bridge to canada http://michiganradio.org en The latest on the international bridge to Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-international-bridge-canada <p>President Obama recently submitted his budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-2015, and you could almost hear the sighs of exasperation on both sides of the Detroit River.</p><p>That's because missing from the nearly $4 trillion budget was the $250 million needed to get construction started on that new bridge across the Detroit River – specifically, the U.S. customs plaza for the New International Trade Crossing bridge to Windsor.</p><p>Canada is footing most of the cost of building the bridge, so that missing $250 million is the only piece of the project that the U.S. would kick in.</p><p>And it wasn't in Obama’s budget plan.</p><p>Windsor Star reporter Dave Battagello joined us to give us the latest on this story.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:54:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 16800 at http://michiganradio.org The latest on the international bridge to Canada Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-over-new-us-canada-bridge-moves-court <p> DETROIT (AP) - The owner of the Ambassador Bridge is asking a judge to stop the U.S. Coast Guard from giving a permit for a new bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.<br /><br />Lawyers for the bridge company say it has an exclusive right to provide a bridge between the U.S. and Canada. It wants to build its own second span. The Detroit Free Press says a federal judge in Washington could hold a hearing early in April.<br /> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16772 at http://michiganradio.org Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court Consul: Canada to buy Detroit land for new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/consul-canada-buy-detroit-land-new-bridge <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Canadian official says his government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations. It's a way to bypass opponents of the project and overcome the U.S. government's failure to allocate the money.<br /><br />Outgoing Canadian Consul General Roy Norton tells the Detroit Free Press that the project is too important to delay.<br /><br />Canada is paying most of the project's $2 billion-plus cost on both the Windsor, Ontario, and the Detroit sides of the river, recouping costs from future tolls.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:21:39 +0000 The Associated Press 16276 at http://michiganradio.org Consul: Canada to buy Detroit land for new bridge What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-new-bridge-canada <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember all the political wrangling over the "New International Trade Crossing"?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After that feverish campaign in the fall of 2012, where Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun failed to convince Michigan voters to give him a monopoly of the Detroit River crossing between Detroit and Canada, and after Canada agreed that it would indeed pay the lion's share of the $2.1 billion it'll cost to complete the bridge – after all of that – why has there been no more movement toward getting the new bridge built?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michigan Radio's political commentator Jack Lessenberry explains what's up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 16198 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? Canadian trucking company slammed with $75,000 Asian carp fine http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-trucking-company-slammed-75000-asian-carp-fine <p>A Canadian court has <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/01/16/75k-in-fines-levied-for-importing-live-asian-carp/">slammed a trucking company and one of its drivers</a> with a combined $75,000 fine for trying to haul live Asian carp across the U.S.-Canadian border.</p><p>Driver Yong-Sheng Zhang is with the Edmonton, Alberta-based Alltheway&nbsp;Trucking Inc.</p><p>Twice in early 2012, Zhang crossed the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, with a truckload of fish from Arkansas. The fish were packed in ice, and included two species of Asian carp.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:01:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16093 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian trucking company slammed with $75,000 Asian carp fine Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/canada-scouts-property-delray-new-bridge <p>Get ready Michigan – Canada is taking serious steps toward building a new bridge over the Detroit River, according to <a href="http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/05/22/canadian-funds-allocated-to-start-buying-property-in-delray-for-dric-bridge/">Dave Battagello from <em>The Windsor Star</em>:</a></p><blockquote><p><em>The Canadian government has dedicated $25 million in its recent budget to start buying property in Delray for the new Detroit River bridge, while U.S. federal administrators debate the size and scope of the customs plaza, Canada’s Consul General Roy Norton said Wednesday.</em></p></blockquote><p>If you aren’t familiar with the bridge project (known as the Detroit River International Crossing or the New International Trade Crossing) you certainly saw the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYsgg4mCGkI">commercials for Proposal 6 last November</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-6-bridge-vote">Proposal 6</a> was an attempt by Ambassador Bridge owner, Matty Moroun, to require voter approval for any bridge or tunnel between Michigan and Canada.