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June 15, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
The HEAT Is On 2015 – MCA Canada invites you to join us in magnificent Palm Springs, California, for our 74th National Conference, November 16–19.
 
Our host hotel is the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa. The conference committee has been hard at work planning yet another world-class event for our delegates. Business by day, party at night! Enjoy our Opening Night "California Dreaming" party, the Victaulic Opening Breakfast with former NHL All Star Clint Malarchuk, our annual John Bradshaw Memorial Golf Tournament at Desert Willow Golf Resort, and our all new Awards Gala Event. You’ll remember this conference forever!
 
The Conference Pre-Planning Guide is on its way to you now and should arrive any day. You can find conference information, sponsorship opportunities and register online through www.mcac.ca. Or simply click through to the conference registration page. See you in Palm Springs!
 
Utilizing the latest development technology, MCA Canada’s new website boasts a unique and modern design that includes improved functionality, enhanced rich content, simplified access to programs and services and advanced search capabilities. It is divided into three sections representing the parent organization, MCA Canada, the education division, the Construction Education Council (CEC), and the service division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC). 

The new website offers a number of new features including access to programs and services only available to our members. To access the Members Only section, click the Login tab on the top right corner of the homepage. A window will appear asking for your username and password. Your username is the email address you provided to MCA Canada. Your password is MCAC2015.

Once you login, you will see "You are logged in". You should also see a second row of available tabs with access to exclusive information. You can also access your profile at the top right and edit your profile from the drop down menu to change your password to something more familiar to you.

If you don’t get access to the Members Only section, please email mcac@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492. We will reset your account and send you a new password.

New look, same address: www.mcac.ca.
 
The Strengthening the Red Seal initiative’s pilot project to develop enhanced occupational standards has continued over the past year. New processes and features are being piloted in two Red Seal trades’ standards, Construction Electrician and Steamfitter/Pipefitter. Some of the key improvements being piloted include more opportunities for review and input into the standards. As a result, there is an opportunity for a broad public review. This allows transparency and openness in the project, and allows for additional stakeholders to have their voices heard. The Red Seal Program welcomes any comments on its standards at any point via the Red Seal website. During this pilot, there is also the opportunity for public review of the standards before being published. If you would like to review any of the draft standards’ sections, this is your opportunity. 



 
If you have a son, daughter or legal ward who wants to enter the mechanical contracting business, then the Construction Education Council may be able to help. Each year, Federated Insurance sponsors a scholarship through the CEC. Participation is open to MCA Student Chapter members and the children of employees of MCA Canada member companies.


 
The annual Construction Education Council golf tournament is coming up on July 8. If you haven't already registered, do so today. The event is a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

 
George Bastarache, 84, of Dieppe, NB, passed away on Saturday, May 23 at his residence. Born in Leger Corner, NB, he was the son of the late Alyre and the late Evangeline (LeBlanc) Bastarache.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Bastarache was a member of the Dieppe Fire Department for 50 years, the founder/owner/operator of George’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd from 1956­ to 1985 and the Chartersville Funeral Home from 1984­ to 1992. He was also a director of Cable Service Ltée from 1975 to ­1982.

A master plumber by trade and an accomplished businessman, he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Gold Jubilee Medal and the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club.

He was a member of the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors of NB, the Moncton Northeast Construction Association, an honorary life member of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; and NB Honorary Chief for Muscular Dystrophy of Canada in 1985.
 
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of John Danilkiewicz, past member of SMACNA and long-time member of the industry.

John was one of the pioneers of SMACNA-BC (president, 1992–93), serving on numerous SMACNA-BC boards and committees, locally and nationally. He was a wonderful friend and a true mentor to so many, he will be sorely missed.

John, founder and president of Ridge Sheet Metal Ltd. (1977–2012), with brother Dave, ran a well-respected company in the Lower Mainland for many years. John was known for his generosity, helping many people less fortunate than himself throughout his life. 

