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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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The Latest Community Benefit Agreement

They’ve been the buzz since mid-July: Community Benefits Agreements. The current BC provincial government spent its first year in office addressing key public issues, some of which were required in their Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party. Other issues, like housing affordability and superheated real estate markets, arose from campaign promises and […]

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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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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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Fentanyl overdose – Just whose issue is it anyhow?

In August, a Fraser Health Authority (FHA) report on the serious and growing problem of drug overdoses in BC stated that many overdose victims worked in the construction industry. FHA then held a workshop with construction industry representatives to learn more about the prevalence of drug use and overdose among construction workers. Over the course […]

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