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Please make your reservations online at www.nchca.ca by Friday, October 28th, 2016 at the following link: CLICK HERE
Please note any food allergies/dietary restrictions in the special comment box.
Early Bird Pricing effective until Friday October 28th
$140/Person or $280/Couple; $150/Person after the 28th
A dedicated booking website has been created for our event so our guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.
2017 NCHCA Education Series – Sponsorship Opportunities
Planning is proceeding on the 2017 NCHCA Education Series, in Partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.
Each session starts off with a networking /coffee at 8:00, followed by the actual sessions at 9:00. This year’s topics include:
Thursday, Jan 12 – Construction Outlook (Centurion Center)
Thursday, Feb 9 – Moving People During Construction (Ben Franklin Place)
Friday, Feb 24 – Bridging the Gap between Owners, Consultants and Contractors (Ben Franklin Place)
Thursday, March 23 – Building Better Infrastructure (Ben Franklin Place)
In order to offset the cost of the Education Series, a number of sponsorship opportunities exist. They include Series Sponsorship, advertising and the sponsoring of the coffee breaks. New this year, we willing be including a trade booth opportunity at our January 12th event for all Gold and Silver sponsors.
The following sponsorship opportunities are proposed:
Program Sponsor (Logo on all promotional material, logo on front page of program and full back page ad [8.5” x 5.5”] in all four programs, 8×8 Booth at January 12th event, plus recognition on web site )
Gold Sponsor (Logo on all promotional material, web site , all four programs, 8×8 Booth at January 12th event, and a full page ad [8.5” x 5.5”] in one program)
Silver Sponsor (Logo on all promotional material, web site, all four programs, 8×8 Booth at January 12th event, and a half page ad [4.25” x 5.5”] in one program)
Full page ad [8.5” x 5.5”] in one program
Inside back page ad [8.5” x 5.5”] in one program
Coffee/Donut Sponsor recognition on front page of program plus name recognition during announcements [minimum of four]
Each session will have a separate program that outlines workshop summaries and provides a profile of the speakers. Copies of presentations will be placed on the NCHCA Web Site post event. The program will also provide an overview of the seminar series. A minimum of 250 copies of each program will be printed and distributed.
A colourful 8.5×11 PDF poster will be produced that contains a breakdown of the seminar series and a listing of sponsors and will be distributed electronically to all members and partners for display and circulation in their offices.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Dale Harley at 613-882-5684 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Ottawa
According to a September 6th Finance and Economic Development Committee presentation by Marian Simulik, City Treasurer, the financial picture for the City of Ottawa is improving. A surplus of $1.6M is projected for the 2016 yearend in the tax supported areas.
Major areas projected to end the year in a deficit:
Public Works $10.6M – winter maintenance accounts for the majority of this deficit as previously reported in Q1.
Fire Services $3.8M – the majority of the deficit is due to WSIB costs projected to exceed budget despite additional budgetary allocations provided in the 2016 budget.
Paramedics $0.7M – increase in medical supplies and pharmaceuticals attributable to higher call volumes.
Long Term Care $1.8M – additional salary costs associated with sick leave staffing in a 24/7 operations.
Parks and Recreation $0.7M – mainly due to lower programming revenues.
Offsetting these forecasted deficits are projected surpluses in:
Rate supported (water and sewer) forecast is even more positive, with a projected to be a yearend $5.0M surplus. This reflects lower operational costs and higher water billing revenues stemming from the dry summer weather.
September 7th Transportation Committee – Truck Tunnel Feasibility Study
Four public presentations were made as follows:
Manor Park Community Association. – Does not want a bridge but supports the tunnel. Wants it to accommodate all vehicles.
Downtown Board of Management. (Down Town BIA) – Recommended that the tunnel proposal not be pursued and instead pursue a dedicated truck by-pass route and bridge that avoided urban core.
Lower Town Community Association – Wants to see mandated use for trucks. Supports returning McKenzie Street bridge to non-truck use. Wants to include Chaudierre bridge traffic. Support proposed corridor but concerned with north and south portal re noise and limits space at south portal. Look at Interprovincial bridge feasibility as part of the tunnel study.
Action Sandyhill – Encouraged to hear that a truck tunnel is feasible. Make this study a priority and move forward with solution ASAP.
Three concerns: 1. Pay attention to impact on existing properties. 2. The 1700 trucks per day is under estimated. 3. Include timelines in recommendations.
Mayor Watson convinced Councillors to support this. This cannot be compared to Vimy Bridge. Talked about this for decades and nothing has been done. We have to act as a city council and take advantage of willing federal and provincial partners. We can’t have a divided vote when approaching our partners. This is a big decision. It is the second step after funding the feasibility study. There is no support to go back to a bridge. Sees Tolls as a revenue source to fund ongoing maintenance. Need a proper EA to address unknowns and reduce contingency. We need to nurture and protect our downtown.
