The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released updates on the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7. Both the office version and the field version are attached to this document.
The documents are also available on the Ontario Traffic Council website as a free download: www.otc.org
For members who have purchased the book, ServiceOntario Publications will be sending out a notification on how to obtain the update.
A highlight of some of the updated items include:
Location of Traffic Control Person (TCP).
Inclusion of a table to clearly identify where TCP’s can/cannot be used.
Revision to Table F to clearly identify the use of specific channelizing devices.
Changes in wording to provide some flexibility in application where applicable, intended for all road authorities.
Clarification to some Typical Layouts (e.g. TCP placement, roundabouts).
ORBA would like to thank members of its Occupational Health and Safety committee who have been working with MTO staff in the development of Book 7 and its subsequent updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Todorova (firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-507-1107, ext. 225).
City of Ottawa
On August 4th, representatives of NCHCA VPM Sub Committee met with Will McDonald, City of Ottawa Chief Procurement Officer, to discuss the status of VPM. Will McDonald was very cooperative and promising. There were no representatives from ISD at the meeting.
Discussion points included:
Rating increments of 5 versus 10
How City will use VPM not determined, but they will consult with us in advance
Reporting will be on an industry level
City concerned with publicly reporting CPM results by individual firm
Appeal process to be changed to discuss the score versus just in writing
It was stressed to raise VPM at each project meeting
On August 23rd there was an announcement re: federal funding in transit. The federal government offered up $156M to cover 57 projects in Ottawa for this first round of federal infrastructure money, which is focused on transit-related projects. The city is expected to match the federal contribution to each project. Among the major projects in Ottawa to receive federal funding related to our industry include:
$21 million for new footbridge over the Rideau Canal connecting Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street
$45 million for early works and preliminary engineering for Stage 2 of the city’s LRT project.
$15 million related to bus detours during LRT construction.
$6 million for the design of the Baseline transit corridor (Bayshore to Billings).
$5.5 million to improve tracks at a rail intersection.
$2.5 million to replace a transit structure on Mann Avenue.
$2.15 million for renewing multi-use pathways in various locations.
$2 million for various cycling routes in rural areas.
A Committee of Sewer Contractors was formed to address concerns with Water Distribution, Drinking Water Services, including chlorination failures, postponements, and delays. The Committee met on August 18th. At the August 19th City Liaison Meeting, a Background Paper was presented that summarized the concerns of the NCHCA/Industry, identified consequences and proposed next steps. A meeting was scheduled with the NCHCA, industry representatives and representatives of ISD and DWS. At this August 30th meeting, the City proposed concrete steps to be taken immediately to address industry concerns, and proposed that more formal policies and procedures be drafted that winter, with input from the NCHCA/industry to develop long-term solutions.
On August 23rd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the federal treasury will open its coffers and begin distributing $1.49 billion worth of transit infrastructure funding among cities in Ontario for track upgrades, new buses, shelters and upgrades to stations. The money is part of the first phase of a $60-billion infrastructure funding plan to pay for projects nationwide over the next 10 years. This round of funding will cover $688 million worth of projects in five Ontario cities — including Ottawa — lined up to be the first recipients of the dedicated transit funding. The federal funds can be used against up to half the costs of eligible projects; the funding is retroactive to April 1 to cover any costs cities and provinces have incurred since then.
The Ontario Liberals want to ban all elected provincial politicians from attending fundraisers, after months of criticism over their so-called cash-for-access events. Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi said in an August 29thstatement that when the house resumes in September the Liberals will introduce an amendment “to ban fundraising events for all MPPs.” This is only a proposal, and how it will impact on contributions by NCHCA members to provincial political parties is yet to be determined.
