Category Archives: Dieppe

TransAqua finalist in Greater Moncton Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

TransAqua logoTransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission – is proud to be one of the finalists in the environmental category for the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Business Excellence Awards. The awards will be given out at a gala event at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton on Oct. 29.

“It is particularly gratifying to be nominated in the environmental category this close to World Rivers Day on September 27,” said Kevin Rice, General Manager of TransAqua. “We have worked very hard from day one to do our part in ensuring the good health of the Petitcodiac River watershed. Through the planned $81-million upgrade of our wastewater treatment facility in Riverview, we will meet new federal standards by 2020. The quality of our effluent will be greatly enhanced, allowing us to further help keep the aquatic environment clean.”

gmcc excellence awardsTransAqua also operates a compost facility in Moncton which mitigates the biosolids removed from the wastewater treatment process. “We could truck away these biosolids for incineration or to the landfill, however we made a strategic environmental decision to deal with them locally,” Mr. Rice says. “Today, we produce some of the best compost in Canada, which we then provide free of charge to local residents and municipalities for use in landscaping and gardening.”

TransAqua is also looking at ways to recover heat from wastewater in order to reduce its energy costs. A pilot project is currently underway to perfect the process.

“The health of the Petitcodiac River and its watershed is very important to the residents of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview,” Mr. Rice says. “We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the effluent that goes back into the river is as clean as possible and that the remaining biosolids are put to good use.”

TransAqua Chair Winston Pearce was equally pleased with the nomination. “We are honoured that the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce recognizes TransAqua’s dedicated efforts toward a healthy environment for us all,” Mr. Pearce said. “At this time, I would like to thank the entire team at TransAqua, including our hard-working staff, our dedicated board of directors and our various suppliers and stakeholders for making this possible.”

For more information on the Greater Moncton Excellence Awards, visit the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

About TransAqua

TransAqua, the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 31-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of bio-solids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

TransAqua announces engineering and construction contract awards

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TransAqua – the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission – has awarded three engineering contracts to companies located in Greater Moncton valued at $223,451. The contract are part of TransAqua’s long-term strategic capital plan to improve wastewater transmission and treatment for the communities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.

TransAqua Chair Winston Pearce says the contracts are a good start on moving forward with its long-term capital construction goals. “We are committed to working with Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe on improving the communities’ wastewater and sewer infrastructure. We are very happy that these projects can be carried out by companies located in Greater Moncton.”

Stantec Engineering of Moncton has been awarded a $34,500 contract to complete the preliminary design of a sewer forcemain on Bourque Road and a pumping station at Melanson Road in Dieppe for re-directing existing and projected long term-flows of the Melanson drainage basin to a newly constructed Babineau Creek trunk sewer. It is estimated that this project will prevent the necessity of a costly upgrade of the Commission’s collector sewer pipeline along the Petitcodiac River in Dieppe.

Crandall Engineering of Moncton has been awarded an $89,152 contract for the design, contract management and construction supervision of work to replace part of the existing collector sewer system in the Jonathan Creek area of Moncton as part of the work by the City of Moncton and CN Rail to reduce flooding in the Jonathan Creek and Jones Lake areas. TransAqua needs to relocate a section of its pipeline to facilitate the City of Moncton’s recently announced project. Construction is expected to take place in early 2016.

ADM Systems Engineering Limited of Dieppe has been awarded a $99,799 contract for the design, supply and implementation of components for the TransAqua’s ongoing SCADA (supervisor control and data acquisition) system upgrades. The upgrades, which began in 2014, involve modernizing software, data management and operator workstations. This contract is for the 2015 phase of hardware replacement. This will allow TransAqua to seamlessly integrate new wastewater treatment equipment into its existing computer control systems, as part of its long-term project to upgrade the existing plant from primary to secondary wastewater treatment by 2020, as mandated by the federal government.

About TransAqua

TransAqua, the Greater Moncton Wastewater Commission (www.transaqua.ca) was established in 1983 to support the wastewater collection and treatment needs of the Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview tri-community. Since then, it has developed a 31-kilometre collection network and a treatment facility to best deliver on this mandate. It has also become a leader in the reuse of bio-solids through the generation of type ‘AA’ compost (the highest grade currently achieved in Canada) as opposed to disposal in a landfill site. The organization is now positioning itself to further upgrade its facilities to provide an enhanced secondary treatment approach that will allow it to meet recently introduced mandatory federal regulations prior to the 2020 deadline.

Greater Moncton International Airport participates in first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week

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Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist with the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA), prepares a public display of an airside operations vehicle as part of the first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held August 24-30. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

The Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA) emphasized its commitment to the safety of its passengers, visitors and employees during Canada’s first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held in conjunction with 23 other airports across the country from Aug. 24-30.

“Canadian Airports Safety Week is a new airports-led initiative to promote healthy and safety work practices among airport employees,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “The program aims to reach thousands of airport employees across the country with safety-related events and promotions. For the GMIA, safety is our number-one concern around the clock. And although this initiative is targeted at employees, it’s also an excellent opportunity to show the public and our passengers just how strongly committed we are to keeping everyone safe.”

