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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.
March 13, 2014 - Statistics Canada says public and private organizations and the housing sector intend to invest $404.5 billion in construction and machinery and equipment in 2014, up 1.4 per cent from 2013.
Feb. 25, 2014 - In his 2014 Federal Budget, Finance Minister Flaherty announced one payroll-related measure that would ease some administration burden for Canadian employers.
Feb. 13, 2014 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 4.1% to $6.5 billion in December, following a 6.6% decrease in November.
It’s been a long time coming. I knew it had to happen again one day.  It’s been so many years since I did this, I can’t even remember the last time.
Engineers Canada has established a committee to examine the vulnerability of buildings to global climate change, defining it as any systematic change in long-term statistics of climate elements sustained over several decades or longer.
Here’s a line I hear from companies in this industry sometimes: “We like to keep a low profile.”
Feb. 6, 2014 - FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear spoke to Ontario economic developers this morning to outline new federal funding opportunities available to help position the province's businesses to compete in the global marketplace.
Jan. 17, 2014 - One can agonize over the poor results from the labor force surveys in both the U.S. and Canada for December 2013, but there were some fascinating wrinkles nonetheless. After net gains averaging nearly 200,000 during the first 11 months of the year, the December U.S. figure was only +78,000 jobs. Just the same, that far outstripped Canada, where the total employment count fell by 46,000 jobs.
On the morning of Nov. 5, Joseph F. Puishys, CEO of American based Apogee Enterprises, issued a press release stating, “We are very pleased to acquire Alumicor, a Canadian market leader with annual revenues of approximately $60 million and an impressive management team
For the fourth time in four years, the federal government has revised regulations covering mortgages for new homes and condominiums.

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