NCHCA Bursary Program
The NCHCA offers all member companies and their employees the opportunity to apply for the following four bursaries – each with a value of $2500:
The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimmerly was awarded to Alexandre Santos
The Harley House Consultant Inc. Award was awarded to Rocky Galla (below left)
The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Industry Related Awards were award to Nicholai Reid (below right) and Maxime Tremblay
2016 Manhole Open
The Association would like to thank our event sponsors:
Platinum Clean Water Works Inc. M-Con Products Inc.
Nortrax Canada Inc. Capital Cutting & Coring Ltd. Marathon Drilling Co. Ltd. Silver
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited FORTERRA Toromont Cat Morrison Hershfield Limited
Taggart Construction Limited IPEX inc. FORTERRA Wolseley Waterworks Group
Kick off of Raffle in support of Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health
The 2016 Raffle in support of the Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health features eight great prize packages totaling $45,000 in value. A total of 1,000 tickets at $50 each is being sold only and the proceeds go to benefit the Royal Ottawa Hospital. The draw will be held at the November 2nd OCA Chairman’s Reception.
The OCA in 2014 made a 5-year commitment to the Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health to raise a total of $250,000 as well as put a spotlight on mental health issues. Pictured below is an article on the Royal Ottawa Hospital’s recent unveiling of their $13 million dollar MRI-PET imaging machine – which was the center-piece of the $25 million Campaign for Mental Health.
The raffle offers every member the opportunity to participate in supporting the Royal Ottawa Hospital with the added bonus of possibly being a lucky winner of a major prize. Raffle tickets can be found online at www.nchca.ca on our home page.
The NCHCA Health and Safety Committee is proud to announce the winner of the award for safety excellence for August 2016: Brandon Comeau of Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited.
Mr. Comeau was operating a tri-axle truck and was stopped at a busy downtown intersection when he observed several bystanders wave him back. Mr. Comeau backed his truck up and exited his cab only to notice a small vehicle (Kia Rio) had crept in front of him while he was stopped. The vehicle was attempting to enter the left turning lane while Mr. Comeau was waiting for the green light. As the Tri-axle advanced the vehicle did sustain some minor damage but both passengers were unharmed. Mr.Comeau took the opportunity to politely discuss the event and educate the Kia driver in detail regarding the blind spots in his vehicle and went as far as to have the driver sit in his cab to see for herself.
Congratulations to Mr. Comeau for taking the opportunity to educate the public and increase road safety awareness. The award will be proudly displayed at the Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited office. As a reminder, please note that nominations should be submitted to email@example.com by the end of each month. The Nomination Form can be found at www.nchca.ca on the ‘Safety’ page.
Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts to make our National Capital Region a safer place to work!
New Health & Safety Regulations – Ontario
The Government of Ontario has amended and introduced new regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that will impact all NCHCA members. The changes are effective July 1, 2016.
Some of the key items include:
1. Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91):
No internal combustion engine shall be operated in an excavation or in a building or other enclosed structure unless there is an adequate supply of air for combustion and the exhaust gases and fumes from the engine are adequately discharged directly outside the excavation or there is adequate natural or mechanical ventilation to ensure that exhaust gases and fumes from the engine will not accumulate in the excavation, building or other enclosed structure.
Workers must use gas detection devices when operating internal combustion engines in an excavation, building or other enclosed structure in order to verify an adequate supply of air.
2. Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents Regulation (Regulation 833/90):
Regulation will be extended to include construction projects. Employers are required to limit the exposure of workers to certain hazardous biological or chemical agents.
Exposure assessments can be conducted when concentrations are unknown.
3. Noise (Regulation 381/15):
The Ministry has extended noise protection requirements to all Ontario workplaces, including construction projects.
Every employer shall ensure that no worker is exposed to a sound level greater than 85 dBA over an 8 hour period.
Where practicable, a clearly visible warning sign must be posted at every approach to an area in the workplace where the sound level, regularly exceeds 85 dBA.
Employers who provide a worker with a hearing protection device must provide adequate training and instruction on that device.
Noise assessments may also be conducted depending on the scope of work.
4. Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan
Effective September 8, 2016, Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan sets out new duties for employers to define and understand sexual harassment, consult with the JHSC to develop a harassment program, clearly define reporting requirements, and document annual program reviews.
The complete Ministry of Labour Code of Practice to address Workplace Violence and Harassment can be accessed here.
Please be advised that the police have recovered several pieces of construction equipment in Gatineau. They were trying to seize two excavators, a bulldozer and a possibly three other vehicles (waiting for results). Police have suggested that these suspects, who have not been arrested, will very possibly be looking for replacement equipment to ship overseas or elsewhere. Please be vigilant with your equipment and watch for suspicious activity. Remember to take photos of suspicious vehicles on your sites and email to firstname.lastname@example.org We do not have any further info at this time but we will keep the Association informed as the investigation continues.
August 31, Canadian Press, Canada plans application for controversial Chinese infrastructure bank
August 15, Herald News, Billions in federal infrastructure money yet to flow to five provinces
August 15, iPolitics, Ottawa yet to sign infrastructure deals with provinces
August 18, G&M, Millions in new funding announced for infrastructure projects in N.B.
August 23, Ottawa Community News, Federal infrastructure funds flow to Ontario
City of Ottawa Related
August 5, CBC, City marks 2 million trips on the Laurier Ave. bike lane
August 12, Citizen, Transportation head finding solution for Booth Street bridge after cyclist concerns
August 23, CBC, Rideau Canal footbridge gets federal funding in transit agreement
August 24, Ottawa Metro, Feds back stage two LRT ahead of formal funding agreement
Other Related Coverage
August 30, Canadian Press, Ontario Grits now say they will ban all MPP fundraising
Ray Shannon Position: Vice President, Partner – Bradley’s Commercial Insurance
Mr. Shannon has been actively involved with the construction industry in Ottawa since 2005. Following a 10 year career in the Pharmaceutical Industry he joined the Insurance Industry in 2004 as a Commercial Broker and developed a specialty working with the insurance and bonding requirements in the Construction Industry throughout Eastern Ontario. Ray is a Vice President and owner of Bradley’s Commercial Insurance in Ottawa, and Upper Canada Commercial Insurance Group with offices in Cornwall, Brockville, and Kingston where he continues to work with his construction clients on a daily basis. Ray has served on the NCHCA Board of Directors as treasurer for the last 3 years.
2016 NCHCA Fall Dinner Dance, November 12th – Save the date!
Peter Gibson Creighton
Obituary for Peter
In loving memory of Peter Gibson Creighton, passed away in his 60th year on the morning of July 27, 2016, from injuries sustained on the job. He was born August 3rd, 1956 in Toronto, Ontario. He is survived and deeply missed by: his loving wife Linda (Pinder); his children Christine, Devon (spouse), Stephanie, Mark (spouse) , Philip, Anna (friend) and Richard; his siblings Bob, Leanne (spouse), John , Angie (spouse), Susan, Bryan (spouse) , Jim , Anne (spouse) , Al , Kelly (spouse) and families. Peter is predeceased by his parents Jim and Evelyn, and brother Will.
Peter loved people, and this was demonstrated by the way he spent his life. He was a part of many community activities: he sat on the school council, was a member of the Streetsville Legion, helped run the Dad and Kids Fishing Derby for over 20 years, and participated in the Lakeview Waterfront Connection. He worked most of his life in the family business at Creighton Rock Drill, which brought him all across the country, providing affable service to all his customers. He could always be relied upon to solve any problem and make sure that his customers were completely satisfied. He also had an interest in politics, and even ran to be a member of parliament in the federal election.
Peter was a loving, selfless man, who would always be there to help whoever needed it. He dedicated his life to supporting his family, and was always loyal to his friends. He was generous, good humored and kind. He will be greatly missed by family and all who knew him, and many happy and cherished memories will never be forgotten.