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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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How to (and How Not to) Solve the Labour Shortage

By Dana Taylor, MCABC Executive Vice President Construction and manufacturing are increasingly coming together with the fabrication of customized mechanical system components happening more with advances in building modeling. This practice also works as a strategy to deal with the future skilled labour shortage. For at least a decade and a half, business experts have […]

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Legalization of marijuana worries contractors

While the government seems to be focused on rules related to distribution and the sale of pot, the impact on workplace safety seems to fall to the contractors. They have a lot of unanswered questions. Current drug testing is limited to pre-job and post-incident and, for the most part, focuses on determining whether someone has used […]

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Lean Construction & Insurance

Lean construction methods In early November, MCA Canada held its 76th conference in Maui, Hawaii. More than 300 delegates from across Canada gathered to enjoy a little sunshine, camaraderie and to squeeze in some education.  Two topics covered were Lean Construction and MCAC’s new captive insurance program. After my September Informer article about the absence […]

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Communicating MCABC’s value

Associations, like MCABC, are formed when groups of people with shared goals recognize that working together is more effective than working alone. The whole structure of rules for operation, governance and membership then follows. It’s assumed the association will be folded when all goals are achieved, but the association’s activities must remain relevant to its […]

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Mitigating the Risks Inherent in Subcontracting

Reprinted from 2017 Western Journal (published by Mechanical Contractors Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba) By Stephen Murdoch It has long been the case in the construction industry that onerous contract clauses have been the norm. All too often, terms are slipped into contracts without involved parties fully understanding the risks involved. This can result in sub trades, like mechanical contractors, […]

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