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First Notice: budget reaction; CLAC sues City of Toronto; smelter tech

First Notice: budget reaction; CLAC sues City of Toronto; smelter tech


Post-budget reaction in the DCN/JOC

Watch this space for more analysis of the federal budget delivered yesterday and stakeholder follow-up. Highlights of same-day coverage include an infrastructure overview, skills training updates and resource sector reporting. 


CLAC sues City of Toronto over LIUNA deal

A lawsuit filed against the City of Toronto by the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) will be heard in Ontario Superior Court today. The suit stems from Toronto City Council’s June 2019 decision to add one union, the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), to a list of unions given the exclusive right to work on some types of municipal construction projects. CLAC argues the LIUNA deal violates the City of Toronto Act and the city’s procurement bylaw and policy. 


ULI Toronto to dive into Toronto’s hot real estate market

The Toronto chapter of the Urban Land Institute has announced a forum to analyze Toronto’s hot real estate market. The webinar, to be held May 7 starting at noon, is billed as What the Heck is Going on? Toronto’s Ongoing Real Estate Market Tear in the COVID-19 Era.  The moderator will be Jeanhy Shim, president of Housing Lab Toronto. 


ALI wins contract to service Valleyfield industrial park

ALI Excavation Grouptoday announced it has been retained by the Municipality of Valleyfield, Que. to undertake the first phase of the expansion of Perron Industrial Park. Servicing and creation of a new street will take place to accommodate several new large tenants that are locating in the park for commercial and industrial activities. 


New technology slated for Rio Tinto smelter

Elysis today announced it has selected the Alma smelter, operated by Rio Tinto in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., for the first installation and demonstration of its inert anode technology at a commercial size of 450 kiloamperesThe firm is a joint venture enterprise led by Alcoa and Rio Tinto that is working to commercialize a new technology to develop aluminum that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen. The project will be supported by a $20 million investment from the Government of Quebec 

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