In the News Archive
June-July-August 2007

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  • Federal government searches for procurement ombudsman

  • In February 2007, the federal government started a public recruitment process to find candidates for the new position of Procurement Ombudsman who will help to ensure that the Government of Canada's procurement practices are fair and transparent. The creation of the position of procurement ombudsman is part of the government's Federal Accountability Act (FedAA) and Action Plan. Resumes from interested parties were to be in by March 9.

  • According to the news release, "the mandate of the procurement ombudsman will be to:

  • "Review procurement practices across government on an ongoing basis to ensure fairness and transparency; make recommendations for improvements to the relevant department; review complaints from potential suppliers after contract award with respect to procurements of goods and services that are covered by the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) but which are below the monetary thresholds of that agreement ($25,000 goods and $100,000 for services); review complaints with respect to the administration of contracts; and, ensure the provision of an alternative dispute resolution process for contract disputes."

  • Manitoba supports interactive farm education centre

  • The province of Manitoba plans to contribute $900,000 to the University of Manitoba to help build a $4 million, one-of-a-kind farm education centre.

  • According to the news release, "the centre will be constructed at the site of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment located at the university's Glenlea research and teaching facility, just south of Winnipeg. The centre will feature interactive, hands-on displays for the public to learn about every aspect of livestock and food production, from farming practices to retail sales.

  • Provincial funding will complement the university's fundraising efforts to raise the remaining $2.5 million of the $4-million construction cost." More information is available at www.umanitoba.ca/afs/ncle.

  • Edmonton hires media firm to raise city's profile

  • Edmonton has contracted Media Profile, a Toronto company, to target the national media and increase awareness of the city of Edmonton, both nationally and internationally. Media Profile was the only company that applied that has the needed national and international experience. Its contract, the cost of which is still to be determined, is for one year starting in June 2007.

  • Nova Scotia seeks broadband suppliers

  • The province of Nova Scotia, after examining best practices from around the world and taking lessons from a pilot project, is launching a request for proposals seeking service providers to provide broadband service across the province.

  • According to the news release, "to ensure the request for proposals offers a competitive opportunity to companies, the province has been broken down into seven zones, made up of one or more counties. Each zone is based on the number of un-served civic addresses.

  • Zone one includes Cumberland County and the original pilot area. As permitted in the initial request for proposal for the pilot area, the province will enter into negotiations with the current service provider, Seaside Communications, following the province-wide request for proposals to provide broadband service to zone one.

  • Zone seven includes 45 rural communities within Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). This zone has been awarded under a separate procurement process managed by the municipality. The province will work with HRM to ensure that anyone without broadband will have access by the end of 2009. Companies submitting proposals have the opportunity to bid on one, some or all zones. Rollout of broadband service across zones one through six will begin at the same time starting this fall..."

  • Nunavut communities receive equipment and training for ID services

  • According to a news release issued in early June, the Government of Nunavut has provided the passport photo equipment and training for each Nunavut community "so Nunavummiut will have on-going, local and affordable photographic services for passports....

  • Hamlets currently have a contract with the Government of Nunavut to take photos for territorial identification such as drivers' licenses and identification cards. Providing hamlets with the equipment and training needed to take passport photos enhances the services they provide to Nunavummiut.

  • Each community received a digital passport system which includes a camera, printer, electronic flash tripod, backdrop, chair and mini-cutter. The system is self-contained and can produce fast photo-lab quality colour prints once a picture has been taken.

  • Hamlets will be able to charge a fee of up to $40.00 for each passport photo to cover the cost of supplies needed for this service."

  • Manitoba funds ultrasound and hospital renovations in Eriksdale

  • The province of Manitoba is investing more than $221,000 to develop a mobile ultrasound program based at E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale. It is also providing more than $229,000 to relocate the nursing station and renovate the entrance at the hospital to improve efficiency in patient flow. Work on the projects is expected to begin later this spring.

