Alberta takes lead in nascent hydrogen industry
Lexology’s morning newsletter today contains a post from Bennett Jones LLP reviewing how Alberta is poised to develop Canada’s first hydrogen industry node. The Government of Alberta unveiled its Natural Gas Vision and Strategy in October 2020, in which hydrogen plays an important role. The Bennett Jones article outlines key themes of hydrogen supply chains.
Stanley Park survey indicates strong support for cycling lanes
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s recent public survey about the temporary traffic management plan in Stanley Park, put in place after the COVID-19 pandemic, drew just over 11,000 responses. On April 8 the parks board closed Stanley Park to vehicles to encourage physical distancing, reduce crowds and provide more cycling and walking space. Between June 22 and Sept. 25 one lane was reopened to vehicles. The majority of responses indicated they approve of the current changes and would like to see consideration of dedicated road space for cyclists along with car-free days in Stanley Park.
US Army Corps of Engineers denies Alaska mine permit
The US Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, a large-scale gold and copper mine that would include a natural gas pipeline across Cook Inlet, a port and a transportation corridor from the port to the mine site, near Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. Pebble Limited Partnership, which applied for an application for a permit to mine in Alaska in 2017, indicated in a release they are considering appealing the decision.
Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative celebrates first two construction projects
The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative has advanced projects in Saskatchewan and Ontario towards construction. The two projects will provide residence-based social services to vulnerable populations in the First Nations communities of Muskowekwan in Saskatchewan and Pikangikum in Ontario. The Muskowekwan First Nation is building a Family Healing and Wellness Centre that will have four family log homes with two to four bedrooms, as well as a fifth home for healing program delivery. Pikangikum First Nation is building an eight residential unit “Community Safe Village” to provide transitional, emergency housing with professional and culturally sensitive support for community members escaping violence. The facility will also have six hotel units accessible from a separate entrance.