</p><p>Proposal 6 did not pass and the new bridge is moving closer to reality. Thu, 23 May 2013 15:25:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12703 at http://michiganradio.org Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge How the bridge will affect Delray residents http://michiganradio.org/post/how-bridge-will-affect-delray-residents <p></p><p>The New International Trade Crossing has taken a big step closer to becoming reality.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently, the U.S. State Department approved the project which will allow the creation of a second span across the Detroit River from Detroit to Windsor.</p><p>The residents, business owners, and civic leaders in the Delray neighborhood have been watching the progress of this project very closely.</p><p>Delray is where the bridge would be built - where traffic would flow - and where life will change.<br><br>Will the bridge bring good things to the southwest Detroit neighborhood and its residents, or will their quality of life be sacrificed for the economic benefits to Michigan?</p><p>Simone <span class="st">Sagovac</span> is with the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition. Today, she told us how the new bridge will affect Delray residents and whether the two can exist.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:25:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 12323 at http://michiganradio.org How the bridge will affect Delray residents Another step closer to a new international bridge crossing http://michiganradio.org/post/another-step-closer-new-international-bridge-crossing <p>A newly awarded presidential permit will allow Michigan to wrap up an agreement with Canada to build a new international bridge. The bridge will connect Detroit and Windsor-Ontario.&nbsp;Michigan, U.S. and Canadian officials cheered the news today.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:37:05 +0000 Rick Pluta 12124 at http://michiganradio.org Another step closer to a new international bridge crossing Life in Delray http://michiganradio.org/post/life-delray <p>Delray is a neighborhood in southwest Detroit. &nbsp;People who live here are surrounded by heavy industry. A proposed new bridge to Canada is planned to land in the Delray neighborhood.&nbsp; The construction could change how the neighborhood looks.&nbsp; It’s estimated that thousands more trucks will pass by the neighborhood every day.</p><p>When we visited one recent summer evening, a bunch of kids were climbing on a playground. Two of them were playing tag, laughing and running themselves breathless.</p><p>But just past the red and yellow playground are two tall smoke stacks. If you look closely, you can see a green haze creeping out of them.</p><p>Simone Sagovac is with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The non-profit group has been working to clean up southwest Detroit for 20 years.</p><p>“People who come to visit here from the EPA, from around the country, say that it's one of the worst places they've ever been to.”</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8845 at http://michiganradio.org Life in Delray Calley: Ballot question would not stop bridge project http://michiganradio.org/post/calley-ballot-question-would-not-stop-bridge-project <p>Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says a ballot proposal to require the public to vote on a new international bridge in Detroit won&rsquo;t stop the project. But he says it could put a halt to future infrastructure projects, including a badly needed upgrade to a rail tunnel in Detroit.</p><p>Calley says Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s deal with the Canadian government to build a new international bridge in Detroit pre-dates the ballot question. But he says there are other international crossings in Michigan.<br /><br />&ldquo;As we look at Sault Sainte Marie, we look at Port Huron, and we look at the rail tunnel where cargo goes back and forth between our nations, there will likely be a need for expanded transportation options all along our border, and all this does is limit that,&quot; he said.<br /><br />The amendment would require a statewide vote to use public resources on an international bridge or tunnel.</p><p><br />The ballot campaign is financed largely by the Ambassador Bridge company, which is trying to stop a competing span. A spokesman says it would not affect the privately owned Detroit rail tunnel, unless tax dollars were used for the upgrade.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:23:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 8637 at http://michiganradio.org Calley: Ballot question would not stop bridge project Gov. Snyder: Ambassador Bridge bomb threat exposes need for new crossing http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-ambassador-bridge-bomb-threat-exposes-need-new-crossing <p>Gov. Rick Snyder says last night&#39;s bomb-threat that closed the Ambassador bridge for hours provides another reason to build a second bridge.</p><p>Last week, when a similar bomb-threat closed down the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham">Lester Graham</a> had his mind 1.5 miles down river, on the Ambassador Bridge.