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Political Waves in an Ocean of Ideas

Politics in Western democracies is most noticeable just before, during and immediately after public elections.  But whether we love politics, hate them or refuse to acknowledge them, politics are everywhere.  They manifest in the office, on the job site, at the grocery store, and even at home. Political views are personal but when several people […]

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Spring 2018 Issue News

Vancouver Zero Emissions Centre set to launch   The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society has announced the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace

by BC Construction Safety Alliance In 1973 the LeDain Commission (among the better known of the many publicly funded examinations of illicit drug use in Canada over the years) was tasked to look into the impact of non-medicinal drugs like marijuana. The review was spurred by what the federal government called a “growing concern” about […]

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Improving Wastewater Treatment

      By Cheryl Mah Wastewater treatment plants are important municipal infrastructure assets for safeguarding public health and keeping waterways clean. For more than 50 years, the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) has provided primary wastewater treatment to Vancouver, the University Endowment Lands, and parts of Burnaby and Richmond. The plant has undergone […]

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MCABC’s Purpose – Why join? Why participate?

I recently attended the meeting of a committee created by MCABC and ECABC – mechanical and electrical contractors. Most of you will know of the Risky Clauses project, a shared effort of the two associations to collect, review and provide legal interpretations of contracts to help our trades’ contractors administer their contract documents. This committee […]

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Our window of opportunity is closing

Over the past several issues of the Informer and other places I have been giving you news of progress in advancing Prompt Payment legislation here in British Columbia. With passage of Ontario’s Construction and Lien Act, the federal government’s review to bring legislation forward in Canadian parliament, recent news of progress in Manitoba, and soon-to-be […]

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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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