Government of Canada Invests $500,000 in Improvements to Vancouver’s Community Infrastructure

Government of Canada Invests $500,000 in Improvements to Vancouver’s Community Infrastructure

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The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding helps communities improve their local infrastructure.

VANCOUVER, June 27, 2017 /CNW/ – Kitsilano Pool, a popular swimming facility in Vancouver, will receive structural and mechanical improvements, supported by the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) investment of $500,000.

Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, made the announcement today during a visit to the 9th Annual KidSport Vancouver Swimathon that was held at the pool.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to deliver further community funding across the country, starting in 2016-17, with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) being responsible for administering the program in Western Canada.

Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that seek to renovate, expand, and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.


“Facilities like Kitsilano Pool allow families, friends, neighbours, and visitors to come together in the spirit of leisure and exercise, and–in light of today’s swimathon–it’s a chance to help lift financial barriers that prevent kids from playing organized sport. Funding through the Government of Canada will ensure that this treasured local outdoor pool continues to benefit the health and well-being of all Vancouverites for years to come.”

Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“We want to thank our partners for their contribution to the Kitsilano Pool rehabilitation project,  which will deliver a cleaner, greener and better salt-water swimming experience in this iconic seaside pool. When completed, the project will result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gases and in the potable water currently needed to maintain the pool level.”

Michael Wiebe, Chair, Vancouver Park Board

Quick Facts

  • The funding announced today will replace the existing pool membrane, cantilevered gutters, gutter joints, and pool deck control joints. A new electrical circuit will also be installed to accommodate electrical pumps that are necessary to replenish pool seawater.

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Michelman Fiber Sizing Used in Manufacturing of World’s First Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (COPV) Made with Recycled Carbon Fiber

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) June 27, 2017

For the first time anywhere in the world, continuous recycled carbon fiber tow was used to manufacture a composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV). Steelhead Composites, Vartega and Michelman, all members of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), collaborated on the project. The achievement marks the first time that waste continuous tow carbon fiber towpreg has been reclaimed, recycled, and put back into the original manufacturing process.

The fiber was recycled using Vartega Inc.’s patent pending recycling process, sized with Michelman’s Hydrosize EP876 fiber sizing, and fabricated by Steelhead Composites. Until this milestone, recycled carbon fiber had been relegated to secondary products or as chopped fiber or filler. According to Mr. Steve Bassetti, Michelman’s Group Marketing Manager for the Industrial Manufacturing Group, “Steelhead and Vartega are amazing companies to work with and this collaborative accomplishment is a true turning point for the industry. The successful fabrication of this COPV clearly illustrates that reclaimed carbon fiber can be efficiently and effectively recycled to produce high quality, OEM products and components.”

Michelman manufactures a versatile line of fiber sizings and resin modifiers that are used by fiber producers and composite manufacturers to produce stronger, lighter and more durable composite parts. The company’s broad portfolio of products allows customers to tailor the surface chemistry of reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin, thereby optimizing the interface adhesion between the polymers and fibers.

Michelman’s fiber sizing solutions formulated for use with reclaimed and recycled carbon fiber include Hydrosize U2-04, Hydrosize HP3-02, Hydrosize PA845H and Hydrosize HP-1632. These formulations are compatible with previously sized recycled carbon fiber, typically epoxy, as well as with most common thermoplastic resins such as PA, PP, PC, and high temperature thermoplastics such as PPS and PEEK.

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IIUSA Sends Letter to USCIS in Response to Publishing of Regional Center I-526 and I-829 Statistics

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 27, 2017

Today, Invest in the USA, the national not-for-profit trade association of the EB-5 Regional Center industry, sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding Regional Center data published on its website. On or around June 19, 2017, USCIS made publicly available via their website the approval and denial statistics for forms I-526 and I-829 for each individual EB-5 Regional Center from 2014 through May 31, 2017. It became immediately apparent to IIUSA through interactions with its membership that the data presented by USCIS was deeply inaccurate and needed to be removed until the discrepancies were rectified. As of June 27, the incorrect data was removed from the website.

“Given the inconsistency between the USCIS data and Regional Centers’ track records, USCIS needed to remove this information immediately from its website until it has taken the necessary steps to confirm all data with Regional Center records and rectify discrepancies,” said Peter D. Joseph, IIUSA Executive Director.

IIUSA has long been one of the strongest advocates for data reporting and transparency of EB-5 Program activities and has over the last six years made over 160 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to USCIS to collect data on the EB-5 Program in order to stimulate an informed marketplace. IIUSA produces in-depth data analytics and research to inform the EB-5 industry and other key stakeholders using this data. Some examples of the resources it has created from information collected via FOIA include:

Because it matters how this information is subsequently released, IIUSA has diligently developed a process by which we collect this data, break it down, painstakingly analyze it and ultimately disseminate it, but not without first seeking input from stakeholders. In this spirit, IIUSA’s letter to USCIS also requests a detailed explanation of the process it undertook for data integrity before releasing this information.

Data inaccuracies in this capacity can, did, and continue to have immediate negative ramifications on individual businesses that are seeking to bring much needed economic development to communities around the country through the EB-5 Program. IIUSA encourages potential investors and other stakeholders to disregard the previously reported approval and denial statistics for forms I-526 and I-829 for each individual EB-5 Regional Center from 2014 through May 31, 2017 due to its inaccuracies.

IIUSA stands ready to assist USCIS in creating an open and transparent environment complete with data integrity on all aspects of the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

IIUSA’s full letter to USCIS can be found here.

Founded in 2005, IIUSA is the national not-for-profit trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center industry with a mission of advocacy, education, industry development, and research. The organization represents more than 240 Regional Centers and 180 Associate members, collectively representing big and small projects, urban and rural economic development, and industry sectors ranging from real estate and manufacturing to energy and infrastructure. IIUSA’s members are engines of economic growth and job creation, accounting for a vast majority of capital flowing through the Program. Learn more at

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