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President's Report

Learn from the mistakes of others --- you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. - Martin Vanbee

Last issue I talked about the surge in OGCA members supporting industry practices and values, the Association’s Ethics and each other when faced with unfair and risky procurement practices in the Tendering and Awarding of Construction services.

Sadly, this continues. As each week goes by, more examples of these problems cross my desk and require action.

The good news, and one all owners and their procurement staff should take note of, is that we have had enough and we are now seeing the bidders, whether OGCA members or not, standing together to say no.

Please click here to read the entire article. 

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League of Champions

The League of Champions is pleased to announce its newest members:

  • Platform Insurance Management
  • Tucker Hirise
  • CBRE

 The League encourages business leaders to promote awareness in Health and Safety that strengthens the bond between generation to generation, connecting our leaders and our safety-minded workforce to think alike.

Join some of the leading companies who believe in a safety culture and that everyone should go home safe every day.

Be sure to like us on Facebook, retweet us on Twitter, or watch our new channel on YouTube.

For more information on how you can become a member of the League of Champions, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at the OGCA Office (lyndsy@ogca.ca).

Safety

With the outstanding attendance and positive feedback received at this year’s 2017 Leadership day, hosted by OGCA and IHSA, it has been announced that the 2018 Leadership Day will move to a bigger venue.

Mark your calendars for February 23, 2018 at the Verdi Banquet Hall in Mississauga, Ontario.

Leadership Day aims to improve Health and Safety in the construction industry. For those who were unable to attend the 2017 safety event, click here to view video, courtesy of IHSA.

We want to thank all of OGCA’s members and stakeholders who made a commitment this month to promote safety in the workplace and out in the field.
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Legislative & Legal Updates
Bill 70’s amendments to the OCOT Act took the legislative action to implement recommendations on the Tony Dean Report. It includes a requirement to produce a Compliance and Enforcement Policy and submit it to the Labour Minister for approval, and it has now been released.

Ontario is taking action to overhaul the province's land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer and more affordable hearings. Click here to read the full article.

The Ministry of Labour has issued the Changing Workplaces Review. OGCA will review and respond shortly. Click here to read the report.

The Ministry of Labour has propose administrative fines to support compliance under the OCOT enforcement of compulsory trades and apprentice ratios. The draft policy has proposed fines of up to $100,000 per offence. The OSTA has submitted a response. Click here to read the response.

The latest Ontario Legislative Report (May 9, 2017) is available here. Previous issues can also be found at the OGCA website (www.ogca.ca) under Government Relations.

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Calendar of Events
October 19 - 22, 2017 - Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto CLICK HERE for the Registration Form.
Monday, July 10, 2017 - Glencairn Golf Course, Milton - CLOSE TO SOLD OUT - ONLY 
Member News

EllisDon recently announced it has received a contract to build two new highrise office towers on Bay Street in Toronto as well as a new Metrolinx GO Bus Terminal as part of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bay Park Centre office complex.

The project will soon be renamed by the primary tenant, CIBC, which will relocate more than 15,000 employees to the buildings, located at 81 and 141 Bay Street, notes a media statement issued May 2.

EllisDon is currently undertaking preconstruction services for 81 Bay, a 49-storey joint development project by real estate firms Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines.

Construction for phase one is slated to be completed mid-2020, at which time phase two involving the second building will break ground. Expected completion of the complex will be by 2023.

The project is targeting LEED Platinum certification.

VIDEO: #CFTECBridge Steel Beam Travels to CF Toronto Eaton Centre

In the late hours of May 10, 2017, the first piece of the new #CFTECBridge, a 193,000 pound box girder, made its voyage from the Steel City of Hamilton to the heart of the Toronto downtown core. The box beam is integrated into the structural and architectural design of the of the new bridge, which will be constructed on ground next to CF Toronto Eaton Centre before being lifted into place for finishing.

The new bridge represents another significant milestone in the redevelopment of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, helping to realize Cadillac Fairview’s vision of including Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue as part of CF Toronto Eaton Centre and its promise of delivering a premium shopping experience. Watch Here

Click Here for more information about the #CFTECBridge

Video credit: Produced by Sight on Site Inc. for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) and Cadillac Fairview.

Associate Partner News and Events

No profession knows the pain of tedious paperwork, complicated Excel manipulations and clunky systems quite like safety professionals do. Despite our best efforts to modernize and streamline our processes, safety leaders still run into several challenges. The good news is that we’re now in the midst of a data revolution. Data-driven companies are already more profitable than their competitors, and the continued evolution of EHS analytics will strengthen the divergence amongst companies that use data to their advantage against those stuck in the status quo. This guide will discuss how EHS professionals can capitalize on this new data revolution to build high-performance safety systems, make better-informed decisions and improve safety outcomes.

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