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As we kick off the new year I’m excited to begin this column.  The window industry is changing and we are seeing unprecedented pressure to manufacture better windows with lower U-values. However, along with this pressure there are many opportunities. At the WinDoor show held in November at the International Centre in Mississauga there were many great presentations regarding the trends in our industry.
I’m writing this at the start of the new year, which always seems like a good time to take the 30,000-foot view and try to get a sense of where things stand before we drive ahead. Just about everyone I talk to is busier than they want to be, which leaves the question of whether it’s time for investment in the business or to stuff money in the mattress for the inevitable rainy day. Oil prices are still low, so this little boom probably owes more to the surging American economy and its spillover effect on Canada.
Feb. 5, 2018 - The Marvin Family of Brands invites architects in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Israel to submit their work to the annual Marvin Architects Challenge, which honors outstanding residential and commercial design projects that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity. Architects can submit their entries to marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Matt Kreilich, AIA, Takashi Yanai, FAIA and Jane Frederick, FAIA, ASID for a chance at national recognition and other rewards.
Feb. 1, 2018 - When workers are impaired on the job, whether by fatigue, use of drugs, or consumption of alcohol, it can have serious consequences. To help workplaces take steps to address the issue of impairment, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace.
Jan. 24, 2018 - Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel the benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. A clean energy future includes federal investments in innovation to drive economic growth, reduce environmental impact and create new, clean technology jobs for Canadians.
Jan. 24, 2018 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that an agreement has been reached in Tokyo to secure Canada's continued participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.
Jan. 16, 2018 - The jury is in! Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva Color System for laminated glass, announced today the five jury members for its 2018 Vanceva World of Color Awards international design recognition program.All projects will be judged by this international jury of renowned industry professionals representing the architectural and design industries.
Jan. 10, 2018 -  The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 7.7% to $7.7 billion in November, the first decrease in three months. Nationally, the value of permits for all building components declined, with the exception of single-family dwellings.
Jan. 10, 2018 - Designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc., the Greenwood College School Expansion is a 74,0002 -building addition located in mid-town Toronto. The dense, four-storey structure adjoins the existing school at every level above grade, increasing the School’s square footage by 120%. Making efficient use of limited land, it features a balanced mix of work spaces and social space that supports a personalized, new-century approach to learning.
Politicians in Saskatchewan have responded to reports of vehicles with Saskatchewan plates being sent away from Alberta construction sites with a ban of their own, igniting a war of words between the provinces. 
Ontario's Bill 142 Construction Lien Ammendment Act has passed third reading in a unanimous vote and will now become law in Ontario. The bill implements most of the recommendations in "Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act," a report prepared for the Attorney General's office last summer. Most notably, a payment period of 35 days for invoices has been enshrined and an arbitration system is to be set up to speed payments without use of the courts.
Dec. 6, 2017 - The value of building permits rose for a second straight month, up 3.5% to $8.2 billion in October. All building components increased with the exception of the institutional component, which declined 14.3%, offsetting much of the gain from the previous month.
Nov. 24, 2017 -  Kirsi Henry knows that time is a precious resource for a small business owner, so as a WSPS consultant she cuts to the chase: “Pay particular attention to your new and young workers. It’s vital for them and for you: these workers have a higher risk of injury and are most likely to be injured within the first month on the job.”
Nov. 24, 2017 -  The Government of Canada is moving forward with its historic plan to invest in infrastructure, including leveraging private sector investment and know-how in order to build more infrastructure in communities across Canada.
Nov. 23, 2017 - On Wednesday, Ontario passed landmark legislation that will bring more fairness to Ontario workplaces and create more security and opportunity for vulnerable workers and their families. 

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