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April 21, 2016 - Resource price weakness pushed the economies of Regina and Saskatoon into recession last year and will limit real GDP growth to just 1.1 per cent in 2016, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Metropolitan Outlook: Winter 2016. On the other hand, Winnipeg's economy is expected to expand at its fastest rate in 8 years, with a 2.5 per cent expansion forecast for 2016.
April 7, 2016 - Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) and the National Construction Labour Relations Alliance (NCLRA) welcome the introduction of an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit)   by MP Ahmed Hussen (York- South Weston).   Measures to improve the economic benefits of government spending are welcomed by industry stakeholders in construction.  The inclusion of apprenticeship and training requirements in federal infrastructure procurement shows the Government of Canada is serious about leadership in building the workforce of tomorrow.   
April 7, 2016 - Strong activity in British Columbia's construction industry is drawing skilled workers back to the province from Alberta and more young people are entering the trades, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey released today by the BC Construction Association, in partnership with Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations.
Welcome to our April issue where the big focus is on Top Glass, our education and trade event for the commercial glazing industry. Interest and participation in Top Glass has exceeded all our expectations so far, and if the registration numbers and booth sales are any indication, we are in for another great show this year.
Mar. 10, 2016 - Last week, Finance Minister Charles Sousa released the Ontario budget for 2016. The masonry industry is happy to see that the Ontario Government is willing to continue investing in the province through pragmatic, balanced policy.
The early days of insulating glass in Canada were like the wild west. There were no standards, very limited technical knowledge, and upstart companies were beginning to spring up mindlessly slapping pieces of glass together and selling them to an unwitting public. The 30-storey B.C. Hydro Electric building in Vancouver was one of the first large scale projects to use sealed units and every unit failed within a year, giving the industry a black eye and raising questions about the future of this highly touted new product.
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.

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