Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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With heavy hearts the family of Jim Shepherd has announced the sudden passing of their beloved husband, father and grandad on Friday Dec. 8, 2017, at the young age of 65. He is survived by his wife and best friend Marilyn, his devoted son Steven (Julie), his cherished daughter Lynne (Stu) and his grandchildren Cavan, Sam, Tatum, Allie and Jack. Jim and Marilyn married in his birthplace of Dundee, Scotland, where he enjoyed playing soccer and working. He then answered the call of many and moved to Canada to pursue his career as a semi-pro soccer player and forge a new life for his family.
I’m writing this at the start of the new year, which always seems like a good time to take the 30,000-foot view and try to get a sense of where things stand before we drive ahead. Just about everyone I talk to is busier than they want to be, which leaves the question of whether it’s time for investment in the business or to stuff money in the mattress for the inevitable rainy day. Oil prices are still low, so this little boom probably owes more to the surging American economy and its spillover effect on Canada.
Politicians in Saskatchewan have responded to reports of vehicles with Saskatchewan plates being sent away from Alberta construction sites with a ban of their own, igniting a war of words between the provinces. 
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.
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