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B.C. land registry slows as people rush to close deals before new tax

B.C. land registry slows as people rush to close deals before new tax | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
The holiday long weekend means offices are closed on Monday and the tax takes effect on a Tuesday
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Response challenges Chambers of Commerce opinion (Vancouver Sun) on Massey Tunnel replacement bridge

Response challenges Chambers of Commerce opinion (Vancouver Sun) on Massey Tunnel replacement bridge | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
MetroVanWatch has received this response from Peter van der Velden to "Opinion: Need Massey Tunnel replacement now" in the Vancouver Sun on July 6, 2016. It, he challenges many statements made and positions taken by the Chambers of Commerce. *********** RESPONSE TO OPINION PIECE ON MASSEY TUNNEL BY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE On Wednesday July 6, the Vancouver…
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Aerial photos highlight divide between Cape Town's rich and poor

Aerial photos highlight divide between Cape Town's rich and poor | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
A photographer is offering a new perspective on the sharp divide between rich and poor in South Africa with a series of aerial photographs showing some of Cape Town's richest and poorest neighbourhoods side by side.
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Mafia, toxic waste and a deadly cover up in an Italian paradise: 'They've poisoned our land and stolen our children'

Mafia, toxic waste and a deadly cover up in an Italian paradise: 'They've poisoned our land and stolen our children' | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
A few days before I visited the rather scruffy Hospital of Saint Anna and Saint Sebastian in Caserta, southern Italy, a boy aged 11 arrived complaining  of headaches.
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Victoria hires transport expert to chair sewage plan

Victoria hires transport expert to chair sewage plan | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Millennium Line executives team up on capital city sewage treatment plant project 
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Uncovering graphic details of crimes on Ottawa's city buses

Uncovering graphic details of crimes on Ottawa's city buses | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
OC Transpo wants to triple the number of surveillance cameras in buses and stations across the city to deter crime. Incidents were up eight per cent in 2015 compared to the year before, according to data obtained by CBC News.
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Why so high?

Why so high? | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
The reason Burnaby's rates are higher is partly due to the city's fiscally responsible management, according to Mayor Derek Corrigan. Burnaby has taken a more aggressive approach to the sewer and water line separation project that all Metro Vancouver municipalities are undertaking - Burnaby has a 20-year replacement plan, whereas Vancouver has a 100-year-plan, he pointed out.

Vancouver has also not done the upgrades to their facilities that Burnaby has, he said. The Iona treatment plant requires upgrades, which Vancouver will have to pay for soon, Corrigan said, whereas Burnaby has already paid for the upgrades at the Annacis Island treatment centre.

"Since Vancouver hasn't refurbished its facilities, it hasn't been paying for that," he said.

Burnaby also pays for its projects over a short amortization period, which means higher short-term costs, he added.

"We didn't want to leave future generations carrying the weight," Corrigan said.

While residential metering is considered "one of the Holy Grails of water conservation," he said, it is best used to preserve water resources when they are low.

"Here in British Columbia, we have too much water," he said. "We have so much water we have trouble keeping it out of our houses."

Managing the excess water via the region's sewer systems is costly, he added. The only time there's a problem with low water levels is during the hottest days of the summer, Corrigan said, adding he isn't sure the cost of putting in water meters is worth it for that brief period.
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The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Models matter. Let’s design more streets like the streets we already love.
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They came, they smoked, they left behind garbage ... lots of garbage

They came, they smoked, they left behind garbage ... lots of garbage | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
After 4/20 comes the 4/21 cleanup, as city staff hit Sunset Beach to deal with the mess left behind by the annual smoke-in and festival.
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Paris Is Redesigning Its Major Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars

Paris Is Redesigning Its Major Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
The new designs make sure pedestrians get at least 50 of the public space, lanes of traffic be damned.
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Last stop for the city’s $2 billion Broadway corridor subway line

