Passengers flying out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport have been accustomed to a unique additional step to reaching their gate when trying to catch a flight. Instead of being dropped off in front of the airport and walking inside to receive one’s boarding pass and go through security, travelers flying through Billy Bishop Airport must take a 90-second ferry ride across Lake Ontario to reach their gate. Billy Bishop Airport is located on an island in Lake Ontario, located two miles from the downtown area. While many passengers enjoy the ferry ride, others have complained that the quarter-hourly crossings cause a lot of stress for passengers trying to make their flight.
Montreal's Champlain Bridge is one of North America's busiest spans, with 50 million vehicles crossing it each year. Increased traffic on the bridge, along with damage caused by road salt and other factors have caused considerable wear and tear to the structure, leading the Government of Canada to the decision to construct a new Champlain Bridge, starting 2015.
The Jacques Cartier Bridge, dating back to 1930, is a steel truss cantilever structure over the St Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec. Its illumination was the centerpiece of the city’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversaries, with 2,800 light fixtures that will light up the lively Old Port every night for the next ten years.
Canada has announced new goals to greenhouse gas emissions to thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The announcement has received criticism for not addressing the oil sands in Alberta. The pledge comes just prior to a meeting between the Canadian provinces in June and a major climate change conference in Paris in December. The pledge was formally submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Friday.
The international team of scientists just finished exploring the seabed of the Pacific Ocean, offshore Alaska and British Columbia, in an effort to understand better the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system.
On Wednesday June 8th, a large sinkhole opened in the middle of Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa, Canada. The hole expanded and consumed three lanes of the road as well as the sidewalk and a parked minivan. Nobody was injured but many businesses in the area have been affected. Due to the ongoing construction of a new transit line under it, the street was open only to busses, taxis, and pedestrians which greatly decreased the amount of traffic on the street.