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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 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.
May 2, 2017 - The GTA's home building and land development industry recognized its top builders, projects and marketing initiatives at the 37th annual BILD Awards on Friday, April 28th.
April 6, 2017 - Canadian municipalities issued $7.5 billion worth of building permits in February, down 2.5% from January. Ontario and Alberta led the five provinces that reported declines in February. The national decrease was mainly the result of lower construction intentions for single-family dwellings and institutional structures.
April 6, 2017 - Following a relatively weak 2016, residential construction activity in Canada is poised to see a modest decrease in 2017 as the number of housing starts is expected to decline to this year, according to The Conference of Canada's latest outlook for the industry. On the other hand, non-residential construction is expected to return to growth in 2017, thanks to government infrastructure spending.
April 6, 2017 -  The deadline for having all Ontario workers who work at heights on construction sites trained in an Ontario Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights: Construction program has been extended to October 1, 2017. However, employers must still meet specific requirements in order to qualify for the deadline extension.
I’m not happy and am somewhat crestfallen.
March 15, 2017 - The Alberta government has opened public consultations on its labour laws as part of a review that may mark sweeping reforms. At least one contractor's organization is concerned that changes will not be beneficial to employers in the province.
Mar. 9, 2017 - The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 5.4% to $7.6 billion in January, following two consecutive monthly decreases. Six provinces posted increases, led by Alberta and British Columbia. Nationally, construction intentions rose in every component, particularly institutional buildings.
Feb. 9, 2017 - Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Lower construction intentions were recorded for all components, led by commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings. In the residential sector, eight provinces posted declines while Ontario reported a record high.
Websites have been around for about 20 years now, but judging from what I see online a lot of us have never gotten any farther than putting up a very basic page. This is unfortunate, as your website can be a great tool for attracting business.
I imagine there are a number of reasons why use of social media has been lower in this industry than in some others. (I am omitting our architect audience in these comments – the design community has always been on the bleeding edge when it comes to digital everything.)
Jan. 12, 2017 -  Municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1% from the previous month. The decline was largely the result of lower construction intentions in Alberta, following a spike the previous month due to impending changes to the Alberta Building Code.
Glass Canada's Winter Webinar series returns Jan. 24 with "Certified Quality: How contractor certification works in the architectural glass industry to improve our businesses and built environment." In a one-hour interview with Patrick Flannery, Glass Canada editor, Jeff Dabala of AMS and Peter Neudorf Jr. of Ferguson Neudorf will discuss North American Contractor Certification's program for architectural glass and metal contractors and answer attendee's questions. "Certified Quality" is available with free registration courtesy of Vitro.
Dec. 14, 2016 -  Municipalities issued $7.6 billion worth of building permits in October, up 8.7% from September. Higher construction intentions for commercial structures and residential dwellings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the provincial Building Code.

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