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First Notice: Infrastructure Canada announcement; northeastern passenger rail plan; Oshawa fire training tower

First Notice: Infrastructure Canada announcement; northeastern passenger rail plan; Oshawa fire training tower


Infrastructure Canada healthy communities’ announcement

Today from 1 to 2 p.m. Infrastructure Canada and Community Foundations of Canada are set to unveil Canada Healthy Communities Initiative projects supported during the first round of funding. In attendance will be Andy Fillmore, parliamentary secretary to the minister of infrastructure and communities; Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador; Andrea Dicks, president of Community Foundations of Canada; Mary Rowe, president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute; and Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council. The announcement will be immediately followed by a panel discussion on mobilizing healthy communities. 

Ontario releases northeastern passenger rail plan

Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation, announced the provincial government has released the Initial Business Case for a rail plan in northeastern Ontario. The province, Ontario Northland and Metrolinx are moving forward with further planning for a 13-stop route that would provide service from Toronto to Timmins or Cochrane. As part of the 2021 Ontario Budget, the government committed $5 million to support this planning and design work. Service would be offered based on seasonal travel demands and would range from four to seven days a week.  


Oshawa invests in fire training facility/tower

Oshawa City Council has approved a $1.5 million investment to develop a fire training facility/tower. The modular training facility/tower is planned to be located temporarily at the south field of the Oshawa Executive Airport until a permanent location is determined by council. The investment will also provide for a temporary location for Oshawa Fire Services to perform health and safety training in live fire training exercises, search and rescue, highrise firefighting and various other firefighting disciplines. 

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