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Govpages 2011 edition is on its way!

It is almost that time again. We are getting ready to print the new edition of GOVPAGES.  And here are some new developments. We are limiting the number of hard copies and producing more CD-ROMs in order to comply with the government’s requests for a more environmentally friendly product. After holding a Greening Government Conference it is only right to reduce our ecological footprint as well.

We will also be highlighting suppliers in GOVPAGES who have been third-party certified.  You can find these suppliers in the index pages of the new edition. If you are a supplier and would like to be recognized for your sustainable efforts feel free to contact us by email: gorica.cajko@govpages.ca or call 416-241-4000 ext.228.

We are also developing Govpreferences, a system where government users will be able to get the latest information relevant to their field of work and personal interests simply by logging in to their Govpreferences profile. Information will include events, articles, white papers, news and media releases all relevant to their work and interests.

We are now accepting advertising contracts for the next edition, to be produced solely on the CD-ROM.  For the 2011 Media Kit click here.

Thanks! And stay tuned for the 2011 edition and our new Govpreferences system.

Greening Government

NCM GOVPAGES is holding its first Annual Greening Government Conference this June,  where government officials and green conscious suppliers from across Canada will have a chance to interact and share ideas on what can be done to reduce Canada’s ecological footprint on this world. If you have ideas, thoughts, or would simply like to learn,your attendance and comments are more than welcome.

For those in Building Design and Construction industry, James Young’s discussion about energy and water efficiency in building will be of particular interest.
And for all those wanting to earn by going green, Victor Fedeli’s session on benefits of Energy Conservation is a must attend.

There are many more high-profile speakers, including the Honourable Sterling Belliveau, John Whitehead, Neil Sentance, Jack Heath, and many more. For full conference agenda and speakers, go to: www.greeninggovernment.ca/agenda.html

We are encouraging everyone interested to participate and pass the word on to their colleagues. We also welcome discussion and feedback on this forum or on the LinkedIn Greening Government Group, just ask to join our network  :).

Considering that the Conference is on June 15th and 16th, right before the summer heat wave,  most of us here at NCM hope that someone will have a brilliant idea on how to stay cool this summer without wasting too much energy and natural resource.

Thank you, and hope to see you at the Conference!

New to the NCM Group: Public Infrastructure magazine

As we know, all too well, Canada’s infrastructure is in terrible shape. In February of 2009, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership interviewed Mr. Saeed Mirza, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University.  In what Professor Mirza called a very serious problem, he noted that about 60% of all our municipal infrastructure is over 55 years old.  He also noted that about 30% of the entire infrastructure in Canada is more than 85 years old.

All levels of Governments, especially municipalities will need as much information as possible on the new products, services and systems available to repair and rebuild our aging infrastructure.  This is where Public Infrastructure magazine can help.

Starting with the May/June 2010 issue, Public Infrastructure will publish a bi-monthly magazine that will reach every Canadian municipality along with consulting engineers who focus on municipal infrastructure.

The first issue will feature editorial on; Building Science, Vertical Farms, Green Roofs, the benefits of sharing Geospatial Data and the future of  Public Private Partnerships,  to name a few.

For more information on Public Infrastructure magazine please contact Tom Monson, Publisher at; Email tom@govpages.ca or 416-241-4000 Ext. 223

And don’t forget to check out our first issue!!

Unusually warm winter

It’s no secret that we have had a pleasant winter thus far.  Yes there were a few days when we complained about having to leave the house because the temperature dropped to nearly -20. But in all fairness, that is nothing compared to what we experienced in the past in Canada. Perhaps it’s been a little wet, but most of us did not have to get out our Columbia jackets and ushankas on our way to work this winter.

The same can be said for the temperatures in the Arctic. Scientists reported unusually high temperatures in the Arctic averaging 10-15 degrees F (Arctic Kingdom January 14th, 2010 media release).  Although the unsuspectingly warm winter is attributed to natural variability and not by rising levels of greenhouse gases, the pattern could affect Arctic ice which in turn may impact global warming (Arctic Kingdom). For the full story go to http://arctickingdom.com/blog/2010/01/scientists-report-an-unusually-warm-arctic-winter/

The good news is that the high temperatures are not solely the result of increasing greenhouse gases, so we must  be putting in an effort to cut carbon emissions. It will be interesting to see what national  environmental plans and goals 2010 will bring.

Green Initiatives

Good morning!

Today we will be talking about Canada’s eco-efficiency. What can businesses do to reduce their environmental footprint? What can the government do? What are you doing personally?

I’ll tell you what NCM is doing!

We are limiting the number of hardcopy edition of GOVPAGES and providing the directory in CD-ROM format as well as an on-line database that can be navigated by registered users.  The hard copies that are  being produced are printed on recycled paper approved by the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (FSC) and printed using vegetable-based ink.

We are gradually transitioning to paperless product, thus we encourage users to sing up for the on-line database, where they can see recognize environmentally friendly businesses through an eco-efficiency icon.

Any other suggestions for us?

Tourism Stimulus Program

Article of the day: Canadian Government focuses on Tourism

Since tourism in Canada generates around  $75 billions in revenues and produces 660 000 tourism jobs, Randy Williams, president and CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada and Tony Clement, Minister of Industry  are partnering up to increase international reach and audience appeal of Canadian destinations.  The Marquee Tourism Events Program is providing $100 million in funding over two years in support of the visitor economy. Read the full article at

Government of Canada Announces Second Call for Proposals for Tourism Stimulus Program

All done for today. Thanks for reading! Come back in a few days to read what’s going  at NCM this month. You don’t want to miss our discussion about green initiatives and suggestions to Canada’s  premiers on what they could do to help the environment.