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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #1241
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The Versionary (or Versictionary?) will be quite thick in a few weeks. You should write down the Golden Collection.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #1242
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We already have one for Radi
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #1243
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This one will be quite crazy too, but a bit less mental.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #1244
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So what we have now:
- Gobsmacking
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Go on, mine aren't as good as yours, Verso
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Old December 9th, 2008, 11:17 PM   #1245
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Nice, beautiful, nice, beautiful, nice, beautiful...
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #1246
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Old December 16th, 2008, 11:20 AM   #1247
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$110 fine for driving in bus lanes
The Ottawa Citizen
12 December 2008

They may be tantalizingly free of buses during the strike, but the bus lanes on the 417 are still off limits to motorists, Ontario Provincial Police reminded drivers yesterday.

In a news release, the Ottawa traffic detachment acknowledged there is some confusion among drivers as to which bus-only lanes they are able to use during the strike.

The city has announced that some of the bus lanes are open to use by commuters, but the lanes on the 417 are still off-limits. Cars using the bus lanes on the 417 "create more havoc than anything else" said Const. Guy Prevost, as conditions become hazardous when those vehicles try to merge back into traffic.

The problem has been particularly prevalent in the bus lanes between Moodie Drive and Eagleson Road.

Motorists caught driving in bus lanes on the 417 are subject to a fine of $110.

The bus lanes on Highway 174, which fall under municipal jurisdiction, are also off-limits to commuters, and restricted to emergency vehicles only.

In the city itself, bus lanes on Albert and Slater streets, the Mackenzie King Bridge, Montreal Road, Rideau Street, east of King Edward Avenue, and Woodroffe Avenue are open to public use.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 10:34 PM   #1248
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Great news for BC!
Canada's longest toll-highway is now toll-free! The tolls were $10 one way but for transports it was very high. It was too high so many transports were taking the longer and more dangerous original TCH which is not twinned and has some pretty sharp and dangerous curves.
All they are doing is what they said they would do. When the highway opened in 1984 the government swore up and down on the bible that when the highway was finished being paid for they would take of all tolls..................that was in 2001 and then tolls stayed on til late this year. The government used it as a cash-cow.
As far as the connection between the Okanogan Connector and Coquitlam it is now completly 4 laned but not freeway all the way to Merrit and what a waste of money it was. The Okanagan Connector was suppose to be extended west/south to connect with the Coq 15km south of Merrit. If that was done then it would have saved cars 25 minutes and transports approx 35-40 minutes because it would have meant that the transports wouldn't have had to climb the very long and very steep hill before hitting Merrit. It was pure politics. The reason it went via Merrit is because the minister of transportation at the time was from Merrit so he wanted more business and travel going thru the town and the people from the OK/Kelowna have paid the price ever since.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:12 PM   #1249
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Hwy. 407 tolls to rise for peak hours in February
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1 January 2009

It's going to cost more to drive Highway 407 in February.

The company that operates the toll road says peak-hour tolls for light vehicles between will rise by as much as 0.6 cents to 19.85 cents per kilometre. Off-peak rates will remain unchanged. In addition, a 25-cent charge will be levied on all trips for light vehicles.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #1250
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Old January 18th, 2009, 05:56 PM   #1251
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Cintra restructures debt from two motorways

MADRID, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Spanish motorway operator Cintra is restructuring debt related to two motorways it operates in Madrid and Canada, the Ferrovial unit said on Friday.

Cintra has reached an agreement to extend deadlines for debt related to its Radial 4 toll motorway in Madrid and plans to issue bonds to refinance its core asset, Canadian highway 407-ETR, the toll road operator said in a statement.

Cintra plans to issue 500 million Canadian dollars worth of bonds to refinance a previous issue of 400 million Canadian dollars, which is due to expire in June 2009.

Cintra, which operates the 407-ETR together with Macquarie Infraestructures Group and SNC-Lavalin , said it expects to close the bond issue on January 20.

In a separate press note, Cintra said that it had reached an agreement with the 29 creditors financing its Radial 4 toll road to extend its 556.6 million euros of debt related to the motorway.

Of the debt, 196 million euros is now due in 2011 with the remainder expiring in 2032, the operator said.

Cintra owns 55 percent of the R-4, while Itinere is the second biggest shareholder with 25 percent.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:35 PM   #1252
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A Highway to the Canadian Arctic

North demands 'road to Tuk'
Arctic highway would trump Russian flag: premier

CanWest News Service
7 August 2007

On the eve of a three-day trip to the Arctic by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Northwest Territories Premier Joe Handley is renewing calls for the federal government to keep a promise made 50 years ago by another Conservative prime minister -- John Diefenbaker -- and build a permanent highway to the Arctic Ocean.

Amid the uproar last week over Russia's flag-planting expedition to the North Pole seabed, Handley said that completing his territory's long-dreamed-of "road to Tuk" -- a year-round, all-weather route linking the coastal town of Tuktoyaktuk to southern Canada via the Mackenzie Valley Highway -- would mean far more than any Russian submarine dive, showing the world this country is serious about reinforcing its presence and asserting its sovereignty in the North.

Handley calls the planned road to the town of 950 residents "the final step in connecting Canada's three coasts," and has argued that "a highway to the Arctic would help assert Canadian sovereignty over Canadian Arctic waterways as shipping routes become increasingly accessible."

Vehicles can currently reach Tuktoyaktuk only in winter over ice roads, and even the highway routes that end hundreds of kilometres short of the Arctic coast involve the use of ferries to cross various waterways.

