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Investing in highways

The following appeared as a Letter to Editor in the Winnipeg Free Press, August 12, 2019. Re:  Yes, spend on highways, but only whats affordable (Aug. 8) The public should thank columnist Tom Brodbeck for engaging in debate about “spending” — we prefer “investing” — on the Manitoba highways system,
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Ritchie Bros.’ largest-ever Manitoba auction set for August 15 in Winnipeg

Ritchie Bros. will hold its largest-ever Manitoba auction, selling 1,250+ equipment items for fellow 60-year company, and long-time customer, Hugh Munro Construction Ltd. The unreserved public auction will be held on August 15 in Winnipeg.  “We are doing a major realignment of our fleet as we increase our focus on
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Put core infrastructure back on Manitoba’s priority list: MHCA

  MHCA launches election campaign advocacy If you don’t like the condition of your roads, tell your provincial election candidates to make infrastructure a priority again. That’s the gist of the message that launched the MHCA’s advocacy campaign, which will carry through to the September provincial election. “Our advocacy aims
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MHCA asks Winnipeg for impact of bridge-work expenses on reserve fund for streets

  The City of Winnipeg is on track to miss the original targets for its street-repair investment by 2024 by $40 million, according to an analysis of budget forecasts by the MHCA. Further, if City Council proceeds with funding annual bridge work from the local and regional street renewal reserve
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Return to traditional meaning, focus of infrastructure: Conservative MPs

    A Manitoba Conservative MP and her party’s finance critic told business groups Wednesday their party would return the definition of “infrastructure” to its original meaning and ensure federal investment focuses again on getting “hard assets” built across Canada. Conservative shadow Finance minister Pierre Poilievre joined Candice Bergen (Portage-Lisgar)
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MHCA-Indigenous engagement efforts put people to work

The MHCA has trained 56 people in introductory heavy equipment operation in the last six months. The graduates of the simulator-based introductory program came from the Manitoba Metis Federation and the University College of the North. “We have another four-week course fully booked with UCN for Thompson in August,” said
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Surplus sandbags offered to contractors

The City of Winnipeg Streets Maintenance Division produced approximately 395,000 sandbags in anticipation of the potential flood event anticipated earlier this year. The flood did not reach predicted levels and we currently have a surplus of approximately 374,000 sandbags. As sandbags that have been exposed to the elements are no
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Federal gas-tax money expected to flow this week

The bonus gas tax revenues for municipalities this year should be in Manitoba’s hands this week, according to the federal government. A provincial government spokesman has assured that once received by the province, the cash will flow expeditiously to the municipalities, including the City of Winnipeg, which is to receive
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Quarry rehab program payments to flow: Province

  Payments for quarry rehabilitation work approved and completed in 2018 are being processed through the required provincial departments, the Government of Manitoba says. “We are relieved – and happy – that contractors who completed approved work last year to rehabilitate spent quarries finally will see cheques in their hands,”
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MHCA Board updated on new Winnipeg construction specs

  The City of Winnipeg’s new specifications for base and sub-base materials in road construction were the focus of discussion at this week’s meeting of the MHCA Board of Directors. The new specifications are in use at two construction sites this summer – on Fermor Avenue and Roblin Boulevard. The
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