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Old July 15th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #2901
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Agricultural lands have become much more productive since the 1960s. You need much less land to produce enough food for an increasing population. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world despite the tiny size and high population density.
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Old July 15th, 2014, 08:46 PM   #2902
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:00 AM   #2903
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New Aerial pics of the 401 extension in Windsor

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Old July 17th, 2014, 01:46 PM   #2904
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Agricultural lands have become much more productive since the 1960s. You need much less land to produce enough food for an increasing population. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world despite the tiny size and high population density.
OT: Source? Is it in tons or GDP per capita?
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #2905
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No, total value of exports. The Netherlands ranks behind the U.S. in agricultural exports. While there are countries that produce much more agricultural products, they use it for the domestic market (China, India, Brazil).
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Old July 18th, 2014, 06:00 AM   #2906
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The Netherlands makes Canada look like a massive under performer. We have vast tracts of land suitable for agriculture, a small population, yet still export less than the Dutch. I think a century ago, Canada had far higher market share in agricultural exports than we have today. In wheat it might have been as high as two-thirds of the world market at one point.

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Surely it must be right now, nobody would leave money on the table...
Having land suitable for cultivation is one thing, but finding someone to sell it to is another. Canada already produces way more food than we eat.
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No, total value of exports. The Netherlands ranks behind the U.S. in agricultural exports. While there are countries that produce much more agricultural products, they use it for the domestic market (China, India, Brazil).
Thanks! Guess we can close the OT here
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Old July 19th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #2908
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Highway 16, Saskatchewan

HIGHWAY 16 TWINNING PROJECT BETWEEN SASKATOON AND CLAVET TO BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, was joined by Nancy Heppner, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, today to announce the first eligible project in Saskatchewan under the New Building Canada Fund.

This project will include the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway; the construction of a bypass north of the Village of Clavet which includes approximately 7 km of new highway for both lanes, and the construction of a CN railway crossing. This project will improve safety and efficiency for travellers. It will also support the economic growth of Saskatchewan, in particular the agricultural sector, by providing better access to one of the largest canola crush facilities in Canada.
Full press release: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/governmen...inning-project
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 08:53 PM   #2909
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It sounds like the Thunder Bay Expressway may become a full freeway;

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunde...ting-1.2715484
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 09:33 PM   #2910
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Probably good, there is a ton of money in the latest budget for northern highway expansion. Stuff like making the thunder bay expressway a full freeway possible.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #2911
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I did a little bit of googling and this seems to be the project website:

http://www.thunderbayexpressway.ca/
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Old July 25th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #2912
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stupid hwy 401, shredded a nearly new tyre at midnight 100 km west of Cornwall up a hill
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Old July 25th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #2913
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Highway 1, British Columbia

Twinning of Highway 1 near Malakwa in B.C. announced.

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Old July 26th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #2914
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Couple news stories from the 401-Wonderland Road update today.

http://www.am980.ca/2014/07/25/23468/

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Highway 1, Alberta

New Hwy. 1 Interchange opens in Medicine Hat

Motorists will now enjoy free-flow travel on the TransCanada Highway at Dunmore Road in Medicine Hat, more than a month ahead of schedule.

The interchange allows free-flowing eastbound and westbound traffic on Highway 1 resulting in less congestion, smoother highway traffic and reduced demand on Medicine Hat’s roadway infrastructure.

The Dunmore Road interchange includes two new bridges, highway grade raising and embankment works, paving, installation of new storm sewer drainage lines and highway barriers, road widening to allow for left turn and merge lanes, new traffic signals and roadway lighting, and construction of a multi-user pathway to accommodate pedestrian traffic.
http://medicinehatnews.com/news/loca...y-operational/

One step closer to a full freeway bypass of Medicine Hat. Just one traffic light to go.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 10:58 PM   #2916
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New Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge

New Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge officially opened

Officials from both sides of the New Brunswick/Maine border today celebrated the official opening of the $13.9 million Clair-Fort Kent International Bridge.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony also marked the partnership in building and funding the bridge between the province’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and Maine’s Department of Transportation.

The bridge opened ahead of schedule in order to accommodate the Congrès mondial acadien which takes place in August. This major cultural event is expected to draw significant cross-border traffic during the two-week celebration taking place in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. The bridge work was completed two months ahead of schedule.

The new bridge over the St. John River links Route 1 in the United States with Route 161 on the Canadian side. Both countries are co-owners of the bridge. Construction and maintenance costs are shared equally by Maine and New Brunswick. Daily traffic on the bridge averages more than 1,000 cars and 45 trucks.
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Old August 2nd, 2014, 07:08 AM   #2917
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Now they need to build a Lethbridge bypass.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 09:07 PM   #2918
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Nice to see new ME/NB bridge, there is a real paucity of road links there.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 01:53 AM   #2919
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The sixth eastbound lane along Highway 407 ETR between Highway 427 and Highway 400 opened earlier this week. The westbound lane is basically finished, but the final striping hasn't bee completed, so it is not yet open. Construction barrels will likely remain for a few additional weeks while some final work (such as installing enhanced mileage markers) is completed.




(The sixth eastbound lane exits at the Hwy 400 interchange).
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Old August 6th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #2920
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I think this confirms the tolls are too high. Was this really necessary?

On the other hand, you can buy a virtually guaranteed free-flow ride around Toronto.

It's a shame there are no AADT figures for Highway 407. Combined traffic on the entire road doesn't tell us much about the actual usage, such data is only interesting from a financial point of view.
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