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:35:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8315 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder: Ambassador Bridge bomb threat exposes need for new crossing Forbes: "The Billionaire Vs. The Nerd: Who Gets To Control International Trade With Canada?" http://michiganradio.org/post/forbes-billionaire-vs-nerd-who-gets-control-international-trade-canada <p>Check out Forbes staff writer Joann Muller&#39;s <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/06/22/the-billionaire-vs-the-nerd-who-gets-to-control-international-trade-with-canada/">in-depth look at the politics behind this month&#39;s bridge deal</a>:</p><p><em>-Via Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:25:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7990 at http://michiganradio.org Forbes: "The Billionaire Vs. The Nerd: Who Gets To Control International Trade With Canada?" Gov. Snyder annouces bridge deal with Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-annouces-bridge-deal-canada <p>At a press conference in Windsor, Ont. today, Gov. Rick Snyder joined Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper to announce the New International Trade Crossing Agreement. This agreement, according to the Governor&rsquo;s Office, will bolster trade, simplify travel and provide as many as 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs by allowing the construction of a new bridge over the Detroit River connecting the cities of Detroit and Ontario.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:45:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7909 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder annouces bridge deal with Canada LIVE VIDEO: Deal reached for new bridge to Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/live-video-deal-reached-new-bridge-canada <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced that they will join Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and other U.S. and Canadian officials at </span>12:45 p.m. at&nbsp; The Hilton Windsor Hotel <span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">for what the Governor's Office is calling "an announcement of significant economic importance to Michigan and Canada.</span>" Watch the live stream of this announcement here:</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:36:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7906 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-276 <p><strong>A new bridge to Canada</strong></p><p>Officials have struck a deal to build a new Canadian-financed bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.</p><p>The Associated Press released some details this morning:</p><blockquote><p>A summary of the agreement provided Friday morning to The Associated Press states Michigan wouldn&#39;t be obligated to pay any of the costs of the bridge. Both countries would be represented on a bridge board, and a Canadian entity would handle design, construction and operation.</p></blockquote><p>A formal announcement from Gov. Snyder and Prime Minister Harper will be made at a press conference later today. We&#39;ll post a live stream of the announcement.</p><p>Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/house-republicans-seek-stop-taxpayer-funding-bridge">House Republicans took action</a> preventing Michigan tax dollars from being spent on an international bridge project. Advocates for the bridge have been saying no Michigan tax dollars were needed for quite some time.</p><p><strong>A referendum on Michigan&#39;s emergency manager law headed for November ballot</strong></p><p>Michigan&#39;s Court of Appeals announced yesterday they will not convene a special panel to review last Friday&#39;s decision to allow the emergency manager referendum to go forward.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whos-behind-group-citizens-fiscal-responsibility">Challengers of the petition</a> drive said the petitions should not be accepted because the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/infographic-size-matters-fight-over-michigans-emergency-manager-law">font size was too small</a>. The case could, however, go before the Michigan Supreme Court, as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-referendum-headed-november-ballot-now">we reported</a>:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The conservative group is challenging the ballot initiative on a technicality that the font size on the petition is too small. They say they will&nbsp;appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a controversy of their own choosing. They chose not to go to the&nbsp;State Board of Canvassers in the beginning,&quot;&nbsp;Bob LaBrant said. He&#39;s with&nbsp;The&nbsp;Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, the coalition of business groups opposed to the referendum.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Vagina... there, we said it</strong></p><p>Yesterday, two Democratic members of the Michigan House of Representatives were barred from speaking in the chamber. One was barred for mentioning her vagina during a floor debate on a package of anti-abortion bills.</p><p>Another for an outburst for not being recognized to speak.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/women-reps-michigan-barred-speaking-one-vagina-mention?nopop=1">MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta&nbsp;reported</a>&nbsp;&quot;this is the first time in memory that lawmakers have been formally barred from participating in floor debates.&quot;</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">State Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum are both Democrats. Brown made a reference to her vagina in a floor statement.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m flattered that you&rsquo;re all so interested in my vagina,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;but &#39;no&#39; means &#39;no.&#39;&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Byrum shouted at the presiding officer after she was not recognized to speak.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Ari Adler is the spokesman for the House Republican leadership.