  • Guelph unveils Next Bus, a GPS system providing riders information

  • Guelph Transit unveiled its new Web-based system, known as Next Bus, at its headquarters on Watson Road on June 21, 2007. According to the news release, "as of June 20, global positioning satellites (GPS) technology and advanced computer modeling will take the guesswork out of taking the bus. ...Riders can now view transit information on wireless handheld devices including Palms, Blackberries, and Web-capable phones, or access voice information via either land telephone lines or cell phones. Real-time information is available by calling 519-341-2468 or by visiting guelph.ca/transit. ...The new system features Web-based map displays with local streets and routes, and real-time information available on the Web. It will also incorporate dynamic transit display signs at key locations around the city." More information is available from Randall French, manager of Guelph Transit at 519-822-1811 or randall.french@guelph.ca.

  • Partnership runs new Manitoba manufacturing training facility and program

  • The University of Manitoba and Red River College will jointly run a state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility and program. According to the news release, "the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement is contributing just over $1.1 million towards the initiative.

  • The University of Manitoba and Red River College will share the joint manufacturing training facility and program to be located on both campuses. Together, these facilities will be equipped to provide a comprehensive education for students at each campus, as well as the opportunity for skills upgrading and training for industry. Students from Red River College and the University of Manitoba will utilize the facilities at each campus to study different aspects of manufacturing.

  • The University of Manitoba will house an advanced, computer based, product development program located in the new Engineering and Information Technology Complex.   This facility will be a 40-seat computer laboratory along with a mini-simulated manufacturing laboratory with a rapid prototyping machine, mini-numerical controlled machine tools and a small virtual reality system.

  • Red River College will host two simulated factory laboratories that will provide students the opportunity to experience all steps of product manufacturing, using modern processes and advanced technology.

  • Industry will play a key role in the operation of the joint facilities by having input into course curriculum through the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). The CME will promote and administer course activities for industry participants. Representatives from CME, the Industrial Technology Centre, the Composites Innovation Centre, the Manitoba Aerospace Human Resource Coordinating Committee, Red River College and the University of Manitoba will sit on an advisory board to govern the facilities.

  • Under the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the governments of Canada and Manitoba are working together and in partnership with community stakeholders to build the economy and strengthen communities. These priorities promote economic growth and diversification in the province. For more information on this and other projects funded under EPA, visit: www.epa.gov.mb.ca.

  • Municipal "green" initiatives honoured by the FCM and CH2M HILL

  • On June 2, 2007 the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and CH2M HILL Canada Limited honoured the 10 winners of the FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards. According to the news release, "the Awards recognize municipal leadership in sustainable community development and give national recognition to projects that demonstrate environmental excellence and innovation in service delivery.

  • The awards are open to all municipal governments and their private sector partners. Communities of all sizes are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, projects must have been completed within two years of the date of application, or be in the final stages of implementation, and must have achieved measurable results. Submissions are judged by an expert panel of judges selected by FCM. This year 55 submissions were received.

  • The 10 winners are:

    • Buildings
      • Québec City, Québec, Bibliothèque de Charlesbourg
    • Solid Waste
      • City of Hamilton, Ontario, City of Hamilton - Green Cart Program
      • Town of Ladysmith, British Columbia, Ladysmith Organic Curb-Side Collection Program
    • Sustainable Community Planning
      • City of Calgary, Alberta, imagineCALGARY
    • Wastewater
      • City of Toronto, Ontario, Making Green Roofs Happen
    • Residential Development
      • Town of East Gwillimbury, Ontario, East Gwillimbury Town-wide Energy Star Standards for new homes
    • Sustainable Transportation
      • City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, City of Charlottetown Innovative Public Transit System
      • Regional Municipality of York, Ontario - Viva BRT Project
    • Water
      • Capital Regional District of Victoria, British Columbia, Toward Sustainable Water Demand - A Comprehensive Approach
    • Energy
      • The City of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, City of Dawson Creek Community Energy Planning
  • Portage la Prairie partners with engineers on water/climate change project

  • In late June, "the City of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, in partnership with Engineers Canada, has selected GENIVAR and TetrES Consultants Inc. to conduct a pilot project on the vulnerability of water resources infrastructure to changes in climate conditions. The project is part of a three-phase national assessment of the impact of climate change on Canada's public infrastructure. GENIVAR is a leading Canadian engineering and environmental consulting company, and TetrES provides a broad range of environmental consulting services to facilitate the planning, analysis, or regulation/approval of proposed development.

