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League of Champions

Don’t forget to check out the calendar of events on the League of Champions website to see any upcoming League events featuring Rob Ellis.

Rob is available to speak at your next event. He delivers a personal story and a strong message with compassion and humor, and he is able to connect and deliver to any and all audiences. He wants to inspire your company to achieve greatness in safety culture.

Click here to view the calendar!

Safety

Researchers at the Institute For Work and Health are conducting a study on employer’s investment into health and safety, and are looking for participants.

Compliance costs have risen for requirements like Working at Heights Training and voluntary programmes such as COR require a large investment.

We encourage members to volunteer for the study, which requires that they provide information via a questionnaire (click here for more information).

This is important information for discussions with the MOL on the private sector's commitment to safety.

  

OGCA staff, along with staff from the Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario and the Surety Association of Canada, recently took an AED course, provided by Rescue 7.

OGCA has recently purchased an AED and required the training.

We have also recently completed a CPR/AED course, providing each of us with a certificate stating we are able to provide CPR if necessary.

Brampton City Council has unanimously adopted the Certificate of Recognition (COR™) program as part of the City’s construction contract management and construction tendering process. Please click here to read the article.

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Legislative & Legal Updates
The latest Ontario Legislative Report (February 27, 2017) is available here. Previous issues can also be found at the OGCA website (www.ogca.ca) under Government Resources.

We have attached an article from the law firm Mathews Dinsdale discussing a recent OHS prosecution where an employer was fined $87,500 (including the victim surcharge) for non compliance with MOL inspector’s orders to establish a workplace harassment policy. This article provides a useful overview of employer’s obligations in this area. Please read the article here.

Thanks to Michael Zacks of the Office of the Employer Advisor.
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Calendar of Events

Only a few rooms are left at the Blue Mountain Resort, so if you haven’t already booked, you should do so now! We have only a couple of spots left for sponsors as the brochure is almost done.

If you were planning to attend the symposium, you can still register online at www.ogca.ca under Events. We look forward to welcoming one and all to Blue!

Don’t forget: April 6 – 8, 2017 at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.

Save the Date!

Monday, July 10, 2017, at Glencairn Golf Course in Milton.

Plan to join us for a fun day full of action!

Member News
A copy of CCA's Annual Report is available here.
Industry News
Infrastructure Ontario's (IO) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ehren Cory as the new President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. Read the press release here.

Following the Fort McMurray CCA Meetings, the CIC (Civil Infrastructure Council)/CICC agreed to fund a court challenge of the City of Burnaby’s use of reprisal clauses against a contractor. The basis of the challenge is the Constitutionality of these clauses, though to proceed, they need to provide affidavits from contractors that have chosen to abandon their claims (or settled for less) because of the chilling effect of being blacklisted pursuant to a Reprisal Clause in tender documents.

The matter is relatively urgent as the lawyers need to finalize their written arguments by March 24, 2017. To support this deadline, they would need affidavits by no later than Monday, March 13, 2017.

If your firm has been directly impacted by reprisal clauses and you wish to assist with this endeavour, please send your comments to Bill Ferreira at CCA (bferreira@cca-acc.com).

General contractors in the engineering and construction industry increasingly outsource particular logistics tasks to subcontractors. However, it remains unclear which criteria determine the selection of a particular logistics subcontractor.

To gain an in-depth understanding of this important decision, the University of Cologne (Germany) is inviting project managers from general contractors in the engineering and construction industry to participate in an international survey.

The online questionnaire only takes about 7-10 minutes to complete and is fully anonymous.

Participants of the study will receive an executive summary of the results.

The survey can be accessed (until April 16) via the following link: https://ww2.unipark.de/uc/logistics-subcontracting/

Associate Partner News and Events
Jim Schwindt is GVCA’s 2017 Hall of Fame Award Recipient The Grand Valley Construction Association will be inducting Jim Schwindt into the GVCA Hall of Fame at a ceremony on March 1.