Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Ontario's Bill 142 Construction Lien Ammendment Act has passed third reading in a unanimous vote and will now become law in Ontario. The bill implements most of the recommendations in "Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act," a report prepared for the Attorney General's office last summer. Most notably, a payment period of 35 days for invoices has been enshrined and an arbitration system is to be set up to speed payments without use of the courts.
Oct. 24, 2017 - Glass industry legend Doug Hotham passed away on Oct. 18 at the age of 90. Hotham's remarkable 50-year career included roles with several of Canada's most noted glass fabricators and contractors. He was given the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Oct. 17, 2017 - Richard Wolk, president of Rochester Insulated Glass, passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Oct. 14. Wolk was the son of RIG founder Stanley Wolk, and the company has done significant business in Ontario over Wolk's 45-year career.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been in the news lately over her opposition to a modest three-storey high-rise development proposed in her posh Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. It’s a leafy suburb that is one of the few remaining areas in the city with big houses, big yards and relatively convenient access to the downtown core.
Emotions were running a little higher than normal amid the fun of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association’s fall golf tournament Sept. 21 at The Country Club in Woodbridge, Ont. Frank Fulton of Fultech Fenestration Consulting was presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award by longtime friend andfellow award recipient, Ennio Rea of Trulite.
According to a letter sent to Prompt Payment Ontario by Ontario Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi, Bill 142 Construction Lien Ammendment Act 2017 has passed second reading in the Ontario legislature and has been referred to committee for public hearings. Industry stakeholders, including the Ontario Glass and Metal Association which is a member of Prompt Payment Ontario, will have a chance to address the committee and give feedback on the proposed changes.
Aug. 24, 2017 - Vitro's flat glass plant in Carlisle, Penn., has been shut down following an Aug. 17 fire resulting from a leak of hot glass. One employee was treated and released for smoke inhalation.
Carbon fibre composite remains too expensive and slow to process for widespread use as a building material. But trends both on the supply and demand side are perhaps bringing it closer to feasibility. The material’s strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion-resistance and low thermal conductivity make it an intriguing possibility for very high-end projects demanding low sight lines, big glass and good thermal performance.
You do good work, you take pride in your work and you want to be able to make a decent living doing it. So it’s infuriating when some jerk swoops in to a project with a bid you know to be incomplete, priced at a level you know to be unsustainable.
The reviews are in for last week’s Top Glass conference and the response is very positive. Over 80 per cent of respondents to the post-show survey rated the seminars and award presentation good or excellent. On the show floor, 93 per cent gave top marks.
Still lots of expert talk about millennials. No seminar program at a large event is complete without sessions telling us how to motivate them, how to retain them, how to find them and how to sell to them. What do they want? What do they like? One pictures a curious crowd of baby boomers peering through glass at a captive millennial, wondering what it eats.
May 26, 2017 - With luck comparable to that of the 2017 Blue Jays, the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's scheduled day for its spring golf tournament landed on a day of continuous driving rain, forcing the first cancellation of the golf round in living memory. Instead, staff at Piper's Heath Golf Club in Milton, Ont., moved with impressive flexibility to start the steak dinner early at 2 p.m. and give the approximately 50 members in attendance an enjoyable afternoon of discussion and laughter. Attendees received a rain check.
May 24, 2017 - Around 175,000 construction workers in Quebec went on strike this morning following a breakdown in talks with the provincial government. Union statements pointed to job security and working hours as main sticking points.
CODE CONSIDERATIONS IN FIRE-RATED GLASSTIM NASS, SAFTI FIRSTTim Nass of Safti First will present "Code Considerations of Fire Rated Glass" at Glass Connections, the Canadian Glass Association's annual conference taking place June 7 and 8 in Burnaby, B.C.
The reviews are in for last week's Top Glass conference and the response is very positive. Over 80 per cent of respondants to the post-show survey rated the seminars and award presentation good or excellent. On the show floor, 93 per cent gave top marks. In the comments, attendees noted the growth in the size of the show (58 exhibitors, up from 30 in Top Glass' first year) and the quality of the networking opportunities.
