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June 30, 2016 - The Strasbourg Cathedral, whose cornerstone was laid in 1015 and completed in 1439, has been standing proud and tall for a thousand years; but since 1683, it was missing a large part of its stained glass artwork. That is until September 2015, when the clear glass panels were refurbished and replaced by stunning, digitally printed glass.
Coast to coast, Canadian glaziers and glass fabricators continue to revolutionize the urban environment with incredible achievements in architecture. Here are six projects that caught our eye.
Not long ago I attended the Top Glass Conference and Exhibits show in Mississauga, Ont., put on by Glass Canada and spent the day between manning the OGMA booth and schmoozing with visitors, exhibitors, old and new customers and former employees. This year’s event was particularly busy with a big showing of architects who came to get Ontario Association of Architects learning credits for attending some of the seminars put on. It seems that’s what it takes to get architects to attend glass-industry related conferences. At any rate, the organizers and exhibitors were thrilled with the turnout and I would strongly recommend manufacturers and suppliers to the commercial glass trade to sign on for the next Top Glass event.
The procurement policies of government agencies and publicly owned corporations require them to take reasonable steps to obtain the best value for their money and as a result most of them use variations of what is commonly known as competitive open procurement or open tendering.
Canadian manufacturers retain one significant advantage over our competition.
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.
Living in a steel box might sound Houdiniesque, but crafting a home out of a shipping container can be an escape from the ordinary. “There’s nothing odd about it,” says Christoph Kesting, a Waterloo, Ont.,-based advocate for social justice housing, who believes it’s possible to never buy anything new. “Whatever you want, you can find a used item somewhere. For those thinking environmentally, why not incorporate it into your house? All you need to do is buy a shipping container or three.”
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.

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