Last stop for the city’s $2 billion Broadway corridor subway line | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
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comment from Zweisystem:
There was never a business case for a Broadway subway, it was pure TransLink BS. If traffic flows along Broadway surpass 15,000 pphpd, the by all means plan for a subway, current traffic flows, under 4,000 pphpd! Subway supporters should get a clear dose of fiscal reality."
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"The entire notion is nothing more than a smoke screen for putting towers along Broadway."
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Richmond to keep RCMP after residents reject independent police force

Richmond to keep RCMP after residents reject independent police force | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
The City of Richmond will be sticking with the RCMP for its policing needs for the foreseeable future following a decision by City Council on Monday evening.
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Construction waste overwhelms Metro Vancouver

Construction waste overwhelms Metro Vancouver | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
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"Paul Henderson — general manager of solid waste services with Metro Vancouver — said on Tuesday that about half of the 3.3 million tonnes of garbage generated by the region each year comes from the construction, land clearing and demolition industries."
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Barcelona to Segways: Enough Is Enough

Barcelona to Segways: Enough Is Enough | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
The city plans to ban them from a key area. Time to kiss novelty urban transit goodbye?
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Tracing New York City’s millions of pounds of e-waste from shelf to shredder

Tracing New York City’s millions of pounds of e-waste from shelf to shredder | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Gadget shopping? Chances are that as soon as you plunk down cash for a new smartphone or 9.7-inch tablet or 4K / 3D / LED flatscreen television, a tiny part of your brain is already plottin
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Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Because LED light is so concentrated and has high blue content, it can cause severe glare, resulting in pupillary constriction in the eyes. Blue light scatters more in the human eye than the longer wavelengths of yellow and red, and sufficient levels can damage the retina. This can cause problems seeing clearly for safe driving or walking at night.
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We kind of love this new, circular take on the Paris metro map

We kind of love this new, circular take on the Paris metro map | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Paris is a serious contender for the title of the most beautiful city in the world – a city famed across the globe for its panache, its style. Odd, then, that its metro map should look like a cartographer had some kind of breakdown with a plate of spaghetti and some crayons, and yet there it is:
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The unaffordable subway - Common Ground

The unaffordable subway - Common Ground | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Providing an expanded and improved transit system is vital to Metro Vancouver. However, the subway is a poor choice for the Broadway east-west thoroughfare.
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'The firefighters need water, we've got to keep it going,' says technician who stayed in Fort McMurray

'The firefighters need water, we've got to keep it going,' says technician who stayed in Fort McMurray | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
As 80,000 people abandoned Fort McMurray earlier this week, George Muirhead stayed behind to man his post at the city's water treatment plant. "We know keeping the water going is important for the firefighters," he said, "and we're there for them as much as they're here for us."
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North Vancouverites not 'water hogs'

North Vancouverites not 'water hogs' | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
Staff reported the malfunction early on to Metro Vancouver, which controls this meter, when they first noticed the drop in volume in 2003.

However, the meter replacement was put on Metro’s capital fund and wasn’t completed until late 2010, according to city staff.
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"Staff reported the malfunction early on to Metro Vancouver, which controls this meter, when they first noticed the drop in volume in 2003. However, the meter replacement was put on Metro’s capital fund and wasn’t completed until late 2010, according to city staff. - See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/north-vancouverites-not-water-hogs-1.2008317#sthash.QTALMZfa.dpuf
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A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America.
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Evergreen Line delay costs lead to mediation, B.C. government hiding info on costs, changes and challenges

Evergreen Line delay costs lead to mediation, B.C. government hiding info on costs, changes and challenges | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
SNC-Lavalin and the provincial government are in mediation over cost overruns at...
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Elevated rail is more effective than trenching. So why is it so hard in Melbourne?

Elevated rail is more effective than trenching. So why is it so hard in Melbourne? | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
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MercatorNet: Learning from the Kolkata overpass collapse

MercatorNet: Learning from the Kolkata overpass collapse | Local Government - infrastructure and services | Scoop.it
A sea change is needed in India's construction industry
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