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Reviewer appointed for the Ontario College of Trades

October 23, 2014

In her 2014 Plan for Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne made a commitment to support the success of the College through the appointment of a special advisor to conduct a review. As a result, Ontario has appointed former Secretary of Cabinet and

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MCA hosts memorable conference in Newfoundland

October 20, 2014

CMCEF becomes division of association, new service contractor chairman named

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Wholesaler among winners of BOMA awards

October 16, 2014

Wolseley Canada‘s 300,000 sq. ft. distribution centre at 8039 Fifth Line in Milton, ON, has won the 2014 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada National Earth Award in the Light Industrial Building category in partnership with the building’s landlord, Bentall Kennedy (Canada)

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Supply chain procurement best practice guidelines create a win-win scenario

October 15, 2014

CIPH and MCAC team up to improve supply chain efficiencies

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BC Safety Authority concludes consultation on fees

October 13, 2014

BC Safety Authority has concluded its consultation on fees and recently approved the changes to its 2015 to 2017 fee schedules. The approved changes to take effect on January 12, 2015 are: an average three per cent per annum increase in

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Combating Counterfeit Products Act passes

October 10, 2014

The Combating Counterfeit Products Act passed on October 2, 2014, almost one year after it received First Reading in the House of Commons. The Act provides trademark and copyright owners with a clear framework for combating counterfeiting and is expected to help Canadian

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Be Aware Of Potential Risks

October 1, 2014 by MICHAEL GLASCO

Just how much of a threat is asbestos to mechanical contractors?

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An update on the Industry Canada benchmarking tool

October 1, 2014 by HANK BULMASH

Why do some businesses thrive while others, the majority, just manage to exist? That is a big question and it is something that business owners should think about a great deal. Not surprisingly, it is a major focus of business

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ExakTime retains spot on Inc. magazine’s fastest growing companies list

September 30, 2014

For the fifth time since 2006, ExakTime has been named on the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing companies. The mobile tracking provider earned its ranking by posting a three-year growth rate of 61 per cent from 2010 to 2013, and by

The Grundfos Walk for Water that was held by their Oakville office simulated the trek that millions of people face each day due to lack of a safe water source. Event participants were asked to carry a pail of water for half of the five kilometre walk.
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Grundfos partners with Water Missions International to supply clean drinking water to communities

September 12, 2014

Grundfos customers, partners and employees gathered at Lions Valley Park in Oakville, ON on August 29th to show support at the 2nd Annual Walk for Water Canada. The event helped to raise $10,000 for Water Missions International‚ which builds sustainable

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MCA Canada heads to the Rock

August 19, 2014

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) is holding its 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, NL, September 24-27, 2014. MCA Canada chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, is inviting mechanical contractors to experience the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to have the

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ASPE announces details of Toronto Chapter inaugural meeting

August 13, 2014

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is holding the inaugural meeting of its Toronto Chapter on September 10, 2014. Slated for a 6 p.m. start at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport East, the event will be an opportunity to network

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National apprenticeship network facilitator seeks nominations

August 11, 2014

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has issued a call for nominations from members to fill board vacancies in advance of its annual general meeting on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa. CAF-FCA’s board of directors is comprised of 15 apprenticeship community representatives with four

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Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to create the Canada Apprentice Loan

August 1, 2014

Access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year for Red Seal trade apprentices

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Ontario’s Proposed Provincial Pension Plan – Does It Make Sense?

August 1, 2014 by Hank Bulmash

In 2011, Kathleen Wynne started to promote the idea of an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The federal Conservative government totally rejected the concept. The Ontario Liberals responded by putting forward the idea of a made-in-Ontario pension. At first, most

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Sign up today for MCA Canada’s 73rd National Conference

July 8, 2014

MCA Canada is holding its 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, NL,  September 24-27, 2014. MCA Canada chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, is inviting mechanical contractors to experience the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to have the opportunity to

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Former Kohler exec moves to Rinnai

June 27, 2014

Rinnai America Corporation has named Frank Windsor general manager effective July 1, 2014. With 23 years’ experience at Kohler, Windsor began his career as a zone sales executive and has risen through a series of leadership positions, including branch manager in Atlanta

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Leaving your comfort zone

June 26, 2014

The value of exhibiting at consumer shows

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StatsCan releases apprenticeship numbers for 2012

June 11, 2014

Steamfitter/pipefitter trade lead with largest annual increase in new registrations.

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New hires at Dobbin BC as it teams up with G.F. Thompson

May 27, 2014

Dobbin Sales has announced the addition of Colin Thate and Yvette Gillespie to its British Columbia team. They will be responsible for the entire package of Dobbin products with respect to sales, customer support, technical service and quotations, working out of

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OHBA tallies list of bills brought to a halt due to election

May 25, 2014

The Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA) recently released a list of bills that died on May 1, 2014 when the Ontario provincial election was called. (The following appeared in OHBA’s May 13, 2014 Ontario Election Watch newsletter.) When the Liberal

(Left to right) Wolseley employees Bill Hillier, Bill Teabo, Bill Freshwater (far right) on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop by Special Olympian Alex (with his mother). Alex also handed out trophies to the winning team.
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Wolseley Canada shoots and scores for Special Olympics

May 21, 2014

Wolseley Canada employees recently laced up their skates and hit the ice for the 7th Annual Wolseley Hockey Tournament in Etobicoke, ON, with all event proceeds going to Special Olympics (SO). More than $4,500 was raised for SO Ontario. Wolseley’s Plumbing

Compared to Ford's E-Series standard-size cargo vans, the 2015 Transit gets 25 per cent better fuel economy
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What’s new in cargo vans?

May 1, 2014 by Adam

Options now include office-like features in these high-roof and “old-style” vehicles.

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Game changers

May 1, 2014 by BILL ROEBUCK

Fuel economy is the new mantra for new and upcoming full-size pickup trucks.

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New Journeyperson to apprentice ratios in effect

April 20, 2014

OCOT completes review process with 14 reductions and one increase for skilled trades

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The Master Group brings in equity partner

March 4, 2014

Hot on the heals of the signing of an agreement to acquire the distribution component of Eastern Refrigeration Supply Co. Ltd., The Master Group L.P. has signed a transaction involving the sale of 65 per cent of the company to Novacap, a Quebec-based private equity firm. The

(From left) Stephen Schroeter, Ingrid Schroeter, and Chris Schroeter of Napoleon Fireplaces, Grills, and Heating and Cooling; Arlette Utton, chairwoman, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Foundation board of directors; Sharon Howard and Karen Simpson, registered nurses at the RVH's cardiac care unit.
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Napoleon donates $125K to Ontario hospital

February 17, 2014

Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills, and Heating and Cooling of Barrie, ON recently donated $125,000 to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to help bring health care closer to home for Simcoe and Muskoka residents. The money will be used

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Pay Now Or Pay Later

February 1, 2014 by Adam

Pension reform presents a dilemma with serious political and social ramifications.

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Leadership workshop tackles challenges of managing different generations

January 15, 2014

Leader or lagger? Popular HRAI AGM speaker helps you tell the difference.

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Worth A Closer Look

December 1, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN

Are there opportunities for mechanical contractors in home inspection?