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MCABC is your Advocate

The best associations offer three pillars of benefits to their members: Education, Information and Advocacy.  MCABC has, since its inception, been a leader in all three areas. Of the three pillars, advocacy is the least tangible benefit of MCABC so it’s often forgotten, but is arguably the most important. MCABC’s education program grew out of […]

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Winter 2017 Issue News

NEW FOUR-STOREY SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS An update to the B.C. Building Code will require fire sprinklers to be installed on the balconies of all new four-storey wood-frame residential buildings. The new sprinkler requirements will take effect on July 20, 2017. Under the current B.C. Building Code, sprinklers generally are not required on balconies or in attics […]

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World’s Longest Floating Bridge

Completed in 2016, the new State Route 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world. Spanning Lake Washington and connecting Seattle on the western side of the lake to Medina on the eastern side, the 7,710 foot long bridge replaces the previous 7,578 foot bridge, which was the longest floating […]

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The Technology Advantage

by Rosanna Chipkin Remember plum-bobs and tumble kits? If you do, you will definitely remember having to search for a landline to use on-site when you needed to call your dispatcher or running long extension cords just to drill a few holes. Whether it be laser levels, combustion analyzers, cordless drills or smartphones, each new […]

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Get ready to lobby for Prompt Payment legislation!

On May 9, British Columbia will go to the polls and several candidates are going to ask for your vote. Trade contractors in BC have an issue we’ve been trying to bring to the attention of politicians for years: getting paid ON TIME! Imagine using the opportunity of this election to gather political commitments to support and […]

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New data shows young construction workers less likely to wear hearing protection: WorkSafe BC

By WorkSafe BC 24 percent of young workers in construction in B.C. report not wearing hearing protection New 2016 data from WorkSafeBC indicates young construction workers are less likely to wear hearing protection at work compared to other age groups in the same industry. In addition, young workers in construction are less likely to wear […]

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Prompting Payment Legislation

by Dana Taylor, MCABC Executive Vice President The problem – and the solution  Prompt payment is the idea that payments for work completed are guaranteed to be made in a timely order. Seems reasonable, doesn’t it? But being paid promptly happens all too infrequently for the mechanical and other trades. The construction industry has supported […]

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B.C.’s Construction Workforce Poised for Growth — BuildForce Canada

Jan. 31, 2017 The ramp-up of major projects in B.C., from proposed transportation, pipeline and LNG projects to highway and bridgework, will bolster the province’s construction workforce by 24 percent, or almost 17,000 workers over the next five years, according to the latest labour market forecast released today by BuildForce Canada. “It’s potentially the most […]

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Passages – Planning for executive transition

By Dana Taylor, MCABC Executive Vice President There was a best-selling book published in the mid-1970s about life transitions entitled Passages.  I’m referencing it more for the title than the content because I don’t remember actually finishing it. The life passage I’m focusing on here, while not immediately for myself, is retirement.  Retirement today is […]

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Where is BC Going on Prompt Payment?

By Dana Taylor, MCABC executive vice president I am often asked, what is the status of prompt payment legislation in British Columbia? My answer: stalled. Elsewhere on this issue, we have lately received an update from MCA Canada on the federal prompt payment bill’s progress in the Canadian Senate (resting), the release of the Reynolds’ […]

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