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association has announced the winners of its 2017 Awards of Excellence. Noram Glass of Mississauga, Ont., has won the award for execution for its work on the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library. Diamond Schmitt Architects takes home the award for design for Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.
Dennis Haatvedt, executive director of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association, passed away on March 23. The AGMCA sent out the following release:It is with regret and sadness that we announce the death of Dennis Haatvedt, executive director of AGMCA, after a brave, defiant fight with cancer. Dennis passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, fellow directors at AGMCA, and by everyone in the glass industry that had the pleasure to have worked with him or to have known him.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.
The ground is shifting in international commerce. It is a time of great uncertainty, but potentially also great opportunity. Join Glass Canada editor Patrick Flannery and a panel of experts to discuss the recently signed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and what it might mean for Canadian architectural glass fabricators and contractors looking for business in Europe. Topics will include changes to trade and tariff regimes, differences between North American and European glazing standards and a review of the construction industry prospects overseas.As doubts swirl about the future of trade with the U.S., barriers are coming down across the Atlantic.
Canada’s architectural glass community will come together again on April 20 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., to renew acquaintances, discover new technology and absorb some high-quality learning. New to the event this year is a panel discussion examining the impact of the Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the changes it promises for doing business with and in Europe.  At a time when our trade partnership with the United States feels more uncertain than ever, organizers are inviting the glass industry to take a look farther afield to new markets for their products and services.Another exciting new feature is the addition of an educational facility tour happening the day before Top Glass. Top Glass attendees will be able to tour Fenzi North America’s Etobicoke distribution centre discovering how polysulfide and butylver polyisobutylene (PIB) products are made and tested, along with technical briefs on insulating glass manufacturing technology including aluminum and warm edge spacer bars.Top Glass management is anticipating another strong show, with the 10,000-square-foot exhibit floor selling out two months ahead of the event date. Growth in interest in Top Glass has been remarkable, with almost three times the registered attendees at last years’ show compared to the first edition in 2014.That growth led to some difficulties accommodating the crowd in the lecture hall last time. Organizers have reacted with a more comfortable, classroom-style seating plan in an expanded space and will offer an overflow theatre where attendees can watch the sessions on a live video feed and text questions to the event moderator.Once again, the Ontario Association of Architects has approved Top Glass sessions as qualifying for structured learning hours. Architects, building engineers and specifiers have an opportunity to earn four hours in one day. Top Glass at a GlanceDate: April 20Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pmLocation: International Centre, Mississauga, Ont.Parking: Free on siteAdmission: FreeWho should attend: Glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects, building engineers, architectural glass specifiersSchedule of events10:00 - Registration desk and exhibit hall open11:00 - Panel discussion: Over There – The opportunity for Canada’s glass industry in a new era of free trade with EuropePanelists: Riyaz Dattu, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt – Yvon Chiasson, Morrison Hershfield – Bruce Nicol, Down Corning12:00 - Lunch break1:00 - Made in Canada – A harmonized standard for safety glazing 27 years in the making - presenter: John Kent, AMS Certification2:00 - Adding Efficiency – A case study in commercial retrofit IG solutions -  presenter: Tracy Rogers, Keystone Certifications3:00 - OGMA Awards of Excellence4:30 - The Life of Glass – Life cycle analysis and material transparency and how this will change the way we develop, manufacture and market our products - presenter: Helen Sanders, Technoform Glass InsulationAll presentations take place in the lecture theatre located on the show floor. Sessions are eligible for OAA Structured Learning Hours – certificates of attendance issued on request.
I think we’re going to have some fun at Top Glass. For the first time, we’re trying a discussion panel with three great experts – and the topic is red hot. Canada and the European Union have recently signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which removes hundreds of tariffs and quotas on trade in just about everything. In a political climate where there’s a lot of talk about building walls between countries, we have just torn a big one down. Some are calling it the last free trade agreement, as it seems unlikely that the conditions that allowed this to happen will arise again any time soon.
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