As part of the industry’s dedication to safety, the GMIA focused on the following daily themes during Canadian Airports Safety Week: hazard reporting (Monday), worker safety (Tuesday), security (Wednesday), airside vehicle operations (Thursday), foreign objects debris (Friday), construction safety and security (Saturday) and environment (Sunday).

“Our activities include daily theme-based information displays and toolbox talks directed at multiple employee groups, representing all employers here at the GMIA who have responsibilities in the airside area – the part of the airport not normally accessible to the public unless they are boarding a plane,” said Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist for the Greater Moncton International Airport. “It is an excellent opportunity to take a time-out and re-introduce information and avoidance practices on the known hazards which airport workers face every day.”

Canadian Airport Safety Week is an airport-led initiative to promote healthy and safe work practices among airport employees. Currently in its first year, there are 24 airports across Canada participating in the initiative: Greater Moncton International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Calgary International Airport, Charlottetown Airport, Comox Valley Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Greater Sudbury Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Kamloops Airport, Kelowna International Airport, London International Airport, Northwest Regional Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Prince George Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Region of Waterloo International Airport, Saint John Airport, Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, St. John’s International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

2015 edition of Crossroads 250 Relay event accepting registrations

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The popular Crossroads 250 Relay held for the past three years has launched its 2015 registration for all those who wish to make a difference for Moncton’s Crossroads for Women and the renovations to their new shelter.

Now in its fourth year, the event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Place 1604 in Dieppe. Funds raised will go toward Crossroads’ New Shelter, New Start campaign. This year, the organizing committee hopes to raise $78,000. This event gathers runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels.

Andrée Savoie, co-chair of the Crossroads 250 Relay, explains the community spirit which prevails throughout the day. “We see co-workers, family members and friends lace up their sneakers, move, laugh and unwind for a good cause. Year after year, we are amazed by the generosity and the enthusiasm of the community,” she says.

Crossroads 250 Relay includes three competition events: the Corporate Relay, the Engagement Relay and the Kids’ Run. “This year, we added the Engagement Relay which allows family members and friends to form a team and run or walk. Like the Corporate Relay, the teams must include five members to run a 10-kilometre route. We are bringing back the popular Kids’ Run for little ones aged between 0 and 12 years old,” says Joanne St-Pierre, the other co-chair of the Crossroads 250 Relay.

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Members of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club’s Crossroads 250 Relay team are pictured at last year’s event held on Sept. 14, 2014.

The organizing committee will hand out trophies as recognition awards for the fastest team, the team with the best spirit and the team who raises the most funds. Door prizes will also be drawn during the event.

Registration is online at www.crossroads250.com. All details concerning the event and online donations are also available on the website. Crossroads 250 Relay organizers invite those who would like to volunteer at the event to contact them, as well.

Crossroads 250 Relay wishes to thank its main partner, Manulife Financial, for their continued support of this event.

Crossroads 250 Relay was created in 2011 with the goal of raising $250,000 toward renovations for a new transition house for Crossroads for Women. The organizing committee hopes to reach the goal during this year’s event.

Crossroads for Women’s mission is to shelter women and their children living with family violence, ensure their physical safety and provide them with support that will help them break the cycle of violence.

For more information, contact Andrée Savoie at 506-857-1909 or carrefour.crossroads250@gmail.com.

Greater Moncton’s 100 Men Who Care group welcomes new members

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100 Men Who Care of Greater Moncton is calling on all willing and able men to join their movement and attend their upcoming inaugural meeting. The men’s charitable group provides funds to deserving non-profit organizations in the local community.

The charity organization involves 100+ men who will each bring a blank $100 cheque to a group meeting four times per year. Three different local charities will present during each meeting, one will be selected as the recipient, and that charity will then walk away with a total donation of $10,000+. Each member’s $400 annual commitment translates into $40,000+ for four local charities. One hundred per cent of all donations go directly to the awarded charity and all donations are tax deductible.

The initiative, under the leadership of Troy Akerley and David Hawkins, was inspired by the newly launched local chapter of 100 Women Who Care of Greater Moncton.

“Many local charities are facing critical challenges today,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The demands on these charitable organizations often go far beyond the resources they have available to support those in the community that need it the most. With a small commitment of time and resources, this group of men can significantly help local charities do their work and positively impact the community.”

Interested individuals should visit www.100menmoncton.com to learn about and join the group.  The first quarterly meeting of 100 Men Who Care of Greater Moncton will be hosted by the Ramada Crystal Palace Convention Centre in Dieppe on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for meet and greet.

“100 Men Who Care of Greater Moncton is not your typical fundraising organization,” Mr. Akerley explained. “It doesn’t have a board of directors or officers, no chairman or president, no secretary or treasurer. It’s made up of a few guys who came together to volunteer their time and offer a fun and innovative venue to facilitate fundraising within the community. Every dollar donated goes directly to the selected charity. It can’t get any simpler than that!”

This Greater Moncton group is the latest addition to the 100 Men and 100 Women Who Care movements that have seen chapters sprouting up in many cities in North America over the last 10 years.

For more information, contact Jane Harwood at 506-378-0177 or jane@xyzstratcom.ca.