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An outdated advertisement for Glaholt LLP was inadvertently published in The Generals, 2018 Spring/Summer issue in March 2018. The correct advertisement with a current listing of the Lawyers practicing at Glaholt LLP is shown below, or click below to view the list in a pdf format.

OGCA welcomes Minister Sousa’s commitment to the province's infrastructure investment in his Budget. This supports the 14 Year Infrastructure Plan that projects a total spend of $230 billion. The government estimates that this investment will create 140,000 jobs per year, most in the construction industry.

Condolences continue to pour in from across North America and beyond our Canadian borders for the families of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, which was involved in a devastating crash that left 15 dead and 14 others injured.

As an association that advocates the importance of safety, we are saddened by this tragic accident and all those who are affected. It is a reminder that we must all work together because together we are stronger.

OGCA and the League of Champions would like to express our condolences to all the players, families, and the entire Humboldt, Sask. community affected by this tragedy.

For those who wish to donate in support of the players and families, a GoFundMe giving page is available.

The money will go directly to families to help with any expenses incurred. Please visit: Funds for Humboldt Broncos 

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League of Champions

It’s time to head back to school. The League of Champions (LOC) has been invited to participate in an assembly at Northview Heights Secondary School on April 18.

Are you a Champion? Join us as we engage students and take on their health & safety concerns.

Northview Heights Secondary School

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 8:00 am; Champions to arrive at 7:30 am.*
Location: Northview Heights Secondary School (550 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON, M2R 1N6)
Who: Staff and students
What: Presentation Jessica DiSabatino, MySafeWork, in conjunction with a panel of industry leaders (including Champions) who will respond to student questions

More details to follow. To RSVP, please contact Andrea by email at andrea@theLOC.ca.

OGCA and the League of Champions were privileged to tour the Newton Group facility in Guelph on Friday, March 23. What a great day!

Newton Group Founder and President, Edwin (Ed) Newton conducted the tour alongside Vice President Meri Shepheard. Clive Thurston and Andrea George learned about parking structure pre-fabrication, solar panel solutions, and more.

In the afternoon, staff and guests met at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing, a state-of-the-art facility that Newton Group built for Linamar Corporation in 2009.

Senior management presented two of its employees with peer-nominated awards for safety and leadership. The celebration of safety continued with a talk by Rob Ellis, MySafeWork. He congratulated Newton Group and its team for its commitment to health & safety in the workplace and for striving to build a safety culture.

David Frame rounded out the event with a discussion on OGCA’s Safety Pass initiative, which is set to launch publically during Safety Week, May 7-11.

 

 

 

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not deterred by danger or pain; brave.

 

 

Every year, thousands of Canadians are injured and harassed at work. On April 27, one day before the Worker’s Day of Mourning, MySafeWork will host its annual Courageous broadcast.

Courageous is a free one-hour broadcast created to educate workers about their rights. The goal is to empower workers to have the courage to speak up when faced with harmful working conditions.

Register
Register for FREE at www.MySafeWork.com/Courageous

Watch
Watch live: April 27, 1:00 PM EST
Watch later: Watch the recording anytime

Visit www.MySafeWork.com for more details on how you can watch or get involved.

Safety

OGCA is happy to announce that the Safety Pass Orientation Program is now live. Now, everyone can simply spread the word and begin promoting the program to their workforce. The Safety Pass is free to join, easy to sign-up, and requires no technical knowledge. So how do you get started?

  1. Visit https://ogca.ca/health-safety/safety-pass/  
  2. Click CLICK HERE TO START which will re-direct you to the SkillsPass platform
  3. Register & Create a Profile 
  4. Take Your Safety Pass

The information above is available to all workers of any trade. Therefore, we encourage you to use the above information to promote Safety Pass in ALL of your outgoing communications (newsletters, publications, social media feeds) to reach beyond the OGCA borders and support this fantastic safety initiative.

If you or a worker have any technical issues, please contact support at support@bluedrop360.com or call 709.570.5686. For all other inquiries, please contact OGCA at info@ogca.ca or call 905.671.3969

The following statement was released by Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, Chief Prevention Officer Ron Kelusky, and Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President and CEO Enzo Garritano.

Last Friday, the government proclaimed the changes to s. 83(4) of the WSIA that deal with transferring the accident costs of temporary workers to the hiring company.

On April 28th, we will bow our heads and pay our respects to remember the thousands of workers who have been killed or injured as a result of work-related incidents. We empathize with the families who have suffered a tragedy that will live with them forever.

Book your safety garments for Spring Startups!

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Orders over $3,000 will receive a free Google Home!

View our products or Contact us at 416-822-0222 or stop by our office at 15 West Pearce Street, Unit 3A, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1H6 Canada

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The April 6, 2018 issue of the Ontario Legislative Reports is now available. Please click here to access this issue and previous issues.

