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President's Report

As we start a New Year, we look forward to building on many of the initiatives that OGCA has started over the past few years.

Key to the successful outcome of these endeavours is our continued partnership with other associations through the CDAO and the CEC, among others. There is much to be done at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels, and OGCA, working with our partners, is addressing them.

Click here for the full article. (This article is in the Members Only section of the OGCA website.)

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League of Champions

The League of Champion’s is excited to announce its first college to sign on as a Patron. Welcome George Brown College!

George Brown College believes in changing the safety culture among their students and they anticipate that many will be taking the pledge in their commitment at its upcoming event. As educational leaders, they have the unique opportunity to inspire and influence such knowledge into your future workforce.

What is outstanding is that these students already understand and are incorporating safety within their culture and want to continue to protect themselves and those around them. The League is so proud to have George Brown College demonstrating their leadership as many of our Patrons continue to do.

George Brown College would like to extend an invitation to all Champions to participate in their upcoming safety event. The Event will be held on February 8, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Casa Loma Campus. For those interested in attending, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca for more details.

Legislative & Legal Updates

The Ministry of Labour has issued the following clarification on the definition of Critical Injury, Regulation 834.

A critical injury must be reported under section 51 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act if there is a connection between the hazard that gave rise to the injury and worker health and safety.

The new definition focuses on fractures and amputations and their reporting under this regulation.

See the following update issued by the OEA.

Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli has released an update on the progress of Ontario’s infrastructure investments. [Click here to view online.]

The Infrastructure Update highlights how the province’s investments are building Ontario up, with projects including schools, child care spaces, hospitals and public transit.

They have also introduced a new online infrastructure tracking tool that will help the public explore and understand the wide variety and depth of investment underway: $160 billion over 12 years. [Click here to see our new website.]

Through the development of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan (scheduled to be tabled in the fall of 2017), the Province will ensure that Ontario remains competitive, resulting in strong communities and improved quality of life.

Safety

No matter how much we try to enforce safety on the worksite, there are still those who just don't get it. While these photos may be staged, they show the same types of incidents that you may see every day! Remember to stay safe, and make sure everyone gets home safely every day.

 


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Education & Events

The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal manager certification program is expanding for 2017, adding the Construction Foreman designation amidst an overall modernizatIon of the program.

Click here for the article in the Daily Commercial News. 

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) governs workers' compensation in Ontario. This course introduces the provincial legislation, reviews the basics of accident reporting, managing workers' compensation claims and reducing accident costs to participants. The course reviews how claim decisions are made and the appeals process. Tribunal decisions will be reviewed and discussed in class. Click the headline to register.
Member News
The Spring/Summer issue of the Generals Magazine will feature several Member Milestones, as well as articles on changes to the fundraising laws, safety beyond due diligence, Bill 70 amendments to OCOT and an article by the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance.

OGCA will be holding an information session with Paul Casey of IHSA in Sault Ste Marie on February 6. For information, please call Judy at the OGCA Office.

OGCA also continues to hold joint sessions with the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance on February 7 in Sudbury, February 14 in Windsor, February 15 in Sarnia and February 22 in Barrie. Be sure to contact Judy at OGCA for information. Hope to see you all there!

Calendar of Events

OGCA will be co-hosting the 2017 Leadership Day with its partner Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) on March 3, 2017 which will be held at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI), 3110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga.

A list of presenters will be available later this month that will include OGCA Chairman Frank Perricone, and Health and Safety advocate Rob Ellis, among others.

It is a great opportunity for you and your staff to stay on top of what is new in construction health and safety and be inspired to do better. A registration package will be sent shortly.

Those wishing to sponsor this event, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca or, Mary Wademan at mary@ogca.ca

 

 


This year, OGCA is using a new app from Attendify, to give you all the information you will need while attending the Symposium in April at Blue Mountain Resort.

The OGCA Attendify application is now ready for download. You will find the speakers, the sessions, the sponsors, and soon the schedule (still working out a few kinks).

You can access the application searching in the App Store™ and Google Play™ using keywords that are applicable to your application (such as the application’s title) or by following these links:

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1189015625
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.conff1d1fg
WebApp: http://f1d1fg.m.attendify.com/
Landing Page: https://attendify.com/app/f1d1fg

If you are not yet registered to attend this year's 10th Symposium, you should visit the OGCA website - www.ogca.ca and go to Events to register.

Tips on how to use this APP - https://attendify.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206594358-Tips-for-using-the-app

NOTE TO BLACKBERRY USERS:The app is NOT available. There is a web function (WebApp: http://f1d1fg.m.attendify.com/) that provides all schedules, speakers and sponsor content, but may not provide you with the same flexibility as a smart phone.

If you  have any problems getting the app, please contact Lyndsy Miceli for assistance at lyndsy@ogca.ca

The session sheets will be sent out this week.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, 25 February 2017 at 5:30 PM 

Bingemans Conference Centre - Marshall Hall

425 Bingemans Centre Drive
Kitchener, ON N2B 3X7

Please join us for an evening of memories and networking with the grads of Architecture Construction Engineering Technology from the past 50 years!

Cocktails and Networking - 5:30 pm

Dinner - 7:00 pm

Entertainment (Amplified Midlife Crisis) - 9:00 pm

Please forward any pictures of classmates and facility from field trips and program functions to

Glen Good at glengood@rogers.com OR, Jim Gerrard at jim@gerrards.ca

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