He is survived by his wife Shirley, children (Marc, Ryan and Paul), grandchildren (Kane and Jonathan) and many friends and family members.
 
Industry News
There are many reasons why you might be paying taxes throughout the year. For example, you might pay tax instalments because you’re self-employed, or maybe your employer doesn’t deduct enough income tax—but did you know you can choose to make your tax payments online?

Choose the payment method that’s right for you:
  • Online banking – You’re already paying your hydro and phone bills online. Just add the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a payee, and then add your account number carefully to avoid a lost or misapplied payment (your account number is your social insurance number).
  • Interac online – The CRA has a My Payment service which allows you to pay with your debit card if you bank with a participating financial institution.
  • Directly from your bank account using pre-authorized debit – If you pay by instalments, or you simply want to set up your tax payment in advance, you can choose the convenience of having your payment come out of your bank account automatically. You choose the bank account, the amount and the specific date or dates—just make sure to set it up a minimum of five business days in advance of your payment. You’re in control. Set it up and you no longer have to worry about late payments.
  • Third-party service providers – You may be able to make your payment through a third-party service provider. The third-party service provider will send your business or individual payment and remittance details online to the CRA for you.
For more information, watch the CRA video Change it up: Pay your taxes online and visit www.canada.ca/payments.
 
Working with municipalities to support the construction of affordable housing, public transportation and critical infrastructure are elements of federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s upcoming election platform.

 
Canadian defence procurement will now be subject to a new independent, third-party challenge function with this week’s announcement of the first Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition, a core component of the Government of Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy.

 
Sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, and that means that construction laborers, who work outside most of the time, are at high risk for this disease. However, because their risk of accidental death and injury on the job is not only higher, but also more immediate, the dangers of skin cancer in this industry have often been neglected.

 
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) announces the establishment of the recently formed Lean Construction Institute – Canada (LCI-Canada) as a special committee of the CCA.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council's Computerized Mechanical Estimating course is an introductory course that provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using estimating software.


CEC has partnered with Trimble Accubid for the delivery of this program. It is not a course that will teach the ins and outs of the software program but rather how to do a proper take off.


The course is scheduled for September 15 to 18 in Vaughan, Ontario.

 
The Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner annually to offer a 10-day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Course. To date nearly 1,000 students from across Canada have completed the course. The program qualifies for 70 PDUs towards PMI certification and 10 points towards Gold Seal Certification. It is also Blue Seal Certified in Alberta.


Each course topic is taught by a specialist. Topics include: project administration, scheduling, managing individual differences, safety, change orders, construction law, job cost controls, meetings and communication, dispute avoidance and claims, labour relations/due diligence, and project completion.


This year’s program is scheduled for November 19 to 23 and December 10 to 14 at the University of Waterloo. There are only 24 spaces available, and the course sells out quickly. Don’t delay!

 
Innovation and Technology
There are many factors that have been important in the explosive growth of light-rail transit (LRT) in recent years. People were more receptive to the idea of mass transit, but it had to be faster and more comfortable than buses, which were becoming slower due to heavy traffic, especially in the downtown cores.


 
Processing seawater through innovative underwater heat pumps provides efficient domestic heating, as well as cutting energy bills and carbon emissions, say Norwegian pioneers.

 
Michael Green Architecture just unveiled a proposal for a carbon neutral wooden skyscraper in Paris that, if constructed, will be the world’s tallest wood building. The designers estimate the 35-story wood high-rise could sequester 3,700 metric tons of carbon—an amount equivalent to keeping 2,207 cars off the road for a year.

 
Events
Join CIPH for a complimentary webinar on June 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM EDT. This industry forum will offer key insights and clarity into how your business continues to be affected by changes to low lead plumbing requirements in Canada.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • June 17: MCA Eastern Regional Meetings, Charlottetown, PE
  • July 8: CEC Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
  • October 18-20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • November 16-19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered together to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the tragedy of needless blindness. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation, something near and dear to our hearts.

To donate to this worthwhile cause, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
 

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