An Infrastructure Investment Brochure has been distributed to all new candidates.
With the announcement of the Provincial election, activity around the municipal election has slowed down.
There are only two candidates running for the Mayor’s office, incumbent Jim Watson and past candidate Mike Maguire
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 Activities
Provincial Election handout has been prepared and distributed to all candidated by Dale Harley.
Provincial Election Matrix (See attached)
Board has been attending All Candidate debates
On behalf of the NCHCA, Dale Harley attend the Tim Hudak event held on May 22nd
Dale Harley attended a breakfast meeting with ORBA to explore greater coordination between ORBA and NCHCA
Coordinated approval of NCHCA quote for a College of trades press release issued by OSWCA
Liaised with Patrick Mcmanus, OSWCA re College of Trades media event
Provincial Party Infrastructure Platforms
“My plan is about the opportunity and security that will allow this province to flourish and that is dependent on making the right investments right now in people, in their skills, in transportation and infrastructure and in a business climate that is competitive,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
Proposing a new plan to invest more than $130 billion in public infrastructure over next 10 years including:
$29 billion in dedicated transportation funding
$2.5 billion in 2014-15 for highway rehabilitation and expansion projects
$100 million permanent fund for municipal roads and bridges
$700 million for critical hospital repairs
$11 billion for elementary and secondary education infrastructure
$500 million of additional funding for maintenance repairs postsecondary sector
Up to $1 billion towards infrastructure development in Ring of Fire, contingent on matching investment by the federal government
Delivering more infrastructure projects through Alternative Financing and Procurement model
Provide additional capital dollars by investing the surpluses that come from our aggressive plan to balance the budget, demanding better value and better service from current operators and their unions, attracting pension fund investment, and using money in our proposed Ontario Transportation Trust.
Commit to extending the gas tax rebates to all Ontario municipalities, not just those with public transit systems. Providing all Ontario municipalities with this stable, predictable funding allows them to focus on priority infrastructure products like roads and bridges.
In addition, the PCs propose changes to apprenticeship rules to allow increased use of less costly apprentices rather than higher paid journeyman workers.
3. Annual Pothole Open, Kanata Lakes Golf & Country Club
Anoversold Pothole Open was held at KLGC on Monday, May 26. Members enjoyed a fabulous round of golf after a rainy start to the day. The Bistro styled buffet dinner seemed to be well received by all who attended. The golf committee always welcomes feedback regarding our Pothole Open. Please send any suggestion/comments/concerns to the Association office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks goes to this year’s sponsors who we could not be as successful as we are without them!!
Platinum Clean Water Works Inc.
Nortrax Canada Inc.
Contractors Rental Supply
Gold Toromont Cat
Rapco Equipment Inc.
Silver Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
Masters Inurance (Ottawa) Limited
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
M-Con Products Inc.
Wolseley Waterworks Group
Bronze The SAM Group Ltd.
Golder Associates Ltd.
Goldie Mohr Limited
AON Reed Stenhouse Inc.
AME Materials Engineering
Congratulations to Tim Burnie for winning closest to the pin on hole # 17 (sponsored by AON Reed Stenhouse/Rick Swan). Tim won a brand new Taylor Made driver (not that Tim’s game needs any help!!) To view pictures of our AGM, please click on the following link: http://www.frontpagemediagroup.ca/?p=18779
At this year’s golf tournament, participants were kind enough to donate $1701 dollars to Tysen’s cause with Make A Wish . All funds have been added directly to his website http://www.missiontoamillion.ca/ Tyson is affecting more people that he could ever imagine!
4. Upcoming NCHCA Events
Our next two events are:
Thursday, July 10, Summer BBQ, 1299 River Road (Sponsorships available – call the Association office at 613.821.5940, details to be uploaded shortly on our website)
Tuesday, August 19, Manhole Open, GreyHawk Golf Club, 4999 Boundary Road (Please note the Manhole Open is Tuesday,August 19 not August 20)
5. NCHCA Bursary Application
The NCHCA will be awarding the following three bursaries each with a value of $1500. This year’s submission will be done completely online with the development of our new bursary application module on our website, www.nchca.ca. Please watch for further information/instruction via our NCHCA email correspondence distribution listings.
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)
6. NCHCA Preferred loyalty program with Office Max Canada
At our last board meeting on May 12, the board tabled and approved the potential value and savings offered to the Associate Members through a preferred loyalty program with Office Max Canada . This program is not mandatory, however it is viewed as a strong offering to our members. Details of the program will be posted on the NCHCA website, emailed to our membership and Office Max Canada will be contacting you in the near future.
7. Education and Recruitment The committee has made presentations at 4 local high schools throughout April and May. We have distributed packages of OCCCI job descriptions to careers / civics class teachers, co-operative education coordinators and teachers. At the beginning of the presentation all students are given one of the job descriptions. We review some of the highlights that are consistent throughout the OCCCI documentation. We have shared a video produced by the Australian Civil Construction Careers group. The website for their association is www.civilconstructioncareers.com. The video we use is called “Constructing Your Career” link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRctHkRNysA&feature=player_embedded#t=0.
The topics have included the type of work our industry does and its purpose, safety around jobsites and descriptions of the various careers in civil construction. All presentations have emphasized the need for new trades people, the positive aspects for women to join the trades. We have stated that all team members share a pride of their work and having “built that” regardless of their role in the project. This industry allows the individual to see a project from nothing to a completed part of infrastructure. We have shown photos of some local projects to emphasize that our work happens here and to put it into perspective for the students.
Our Education and Recruitment committee plans to do more high school presentations fall of 2014. We would also like to make presentations at Algonquin College, La Cite Collegiale , Carleton and Ottawa Universities. We are also working to produce a package for our members to facilitate have co-operative education students.
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