Motions carried with one decent from Councillor Qaqish. – September 7 – Ken McIntyre and Steve Kanellakos, City Manager meeting. Kanellakos agrees that roads are deteriorating, but City needs to take advantage of federal funding for Transit and Water projects. Does not support NCHCA membership, but agrees to receive emails from the association. – September 14th Council Debate re Truck Tunnel EA Councillors Hubley and Moffatt put for a motion that an examination of Tolls and a restriction of trucks going through downtown be included in the Truck Tunnel EA. There was considerable debate. Councillor Brockington did not support the Truck Tunnel EA since it did not take into consideration other options. Councillor Darouze concerned that the cost of the Truck Tunnel EA will delay other projects. GM John Manconi says it will not.
Mayor says Truck Tunnel is feasible and compared this issue to light rail and the tunnel under downtown. Not seeking approval for building the bridge, but seeking funding from Province and Feds to conduct the EA. We have an obligation as a council to do this. There was a recorded vote for the motion was 19 for and 2 (Brockington and Qaqish) against.
September 15 – Mayors Breakfast. Spoke to Serge Arpin (Mayors Chief of Staff) re GOTA and wanting a seat at cycling table as well as meeting re 2017 Budget. Sat at a table with Councillor Brockington and discussed the Truck Tunnel. Ken sat with Karen Butterfield from Industry Network | Ottawa Employment Hub. I have contacted her re November 22nd bimonthly meeting.
September 15 – Ken McIntyre and Kevin Wylie, GM Public Works and Environmental Services. Introductory meeting. Agreed to receive emails. Was aware of union issues with contractor.
September 27 – Ken McIntyre and John Moser, GM Planning, Infrastructure and Eco Development. Introductory meeting. Agreed to receive emails.
2017 Budget Consultations with Councillors
Thursday, September 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Kanata Recreation Complex Councillors Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Shad Qadri (Stittsville) and Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North) – Attended by Dale Harley. Ten participants. Focus was on roads and social programs.
Saturday, September 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, Community Kiosk Councillors Stephen Blais (Cumberland), Jody Mitic (Innes), Bob Monette (Orléans) and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville) – Attended by Wade Clouthier. Meet and Greet format. Not well attended.
Wednesday, September 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Kinburn Community Centre Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (West Carleton-March) – Attended by Dale Harley. Almost exclusive focus on roads.
Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Rideauview Community Centre Councillors George Darouze (Osgoode), Scott Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn) and Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean)
Thursday, October 6, 6 to 8 p.m. Jim Durrell Recreation Centre Councillors Riley Brockington (River), Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista) and Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate)
Thursday, October 13, 7 to 9:00 p.m. Ottawa City Hall Councillors Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, David Chernushenko
Tuesday, October 18 6 to 8 p.m. Nepean Sportsplex Councillors Rick Chiarelli (College), Keith Egli (Knoxdale-Merivale), Jan Harder (Barrhaven) and Mark Taylor (Bay)
The NCHCA will be participating in the following Committee Presentations: – November 9, 2017 Draft Budget tabled at Council – November 24, ARAC Budget Consultation – November 30, Environment Committee Budget Consultation – December 7, Transportation Committee Budget Consultation – December 14, Council Budget Approval
Federal – Monitored Infrastructure investment. – Alberta-Federal $1-billion agreement – May see next wave of Infrastructure announcements coming with fall economic update statement
Provincial – Monitored Provincial infrastructure discussions. – Feds and Ontario reach agreement under the New Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. There is a list of projects announced, but none from Ottawa. City is compiling list of projects to submit.
How to promote infrastructure investment in the 2017 City of Ottawa Budget
The National Capital Heavy Construction Association is working hard on your behalf to promote increased expenditure on Transportation, Water and Sewer projects by the City of Ottawa during 2017. We have been attending consultation meetings with Councillors and we will be meeting with the Mayor’s Office and making budget presentations to the appropriate committees.
On way where you and your employees can assist in promoting infrastructure investment in the 2017 City of Ottawa Budget is by going to the city website and Participate in the online consultation.
Please circulate this email to all of your employees and have them click on the following link: interactive consultation tool. This online simulated budget tool provides an opportunity to express your views on how residential tax dollars should be used in next year’s budget. Let’s tell the City of Ottawa that they should be investing more in infrastructure.
At the Finance and Economic Development Committee on October 4th pat the following motion that the tax rate be increased from 1.75 to 2.00%. This is not a significant increase but a step in the right direction to raise taxes to pay for road infrastructure renewal. Rate supported increase to be 5% for water and sewer.
That the Finance and Economic Development Committee recommend that Council approve the 2017 and 2018 operating budget strategies as outlined in the report, and, based on the new information identified, amend the budget directions as follows:
1. That the City Wide levy, which includes funding for the Police, Library and Public Health, be increased from 1.75% to 2.00% for 2017 and 2018.