  • This pilot project is managed by the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), an initiative of Engineers Canada, that aims to identify and prioritize the most vulnerable types of infrastructure to climate change in the first national engineering vulnerability assessment. Results from this assessment will lead to the adjustment of design codes, standards and practices, enabling engineers to enhance the safety and security of Canadians by incorporating strategies into their designs to better absorb the negative effects and benefit from the positive effects of changes in our climate.

  • As part of phase I, a draft protocol was developed to evaluate the growing impact of changes in climate on the design and operation of water resource systems, buildings, roads and associated structures, and storm and wastewater systems. Phase II will now evaluate the effectiveness of this protocol by using it in the water resources pilot project in Portage la Prairie. The community was selected due to its location on a flood plain and the size of its water resources system.

  • Phase III will bring together the findings of all of the studies into PIEVC's final national engineering assessment of the vulnerability of public infrastructure to climate Change report, which is expected to be finished by March 2008.

  • Co-funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Engineers Canada, PIEVC is a major Canadian initiative involving all three orders of government and non-governmental organizations. It is looking broadly and systematically at infrastructure vulnerability to climate change from an engineering perspective. The committee's work will result in the first national engineering vulnerability assessment.

  • Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations/orders that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers. Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers." More information is available from David Lapp, manager of Professional Practice, Engineers Canada at (613) 232-2474, ext. 240.

  • Nova Scotia and Pictou County Firefighters' Association distribute energy efficient light bulbs

  • On June 16, 2007 the Pictou County Firefighters' Association is teamed with Conserve Nova Scotia and Energy Conservation and Sustainability in Pictou County to distribute 15,000 energy-efficient light bulbs.

  • According to the news release, "the program is part of the Shared Atlantic Vision for Energy Efficiency (SAVE) initiative. Under the program, residents can get two free compact fluorescent light bulbs per household at their local fire hall.

  • Compact fluorescent lights use 75 percent less energy, last up to 10 times longer, and can save about $40 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Each compact fluorescent light can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one-quarter tonne.

  • The SAVE program is an initiative of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. During the four-province campaign, 97,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs will be distributed. Of those, Nova Scotia will distribute 45,000 bulbs through municipal electrical utilities, regional development authorities and community not-for-profit groups by September."

  • Kamloops acquires new aerial platform fire truck

  • Kamloops Fire and Rescue Services has a new $1.2 million addition to their fleet - an aerial platform truck. The platform is capable of reaching 100 feet above ground, vastly improving the department's 'reach' over houses and industrial properties.

  • According to the news release, "two large nozzles attached to the platform can easily be operated by one firefighter to deliver up to 2000 gallons (7955 litres) per minute. The truck contains extended breathing lines for connecting and protecting firefighters, and hand-held fire hoses enabling firefighters to exit the platform onto, or into a structure to provide a direct fire attack. When extended, the firefighters in the platform have superior visibility of an emergency scene, and can protect several houses at once. The platform can also be lowered to the ground, and safely operate at 10 degrees below grade, down an embankment for example.

  • Labrador West gets road improvement funding

  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing of $1.5 million for road upgrades in the region of Labrador West. Sections of Route 500, the Trans Labrador Highway between Labrador City and the Quebec Border, and Route 503 between Wabush and Labrador City will be upgraded and resurfaced in this, the second year of the province's six-year strategy for infrastructure improvements exceeding $2 billion.

  • Ontario funds forestry-related research chairs at Lakehead University

  • In late May, the province of Ontario announced a one-time grant of $6 million to support the establishment of two Ontario research chairs, "dedicated to establishing bio-refining processes that transform low-value biomass into higher-value products" to support cutting-edge forestry industry research at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The research will focus on contributing to the competitive and sustainable development of the province's boreal forest.

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  • Ontario targets e-waste

  • Waste Diversion Ontario has been directed to develop an industry-funded waste diversion program for electronic waste. The program will ensure that potentially toxic components, like lead and mercury, are kept out of landfills.

  • The program, announced on June 12, will be delivered in two phases. The first phase is expected by February 1, 2008 and will target: desktop and notebook computers, monitors, desktop printers, and televisions.

  • The second phase will target: telephones, audio players and recorders, radios, speakers, and cameras.

