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October 21, 2020

Working outside in the winter: tips for handling the cold

Working outside in the winter comes with a number of unique risks. With temperatures dropping and snow and ice coating the ground, workers need to be extra careful. With additional risks, it’s vital to take appropriate precautions, as both a worker and a manager, to ensure you and your employees remain safe throughout the season. Below we outline some key steps to take to help ensure nothing goes wrong while working outside in the winter. Clothing for outdoor winter work Without the proper clothing, workers open themselves up to risks like frostbite, hypothermia, and freezing of exposed extremities like fingers,...

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October 19, 2020

Vancouver’s Sustainability Initiatives Presentation

Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Buildings Plan Better Buildings Via Collaboration City of Calgary, Sept 2020 2020-09-29 Vancouver’s Sustainability Initiatives Presentation- Sean Pander  

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October 14, 2020

2020 Year in Review

This year we have provided an update detailing all the activities and initiatives that we have engaged in over the course of 2020. 2020 Year in Review We truly appreciate all our members and, as we continue to work with the board of directors on the strategic objectives for 2021 and beyond, the focus is on what you will need for the short and long term as we all continue to adapt to the current realities. Our four key strategic pillars are :- Education and Knowledge Advocacy & Influence Events and Networking Access to Opportunities

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October 14, 2020

Alberta Health Services PreQual Feedback Request

ACA is seeking your comments to the questions contained below by November 3rd, 2020. ACA will keep your response confidential and will combine individual responses into an association response.  Please email your response to Jonathan.williams@albertaconstruction.net For context AHS has had this pre-qualification in place since 2014 and is currently re-designing the process for the pre-qualification with an intent to re-compile a new list of pre-qualified vendors that would be eligible to participate in future bid opportunities. The existing pre-qualification list has in excess of 200 vendors across dozens of categories and the bulk of the opportunities that are issued to the pre-qualification list are...

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October 14, 2020

How NOT to look like an amateur online!

How NOT to look like an amateur online! By Bill Black COVID has thrust us all into the virtual realm and, whether you are a leader or a member of the team, how we present ourselves remains an important factor. When online we are still, for the most part, in a professional setting yet not everyone has been able to make the switch. You can spend thousands on a setup but no-one is expecting Hollywood level productions so a few tips and a few hundred dollars can make a huge difference. As we are likely to be using virtual as...

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October 14, 2020

ACA Looking for Volunteers for Subcommittee

via Alberta Construction Association   With the current term ending for ACA’s appointment on the Safety Codes Council-Building Subcommittee, ACA is looking for volunteers who are interested in representing ACA in this role.  The letter and member description identifies all relevant information including the knowledge required to fill this position and the time commitment. The volunteer/s would be directly nominated by ACA and if appointed, are expected to provide ACA brief written reports after each meeting. Many thanks to Lee Phillips who has done an exemplary job for ACA.   We are very appreciative of the time and effort he has put into serving on this...

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October 6, 2020

WCB Updates Important to ACA Members

via Alberta Construction Assoiation   There are a couple of important updates from the WCB to share with ACA members. 1)      WCB-Alberta will be implementing cost relief measures to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 affected claims. The WCB have understood that this was a significant concern for members, with COVID-19 claim costs that were outside of our members control and extended periods of disability for other claims due to treatment delays. The WCB-Alberta information sheet, titled COVID-19 cost relief Q&A, provides more information. It indicates that cost relief measures will be carried out in the third quarter of 2020 and will...

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October 6, 2020

CCA statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank

Dear colleagues and members, CCA issued the following statement today in response to the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank. Growth plan must include strategy for swift flow of funds to be effective, says Canadian Construction Association  Statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank OTTAWA, October 2, 2020 – CCA members – 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized, family-run businesses – have been asking for a clear, balanced, fair and flexible infrastructure stimulus plan as Canadians focus on pandemic recovery. The growth plan announced on October 1...

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October 6, 2020

The Offsite Revolution in Construction

via BCG  By Romain de Laubier, Arne Burfeind, Sebastien Arnold, Sven Witthöft, and Marius Wunder The construction industry is a paradox. The annual global growth rate is more than 3%, but the sector is in crisis: prices are soaring, jobs remain unfilled, and demand far outstrips supply. The crisis can be attributed to one broad shortcoming: unlike almost every other industry, construction has been reluctant to modernize and thereby boost its productivity. The car factory of 2019 looks nothing like the car factory of 1919, whereas the construction site has hardly changed during that time. Of course, construction is not easily amenable to mass...

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September 28, 2020

New CCDC 2 and online training

New CCDC 2 and online training Dear colleagues, As Chair of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), I am pleased to announce that this winter CCDC will be publishing the new version of the CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ and the brand-new Master Specification for Division 01 ‘General Requirements’ and CCDC 31 ‘Service Contract Between Owner and Consultant’ documents. We will also be providing online training to explain the key changes to CCDC 2 and to introduce the new Division 01 document. Online training will be held in November, consisting of four distinct presentations. Presentation 1: An introduction to CCDC...

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September 28, 2020

Cash is king: How this entrepreneur mastered the basics of financial management

via bdc Marc Lindner established proper financial processes that helped him take control of his finances Marc Lindner’s roofing company had a problem some businesses would only be too happy to share. Sales had jumped 50% each year since the company started in 2014. Its workforce had grown from one to 35 employees in just a few years. But despite the explosive growth, Kitchener, Ont.-based Black and White Commercial Roofing was having cash flow issues. Lindner had focused so heavily on sales and customers that financial management had been neglected. He was making major purchases without proper planning and didn’t have a good idea about his costs....

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September 23, 2020

CCA launches Talent Fits Here campaign to attract a new generation to join the construction industry

Dear colleagues and members, The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has launched Talent Fits Here, a campaign designed to encourage more Canadians to consider a career in construction. VIEW THE CAMPAIGN AND SEE OUR REAL-LIFE STORIES “For the first time in decades, the industry has more projects than people,” says Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “And our industry is not alone – there is competition for talent across sectors due to shifting demographics and baby boomer retirements, and it is fierce.” Talent Fits Here is a national public awareness campaign designed to shift some of the traditional perceptions around working in construction by...

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September 23, 2020

CCA member Chandos Construction Celebrates 40th Anniversary

CCA would like to congratulate long time member Chandos Construction on this very big occasion! Keep reading to find out how Chandos Construction has evolved over the past 40 years. Since our inception, we’ve completed more than 2,000 projects. We committed to inclusive hiring – a practise that nurtures diverse talent and attracts women, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians, LGBTQ2S+ and youth to the construction industry. Everyday we look for more ways to use our business model to build a better world. We’re taking it back to 1990 in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Our co-founder Dan O’Brien was 30 years...

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September 16, 2020

New affordable housing project in Ogden going ahead despite some community objection

via GlobalNews By Melissa Gilligan Calgary city council has approved the construction of an affordable housing project in the community of Ogden. As Sarah Offin reports, some community members have concerns about the location of the building. A proposal to build an affordable housing unit in the community of Ogden was given the go-ahead by Calgary councillors on Monday evening. City council voted in favour of changing the current land-use designation for the site of the proposed Ogden Family Housing development at around 10:30 p.m. following a marathon meeting that began at 9:30 a.m. The four or five-storey mixed-use building...

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