2.That, as part of the annual budget process for 2017 and 2018, the budget allocation for the Police, Library and Public Health Boards be based on their individual pro-rated share of a 2.00% tax increase, on the understanding that the estimated 1.3% increase in taxes resulting from growth in assessment will be maintained, and that Council request that these Boards develop their draft budgets with this annual allocation;
3. That the Rate-supported (water and sewer services) 2017 draft budget be developed assuming a 5% increase in the water rate as projected in the 2012 Rate Supported Long Range Financial Plan, as described in this report.
4. That the City Treasurer be authorized to utilize the Tax Stabilization reserve fund at year end 2016 to address any funding requirements stemming from the implementation of the efficiency strategies, as described in this report.
Proposed schedule for 2017 Specs Update Process
Subcommittee administrative meetings** – location Room 1A, Ben Franklin Place
• Monday, November 7 9:30 am to 11:30 am – Meeting #1 Kick off • Thursday, December 8 9:30 to 11:30 am – Meeting #2 • Wednesday, February 8 9:30 to 11:30 am – Meeting #3 Last meeting
We request that members submit suggested specification changes to Steve Goodman: email@example.com
Reminder: WSIB hosting technical rate sessions on 2017 premium rates
As the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced several weeks ago, in 2017, there will be a five per cent reduction on the average premium rate for Schedule 1. This is the first overall premium rate reduction since 2001.
Throughout fall 2016, the WSIB will be hosting technical sessions for interested employers and stakeholders to provide additional information on 2017 premium rates. The Technical Rate Sessions will begin on October 19, 2016.
In addition to covering premium rates, these sessions will provide information about improving health and safety in Ontario workplaces.
All employers and interested stakeholders are invited to sign up for a technical rate session to learn more about the 2017 premium rates and ask questions related to their specific rate groups. To sign up for a technical rate session, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Check your vehicle
Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Carry an ice scraper and washer fluid effective to -40oC. Keep your fuel tank at least half full. Consider installing four winter tires. You’re eligible for an auto insurance discount if you use them!
Plan ahead, use your judgment
Plan your trip, locate your stops and check the weather. Check road conditions and closures on our website, Twitter account or call 511 for hands- free voice-activated service. Use your judgment too – delaying your trip may be the best option. If you’re on the road when conditions worsen, find a safe place to pull well off and wait.
Have emergency supplies with you – a charged cell phone, non-perishable food, water, fashlight, blanket, warm clothes, jumper cables, shovel and traction mats or sand.
Slow down, stay alert and in control
Many winter collisions occur because drivers are going too fast for road conditions. Slow down and allow extra space between you and other vehicles.
Focus on your driving and put away cell phones and other distractions. Look for reflections on the road – what looks like water may actually be ice.
Steer gently on curves and in slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration and abrupt gear changes can cause you to skid. Avoid using cruise control on wet, snowy or icy pavement – it reduces your reaction time and vehicle control. If you do skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over steer.
Share the road and watch for snowplows
Avoid crowding into the lane of on-coming traffic – this can result in head-on collisions.
Drive slowly near working snowplows and don’t pass them – it’s dangerous. Be patient and give them room. They will pull off once they reach the end of their route.
Obey road closures
Do not drive on closed roads – it’s against the law. Always obey emergency closure signs and follow the directions of police officers. Remember – the roads are closed for your safety!
Algonquin College Cooperative Education
Students are available for four or eight month paid work terms throughout the year. Employers are invited to submit a job posting at any point, with the best time being in the first month of each semester.
Direct feedback from our employers indicate that our Co-op students efficiently adapt to the workplace, offer new perspectives on problems, enhance employee morale, and in many cases, exceed employers’ expectations.
The Ontario government provides a refundable tax credit up to $3,000 to businesses hiring students enrolled in our recognized Co-op programs.
While working on their co-op work term students do not attend classes so they are able to quickly make a contribution to your team. If you want more detail about hiring an Algonquin College Co-op student please do not hesitate to connect with us directly at www.algonquincollege.com/coop.
As we approach the fall season, this means winter is not far away! Please protect your equipment as the demand for backhoes is greatly increased. Be vigilant and remember to take photos of suspicious vehicles on your sites and forward them to email@example.com .
For the most recent news coverage on our industry please see our Media coverage section.
Member Account Profiles
It is very important that members ensure that your respective account profile information has been updated online as soon as possible as these profiles will be extracted from our database in February to be used for the printing of the Directory. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure their company profile data is correct and current. If anyone requires assistance or further information, please contact Alison Hogan at 613.821.5940.
Starting December 1st, all email correspondences should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org as the email@example.com address will no longer be in effect.