There has been considerable media coverage on road construction in Ottawa and the study on downtown truck tunnel. All Media articles can be found on our NCHCA website at : https://www.nchca.ca/default/461
It was recommended by our Executive Advisor, Dale Harley, to Board, that we not comment on the “Bureaucrats need to choose golf partners wisely” article by Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen August 24, 2014.
2. 2014 Municipal Election
The deadline for candidates to submit their Nomination Papers is Friday, September 12, 2014, at 2 p.m.. Municipal elections are October 27th.
There are now six candidates running for the Mayor’s office, with Anwar Syed joining the race. Incumbent Jim Watson is still the clear front runner with no other candidate gaining a strong foothold. Two candidates for Council dropped out (most notably Peter Hume) with 19 joining the race (most notably, Peter Clark, Rick Chiarelli, Sue Sherring) for a total of 98 candidates running for 23 Council seats
There will be at least five 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, Steve Desroches from Gloucester-South Nepean and Peter Hume from Alta Vista.
The only incumbent that has not yet declared their intensions is River wards Maria McRaeThere are four Wards where only one candidate has declared. These include: Shad Qadri in Stittsville, Keith Egli in Knoxdale-Merivale, Jeff Koscik in River and Allan Hubley in Kanata South.
An Infrastructure Investment handout has been distributed to all new candidates.
3. Provincial Activities
Dale Harley attended the AMO conference in London. At the AMO conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the renewal and roll-forward of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) – formerly known as the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund. This annually renewed fund will provide $100 million per year to build and rehabilitate critical infrastructure (water, wastewater, road, and bridge) across Ontario.
4. Federal Activities
Coverage related to infrastructure spending was considerable due to Premiers conference in PEI.
Prior to the First Ministers Conference, Ontario and Quebec Premier’s called on the federal government to increase its share of infrastructure funding to respond to the slower rate of economic recovery and job creation in Eastern Canada.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver scoffed at Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s request for billions more a year in federal infrastructure funding for Ontario during the government’s annual summer policy retreat with 16 economists, business leaders and academics. He did add that the government is committed to investing in infrastructure across Canada, such as roads, transit and bridges.
Justin Trudeau courted western Canadian mayors Wednesday during his caucus meetings in Edmonton, saying a Liberal government would ensure long-term funding for the infrastructure needs of cities. The federal Liberals have pitched spending up to one per cent of the country’s GDP per year on infrastructure investments, which Trudeau said is “exactly what this country needs in order to get back on track.
A great day was held by all who attended. If any members have any suggestions regarding the tournament, please forward them to Alison Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NCHCA would like to thank this year’s sponsors to date:
Donnelley’s Fleet & Commercial Repair for the Hole in One
Clean Water Works Inc.
Stevenson and Hunt Insurance Brokers (Ottawa) Limited
Tallman Truck Centre
Anchor Conrete Products Limited
M-Con Products Inc.
Golder Assoc. Ltd.
Stevenson and Hunt Insurance Brokers (Ottawa) Limited
Contractors Rental Supply
6. Upcoming NCHCA Events
President’s Cup, Thursday, September 18, The Marshes Golf and Country Club, Kanata
Fall Dinner Dance,Saturday, November 22, The Westin Hotel
7. NCHCA Bursary Award Receipients
NCHCA selected the bursary recipients Friday, August 15th, 2014. The bursaries were awarded at the Manhole Open Golf Tournament Banquet, held at Greyhawk G&CC, on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.The NCHCA awarded the following three bursaries each with a value of $1500
.• The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley (financial need) was awarded to Mathew Hudder • The Harley House Award (highest grade point average) was awarded to Margot Lederman • The National Capital Heavy Construction Association (Industry Related Award) was awarded to Graziela Girardi
Improvements to the online submission process and suggestions on how to increase next year’s participation levels have already been discussed. Flyers will be distributed to all NCHCA members who in turn can distribute them to all employees.
8. Office Max Canada Grand & Toy Value Added Member Services started August 1st
The NCHCA Specifications Committee has once again been asked to provide the City with a list of our “Top Ten” issues for consideration in the 2014/15 specification review. Please provide comments and suggestions by no later than Monday Sept 22, 2014.
Notice to contractors that school is back and young ones are interested in the big equipment. More care is warranted for construction sites. It is in keeping with the new accessibility law that require construction sites safer and better defined of pathways to use for the public.
Theft expert George Kleinsteiber, contact info is as follows: cell phone 705-791-8000; email: email@example.com
George’s Biography: My career was as a Detective Constable, for 32years, with the O.P.P. Auto Theft Unit. I was the Heavy Equipment Theft Investigator and travelled all over Ontario investigating heavy equipment theft along with working with any Police Agency that requested my assistance. At the end of 1999 I retired and immediately began working with the O.S.W.C.A. as their Equipment Theft Consultant. This entails working with both contractors and large Construction Companies that are members of the O.S.W.C.A., and assisting Law Enforcement Agencies that request my assistance and expertise. For members of the O.S.W.C.A. I provide theft prevention training as well as being the contact point whenever a Member has a piece of equipment stolen. I work with that Member and the Police Agency that is responsible for the investigation into the theft to make sure that all pertinent information is provided to the Police, and also, to ensure that the Police have entered the stolen equipment properly in the Canada wide Police Computer. I provide them with any assistance I can in hopes of recovering the stolen equipment. I have also written a booklet for Law Enforcement Officers to assist them in identifying heavy equipment properly. This booklet is updated every three years after ConExp, the large heavy equipment show that is held in Las Vegas. I am also responsible for the setup and maintenace of the stolen heavy equipment website where people world wide can post their stolen equipment information in hopes of others checking serial numbers and matching it to their machine. This site can be found at www.stolenheavyequipment.com And finally, if Police ask for my assistance as an expert in the field of heavy equipment identification and theft techniques I appear in court for them and work with the Crown Attorney who is prosecuting the case.
The NCHCA is starting it’s anti-theft radio campaign again this fall. If any members are interested in sponsoring the radio ad, please contact Steven Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org
12. IHSA Magazine – Sharing the Road Safely, Vol. 14 Issue 1 We encourage members to read this IHSA issue as it pertains to our industry and there is alot of valuable information. Click on the following link to download the Issue; http://www.ihsa.ca/news_events/hs_magazine.cfm