  • The province is also introducing a draft policy statement that outlines the province's expectations of municipal waste planning. According to the news release, "These plans, like other municipal planning documents, must recognize the need to deal with waste created by an expanding economy and growing population." Ontario's municipal association (AMO) has been calling for an integrated policy framework for waste management in the province. Electronics Product Stewardship Canada, which represents leading electronics manufacturers, has been working with other governments to ensure that the appropriate disposal of electronic products is on government agendas.

  • Green Municipal Fund pauses to establish new criteria

  • The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)(tm) Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is seeing a high volume of applications. According to the news release, FCM is establishing clear guidelines and new criteria to "target GMF funding to leading examples of feasibility studies, field tests and community plans. Under the new criteria, GMF will offer grants to the best initiatives that will result in the greatest environmental benefits and provide the best examples for other municipal governments to learn from and apply.
  • From May 22, 2007, to January 2, 2008, FCM will temporarily suspend the intake of new applications for GMF study grants under the current system. The pause will accommodate the transition to the new criteria. This temporary suspension only applies to new applications for study grants: it will not affect applicants whose intent to apply has already been received or approved, nor will it affect request for proposal (RFP) competitions for capital project loans and grants." For more information, visit www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca, the FCM Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

  • Canadian robotics and intelligent systems provide new options

  • In late May 2007, Montreal hosted IS 2007, the 17th annual Canadian conference on intelligent systems (IS), which showcased leading-edge Canadian robotics and intelligent systems.
  • The conference was held in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Canadian Graphics Interface (GI) Conference, and the Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV). The application of various technologies in the production of real time and practical devices made the co-timing of these conferences very useful to participants.

  • According to the news release, " 'Intelligent systems technologies - technologies that perform human functions such as perceiving, reasoning and action - generate countless social and economic benefits for Canadians, and their real-world applications will be highlighted at this leading research forum,' said Paul Johnston, President and CEO of Precarn Incorporated, co-organizer of the three-day event.

  • Precarn, an independent not-for-profit company, works with Canadian companies seeking to commercialize their new ideas. Precarn uses a collaborative model that includes a developer, a customer and an academic research partner in every project.

  • Several of these new technologies may soon appear in RFPs and tenders, as public procurement specialists search out the best solutions available.

  • Government of Canada uses BOMA Canada online tool to assess buildings

  • In June 2007, the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) announced that the federal government is launching a three-year action plan to make its office buildings more environmentally friendly.
  • PWGSC recently signed a contract with the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) to use their "Go Green Plus" national environmental program (a comprehensive, easy-to-use, Web-based tool) for existing buildings to carry-out assessments of about 300 federal office buildings across the country. Go Green Plus helps assess how well a building is performing in six key environmental areas, including energy and water use, resources (waste reduction and recycling), indoor environment (e.g., air quality) and environmental management.

  • Green Municipal Fund supports district energy systems

  • According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities website, "on May 23, 2007, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for financing to support district energy projects that use renewable or waste energy sources. Applicants whose intent to apply is accepted, will be invited to submit a detailed proposal that must be received before 17:00 (EDT) on August 15, 2007.
  • GMF will award up to $20 million in loans and up to $3.2 million in grants through this RFP.

  • The objective of the 2007 Energy RFP is to solicit proposals that offer environmental benefits arising from reduced air emissions by offering loans, or grant and loan combinations, to support the construction or retrofit of district energy systems (DES) whose primary fuel source is renewable energy or waste energy.

  • The level of funding offered to each project is linked to the project's anticipated environmental, social and economic benefits. The primary measure of environmental benefit for this RFP will be the forecasted decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year (tCO2e/year)...

  • District energy projects that use renewable or waste energy sources are eligible for funding under this RFP if they involve one of the following:

    • construction of a new district heating or district cooling system whose fuel source is renewable or waste energy only. The system may be a combined heat and power (CHP) facility; or
    • retrofits to any or all components of an existing DES that use renewable or waste energy as its only fuel source, including converting a fossil fuel-fired DES to a renewable or waste energy fuel source."
  • Canadian Space Agency awards contract for James Webb Space Telescope

  • COM DEV International Ltd., a Canadian company, has begun the production phase of its work on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). According to the news release, "COM DEV is supplying a fine guidance sensor (FGS) designed to keep the telescope pointed with a precision of greater than one millionth of one degree. To put this in perspective, one millionth of a degree of pointing precision is equivalent to being able to point to an accuracy of the thickness of a strand of hair viewed from 3 km away. Such accuracy is essential for JWST's instruments to make their scientific measurements. The FGS will also include a Tunable Filter Imaging camera to provide narrow-band scientific imaging capability.

