There are now three candidates running for the Mayor’s office, with Robert White joining incumbent Jim Watson and past candidate Mike Maguire. Two candidates for Council dropped out with 11 joining the race (including Allex Cullen) for a total of 74 candidates running for 23 Council seats. There will be at least four new Councillors sitting at the Council table come November, with four wards where the incumbent is not running. They include Rainer Bloess from Innes, Diane Holmes from Somerset, Doug Thompson from Osgoode and Steve Desroches from Gloucester-South Nepean.
The only incumbents that have not yet declared their intensions are College wards Rick Chiarelli, Rideau – Rockliffes Peter Clark and River wards Maria McRae.
2. Provincial Election Results
Province wide, the Liberal party won 58 seats holding 38.6% of the popular vote. This was ahead of Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives, which elected only 27 seats and 31.2% of the vote. The NDP elected 21 representatives with 24.0% of the vote. With a majority mandate in hand, the Liberal Party is now able to pass the Budget that was previously introduced in May without being forced to water down or appease either of the other two Parties.
The June 12th provincial election was triggered when the NDP and Conservatives refused to support the Liberal budget which saw $130 billion in projected infrastructure spending over the next 10-years, including:
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) fund, with up to $15 billion for investment in transit over 10-years, including $1.7 billion in 2014-15; and
The rest-of-Ontario fund, with up to $14 billion for investment in roads, bridges, transit, and other critical infrastructure over 10-years, including $1.6 billion in 2014-15.
Locally, things remained pretty much as they were before the election call with all incumbents being re-elected, and Liberal Marie-France Lalonde replacing outgoing MPP Phil McNealy in Ottawa-Orleans.
3. Summer BBQ/Lobster Fest Shine N’Show
Our Shine N’ Show BBQ/Lobster Fest is being held this Thursday, July 10, at 1299 River Road, starting anytime after 4 PM with dinner being served at 6:30 PM. Please log online if you still need to purchase tickets for the BBQ.
The NCHCA would like to thank this year’s sponsors:
Clean Water Works Inc.
Contractors Rental Supply
Greely Sand & Gravel
Osgoode Tire Sales
Surgenor Truck Centre
Golder Associates Ltd.
Tallman Truck Centre
Strongco Equipment Inc.
H & H Construction Inc.
Royal Bank of Canada
AGF Raymond Rebar Inc.
Ottawa Equipment & Hydraulic
Anchor Concrete Products Limited
Orica Canada Inc.
John Sweeping (2014) Inc.
4. Upcoming NCHCA Events
Our next events is:
Tuesday, August 19, Manhole Open, GreyHawk Golf Club, 4999 Boundary Road (Please note the Manhole Open is Tuesday,August 19 not August 20)
Details will be uploaded on the NCHCA after the Summer BBQ
5. NCHCA Bursary Application
The NCHCA will be awarding the following three bursaries each with a value of $1500.
The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley (financial need)
The Harley House Award (highest grade point average)
The National Capital Heavy Construction Association (Industry Related Award)
This year’s submission will be done completely online with the development of our new bursary application module on our website, www.nchca.ca. With the enhanced system, the applicants will initiate a special bursary member account which, upon creation, will notify NCHCA administration of the interested applicant. Upon approval of the account, the applicant can log into the system and complete their application. The online from emulates the paper process, in terms of the information requested, but also allows the applicant to upload associated documents that support their application. The applicant can save their work and return at a later time to advance or complete their application and, when done, submit it for consideration.
When an application is submitted, the NCHCA administration is notified and can access all information from the secure backend. Data fields exist to assign the file to a reviewer, capture assessment details, review documentation uploaded by the applicant and upload additional documents as required. There is a CRM (client relationship management) capability where the reviewer(s) can set follow up reminders on the file whereby the bims platform will automatically send reminders when due. Status fields are set on the individual files to indicate success, not eligible or not selected. The solution also implements the response correspondence templates so that electronic correspondence can be automatically sent to the individual applicants given the final status of their application.
The online bursary application and assessment module is scheduled to go live on or before 15th of July 2014. Please watch for further information/instruction via our NCHCA email correspondence distribution listings.
6. NCHCA Preferred loyalty program with Office Max Canada
As a follow up to our recently offered value added program through OfficeMax-Grand and Toy, we have attached a convenient URL to allow you access to set up individual accounts which will assist in setting up your Corporate account and align you with our Association’s discounts and services. As added support, an OfficeMax Grand and Toy will be reaching out to you to assist with account and internet setup should you require assistance.
7. NCHCA Board Member Profile – Wade Clouthier, Karson Konstruction
Mr. Wade Clouthier, P.Eng.
Operations Manager, Karson Konstruction
Mr. Clouthier has been involved in the construction industry for over 40 years, and comes from a well-known upper Ottawa Valley construction family. Wade, who lives in Orleans, is married with four children and one grandson. His experience in the industry is extensive, having previously worked for contractors, consulting engineers and the City of Ottawa. Wade has done EA assessments, designs, tenders, contract administration for both the owner and the contractor, oversaw construction inspectors, and managed construction surveyors, project managers, superintendents and field staff. He currently provides technical support for various types of construction projects including roads, bridges, culverts and bid works for Karson Konstruction.
One of our more interesting projects that Wade would like to share with the NCHCA members is the Jockvale Cambridge Road Expansion Contract with the City of Ottawa. This is a complex multi-year contract that includes a new four lane roadway, two bridges, round-a-bout traffic circle, sewers, watermains, sidewalks and street lights. It crosses the environmentally sensitive Jock River that has a very high spring water level and instantaneous peak flow increases after every rainfall event. As Wade stated, “you have to be well planned out for the works near the water as the level comes up by over a meter quickly. We had to build three piers at 1.5 meters in diameter for each of the two bridges on each side of the river, as well as two abutments per bridge.” This would be challenging enough to build with the natural flow constraints, but throw in two large diameter feeder watermains that supply half of Barrhaven and all of Manotick between the structures and an old bridge to remove, and it makes it a bit more exciting. Then you add an ultra-high pressure gasmain that feeds western Quebec located within meters of the two watermains and now they have your attention to details.
Karson’s got the first new bridge in with a few minor glitches involving the highly fractured bedrock layers. Then the barn swallow got added to the Endangered Species Act list and a few of them decided to call the old bridge, that had to be demolished, home. They had to start the work, take a nesting period break and then hustle to complete as much as possible before the winter. Wade and his team got as far as the beam placement when they were faced with the early snow in 2013 and extreme cold in 2014, so they took another short weather break. Some bird exclusion netting in the winter allowed an early spring start to finish the deck works. Karson’s are placing the last of the barrier wall sections now and plan to pave over the deck in a few weeks. “Part of the learning aspects on this contract was installing bird netting, making replacement barn swallow bird nests, and keeping the site very clean at all times so as not to attract other critters into the work area. Over all it was a very interesting contract with a lot of good people on the owner, consultant and contractor team to make it a fun project” said Wade. Sometimes the toughest ones give the best and lasting memories.