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The St. Catharines Section of the List of 2009 municipal 'Shovel Ready Projects'
as presented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FCM List of 2009 "Shovel Ready" Municipal Infrastructure Projects (updated)
# Municipality - Prov./Terr. Pop. (2006) - Project Name - Project Category - Estimated Project - Cost - Est. jobs created
591 City of Red Deer AB 82,772 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 2,838,000 32
592 City of St. Albert AB 57,719 South Transit Station and Park & Ride Public Transit 4,000,000 46
593 City of St. Albert AB Transit Priority Measures Public Transit 2,000,000 23
594 Strathcona County AB 82,511 Sherwood Park Transit Terminal and Park & Ride Facility Public Transit 25,000,000 285
595 City of Prince Albert SK 34,138 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 4,000,000 46
596 City of Prince Albert SK Transit Terminal Facility Public Transit 300,000 3
597 City of Burlington ON 164,415 Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 14,200,000 162
598 City of Burlington ON Transit Operations Centre Revitalization Project Public Transit 7,000,000 80
599 City of Burlington ON Automatic Vehicle Location System for Conventional Transit Fleet Public Transit 1,400,000 16
600 City of Burlington ON Transit Vehicle Refurbishment Public Transit 780,000 9
601 City of Burlington ON Advanced Traveller Information System Public Transit 540,000 6
602 City of Burlington ON Transit Priority Measures (Brant & Fairview Intersection) Public Transit 300,000 3
603 City of London ON 352,395 Upgrading of Existing Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 10,000,000 114
604 City of London ON Conventional Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 7,000,000 80
605 City of London ON Accessibility Upgrades to Existing Bus Stop Locations Public Transit 500,000 6
606 City of London ON Southeast Reservoir and Pumping Station Water and Wastewater 57,000,000 651
607 City of London ON Electrical Upgrade - Elgin Area Regional Water Supply Water and Wastewater 1,040,000 12
608 City of London ON Water Meter Replacement Program Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
609 City of London ON Arva Pumping Station - New Pump Water and Wastewater 1,000,000 11
610 City of London ON Replace Lead Water Services Water and Wastewater 1,000,000 11
611 City of London ON Clean & Reline additional (7 - 8 km of water pipe) Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
612 City of London ON Sewer Lining and Specialized Repairs Water and Wastewater 4,000,000 46
613 City of London ON Sewer Reconstruction Program Water and Wastewater 5,000,000 57
614 City of London ON Combined Sewer Overflow Program - Wellington Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
615 City of London ON Elgin Middlesex Pumping Station - Pump Replacement Water and Wastewater 200,000 2
616 Town of Milton ON 53,939 Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 1,460,000 17
617 Town of Oakville ON 165,613 New Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 42,800,000 489
618 Town of Oakville ON Transit Automatic Vehicle Location System Public Transit 1,600,000 18
619 Town of Oakville ON Transit Terminal at Sheridan College Campus Public Transit 600,000 7
620 Town of Oakville ON Kerr Street grade separation Roads and Bridges 28,000,000 320
621 Town of Oakville ON Community Centre in Bronte Buildings 24,000,000 274
622 Town of Oakville ON Oakville Transit operations facility and garage Public Transit 40,000,000 457

623 City of St. Catharines ON 131,989 Transit Fare Collection System Replacement Public Transit $900,000 10

624 City of Greater Sudbury ON 157,857 Frobisher Site Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility Public Transit 26,172,000 299
625 Ville de Gatineau QC 242,124 Construction of Second Vehicle Storage and Maintenance Facility Public Transit 60,000,000 685
626 Ville de Gatineau QC Addition of Cycle Path to Rapibus BRT Project Public Transit 7,000,000 80
627 Ville de Gatineau QC GPS Automatic Vehicle Location System Update Public Transit 1,575,000 18
628 Ville de Gatineau QC Smart Card Recharging System Public Transit 100,000 1
629 Ville de Québec QC 491,142 Customer Information and Vehicle Location System Public Transit 25,000,000 285
630 Ville de Québec QC Phase II of Metrobus Garage and Maintenance Facility Public Transit 23,500,000 268
631 Ville de Québec QC Transit Vehicle Replacement and Expansion Public Transit 12,800,000 146
632 Ville de Québec QC Garage and Maintenance Facility for Electric Buses Public Transit 6,900,000 79
633 Ville de Québec QC Replacement of Garage Hoists and Concrete Pads Public Transit 5,000,000 57
634 Ville de Québec QC Construction of Terminus Roi Facility Public Transit 4,000,000 46
635 Ville de Québec QC Park & Ride Facility Construction Public Transit 3,000,000 34
636 Ville de Québec QC Scheduling Software Upgrading Public Transit 1,300,000 15
637 Halifax Regional Municipality NS 372,679 Peninsula Transit Corridor Public Transit 3,714,000 42
638 Halifax Regional Municipality NS MetroLink Public Transit 10,200,000 116
639 Halifax Regional Municipality NS Transit Security Public Transit 775,000 9
640 Halifax Regional Municipality NS Transit Depot Upgrades (Tacoma, Dart. Common, Clayton Pk.) Public Transit 10,000,000 114
641 City of St. John`s NL 100,646 Petty Harbour Long Pond - Water Treatment Plant Water and Wastewater 36,000,000 411
642 City of St. John`s NL Bay Bulls Big Pond - DAF Plant Water and Wastewater 30,000,000 342
643 City of St. John`s NL Bishop's Line - Culvert Replacement Roads and Bridges 750,000 9
644 City of St. John`s NL Carrick Drive - Bridge Replacement Roads and Bridges 1,200,000 14
645 City of St. John`s NL Carnell Drive - Bridge Replacement & Flood Remediation Water and Wastewater 2,000,000 23
646 City of St. John`s NL Western Ave. - Street Upgrading Roads and Bridges 200,000 2
647 City of St. John`s NL Critch's Path - Culvert Replacement Roads and Bridges 750,000 9
648 City of St. John`s NL Walsh's Lane - Water and Wastewater Installation Water and Wastewater 162,000 2
649 City of St. John`s NL Main Road - Street Upgrading (Doyles Rd. to Keith Dr.) Roads and Bridges 3,000,000 34
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Updated on: January 14 at 5:45PM Page 11 of 39

Mayor and Council out of Touch... By Andrew Petrowski

     A review of the latest numbers from Stats Canada may explain why it seems that the majority of those on council, including Mayor McMullan, who are making a living in the government sector off the taxpayer, have little regard for the citizen (only 2 councillors voted for a tax freeze) while projected city spending will soar by $5 million more over last year.

     Not only does our beloved Garden City have the second highest unemployment rate and property taxes in the country, now we learn that St. Catharines is the worst city in the country for the largest gap in wages and benefits between the municipal government versus the hard working folk in the private sector.

    When will it stop? Taxpayers now realize we are on the hook for more than $2 million for a relative small number of city hall employees in the $100,000 plus "Sunshine" club.

     It gets worse. A month ago with no debate Mayor McMullan and council voted to delay putting the unemployed back to work immediately by withholding $6.5 million in provincial infrastructure money in its bank account waiting indefinitely to erect another legacy project the taxpayer can hardly afford to build much less operate in these hard times.

Mayor McMullan and council don’t seem to get it. Arts have the ability to wait—Suffering citizens cannot! Suffering industries will not! Economic collapse is when it will stop!

The government of "haves" are ignoring the "have-not’s".

Is a tax revolt brewing?

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