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Nov. 25, 2014 - The Fair Construction campaign launched on Thursday, to forewarn municipalities that could be targeted next by construction labour monopolies - a growing and alarming trend in Southwestern Ontario.
Nov. 13, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $7.5 billion in September, up 12.7% from August, following a 27.3% decrease the previous month. The increase in September resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for both non-residential and residential buildings in Ontario.
Oct. 21, 2014 -Paul Bélanger, Commissioner of the Elliot Lake Inquiry, recently released his final report in to the Algo Centre Mall parking deck roof collapse of June, 2012. The Inquiry Report makes 71 recommendations; many that would significantly strengthen the regulation of Ontario’s engineering profession.
I adopted the term “Urban Everest” after reading about the distinct trend in some very large cities around the globe, including some in Canada, to build tall – very tall.
The OGMA’s support for Canadian veterans strikes a nerve.
Oct. 7, 2014 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 27.3% to $6.7 billion in August, following three months of double-digit increases.
Sept. 23, 2014 - EACOM Timber Corporation welcomes the announcement from the Government of Ontario to implement changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys.
Sept. 3, 2014 - A record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction, BuildForce Canada announced today, as the country gets set to celebrate Labour Day and the contribution of its workers.
Aug. 19, 2014 - Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Stratford along with Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal on Monday to announce how the Ontario government is going to provide small, rural and northern municipalities with stable, annual funding needed to build and repair essential core infrastructure.
Glazing contractors in Ontario beware, and be proactive.  On July 1, 2014, Ontario Regulation 297/13 took effect as part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) under the heading “Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training.”
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). 

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