MHCA supports Bowman’s push for new funding deal from province

Mayor Brian Bowman has signaled that demands upon municipalities for services, including new infrastructure, will be hard to meet without a new funding model from the province that recognizes the city’s limited capacity to raise revenue. Bowman noted in his year-end interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, that this is
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Season’s greetings from the President

Cultures and societies of old used the short days, extended darkness and frigid temperatures (northern hemisphere, granted) as a time to slow down, rest and reflect. That sounds comforting, especially for those of us hurrying to “get it all done” so we can enjoy the holidays. As we break for
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Financial forecast cuts highways capital expenditures for 2018

The second quarterly report on Manitoba’s finances shows that expenditures in the Highways Capital program are running behind budget. The provincial government released the second quarterly report on Wednesday. It shows that the budget line for Highways and Airport Infrastructure is forecast to come in at $348 million for 2018-19;
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Planning Act amendments balanced

The MHCA is grateful to Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton and departmental staff for the balanced and progressive amendments to the Planning Act, which flow from two years of intensive multi-stakeholder discussions. Their cumulative effect for conditional use applications to establish a new pit or quarry, or vary conditions of
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Federal capital cost allowance changes

In the 2018 Fall Economic Update, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced two key changes to accelerate tax depreciation, known as Capital Cost Allowance (CCA). To learn more about the recent changes and the impact on depreciating heavy machinery, click here for an explanation from Pennock Acheson Nielson Devaney, Chartered Accountants.

CCA endorses governance renewal

Highlights from the November CCA board meetings in Ottawa Welcome new board member The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) board of directors and staff welcome Frank Perricone, representing the Ontario General Contractors. Four important recommendations endorsed by the board    CCA to align with Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) Further to the
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A big bit of Christmas comes early to David Livingstone School

Santa came a bit early to David Livingstone School on December 7, with help from the elves at the MHCA who unloaded the sleigh, delivering toys and treats to about 100 pupils in Grades 1 to 4. “Girls and boys, Rudolph told me you have all been extra good this
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Premier releases Manitoba’s economic growth plan

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister told a sell-out business lunch at the RBC Convention Centre today that his government has a plan to boost economic growth in the province. “The economy? Lots to do,” Pallister said, at the annual State of the Province lunch, hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
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Transportation, traffic regulations being updated; province seeks public input

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler has asked for public comments to be submitted online regarding regulatory changes proposed by the Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act, passed in June. Comments can be submitted at in the next 30 days (deadline is January 7, 2019). Schuler in a news release noted the
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Lower risk drainage projects to be exempt from approval process

Drainage and water-control projects that present lower risk and impact to the environment would move faster and more efficiently through the provincial approval process under draft regulations the Manitoba government has put out for public consultations. Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced November 29 certain water projects would be exempted
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