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Workers at unionized construction workplaces in Ontario are more likely than their non-unionized counterparts to file job-related injury claims, but less likely to file claims that result in time off work.
After a shaky start, there are reasons to hope in 2016
Dec. 17, 2015 - The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) has announced that Phase 1 of the Level Best Women's Advancement Project has concluded. While women in the industry are optimistic, gender inclusivity continues to be a work in progress.  Phase 2 of the Level Best Project - developing the industry Action Plan, is now underway. In this Phase, CAWIC's Level Best team will focus on developing specific and targeted recommendations for industry stakeholders to increase entry, retention and promotion of women into leadership roles within the industry.
In past columns, I’ve written about some of the leaders and legends in our business, but it took a few years of cajoling before I could get my featured subject to agree to have his story shared with readers across Canada. Knowing him as I do, if you give him a microphone and a piano or karaoke machine along with an audience it’s a struggle to get him off the stage, but talking about himself is another story. If ever there was a trailblazing pioneer in our industry, my father, Fred Fulton, certainly qualifies.
The tension between regulated and unregulated trades in Ontario and across the country is ratcheting up, and changes are being made in Ontario that may well affect what happens in other provinces.
What a team, and what a run to the playoffs this year. As a guy who was actually present in the stands when Joe Carter hit his World Series-winning home run in 1993, I have sure enjoyed seeing the team return to success, especially behind such a group of likeable and enormously talented players.
Nov. 6, 2015 - Eye Trax jobsite security cameras can be monitored and programmed through Eye Trax’s exclusive User Interactive Mobile Application. Eye Trax security cameras users can log into a mobile-friendly website via any smartphone or tablet. From there, users have access to all of the cameras in their network, where “live” images can be viewed from an individual camera, time-lapse videos can be created, photos and videos can be shared on social media platforms, and adjustments can be made to camera settings. Eye Trax User Interactive Mobile Application provides flexibility for business owners and site managers to monitor jobsites anywhere, at any time, as well as eliminates the need of a computer to interact with security cameras.
Oct. 22, 2015 - Investment in non-residential building construction amounted to $12.9 billion in the third quarter, down 0.5% from the previous quarter. This was the third consecutive quarterly decline and largely reflected lower spending on the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
You may recall that in the June, 2015 issue we discussed the press release from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General where the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had been appointed to conduct an expert review of the Construction Lien Act. Their review had been scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015 but that is now looking unlikely.
Along with two other interested parties I recently completed a literature survey and report on the potential impact of climate change on Canadian buildings and infrastructure. The report was more like speculation than hard-core research because we didn’t test any of our conclusions or suggestions.
Our cover story this week is about accreditation of glazing companies, a topic I imagine will get very different reactions depending on the reader. It’s a new thing for the Canadian glass industry, but certainly not a new idea in business. How people react to the idea of accreditation says a lot to me about where they are as a business and how they approach the market.
Oct. 8, 2015 -  The total value of building permits decreased 3.7% to $7.5 billion in August, following increases of 15.5% in June and 0.7% in July (revised data). The decline was attributable to lower construction intentions in most provinces, mainly British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
It was a way back in February 2010 when I penned that hard-hitting journalistic gem about our cronies’ expedition to Las Vegas to commemorate the 60th birthday of good, old Brian Wiles. You may recall the good-natured banter about Brian and our trip that concluded with, “Next time you see him, you may want to ask if that’s ‘Old Man Smell’ cologne he’s wearing.”
The National Film Board of Canada recently won an International Emmy Award for its innovative documentary titled Highrise/Out My Window. The compelling web documentary allows viewers the opportunity to take a glimpse “through the windows” at the lives of 14 different high rise residents. The video can be found at outmywindow.nfb.ca.
If discussions over beers at industry gatherings are any indication, there are some who are on the brink of abandoning Canada as a market. The complaints are familiar, but exacerbated at the moment because of the surge in demand in the recovered U.S. construction industry compared to the relative stagnation here.

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