Three Councillors have indicated that they are not seeking re-election; Councillors Steve Desroches, Doug Thompson and Rainer Bloess. Two councillors who may not be seeking re-election are Diane Holmes (even though she has registered) and Maria McRae.
A total of 1 candidate has registered to run for Mayor (Mike Maguire who ran last time and finished 5th with 2.5% of the vote) and 28 candidates have registered to run for Council.
Infrastructure investment does not yet appear to be an election issue. Taxes and contract management, particularly bridge construction is on the radar, along with waste management.
A total of 9 incumbents have registered to run in 2014 (Bob Monette, Keith Elgi, Allan Hubley, Scott Moffatt, Stephen Blais, Diane Holmes, Mathieu Fleury, Tim Tierney, Mark Taylor).
2. Provincial Activities
A follow up meeting around heavy equipment stakeholder needs, issues and concerns around Quebec mobility and access was held March 6 with Lori Ann Hay, Manager, Jobs Protection Office, MOL
Ontario College of Trades launches trade classification review for construction millwright. Should this be classified as a compulsory trade or remain voluntary? Written submission on our position is due April 14. College of Trades will become a realilty, there in no question.
3. Federal Activities
Last year, the government promised $53 billion over 10 years for infrastructure, including a $14.4 billion Building Canada Fund. This year’s budget included more details of where that money will go, but did not really announce any new money.
Highlighted “major” funding for infrastructure projects including more than $392 million over 5 years to repair and maintain highways, bridges and dams in Canada’s national parks. In addition, $237 million over 2 years to repair and maintain federal bridges in the Greater Montreal area, including the Champlain Bridge; $48 million over 2 years for a new bridge over the St. Lawrence; $40 million over 2 years to repair and maintain small craft harbours across the country.
It was noted that Toronto is expecting $660 million for a subway extenstion and officials in Ottawa were hoping for money to upgrade its sewer system so 225 millions litres of sewage doesn’t flow into the Ottawa River every year.
4. The LAST of our FREE Education Series being held March 27th is Workers Safety
The last of our NCHCA 2014 NCHCA Education Series, in Partnership with the City of Ottawa, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive is Thursday, March 27th. Each session starts off with a networking /coffee at 8:00 AM, followed by the actual sessions at 9:00. All sessions are FREE. To register, simply email Alison Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to get involved with sponsoring any of these series, please contact Dale Harley at 613-882-5684.
5. Seasonal Load Restrictions
Seasonal Load restrictions for heavy vechicles wll be implemented as of 12:01 am on Monday, March 24th. Additional information including the 2014 City of Ottawa Truck Route Maps is available at www.ottawa.ca
6. NCHCA Calabogie Peaks Ski Day
Eventhough slightly less than 20 skiers ventured up to Calabogie Peaks on February 27th, we are hoping to double in size next year! Based on the positive feedback we have received we would like to start planning enhancements for this venue next year. Possibly a ski and stay package at Calabogie? Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
7. COR – Certificate of Recognition
By achieving COR, employers are able to demostrate to buyers of construction that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented and evaluated on an annual basis though comprehensive internal and external audits. For further information regarding COR, please visit www.ihsa.ca/cor An increasing number of organizations will not only be mandating COR for contractors, but also pursuing certification themselves.
MTO has released the final version of the newly updated Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 – Temporary Conditions for 2014
The new Book 7 is posted oon teh MTO website and print copies will be available starting April 1.
9. Working at Heights Training Standards
The MOL has a consultation period that runs from March 10 to April 24, 2014 on the implementation of the Working at Heights Training Standards. Please visit the MOL website to provide your input at www.labour.gov.on.ca/english There is also further information on the IHSA website.
10. Annual General Meeting
Our AGM is being held on April 9, Centurion Center, 170 Colonnade Road, starting at 5:30 for cocktails proceeded by a business meeting and dinner. Please register online at www.nchca.ca
11. Winning Youth Workplace Safety Video – A must see!
Robert.F. Hall Catholic Secondary School, Caledon. Onatario won a gold award for their video on youth and workplace safety. Here is the link: