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I suspect that by the time you read this you will have seen a number of headlines about climate change and, more specifically, the new carbon emission tax recently introduced in the U.S.
The federal CASL laws go too far.
July 10, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.9 billion in May, up 13.8 per cent from April. This followed a 2.2 per cent rise in the previous month. The increase in May resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Ontario and Manitoba, as well as multi-family dwellings in British Columbia. The total value of permits has been on a slight upward trend since the beginning of 2014.
June 19, 2014 - The Canadian green building market is poised to see strong growth over the next three years, with surveyed Canadian firms expecting to grow their green practices from one third in 2014, to one half by 2017. These findings are part of a new report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction and commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council.
June 6, 2014 - Canada stands as the largest international market for LEED green buildings and boasts more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the United States, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 
I’m really getting tired of paying bills and seriously considering just not paying them any more.
A new North-American trade association was formed early this year, and it immediately attracted my attention because of its focus on controlling the impact of moisture on buildings.
Your responses to our reader survey raises great points.
May 21, 2014 - Come this July, your ability to use email as a marketing or fundraising tool will be significantly restricted. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1 and with it some of the world’s strictest anti-spam rules. For a better idea of how these new rules will affect your email marketing campaigns to both consumers and other businesses, download the Anti-Spam Toolkit or a checklist for CASL-compliant email marketing here.
May 6, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This annual report delivers timely information on residential and nonresidential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts.
April 28, 2014 - The Ontario College of Trades has announced new trade ratios are now in effect. "For the first time in Ontario there is an open and transparent process in place to review all trades subject to ratios," said Registrar and CEO David Tsubouchi. "Never before has a comprehensive review of all 33 ratios been done in the province."
In the last issue I told you that I finally ran out of cheques, what happened when I tried to order new ones from the Davis + Henderson (D+H) Corporation, and eventually ended up with a teller at my bank branch.
Years ago, there was a late night commercial on American television, featuring a shrill guy named Matthew Lesko, dressed in a suit decorated with question marks, offering an online service that would “cut through the bureaucratic paperwork and show you exactly what you’re eligible for
The old Chinese curse goes “May you live in interesting times.” It is certainly interesting times for the Canadian Glass Association right now, though it is my hope that the present upheaval will work out to be more of a blessing than a curse.
April 9, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, down 11.6% from January. This decrease followed an 8.1% gain the previous month and was mainly driven by lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in all provinces.
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