Canadian Infrastructure Spending – Rebuilding Canada – series If you have nothing to read over the holidays, then I guess you can read the series by the Canwest News Service.  The series focuses on Social/Recreational Facilities, Roads and Bridges, Public Transit, Water/Sewers, and Garbage Disposal.Already from glancing at the numbers and information, the details are hardly detailed enough to give you the precise picture of the funding … Continue reading Canadian Infrastructure Spending

Federal Money for Local Transit?

Vancouver Sun – December 16, 2008 One phrase:  I’ll believe it when I see it.  I think I share Mayor Joe Trasolini’s sentiment. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini said he’s been told since spring that the funding has been approved and will wait to see what happens. “I’m not getting encouraged and over-excited with promises any more,” he said. I’ve written about the Evergreen Line … Continue reading Federal Money for Local Transit?

‘One in 20 cars to be electric in a decade’

The Vancouver Sun, November 25, 2008 Exciting times and changes are ahead if the title above holds true.  Imagine that the current gas guzzling fleet of millions of cars across Canada could be potentially mostly run by electricity instead of gas.  That would have a huge impact on our emissions.  We just need the willingness to put such revolutionary ideas into action in our infrastructure … Continue reading ‘One in 20 cars to be electric in a decade’

Vancouver Transit News

Some recent articles related to local transit. One from The Tyee talks about installing barriers on the platform to prevent passengers from falling into the tracks and to prevent potential suicide attempts.  Clearly, one person’s life is not viewed as being worth the millions of dollars it takes to keep people from accidentally falling into the tracks.  The article has some pretty gruesome descriptions of … Continue reading Vancouver Transit News

Spend your way out of a recession?

The Globe and Mail, November 15, 2008 New York Times, November 9, 2008 Not sure if I would buy into the theory if spending your way out of a recession, but certainly Richard Koo, the chief economist for Japan’s Nomura Research Institute, would like you to.  His theory posits that Japan was able to maintain its current economic position in the world by spending during … Continue reading Spend your way out of a recession?