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April 14, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
 
   
After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) systems were vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, the CRA acted quickly to protect taxpayer information by removing public access to its online services on April 8, 2014. Regrettably, the CRA has been notified by the Government of Canada's lead security agencies of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period. Based on our analysis to date, Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from CRA systems by someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability. We are currently going through the painstaking process of analyzing other fragments of data, some that may relate to businesses, that were also removed.
 
 
   
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) jointly held a highly successful Parliamentary Day of Awareness on April 8th in Ottawa. Represented by both Executive Committees, the two organizations' representatives met with several key officials and Parliamentarians to enhance the profile of the industry in government circles as well as to discuss two key items of mutual concern, specifically: Prompt Payment Provisions in Federal Contracts, and Bi-National Regulatory Co-operation & Streamlined Standards.
 
 
   
Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the highly successful annual CMCEF Fundrasing Golf Tournament. This year's event is heading back to the very popular Grey Silo Golf Club, home of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament. A truly pristine and magnificent venue, the Grey Silo location always sells out... so get your registration forms in early. This year's tournament is scheduled for July 9th, 2014. Your participation includes golf, cart, BBQ lunch, steak dinner, door prizes, a silent auction, goodies and some exciting new treats. The location makes it easy for everyone to get there and two hotels are available just down the road.Visit www.cmcef.org to register.
 
 
   
The Honourable Senator Donald Plett addressed the Senate to recognize March 11 as World Plumbing Day. His address noted, "World Plumbing Day seeks to bring attention and awareness to how plumbing and sanitation systems contribute towards humanitarian goals and the health of people around the world. World Plumbing Day also seeks to highlight how basic sanitation and safe drinking water are not luxuries and are possible everywhere in the world if sound, simple plumbing practices are adopted."
 
Industry News
 
   
Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute, a public policy "think tank" in Toronto. In "Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades," authors Robbie Brydon and Benjamin Dachis say that reforming those tight regulations is crucial to meeting demand for skilled workers.
 
 
   
Canada’s budget watchdog says there is little evidence to back up Ottawa’s warnings of serious labour and skills shortages. Though Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called the skills mismatch one of Canada’s most pressing economic problems, the new report by the Parliamentary Budget Office finds that’s just not the case.
In fact, the independent watchdog’s Labour Market Assessment 2014, goes against the grain of the federal government’s position that jobs are remaining vacant because of a lack of adequate homegrown skilled employees where they are needed.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
Registration is now open for the next "Estimating – Project Procurement and Strategies" seminar. The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation's "2014 Estimating – Project Procurement and Strategies" program deals specifically with these four issues and is intended primarily for those responsible for project procurement. Please note this is not a seminar dealing with quantity survey and pricing. This seminar deals with the Bid/No Bid decision process, the Proposal, the Final Summary and an opportunity to make a sales presentation to an actual customer.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Google’s new Tango 3-D sensing smartphone could be a godsend for designers and contractors given its plethora of potentially practical uses, especially in the field. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion," Johnny Lee, leader of the Project Tango team, said on Google’s website. Because construction is all about space and motion, this is great news for the AEC industry.
 
Events

April 30, 2014:   MCA Manitoba AGM, Winnipeg, MB
May 2-3, 2014:  MCA British Columbia Conference, Whistler, BC
May 8-16, 2014: MCA Ontario Conference, Alaska Cruise
May 8, 2014: MCA Western Regional Meeting, Banff, AB
May 9-11, 2014:  MCA Alberta Conference, Banff, AB
May 22-24, 2014: CMMTQ Conference, Quebec City, QC
May 29-30, 2014: MCA Saskatchewan Conference, Cochin, SK
June 1-3, 2014: Skilled Trades Summit, Ottawa, ON
June 3-5, 2014: Estimating Conference, Vancouver, BC 
June 4, 2014: Skills Canada Competition, Toronto, ON
June 6-7, 2014: MCAC Eastern Regional Mtg., Edmunston, NB
June 8-10, 2014: Canadian Construction Association Meetings, Victoria, BC
June 22-24, 2014: CIPH Conference, Kelowna, BC
September 24-27, 2014: MCA Canada's 73rd National Conference, St. John's, NL
October 3-5, 2014: CANS AGM, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island

 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
FastEst, Inc.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
 In developing countries, nearly 80% of illnesses are linked to contaminated water and poor sanitation. Extreme poverty and lack of sanitation can result in blinding trachoma, a painful and infectious disease transmitted by flies in dirty environments.

MCA Canada and its Charity Committee Chairman, Brad Diggens, are fully committed to helping eradicate this preventable disease. Please consider contributing to our charity, which literally saves lives and betters the world. Visit the MCA Canada website at www.mcac.ca, call the office at 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca for your copy of the "Operation Eyesight Pledge Package."
 
Important Links
 
   
Helping our members succeed is one of MCA Canada's highest priorities. That's why we continue to develop the "Membership Advantage Program", a group of business services designed to save you time and money. Your participation produces two important benefits: 1) your company gains essential business services at a great price; and 2) MCA Canada uses the royalties to develop additional programs, services and benefits you enjoy as a member.
 
 

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