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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New mobile app helps employers in construction access WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 resources on the go

Journal of Commerce | WorkSafe BC | November 2, 2020 As businesses across B.C. return to safe operation, they’re required to develop and follow a safety plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures…

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Pandemic-related worksite restrictions critical for health and safety — and for business

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | November 4, 2020 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit British Columbia in mid-March 2020, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recommended a variety of measures, such as face masks and physical distancing, to keep employees safe in the workplace. Because B.C. construction and the associations that represent it followed the PHO’s…

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New NDP Government Challenged by Damning Report on Mistreatment of Injured Workers

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. An independent review found WorkSafeBC had failed people who’ve been hurt on the job. Andrew MacLeod | November 6, 2020 | TheTyee.ca When the B.C. government is back to business,…

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New Date for Virtual Public Hearings

As you are aware, the WorkSafeBC September virtual public hearing for the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation were postponed due to the provincial election. WorkSafeBC has now rescheduled the hearing for Thursday, December 10, 2020 with session times at 11-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.   Written submissions will be accepted until 4:30pm on December…

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Long-term pandemic effects of ‘hyper attention state’ being felt onsite, says panellist

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 2, 2020 C. experts from construction, trucking, film and government met for a virtual summit to discuss mental health strategies, with one construction company president highlighting the importance of having mental health protocols in place, especially during the pandemic. The summit was the fifth and final part in…

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B.C. stakeholders meet with U.S. neighbours to discuss successes coping with COVID

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | October 26, 2020 Officials with several British Columbia construction associations met virtually recently with a Washington State senator and the CEO of a U.S.-Canada economic organization to discuss how the B.C. and Washington construction industries dealt with the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadians explained how B.C….

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Industry Special: Checking it twice: why quality assurance is critical to delivering construction safety programs

Journal of Commerce | BCCSA | October 26, 2020 You can always try to audit your own strengths and weaknesses, but you’ll never get a really good view from the seat you’re occupying. It’s a simple truth that underlines the quality assurance (QA) infrastructure put in place by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) to ensure…

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Confirmed COVID-19 case onsite, what do you do?

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | October 23, 2020 Panic. Fear. Misinformation. These are the issues experienced on a construction site when a worker tests positive for COVID-19, explained health and safety professionals during a panel discussion entitled Confirmed Case – Be Prepared to Act Quickly and Effectively. The panel, where construction firms shared stories…

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Policy, Regulation and Research Division Announcement

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division of WorkSafeBC (“PRRD”) would like to thank all participating stakeholders for their submissions on the PRRD’s discussion paper and draft amendments to policy, reflecting the legislative amendments to the Workers Compensation Act (Act) that came into effect on August 14, 2020 as a result of Government’s Bill 23 of 2020.  Please click here for a summary of…

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Opioid epidemic and COVID-19 a deadly combination for struggling B.C. workers

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | October 19, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, British Columbia’s other public health epidemic rages on. Work to Wellness CEO Diana Vissers and Boreal Wellness Centres registered clinical counsellor Mike Mathers were the presenters of a recent BC Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) webinar titled Exploring substance use and impacts…

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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: NDP’s CBAs fail to address training and workforce development challenges

Journal of Commerce | Ken Baerg | October 19, 2020 This is the third in a series of Industry Perspectives Op-Ed columns where Ken Baerg of Canada Works shares his views on British Columbia’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) framework. This article delves into Baerg’s opinion on how CBAs fall short of effective training and workforce development. The…

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One-on-one recap: BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson sits down with the Journal of Commerce

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | October 16, 2020 Andrew Wilkinson, leader of the BC Liberals, advocated for doing away with Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and pushing ahead with large infrastructure investments in a one-on-one conversation with the Journal of Commerce (JOC). National managing editor Vince Versace interviewed Wilkinson who is challenging Premier John Horgan’s…

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JOC Election Special: B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on how a Liberal win will impact construction and labour

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | October 15, 2020 In our final one-on-one interview with B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace asks how a Liberal election win will impact the labour and construction landscape in British Columbia. Please watch our previous videos where…

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