slim at best in the government’s announcement Wednesday, except to say the buying group slated to take over the northern Manitoba assets includes Toronto-based investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings; Regina pulse crop processor AGT Food and Ingredients; and Missinippi Rail Partners, a joint operation of Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership and OneNorth, a pair of groups representing northern communities in Manitoba and Nunavut.

The buying group’s agreement in principle with U.S. shortline operator OmniTrax, the previous owner of the rail and port assets, will “restore rail service to northern Manitoba and transfer ownership of the Port of Churchill,” the government said.

The new arrangement, the government said, has “active participation” from 30 First Nations and 11 non-First Nations communities in northern Manitoba, plus seven Kivalliq communities in western Nunavut.

“The people of northern Manitoba have long understood the value of the rail line,” federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, a Winnipeg MP, said in the government’s release. “This agreement in principle allows those most affected to have a direct stake in the future and long-term interests of their communities.”

Wednesday’s announcement, the government said, “is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”

Missinippi and OneNorth “provide First Nation and community participation through their ownership stake and shortline rail experience,” the government said, while Fairfax and AGT offer “significant private sector leadership” as well as their own experience in shortline rail.

AGT — a supplier of lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas from the Prairies and other pulse-growing countries — and Fairfax are also “integral to the longer-term financial prospects of the Port of Churchill,” the government said.

Wednesday’s announcement appears to officially freeze out another prospective buying group, a consortium of Manitoba First Nations led by Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation with a new operator, iChurchill Inc.

iChurchill said May 22 it had agreed to terms with OmniTrax in March for the port and railway, but last week halted any further negotiations, citing the federal government’s “unwillingness to engage in meaningful dialogue” on the buying group’s proposal.

OmniTrax in May last year closed down the Hudson Bay Railway, an asset the government described Wednesday as “one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure” in northern Manitoba.

In the wake of flooding that spring, OmniTrax said the track bed was washed away in 19 spots, five bridges were “visibly damaged” and another 30 bridges and 600 culverts would need to be further assessed. It later said repairs would cost as much as US$60 million and it wasn’t prepared to pay without government assistance.

The federal government has said its 2008 agreement with OmniTrax calls for federal financial support to the railway, for which OmniTrax in return was to maintain and operate rail service through to Churchill until 2029. OmniTrax, Carr said in October, “has not met its obligations.”

Denver-based OmniTrax had bought the government-owned port and Canadian National Railway’s (CN) rail line from The Pas to Churchill in 1997. Both were built in the 1930s to serve northern communities and provide an alternate shipping route into and out of Western and central Canada.

From a grain export perspective, railing grain out of certain areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba up and out through Churchill instead of east to Thunder Bay is believed to shave up to three days off voyages to some ports in Western Europe.

But the port’s grain handle declined in the five years after the deregulation of its main customer, the Canadian Wheat Board. OmniTrax shut down the port facility and laid off its staff before the 2016 grain shipping season.

The port’s ice-limited shipping season, typically July through October, has been a benefactor of global warming in recent years, but warmer weather also makes the rail line, much of which is built on permafrost, less stable. — AGCanada.com Network
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Purchase deal for Churchill rail line derails


When will the Province or Feds step in and get this resolved? Just buy the rail line and port, and move on.
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Purchase deal for Churchill rail line derails


When will the Province or Feds step in and get this resolved? Just buy the rail line and port, and move on.
Feds have never cared about Manitoba’s north. They as in Trudumb was more worried about Freedom road then anything else. Votes is all he cared about. Harper before him would have shut the port down and called it a day. The great thinkers of the past are long gone in government.

And now with all this trade tarrif bullshit. You’d think Trudumb would see that the port is really essential for trade with Russia for the biggest and Europe and Asia. He is being narrow minded and thinking all we have to trade with is the USA. Screw the USA. Mexico and China and Canada should just stop trade with them and make our own trade pact. They want to be like this. Let them. They will be a theirs world country sooner then they think.
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Posting it here too because it also concerns Manitoba
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Heritage building restored in Brandon



In a city notorious for tearing down heritage architecture its nice to see this one restored. Too bad this attitude wasn't around when the Prince Edward Hotel was on the chopping block.

https://www.brandonsun.com/local/dec...ampaign=buffer
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SaskPower to buy more electricity from Manitoba Hydro
SaskPower says 'clean' hydroelectricity will help company reach environmental goals
CBC News · Posted: Oct 29, 2018 11:05 AM CT | Last Updated: 9 hours ago

SaskPower is working toward a new deal with Manitoba Hydro that would see up to an additional 215 megawatts of hydroelectric energy be made available for customers in Saskatchewan.

A new termsheet outlines a purchase agreement that would allow SaskPower to buy 190 megawatts of energy from Manitoba Hydro, with an option to add an additional 25 megawatts at a later date.

The deal "represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh said in a press release.

SaskPower aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saska...toba-1.4882486
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SaskPower to buy more electricity from Manitoba Hydro
SaskPower says 'clean' hydroelectricity will help company reach environmental goals
CBC News · Posted: Oct 29, 2018 11:05 AM CT | Last Updated: 9 hours ago

SaskPower is working toward a new deal with Manitoba Hydro that would see up to an additional 215 megawatts of hydroelectric energy be made available for customers in Saskatchewan.

A new termsheet outlines a purchase agreement that would allow SaskPower to buy 190 megawatts of energy from Manitoba Hydro, with an option to add an additional 25 megawatts at a later date.

The deal "represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh said in a press release.

SaskPower aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saska...toba-1.4882486
Great news!
This should have been happening years ago, but better late than never!
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Too bad we couldn't charge MB for water we send over border that they sell back to us in the form of hydro power.

Will hydro ever be factored in to the equalization formula? It is certainly set to become more valuable than hydrocarbons.
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