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CGA Newsletter: February 2014


February 7, 2014
By CGA

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The CGA regrets to announce that Fenestration B.C. has left the association.

Canadian Glass and Metal Association
The CGA regrets to announce that Fenestration B.C. has left the association. Its board expressed the view that the CGA was not providing sufficient value to its members now that the Glazing Contractors Association of B.C. has merged with the Window and Door Manufacturers Association of B.C. to form the new association. We respectfully disagree, but wish FenBC well in its future endeavors.

Save the date! The Canadian Glass Association’s Glass Connections Conference is set for Thursday, June 5, in Halifax, with an informal meet-and-greet set for June 4. The meet-and-greet will be hosted by the Atlantic Glass Association complete with Nova Scotia-style hospitality. The venue will be the Holiday Inn Harbourview Hotel at 101 Wyse Road,

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Dartmouth, N.S. – Guest speakers for the conference are still to be determined, as well as the registration fee. Stay tuned for more updates. We are thrilled to announce our first sponsor for the event; Dow Corning has committed to a Platinum Sponsorship!


Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
The PGAA is considering creating new awards for top glazing projects, one in northern Alberta and one in southern Alberta. We will again be registering for a Try-A-Trade in the provincial Skills Competition, which is set for Edmonton in May this year.

The Golf Tournament will be held at the River Bend Golf Course in Red Deer this year where they have air-conditioned meeting facilities and fairway-roaming carts. The tentative date is for August 21, which is a Thursday.

The Master Glazier Program course development has been cancelled by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The PGAA will now consider its options on how and where to get these courses developed, as we still feel the MGP is a worthwhile endeavor.

Finally, the PGAA’s AGM will be held in Red Deer on March 12, when elections will be held. For more information, visit pgaa.ca.


Ontario Glass and Metal Association
It is with profound regret to report the passing of Hugh Duke on Dec. 27, 2013.  Hugh was president of Inkan. He was a true leader in every sense of the word; a man well recognized and respected throughout the industry and a long time member and supporter of the OGMA. Hugh will be sadly missed by his many friends in the business.

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services held its fourth meeting at Tremco on Jan. 21, dealing with violence and harassment in the workplace.  These meetings are of great value and benefit to glazing contractors and glass shops and cover many topics that have a significant impact on your business. If you are interested in attending a future meeting or joining the group, contact Steve Ringler.  steve.ogm@bellnet.ca.

The Ministry of Labour announced Nov. 15 that all workplaces governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act must provide training for supervisors and workers by July 1, 2014, and that the training must meet the specific equirements set out in the regulation. The training must include instruction in seven key areas for workers and six key areas for supervisors. It is imperative that your company satisfies these requirements, as penalties will be imposed on those that have not complied. You can find more about the new regulations and access the e-learning modules at labour.gov.on.ca.

In January, the OGMA reached agreement with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, formerly the IAPA, to proceed on the creation of a manual geared specifically for small and mid-sized glazing contractors and glass shops. The manual will be made available to all OGMA member companies and will be of particular importance to companies who do not have a formal documented safety policy in place and who do not have the time or resources to create a program on their own. The WSPS will work with your company to implement the safety program, keep you updated on all changes to laws, put you in a strong position to withstand a Workwell audit, and help you to defend yourself with the Ministry of Labour in the event of a workplace accident. Your participation in this program is an absolute must for many obvious reasons.  Contact an OGMA director for more information.

We will once again be holding our annual race night at the Woodbine Racetrack in April. Flyers will be sent shortly with dates and details. If you haven’t been before, come give it a try. The races are fun to watch, the company is of the highest caliber, and the prime rib outstanding.

We are excited to be moving to a fabulous new venue for our spring golf this year.  Join us at Pipers Heath GC on Thursday, May 29. We’re holding the tournament this year to coincide with the exciting new Top Glass Conference and Exhibits show being held at the International Centre in Mississauga on May 28.  Participants coming to town for the show are welcome to stay an extra day and join us at our golf event. In addition to a great golf day and steak dinner, the OGMA is pleased to announce here that we will also be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to a long-time glass industry icon, the well-deserving Doug Hotham.

If you are conducting business in the glass industry in Ontario, the OGMA is the voice that represents your interests at the provincial and federal level. Protect your business interests by becoming a member or as an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry. Doug Morris is heading up membership for our association, so please contact him today at douglasmorris@rogers.com or visit the OGMA website.

The OGMA wants to notify all glass and glazing companies in the province that the Ontario version of the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual of Standards and Practices is now available for purchase. This all-encompassing document is a must-have reference tool for all companies in the industry.  For more information and to order yours, visit our website at ogma.ca.


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