1. Please make sure to bring this newsletter home to your wife!!!! Or sweetheart Our Fall Dinner Dance is being held at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata on November 12th . This year’s dinner will be a 70’s theme. So put your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie!!
2. Pothole Open (SOLD OUT) – This is a members only golf tournament that is being held on June 21st at the Kanata Golf and Country Club. 11:00 am Registration, 11:30 BBQ lunch and 12:00 Shotgun. The sun will shine!
3. Summer BBQ is being held on July 7th, 1299 River Road. Details will be available online after the golf tournament.
4. There is a new monitoring system called Videofied. They offer video security that is battery powered and any movement alerts a monitoring station. Costs are not known. There website is www.videofied.com Further questions can be forwarded to Stephen Turner 613.822.1980.
5. NCHCA Bursary applications are to be submitted by July 15th. Applications are available online or at the Association office.
6. In our 2012 NCHCA Directory, we would like to showcase our local civil engineering projects. We would appreciate it if you could email us photos of your jobs so we can then select which projects to choose for our divider pages. It would be appreciated if you could provide us with a brief description of the project, i.e. job name, location, subcontractors, etc.
7. The new NCHCA mission statement and objectives are available online and are: Mission: • To promote the role of our industry (road building, aggregate, bridge, sewer and water main construction firms as well as supporting businesses) in the construction and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure. Objectives: • To continuously advocate strong, clear positions and expectations to municipal, provincial and federal governments on our industry issues. • To serve as a resource to promote recruitment to our industry, organize technical and safety training and encourage educational development. • To facilitate the two-way flow of information between our industry and our stakeholders in order to ensure better understanding and cooperation between the public, owners, designers and contractors. • To organize social and learning activities to promote leadership, professionalism, goodwill and cooperation within our membership and between our industry and our stakeholders.
8. As part of our strategic planning exercise, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association has contracted Harley House Consultants Inc. to undertake a survey of NCHCA members. The results of the membership survey will be used to assist the executive in lobbying efforts with the City of Ottawa, as well as with the provincial and federal governments, improving our training and recruitment efforts, as well as enhancing our social and networking events. In addition, the survey results will be used to increase public awareness and support of our industry. Our ultimate goal is to increase the amount of money invested in infrastructure to improve the City’s standard of living and prosper as an industry. Please complete this confidential survey by June 6, 2011 and return it directly to the consultants in the self-addressed envelope provided. No one within the NCHCA will see the results of individual surveys. The survey results will be compiled and analyzed by the consultant. Results will be aggregated before they are reported on. Please only complete one survey per Member Company. Surveys may be completed online or by mail. If you have any questions concerning this confidential membership survey, please contact Alison Hogan, NCHCA Coordinator at 613-821-5940, or Dale Harley at 613-882-5684.
9. The NCHCA and Greater Ottawa Truckers Association (GOTA) attended a meeting with Councillors El-Chantiry, Qadri and representatives of the Ottawa Police Service regarding a city wide issue concerning truck debris on June 7th. A committee has been struck to prepare educational memorandums for the public and our industries.
10. The OSWCA Supports the Federal Government’s Commitment To Long-Term Public Infrastructure Plans ,Toronto, June 6, 2011 – The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) recognizes the 2011 Budget as a long-term plan to secure the economic recovery of Canada and improve the well-being of Canadians and Ontarians. The OSWCA is very pleased that the federal government upheld their original commitment to work with provinces, municipalities and industry stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure beyond the expiry of the Building Canada Plan. This signals long-term sustainable and predictable infrastructure investments across Ontario and Canada in areas such as clean water and wastewater management.
“The OSWCA looks forward to working with the federal government to develop a long-term plan for the maintenance and renewal of Ontario’s clean water systems.” said Don Sloat, OSWCA President. “Long-term planning is necessary to ensure a plentiful supply of clean drinking water for future generations. It is encouraging to see that the federal government understands that the job is not done and that continued long-term investment in infrastructure is necessary.”
“The OSWCA is also pleased that the federal government upheld their initial pledge to introduce legislation to make permanent the $2 billion annual Gas Tax Fund for municipalities.” said Joe Accardi, OSWCA Executive Director. “This means that Ontario municipalities have permanent access to cash necessary to address growth challenges and to renew aging clean water and wastewater infrastructure.”
The 2011 Federal Budget details additional initiatives which support our industry, including;
Extending the Work Sharing Program,
Investing in the Preventive Mediation Program,
Renewing Eastern Ontario Development Program,
Extending Tax Relief to Certification Examinations,
The Tuition Tax Credit, and
Reducing Red Tape.
The OSWCA is the voice of over 800 members across Ontario including contractors, manufactures and distributors who perform over $1 billion a year in capital projects. To learn more about the OSWCA visit www.oswca.org For Further Information Contact: Susan McGovern – Assistant Executive Director – email@example.com or by calling 905-629-7766 or 416-206-6645.
11. Ontario government has passed new significant revisions to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario One Call Legislation.