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Federal Tax Initiative – Analysis by Ronald Coleman

Tax reform focuses on three issues identified in Budget 2017: Sprinkling income using private corporations, which can reduce income taxes by causing income that would otherwise be realized by a high-income individual facing a higher personal income tax rate to instead be realized (e.g., via dividends or capital gains) by family members who are subject […]

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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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Fall 2017 Issue News

ASHRAE PUBLISHES 2017 VERSION THERMAL COMFORT STANDARD The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, “Elevated […]

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Heat Pump Retrofits for Large Buildings

by Tom Martin   Both the governments of B.C. and Canada have set an ambitious target of 80 per cent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions by 2050, vs. 2007 levels and vs. 2005 levels respectively. Meeting these targets will require transitioning away from processes involving combustion of fossil fuels. For provinces with clean electrical grids, […]

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