  • COM DEV's Space Science division has been working on the design and engineering phases of the project since 1998, and was awarded a CDN $39 million contract on April 30 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to proceed with the fabrication, build and test of the flight unit...

  • The JWST - an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the CSA - will be the largest space telescope ever built. Its mission will be to examine every phase of cosmic history: from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets to the evolution of our own solar system. With a mirror more than 5.5 times as large as the Hubble's and an orbital position 1.5 million km from Earth, the JWST will be able to observe radiation too faint for any previous technology to detect. It is scheduled for launch in 2013."

  • Federal contracts awarded for "green" remanufactured furniture
    Source: Public Works and Government Services Canada website, June 1, 2007

  • Three Canadian firms are helping the federal government be more environmentally friendly after qualifying to provide the government with remanufactured office furniture.
  • With a combined value of $600,000, the regional master standing offers awarded to the three firms will help the government play a role in keeping office furniture out of Canada's landfills.

  • "Given our purchasing volumes and our Policy on Green Procurement, the government is well-positioned to have a significant and positive impact on the environment," said PWGSC Minister Michael M Fortier. "This is another example of our commitment to the environment."

  • The awarded firms, ASOKAN Business Interiors, Advanced Business Interiors and Teknion Furniture Systems, create office panel systems out of used materials by remanufacturing the furniture to a 'like new' finish. Remanufactured office panel systems can be purchased at lower cost to the government, while offering a reduced impact on the environment.

  • Remanufactured furniture must meet the same performance and durability standards as new furniture, and must adhere to numerous environmental measures, such as formaldehyde emission standards.

  • "Not only does this product have many environmentally friendly features, but remanufacturing prevents used products from entering landfills," said Minister Fortier. The standing offers will be in place for two years, and apply to the National Capital Area, Ontario, and Quebec.

  • Canadian RFID conference showcases advances in RFID

  • The 2007 Canadian RFID Conference, held in May at McMaster University, focussed on new applications for radio frequency identification (RFID) systems in hospitals and the healthcare industry, supply chain applications, payments and security, asset tracking, field data collection, manufacturing, and more.

  • Some of the presentations at the conference included:* Edward M. Gonsalves, Business Development Manager, Identification of NXP (founded by Philips) presented an overview of advances in RFID over the last year, from RFID-based payment systems, to E-Passports, to new uses of the technology in the pharmaceutical, health care, transportation, manufacturing, sports, leisure, and service industries.

    • Richard Simpson, Director General, Electronic Commerce, Industry Canada, discussed the findings of a recent Industry Canada/Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) report, entitled Report on Business Consultations - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Canada, which unveils how government, academia, the public and businesses can work together to gain a common understanding of RFID, and how this is expected to impact our society as a whole.
    • Hank Tomarelli, RFID Business Development Representative, Texas Instruments, Inc. talked about new solutions for consumer protection of high-value items - such as cosmetics, apparel, sports collectables, antiques and art - being developed through product authentication and data decryption technologies.
  • A workshop highlighted successful implementations of RFID in the health care industry -- from distribution, to product identification and medical supply management, to health care services. Also, some interactive exhibits were available showcasing some of the most innovative current and future uses of RFID, including:

    • A "smart shelf," which records all items on a shelf and automatically alerts store clerks when items have been removed, while instantaneously ensuring that the items have gone through the store's payment system.
    • A "smart garbage bin," that records every supply that has been thrown away - ideal for hospitals or offices, which benefit from being able to keep lower inventory levels and getting automatic notices of when replenishment is needed.
  • Federal government awards consolidated mobile communications contracts
    Source: Public Works Government Services Canada website

  • Public Works Government Services Canada has awarded $77.2 million worth of contracts to TELUS Mobility, Rogers Wireless Inc., and Bell Mobility Inc. to provide a full range of mobile wireless products and services in the federal government over the course of the next two years.
  • The range of products covered under this series of contracts includes a variety of wireless cellular systems, including high security, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs). Savings are generated from the product offerings, as well as reductions in regular service charges and fees.

