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BC stalls while others in the country move ahead with Prompt Payment

For more than a dozen years, MCABC, myself and the Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA) have presented governments – both Liberal and NDP – with solid arguments as to why Prompt Payment legislation is good for workers, trades, general contractors, suppliers and the provincial economy in general.  Yet no sitting government has embraced, championed […]

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Risky Contract

Be vigilant: If you’re not, someone else is going to be

Last summer I wrote an article about the value of association membership. My point was that associations support you, your business and its bottom line. The main example I gave was the Risky Clauses program, a joint endeavor of MCABC and ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC).  I wrote of the program’s purpose: To provide […]

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Community Benefits Agreements: Are they the scourge some would have us believe?

I recently attended a one-day conference hosted by the BC Building Trades on Community Benefit Agreements. Before it began, this event was criticized by Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) president Chris Gardner in a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed.  His criticisms were rife with opinions and assumptions with little or no evidence to support them. This […]

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Lower Dues

New Horizons – Lower Dues & Do More!

Big news: MCABC has lowered most Voting Contractor dues. In 78 years of operation, MCABC has been funded by various methods: individual membership dues, to grants from union contractors’ collective agreements, to the current structure where dues are based on company payroll. But this is the first time – to my knowledge – that dues […]

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Disruption

Futureproofing: Organizational Response to Disruptive Trends

Attending my association’s annual conference in late October, I glimpsed MCABC’s future, at least what it could be through the eyes of Canada’s association leaders. The conference theme was “Associations: Future Proof,” and it provided numerous presentations and workshops on existing trends in association management and operations, and some guidance of how to lead, manage […]

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Building Code 2018 Updates – Info for Mechanicals

Click on the button below to view the slides presented at the October Chapter Meeting on Oct. 18, 2018 hosted jointly by MCABC and CIPH-BC. The slides were prepared and presented by: Jarrett Hutchinson Director, Building Policy, Building & Safety Standards Branch 250-208-7277, Jarrett.Hutchinson@gov.bc.ca Please follow and like us:

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Transitions – Fall Upon Us

There was no clearer reminder of the new season for me than the week of September 17th spent in Whistler at MCA Canada’s convention.  Apart from a sport-blessed Wednesday in the cool and sunshine on the golf course, the rest of the visit was a deluge of rainfall and single digit temperatures.  Fall had arrived. […]

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Mechanical contractors: You are responsible for estimating for, and supplying, sheet metal shields and hangers in certain cases

Mechanical contractors need to be aware of installation requirements where continuous vapour barrier is required on cold water piping systems The following update to the BC Insulation Contractors Association Quality Standards Manual, dated August 20, 2018, was provided to MCABC by the BCICA Technical Committee: a) Where a continuous vapour barrier is required, Insulation Contractors […]

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