An assessment for friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials (ACM) is required to be performed in buildings as per Ontario Ministry of Labour Regulation 278/05, for the purposes of management of ACM. If asbestos-containing materials are present, an asbestos management plan is required.   

Education & Events

In partnership with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), Toronto Construction Association is pleased to be hosting new CCDC seminars that will introduce new and updated contract forms and guides. We will be hosting a seminar on Monday, May 7 at our main office at 70 Leek Crescent, Richmond Hill.

Click here for more information.

  • IHSA Safety Talk: Electric Tools — Basic Safety
  • New IHSA radio ads encourage employers, supervisors, and workers to "Do Your Part, Keep Your Promise."
  • Ministry of Labour proposes changes to rules around biological and chemical agents
  • IHSA supports Steps for Life across Ontario

Click here to access the information.

Dr. Laurel Besco, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, is seeking participants to complete a 10-minute survey* regarding business motivations and energy efficiency.

Knowing what businesses like yours think will make a big difference in understanding how to make policies and regulations more straightforward and efficient. Your participation is essential to the success of this research.

Please click the following link for additional information and access to the online survey.

U of T Research Study

* Note: participant access closes April 20, 2018

Calendar of Events

Here are some dates to put into your calendar:

  • July 9 - OGCA's 39th Annual Golf Tournament and Past Chairman's Luncheon - Glencairn Golf Course, Milton (limited space still available)
  • September 26 - 30 - 80th AGM and Conference - Vancouver, BC (Registration now open)
  • December 15, 2018 - Ontario Builder Awards Deadline
  • April 11 - 13, 2019 - 11th OGCA Construction Symposium - Blue Mountain, Collingwood
Member News

Take our survey and enter to win a $100 VISA gift card!

As a valued member of the OGCA, your opinion matters to us. Please take a moment to take our communications survey. This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, you can enter to win a $100 VISA gift card. Click here to take our survey.

Industry News

Premier Kathleen Wynne released a statement on the introduction of an Ontario regulation to level the playing field in response to New York State's "Buy American" legislation.

Click here to read the statement.

Marijuana legalization is slated to take effect this summer. This impending legislation leaves a lot of workplaces vulnerable, if they don’t yet have policies in place. “If you’re an employer, it’s reasonable to be worried,” says Dan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, for CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. “There are a lot of unknowns and a lot at stake..."

Click here to read the full article from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.

Harvey Kirsh, a long-time friend and supporter of the OGCA, has been selected as the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's 2018 “Award of Excellence in Construction and Infrastructure Law,” which will be presented at an award dinner in June.

As Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer, I am pleased to share the Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2016-17 Annual Report. This annual report outlines some of the work done in 2016-17 to deliver on the vision, goals and priorities articulated in Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces – A Strategy for Transforming Occupational Health and Safety.  

TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, finance and maintain a new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex.

The new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex will replace Thunder Bay’s existing jail and correctional centre and improve access to programming, living conditions and education, while also updating automation and technology.

Click here to read more…

The latest Ontario Electrical League newsletter is now available. Click here to read.

Please click here to access the latest Consulting Engineers of Ontario Newsletter.

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Upcoming courses through Fasken Martineau:

OHS Due Diligence for Managers & Supervisors:
April 12, 2018
June 6, 2018
September 6, 2018

Workplace Violence & Harassment: Practical Strategies & How to Implement Them
October 11, 2018

JHSC Part 1 Certified Member
May 22-24, 2018
September 11-13, 2018
October 23-25, 2018

Workers Compensation Claims Management
May 29, 2018
September 18, 2018

WSIB Appeal Preparation
June 21, 2018
November 15, 2018

We hope you enjoy our April 2018 edition of Management Counsel. This newsletter is published four times a year to highlight important issues in Canadian employment and labour law.

Sherrard Kuzz is offering a free breakfast seminar will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Road West, Mississauga. 

Increase productivity, improve efficiencies and win more jobs!

Please join BuildingPoint Canada at Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto on April 25th for our FREE Brew and Learn Workshop!

Hosted by Trimble Buildings experts, you’ll learn about the latest advanced, cutting-edge technologies in the construction industry through interactive discussion and demonstrations. Become familiar with the benefits of 3D laser scanning, field layout technologies, construction estimating, mixed reality, Tekla Structures, and CAD detailing, utilizing SysQue. 

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We are excited to partner with the OGCA in building a strong construction industry and are proud to advocate for the safety, education and best interests of its members. We are thrilled to partner with the OGCA in building a strong construction industry and are proud to advocate for the safety, education and best interests of its members.

Book your safety garments for spring start-up!

  • Free vector art creation (Retail value $100)
  • Free digitizing (Retail value $120-200)
  • 1 location imprint included

Orders over $3,000 receive a free Google Home!

View our Safety Products or Call us today at 416.822.0222, or stop by our office:
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Be Prepared:

No one ever plans to have their car break down, but you can plan ahead to deal with it safely. Read on to learn about some helpful hints to help you remain safe and injury-free should you get stuck on the road.