  • Depending on the number of orders that will be made, these new contracts are expected to provide the federal government with savings that could reach up to 50 percent of the current cost.

  • "This is a real demonstration of the savings potential and efficiency gains that can be realized through IT Shared Services offerings" stated Steven Poole, PWGSC's Chief Executive Officer for the Information Technology Services Branch. "Working closely with our Acquisition colleagues, we have targeted an IT product offering that is used across government. The results clearly demonstrate that providing enterprise-wide IT products and services can generate real savings across government."

  • Under a departmental initiative to create savings for Canadian taxpayers, suppliers of wireless products and services were invited to compete for a two- year contract. This open and transparent competition enabled the government to consolidate its purchases to improve efficiencies and achieve significant long-term savings. This is an excellent example of the results that can be obtained through PWGSC's efforts to improve procurement across government while implementing the enterprise-wide Information Technology Shared Services initiative.

  • Prior to this contract, each government department purchased its own mobile wireless mobility products and services on an ad hoc basis. By consolidating the purchases, the government will continue to standardize the products and services offerings across government and will continue to achieve economies of scale.

  • In order to ease the transition for departments and organizations, and to ensure that the Government of Canada's full saving potential is realized as quickly as possible, PWGSC will transfer existing agreements with TELUS and Rogers to the new contracts with no resulting termination fees.

  • Alberta launches Alberta WaterPortal

  • On June 11, 2007 the Alberta Society for Sustainable Water Management and Related Technologies (Alberta WaterSMART) and the Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) and IBM announced the establishment of a network of technology, industry, watershed management and funding partnerships to launch the Alberta WaterPortal at www.albertawater.com.
  • The Suncor Energy Foundation is providing initial project funding, with Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies participating as a technology and content partner.

  • ...Supported by public and private partnerships, using new open source and Web-based technologies, the WaterPortal will be interactive, user-friendly, and encourage dialogue and participation in managing the province's water resources. Supporting a variety of media formats including video, photography, blogs and podcasts, and other dialogue tools, the WaterPortal will shed light on important water issues; connect groups with individuals; and share insights, new opportunities and best water practices. ...For this phase of the WaterPortal project, IBM will provide project management and technology architecture expertise.

  • The initial project focus will be in supporting the watershed planning needs of the Bow River Basin Council, one of the province's watershed planning and advisory councils. The BRBC is developing a multi-year plan to manage the watershed within the basin, and will be using the WaterPortal to solicit input and feedback from its members living in the region, as well as to share water information and best practices. Once completed, this online tool will be available to all other watershed planning and advisory councils to develop their watershed plans.

  • The WaterPortal will also serve as a valuable water planning and knowledge sharing tool for many other public and private regional, national and global environmental organizations including industry, agriculture, research institutions and environmental groups." More information is available by contacting Kim Sturgess, CEO, Alberta WaterSMART, at (403) 813-6182.

  • Collaboration creates single supply arrangement for federal IT security needs

  • Through collaboration with the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Public Works and Government Services Canada is now offering federal departments and agencies access to the Cyber Protection Supply Arrangement (CPSA). This single supply arrangement allows federal departments and agencies to procure information technology (IT) security services from pre-qualified companies. These companies have met all evaluation criteria and offer departments a choice of qualified IT professionals through a streamlined procurement process. For more information visit, www.cse-cst.gc.ca/services/cpsa/cpsa-program-e.html.

  • Manitoba invests in one-stop health service centres

  • Responding to demands of residents for more integrated health care, Manitoba has invested more than $2 million in ACCESS Northwest, a one-stop health services centre that will provide residents of northwest Winnipeg with more and better access to primary health care and community services. ACCESS Northwest is the third access centre to be developed in Winnipeg.

  • According to the news release, "services such as primary health care, community mental-health care and counselling, public health, foot care, community outreach, dietician services, vocational services and employment and income assistance will be located in the new facility.


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