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October 19, 2012
This past June, several areas of the United States were hit by violent storms that caused damage and power outages from Ohio to the Atlantic Ocean. The storms blew through the heavily populated...
November 16, 2011
Someone I know just spent an afternoon watching utility crews fix a broken gas line outside his home. It’s an all too common issue; in this case, a road construction crew hit a line while...
February 21, 2010
In recent weeks, we’ve heard a lot about the United States’ decisions on its controversial “Buy American” policy that is attached to the billions of dollars issued to help...
January 8, 2010
When one considers the potential sources of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s not a surprise that a report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities released December 8 concludes...
October 30, 2009
During the opening session of the American Public Works Association International Congress in September, I was intrigued by a statement that was made in one of the video presentations:...
September 8, 2009
It seems that wherever we go these days, those little black eyes are watching us: almost every business door has a note about security cameras capturing images inside the store. We’re on camera...
June 15, 2009
Any fleet manager or purchaser whose job involves sourcing vehicles for fleet operations is probably watching the ongoing upheaval in the major North American automakers with great interest –...
April 14, 2009
These days, the do-it-yourself craze is everywhere. There are TV stations that are perpetually showing home improvement shows. Cooking shows have exploded in popularity. Reality shows make fun of...
February 11, 2009
In the Federal budget for 2009, we’ve been told that the government’s stimulus package will include a very nice piece of funding for infrastructure – $12 billion, much of which is...
December 22, 2008
With the economy falling off and budgets tightening, it’s no surprise that many government organizations are looking for ways to change how they do things. When you throw in the cost of fuel as...
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