Workplace compensation claims reflect toll COVID-19 has taken on Canada’s workers

Inayat Singh, Dave Seglins, Andreas Wesley · CBC News · Nov 23, 2020 More than 26,000 compensation claims filed after COVID contracted at work Jeffrey Freedman is a COVID-19 “long-hauler” — one of many Canadians left with lingering health issues after getting sick from the virus. He says he now regrets going into work during the early days of the…

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P3 2020: CBA experts discuss Canadian, U.S. experiences at P3 conference

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 18, 2020 A panel of union experts discussed their different experiences with Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) across Canada and even across the border. The event was part of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) 28th annual conference, which was held virtually this year. Lionel Railton, Canadian director for…

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Alberta red tape report shows $479 million in savings

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 18, 2020 CALGARY — Albertans have saved more than $479 million thanks to red tape reduction efforts, initial government reports show. According to the province’s first annual red tape reduction report, which highlights progress made towards the goal of cutting red tape by one-third, government cut more…

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P3 2020: McKenna announces national infrastructure assessment initiative

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | November 18, 2020 Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities has committed to developing a national infrastructure assessment initiative to identify long-term infrastructure needs and priorities.  Catherine McKenna made the announcement at the 28th annual Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships virtual conference. The three-day event kicked off Nov. 17. “We have…

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October 2020 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 12, 2020 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Fractured arm Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2020-Oct A young worker was working from…

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December 2020 virtual public hearing on proposed regulatory amendments

WorkSafeBC has rescheduled the public hearing on proposed amendments to Parts 6, 8, 16, 18, and 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to December 10, 2020. In light of the ongoing and rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to maximize physical distancing, the public hearing will be held virtually. The virtual public hearing…

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Brynn Bourke appointed interim director of BC Building Trades

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 12, 2020 LANGLEY, B.C. — The BC Building Trades Council has appointed Brynn Bourke as its interim executive director after its previous director, Andrew Mercier, was elected to represent Langley during the provincial election. The group noted that Bourke, who served as the senior director of engagement,…

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B.C. LNG development improving Indigenous communities: report

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 16, 2020 A new report released by the Conference Board of Canada has concluded that B.C. LNG development is benefiting Indigenous communities and people. The report’s findings were gleaned through a review of academic and grey literature, in consultation with the Conference Board of Canada’s Indigenous and Northern…

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COVID-19: WorkSafeBC steps up inspections in Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions

Vancouver Sun | Tiffany Crawford | Nov 10, 2020 WorkSafeBC says it will increase inspections at places where workers interact with large numbers of people and places with frequent shared contact of surfaces. WorkSafeBC says it will step up inspections of businesses in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal health regions, as B.C.’s number of…

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Traffic Control – Part 18

On behalf of Mike McKenna at BCCSA: Association partners: Please find attached BCCSA’s submission to the upcoming WSBC consultation on Part 18 of the Reg.  Also attached are two letters that can be used as a template for your submissions (Association and Employer), should you choose to do so.  In essence, BCCSA is aware that…

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U.S. construction stakeholders congratulate Biden, reiterate policy priorities

Journal of Commerce | Don Wall | November 11, 2020 US construction industry stakeholders have congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden for his election win and called for healing while urging the new administration to implement key campaign promises such as rebuilding infrastructure. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) and North America’s…

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New Construction R&D Portal provides construction-relevant research in one place

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | November 10, 2020 A new initiative is aiming to help the country’s construction industry capitalize on the $14 billion of research that occurs at Canadian universities every year and advance innovation by providing access to the most up-to-date research available. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has partnered with Cognit.ca…

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Trudeau congratulates Joe Biden on victory in U.S. presidential election

Journal of Commerce | The Canadian Press | November 7, 2020 OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Democrat Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris on winning the U.S. presidential election. Trudeau says he looks forward to “tackling the world’s greatest challenges together.” Biden won Pennsylvania late Saturday morning giving him more than the 270 votes needed…

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