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">&ldquo;It is the responsibility of every member who serves in the House of Representatives to maintain decorum on the House floor and when they do not do that, there can be actions because of that. And the action today is to not recognize either representative to speak on the House floor,&quot; he said.</p></blockquote><p>The Representatives were barred from floor debate for one day.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:10:21 +0000 Mark Brush 7902 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Is third time the charm? Another Richardville recall petition approved http://michiganradio.org/post/third-time-charm-another-richardville-recall-petition-approved <p>A recall petition against Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) got the stamp of approval from Monroe County election officials.</p><p>The Associated Press reports County Clerk Sharon Lemasters says the vote at the petition clarity hearing was 2-1.</p><p>Organizers first started their recall effort against Richardville last year. That petition language was approved, but the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/12/effort_to_recall_state_sen_ran.html">signature gathering effort stalled</a>.</p><p>This past May, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/petition-recall-randy-richardville-rejected">a second petition against Richardville</a> was rejected for vague and unclear language.</p><p>Now, organizers hope the third time is the charm. They&#39;re targeting Richardville, in part for his support of a new Michigan-Ontario bridge, according to the AP.<br /><br />Richardville spokesman Matt Marsden says the approved language is &quot;remarkably similar to the last two rejected recalls&quot; and that the senator will review it with his lawyer. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:39:30 +0000 Mark Brush 7885 at http://michiganradio.org Is third time the charm? Another Richardville recall petition approved House Republicans seek to stop taxpayer funding for bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/house-republicans-seek-stop-taxpayer-funding-bridge <p>Michigan Republican House lawmakers are trying to keep Governor Snyder from spending any state money to build another bridge across the Detroit River.</p><p>The House Appropriations Committee has approved a supplemental budget that would prohibit using any state money unless the Legislature authorizes construction of the bridge.</p><p>Snyder has planned a big announcement about the bridge for Friday, but won&#39;t confirm any details of the plan.</p><p>He did say he&rsquo;s not impinging on the legislature&rsquo;s fiscal responsibilities, because no taxpayer money will be spent on the bridge.</p><p>&quot;The Canadians are being great partners in putting up the dollars for the Michigan part of this project that would be repaid out of tolls, and so there would be no obligation to Michigan taxpayers,&rdquo; said Snyder. &ldquo;How can you do better than that?&quot;</p><p>Grandville Republican Representative Dave Agema says his goal in amending the supplemental budget is &quot;to stop spending money&quot; lawmakers didn&#39;t authorize.</p><p>Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel &quot;Matty&quot; Moroun has fiercely battled the proposal. There&rsquo;s even a petition drive to amend the state constitution in November that would require voters to approve any new bridge.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:09:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7877 at http://michiganradio.org House Republicans seek to stop taxpayer funding for bridge Commentary: the new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-new-bridge <p>Unless every news source in the western world is totally wrong, on Friday, Governor Rick Snyder will announce an agreement with Canada to build a new bridge across the Detroit River.</p><p>This is good news for Michigan, good news for Canada, good news&nbsp; for business and, at least temporarily, perhaps even better news for the people&nbsp; who will fill the thousands of construction and other new jobs that will be created, some permanently.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:18:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7865 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: the new bridge The Governor and the Bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-and-bridge <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Governor Rick Snyder had an amazing year last year, getting far more of his program through the legislature than anyone could have predicted. His one major defeat was, in a way, shocking.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:28:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5631 at http://michiganradio.org The Governor and the Bridge Bridge project could move committees this week http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-project-could-move-committees-week <p>State Senate Republican leaders hope to have a floor vote as soon as this week on building a new publicly owned bridge between Detroit and Canada. The proposal&nbsp;has struggled for support as many rank-and-file Republicans remain skeptical the bridge is a good deal for taxpayers despite Canada&#39;s promise to pay all the construction costs.</p><p>Republican state Senator Dave Hildenbrand supports the bridge, but said the campaigns against the bridge muddied the discussion and made the project harder to approve.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:06:44 +0000 Laura Weber 4611 at http://michiganradio.org Bridge project could move committees this week