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June 7, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
If you've been on the fence about whether to register for the Construction Education Council golf tournament, may we suggest you act soon? The tournament is now just a little more than a month away – and spaces are filling up fast!
 
The annual fundraiser is an important initiative for the CEC, and a great way to hit the links and have fun. Mark July 13 on your calendars and join us at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario! 

Player and sponsor registration are now online. Register today!

For further information, contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca
 
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MCA Newfoundland & Labrador donated $1,500 towards Fort McMurray relief efforts (Canadian Red Cross) last month. Thanks to everyone in that province who helped support this very important cause.
 
Here’s a great opportunity to make your donations to Operation Eyesight work twice as hard.

MCA Newfoundland & Labrador is planning to participate in this year’s Tely 10 Mile Road Race on July 24. This is an event that attracts more than 4,500 runners from across the Atlantic provinces. The association has set a target of raising $20,000 and will donate the money it raises to MCA Canada’s charity of choice, Operation Eyesight.

In addition, if MCANL raises more than $20,000, an unnamed national partner has agreed to match its total donation. That’s at least $40,000 raised for Operation Eyesight!

Here’s how you can help: if your provincial or local MCA is planning an Operation Eyesight fundraiser this summer, please consider getting involved with MCANL. Every dollar you and your members raise could be worth two.

For more information, contact MCANL directly and check out their fundraising page.
 
Industry News
According to the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC), one third of existing municipal infrastructure in Canada is at risk of rapid deterioration, and requires repair and accelerated renewal. The report found that seven out of eight infrastructure categories were in declining condition based on the reported level of maintenance costs. In the buildings category, 17 percent (representing $12 billion in replacement value) of municipal buildings were in poor to very poor condition, and another 28 percent ($20 billion) were in only fair condition.

"The bottom line is that the longer we wait to act on these repairs, the more expensive it will get," says Raymond Louie, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (one of the report card sponsors). "Canada needs to start planning for the future by reinvesting in our existing assets now."

The CIRC indicates that more than 50 percent of municipal buildings are more than 31 years old; 23 percent are more than 50 years old. The average age of municipally owned buildings is 37 years. Paramedic and police stations had the lowest average age, with around 50 percent built within the last 20 years. Health care facilities and shelters had the highest average age, with almost 50 percent built more than 50 years ago. The report card also pointed out that only 14 percent of municipalities used formal policies or documented practices to factor climate change adaptation strategies into decision making.

Reinvestment in municipal infrastructure is advisable not only to ensure a sound return on building investment, but also to prepare for climate change impacts on buildings.

 
Workers in a number of different industries often perform their jobs while working in confined spaces. Pipelines, manholes, underground tunnels and storage tanks are all examples of confined spaces – and all carry significant risk to worker safety. Identifying hazards before work begins is key.



CSA Group developed Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces to aid in the identification and overall awareness of these safety hazards. The new edition specifies requirements for managing all aspects of work in confined spaces with several critical updates and changes such as improved flow and readability of the document, additional Annexes and elaboration of workspace design & modification.

 
The federal government is setting tight deadlines for an expanded infrastructure program aimed at marking Canada’s 150th birthday with new bike paths, arena upgrades and other small projects across the country.

 
Currently, the Contract Security Program (CSP) conducts criminal record checks using criminal record name checks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP, as the lead agency responsible for law enforcement inquiries, is retiring the name-based criminal record check process in favour of mandatory electronic fingerprinting.

The use of mandatory fingerprinting will eliminate the chances of mistaken identity resulting from variances in spelling of names, common surnames, the use of nicknames and name changes. This change is already in place for employees of most government departments including Public Services and Procurement Canada but has not yet been implemented for industry clearances. The CSP expects the new process to be launched this fall.
 
The federal Competition Bureau is warning governments to be on the lookout for signs of bid-rigging and other shady activity as Ottawa opens the floodgates to spend billions on infrastructure projects across the country.

 
The Ontario Road Builders' Association has produced three brilliant videos highlighting people’s bad behaviours.
 
Rebuilding hard-hit city could take at least two years, head of construction company says, after wildfires damaged or destroyed 2,400 buildings.

 
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 provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using Trimble Accubid estimating and graphical takeoff solutions. Participants will learn to apply proven principles and methodologies of mechanical (piping) estimating in an instructor-led, hands-on approach. The topics covered focus on key tasks of proven estimating method such as: creating and applying estimate breakdowns, takeoffs of common systems and items, such as fixtures, equipment, drainage waste and vent, pressure and process piping. Participants will use Accubid Enterprise Estimating and LiveCount software tools during the course.

By the end of the course, participants will submit a bid along with their peers. The course is delivered over four consecutive days and blends face-to-face instruction with internet-based instruction.

Registration is now open for the September 13 to 16 course in Vaughan, Ontario. But act now. Class size is capped at just eight. Download the registration brochure.
 
The Construction Education Council and MCA Manitoba would like to invite you to the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, from October 19 to 21 to partake in three days of intense training by some of North America’s most talented and well versed instructors. At our Building Tomorrow’s Construction Leaders Today conference, you will have the opportunity to learn a little more about yourself as a leader, manager and supervisor—all of which are key components for building strong relationships and effective leadership.

Attendees will also explore how to embrace conflict and see it as a valuable resource, as well as other topics such as working with a multi-generational workforce, ethics in construction, time management, trends in construction contracts, construction contract interpretation, future trends in construction technology, learning how to draw presence to yourself, and understanding liens on government-owned lands.

Registration is now open. Register by September 16 for early bird rates.
 
By The Numbers
Based on the revisions, Statistics Canada now estimates that growth for last year came in at 1.1 percent compared with its earlier reading of 1.2 percent.

 
Events
Check out the sessions that will be available at the Canadian Design-Build Institute’s conference October 12–14 in Winnipeg.

 
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Important Dates
  • June 11: Eastern Regional Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 15–17: CCA Meetings, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 26–28: CIPH Annual Business Conference, Banff, Alberta
  • July 13: CEC Golf Tournament, Waterloo, Ontario
  • September 26–29: CCA Meetings, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • October 5–6: CanBIM regional session, Toronto, Ontario
  • October 13–14: Canadian Design Build Institute Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • November 14–17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • November 30–December 2: Construct Canada, Toronto, Ontario 
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
How much do you actually know about MCA Canada's charity of choice? Operation Eyesight's SightLines newsletter contains interesting information about projects abroad and the great work being done by Canadians to support an important cause.

 
 

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