Saskatoon to replace majority of streetlights with LED fixtures
Saskatoon Light and Power will replace more than 17,000 of its current high-pressure sodium streetlight fixtures with light-emitting diode (LED) technology in residential neighbourhoods, commercial areas and along major streets. The two-year project will cost $6.12 million with 40 per cent of the cost paid for by the federal government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund. The City of Saskatoon will see a cumulative reduction of about 114,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, a municipal release stated.
Nexii announces sustainable Starbucks drive-thru build
Green construction company Nexii announced it has completed a Starbucks drive-thru café using proprietary technology that reduces the store’s carbon emissions by 30 per cent. The company used its own Nexiite building panel material and the cafe’s wall and roof panels were built off-site at Nexii’s production facility.
CIB closes on Alberta irrigation deals
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), the Government of Alberta and eight irrigation districts yesterday announced they have formalized an agreement for the Alberta Irrigation Project with the CIB investing $407.5 million. The Alberta government will contribute $244.5 million and the irrigation districts will contribute $163 million towards the plan, which will see modern irrigation infrastructure built.
Transit ridership falls in October
Statistics Canada today reported that Canadian urban public transit ridership dipped significantly in October to 59.6 million from the 68.1 million recorded in September, likely in response to a second wave of COVID-19. On a year-over-year basis, ridership was 64.8 per cent lower than the same month in 2019. All operators continue to experience financial challenges. In October, total operating revenues (excluding subsidies) reported by transit agencies were $133.3 million, down 63.5 per cent from the same month last year.