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City of Mississauga slashes electricity use at rink
A task force at the City of Mississauga has slashed the electricity consumption of the ice-making equipment at its Iceland Arena by 22 per cent during winter and shoulder season operations, staff say. The improvement in energy efficiency for that timeframe represents a weekly 136-kilowatt drop in electrical demand, which works out to savings of $38,000 per year.
Ontario’s public colleges receive $50-mil investment
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system during the newly-declared Colleges Week (April 3 to 9, 2017), the province is investing a total of $50 million in its 24 publicly-assisted colleges to improve students’ experiences.
Quebec offers funds to improve accessibility
The Quebec government will provide funds to improve accessibility in buildings that predate current code standards. A new incentive program announced in the 2017-18 provincial budget will dispense subsidies, to a maximum of $15,000, for upgrades to commercial buildings or community centres.
When Cheap gets Expensive
The easiest and least expensive course of action in the short term often ends up being the costliest one. Putting off preventative maintenance when it comes to heating and cooling equipment is no exception.
Architecture49 to design Halifax Infirmary reno
Architecture49 has been selected by Nova Scotia to design state-of-the-art operating rooms and interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary, part of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
Brandt acquires Saskatoon manufacturing facility
The Brandt Group of Companies has entered into a binding agreement with U.S.-based industrial liquidator Prestige Equipment and financial services firm Hilco Global to acquire the former Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. facility in Saskatoon.

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IFMA updates sustainability guide on green cleaning
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Environmental Stewardship, Utilities and Stewardship (ESUS) Strategic Advisory Group has released the latest update in the Sustainability How-to Guide: Global Green Cleaning.
Funds for cultural spaces in federal budget
The federal budget released last week allocates $300 million over 10 years to Canada’s cultural spaces fund, which supports the construction, renovation and equipment needs of creative hubs.
Selecting lighting for hazardous locations
Atmospheric testing is a recommended first step when selecting explosion-proof lighting for hazardous locations, while basic knowledge of IP ratings can help facilities managers choose appropriate waterproof and submersible equipment.

Getting cozy with high-density occupancies
Accessibility, ventilation, noise mitigation and privacy have become key design concerns as office floor plans are configured, or reconfigured, to accommodate more people than past workspace norms.
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