The draft budget is being tabled October 23rd. We can submit cost saving ideas and budget priorities for consideration by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweeting: #ottbudget
2. Bill 56 -The Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act
Bill 56, The Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act, aims to encourage aggregate recycling in Ontario by eliminating barriers to recycled aggregates being considered for use in public sector construction across the province. In effect, the proposed Legislation prevents public sector owners – including municipalities -from refusing to consider a construction bid for work, or refusing to enter into a contract with a company, because they propose to use non-virgin aggregates.
Bill 56, will be going forward for Second Reading debate next week. ORBA has been publicly supportive of this important legislative proposal since it was introduced on Earth Day. Members of Provincial Parliament MPP from the Liberal and NDP Caucuses have not yet declared their position on the Private Members Bill and we need your help to get them to support it.
We encourage you to contact your MPP. To find your electoral district please click HERE to go the Elections Ontario Webpage. Once you know your Riding name or MPP’s name you will go to the Ontario Legislative Assembly Webpage to get the email address for your MPP.
Hearing directly from business owners and residents can be very persuasive. Please help us support Bill 56, The Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act. A template email is available for your use upon request. Please contact Alison for a copy of the template.
3. 2013 Fall Dinner Dance, November 9, Brookstreet Hotel
This year’s theme will be Casino Royale!!! Eventhough registrations are not uploaded on the NCHCA website at this time, room reservations can be made at your convenience. Below is the all the information needed to book your hotel reservation.
A dedicated booking website has been created for the NCHCA Falll Dinner Dance and our guests. You are able to make, modify and cancel your hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. To preview the website, please click the following link:
If any members prefer making phone reservations, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone number in order to ensure that you are able to access special block rates and ensure they book within the block.
Reservations Local Phone: 888-826-2220
4. Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
For 25 years, workplaces across Ontario have followed the requirements set out by WHMIS—Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System—which protects workers from the hazards associated with using or working near controlled substances. Soon, Canada will adopt a new international approach to classifying and communicating hazards associated with controlled products. This new system is called the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
IHSA is offering a free seminar to help employers understand and prepare for the changes to WHMIS that will come in the near future as Canada makes the transition to GHS. Please visit the IHSA website for further details.
5. 2014 Education Series
Last year the NCHCA ran a very successful five-part Education Series in partnership with the City of Ottawa. The Board approved the Harley House Proposal to organize the 2014 Education Series. Dates are as follows: January 23, February 6, February 20, March 6, March 27. Education Series subject matter will be available in the October Newsletter. All sessions will be held at the Ben Franklin Center, as last year.
6. QA Samples
As you are aware, the City of Ottawa currently receives Quality Assurance (QA) samples from ISD construction projects at the QA Unit facility located at 735 Industrial Avenue. Effective September 16, 2013, Contractors will be asked to submit the Quality Assurance Samples for City ISD Projects at EXP laboratory located at; 1051Baxter Road – Unit 21A, Ottawa, ON, K2C 3P2. EXP will be the receiving facility of QA samples for all City projects until otherwise notified by City’s Quality Assurance Unit.
Please advise your project managers and/or Contact Administrators of this important change and have them highlight this in the pre-construction meeting for any upcoming projects.
7. 2014 Specifications
Any members with concerns with the upcoming 2014 specifications are asked to contact Perry Crozier at email@example.com
8. Radio Anti-Theft Campaign
As the fall & winter seasons approach quickly it is time to remember to take extra precautions with your loaders and backhoes as well as all equipment as this time of year thieves are looking for snow plowing equipment for the winter season . NCHCA will also have radio commercials starting in the next few weeks in regard to theft and irregular activity on job sites at off peak hours . Please remember to have special markings on your fleet that police can identify quickly if need be.
All meetings are posted on our website under the Calendars of Events.
Dates are as follows: October 18, November 15, December 20.
NCHCA 2013 Board Meeting Schedule
Dates are as follows: October 10, November 13
11. 2014 Directory Account Profiles
Please ensure that your Account Profiles online are up to date as this profile information will be used for the printing of our 2014 Directory.
12. Ride the Rideau
On September 7th2013, the Tomlinson “Red Army” team participated in the Ride The Rideau, a major fund raising event for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
Ninety-three “Red Army” riders rode either the 50 kms route toRichmond or carried onto Merrickville to complete the 100 kms route and helped raise more than $175,000 for cancer research.
Team Tomlinson will be remembered as the largest and most successful first year team in the RTR history and the team that helped push the monies raised from this years Ride to more than $2,000,000.
This event was initiated in 2010 by Robert Merkley and Roger Greenberg and has been embraced by many members of the Ottawa Construction Association and more recently, many within the NCHCA. Paul McCarney, Past President of NCHCA (1998) and current Chairman of The Ottawa Construction Association acted as Captain of the “Red Army” team.
The construction and development industry continues to lead all other sectors within Ottawa when it comes to philanthropy.
Congratulations should go out to all riders, personal and corporate donors and volunteers who committed themselves to this event.