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Source: Daily Commercial News
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada's December newsletter reports that the MCAC is preparing a policy document to promote the need for government stimulus investment.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is looking for individuals that have expertise in plumbing to participate in a virtual workshop.

Participants will be asked to review a virtual tool that has been created using Red Seal plumbing standards (Valid-8). We are looking for verbal feedback about the tool. This workshop is a part of a larger project CAF-FCA is doing where a virtual tool is being piloting with 2,000 apprentices across Canada, including approximately 500 plumbing apprentices.

The workshop will be hosted via Zoom on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. ET.

For more information, contact Emily Arrowsmith, project manager and researcher at CAF-FCA.


Each week in Just the Fax, we will profile one of the recipients of our 2020 Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series. This week’s recipient is Mia McDonald.

Mia, who is studying in the first year of the Mechanical Engineering Technician – Industrial Maintenance program at Fanshawe College, received a scholarship from sponsor Uponor.

She previously completed an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Guelph and hopes to one day pursue an MBA.

“I'm seeking this qualification to gain a more technical background, which I believe would serve to be very useful for a career in the construction industry," she says. “I’m hoping that gaining a mechanical engineering technician background will empower me to advance and take on more responsibility, earning more respect from others employed in this field.”

While working in construction, “quite often I was expected to learn the roles quickly and train the incoming personnel in them." That work experience, she says, "has inspired me to critically evaluate myself and take action so that I can be successful in this industry. I believe that acquiring this knowledge will help me achieve that objective.”

Mia’s mother is employed at MCAC member company E.S. Fox Ltd.

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Industry News
Source: Daily Commercial News
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the Canadian construction landscape, with more disruption expected in 2021. The Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce invited industry stakeholders to assess COVID-19’s continuing impacts through the eyes of leadership, health and safety, the economy and projects, and innovation.
Source: Daily Commercial News
"At its outset, the COVID-19 pandemic was seen as a short-term problem that might cause site closures lasting only a few weeks. However, as it became clear that the pandemic had staying power, the attention of owners, developers, contractors and suppliers jumped immediately to what were once the more obscure sections of standard construction contracts."
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Innovation & Technology
Source: Daily Commercial News
As the old proverb goes, “Necessity is the mother of innovation.” For the construction industry, with decades-long lagging productivity gains, that is more true now than ever.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
By the Numbers
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
UA Canada/AU Canada
Viessmann Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Masco Canada Ltd.

Source: HistoryNet.com

1815: Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, draw up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
1904: American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea, to guard the U.S. legation there.
1914: Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year's profits.
1920: GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
1921: Wagner's "Die Walkyrie" opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of World War I.
1925: Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
1936: Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, is bombed by the Italians.
1947: Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.
1952: Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with President Harry S. Truman.
1968: U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Niagara I to locate enemy units around the Marine base at Khe Sanh.
1969: President Richard M. Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
1971: President Richard M. Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Republican National Party.
1982: A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
1991: The South Ossetia War (1991-92) begins as Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, Georgia.
2005: Eris, largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System is discovered in images taken Oct. 21, 2003, at Palomar Observatory.




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