A $700-million plan to build bridges and complete the highway to Tuktoyaktuk, to be funded largely by the federal government, calls for about 1,000 kilometres of road construction across frozen tundra and along the Mackenzie River.

The new route would extend the Mackenzie Valley Highway from the town of Wrigley to the Dempster Highway near Inuvik before the final link to Tuktoyaktuk -- envisioned as the future Canadian outlet for tens of billions of dollars worth of Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta gas and oil.

During the election campaign that brought the federal Conservatives to power in January 2006, Harper wrote to Handley and said his party "supports the concept" of a Mackenzie Valley Highway extension and was "prepared to discuss details regarding the cost, timing and funding of this proposal."

Handley criticized the federal government for a "lack of real action" on Arctic issues. Dismissing Harper's recent promise to buy up to eight new Arctic Ocean patrol vessels as "weak" because the ships can't penetrate the ice pack year-round, Handley said that an unbroken road to the polar sea would be a fitting symbol of Canada's Arctic aspirations, and a critical step in "ensuring there's adequate infrastructure" for both future development and for the thousands of people already living in the North.

After Russia's seafloor touchdown at the pole on Thursday, Harper said the feat showed that Arctic sovereignty "is going to be an important issue as we move into the future" and that his government will continue to "put a real emphasis" on the North.

Along with the fleet of reinforced patrol ships, the federal government has promised to finance a deep-water port in the Arctic, the location of which -- probably Iqaluit or Resolute Bay in Nunavut -- is expected to be revealed during Harper's trip this week.

The road was first envisioned in 1958 as part of the Diefenbaker government's "Roads to Resources" strategy, but the planned highway stalled in the 1970s.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:09 PM   #1253
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That would be quite a nice roadtrip
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Fairbanks, Alaska seems to be the closest city, over 800 kilometers away as the bird flies. The nearest Canadian place seems to be Fort Nelson, 1300 kilometers away. But what's the use maintaining a road for a hamlet of 800 inhabitants? That place is really in the middle of nowhere and has an own airport.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #1255
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Politics, Chris, politics
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Fairbanks, Alaska seems to be the closest city, over 800 kilometers away as the bird flies. The nearest Canadian place seems to be Fort Nelson, 1300 kilometers away. But what's the use maintaining a road for a hamlet of 800 inhabitants? That place is really in the middle of nowhere and has an own airport.
Access to the Arctic Ocean, and the road is mostly built anyway, they'd just have to add the last 200 km between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. But the article mentions 1,000 km; I thought the road to Inuvik was year-round, all-weather.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #1257
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I hope this will be in the Canadian Federal budget on the 27th; along with the $1 billion Mackenzie Valley Highway Extension and the $16-billion Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. I'll keep my fingers crossed. A town of 1000 residents will go underwater without connection to the rest of Canada. And that's so miserable.

The economic potential of the Northwest Territories has long been ignored. Inuvik will become the hub of Arctic energy sector in North America, while Tuktoyaktuk will function as a deep-water port. And with the degree of economic activity, more industries will fly north. And Yknife can become the hub of polar flights in the whole Western Hemisphere.

And yah... the news is so long ago that they already changed the premier of the NWT. Now it's Floyd Roland, who got 3 game suspension due to a fight in hockey!!!

This can create boom in our territory!!! Following these projects is the massive industrialization of Northern Canada; and the conversion of Mackenzie River to a series of hydroelectric power plants, generating more than 11,000 MW of electricity.

And at the same time, the capital (Yellowknife) will boom like MAD like Dubai and Shenzhen, to around 1,750,000 people; with 4,000,000 in metro.
Hay River follows with 1,000,000 people and 2,500,000 in metro.

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Old January 22nd, 2009, 09:40 AM   #1258
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Highway to Inuvik not year-round.

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Access to the Arctic Ocean, and the road is mostly built anyway, they'd just have to add the last 200 km between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. But the article mentions 1,000 km; I thought the road to Inuvik was year-round, all-weather.
The road to Inuvik is gravel-based and depends on a ferry. The ferry cannot operate during break-up, a period of several weeks in the fall and the spring when ice floes make navigation unsafe. The first step would be building a bridge across the river, and the second step might be paving the road.

Timon91 is right about the politics. Roughly speaking, international law insists that a nation claiming territory must maintain a presence in that territory. Otherwise the neighbors (or extranational entities) can swoop in and claim it for themselves. Thus a bunch of sub-Antarctic and Arctic islands boast meteorological stations and military bases. This is also behind the relocation of Inuit from western Quebec to Resolute and their intense suffering after the relocation.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 09:45 AM   #1259
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They should build bridges in order to make it a year round road, but they shouldn't pave it. It's the best thing to leave it gravel. Just widen it would be enough IMO. If they'd pave it, water would get through the asphalt in summer, but it won't sink into the ground (permafrost), so when it freezes in winter, the water becomes ice and will create big bumps in the pavement. See what happened on the paved parts of the Dalton hwy and on the Elliott highway
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The road to Inuvik is gravel-based and depends on a ferry. The ferry cannot operate during break-up, a period of several weeks in the fall and the spring when ice floes make navigation unsafe. The first step would be building a bridge across the river, and the second step might be paving the road.

Timon91 is right about the politics. Roughly speaking, international law insists that a nation claiming territory must maintain a presence in that territory. Otherwise the neighbors (or extranational entities) can swoop in and claim it for themselves. Thus a bunch of sub-Antarctic and Arctic islands boast meteorological stations and military bases. This is also behind the relocation of Inuit from western Quebec to Resolute and their intense suffering after the relocation.
I think the greater concern is the Northwest Passage, which becomes international waters without sovereign presence, and not the occupation of the land.
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