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COCA votes to join Prompt Payment Ontario

The Council of Ontario Construction Association’s (COCA) is set to join Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO), following a vote by its Board of Directors. "Prompt payment has been a priority at COCA since 2010 when we agreed to join the efforts of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) to...

Managers in demand as annual trade show rolls around

Calgary is a candidate's market for mid and senior- level construction managers looking for new challenges, said Ellisa Nuttall, senior recruiting manager for Hays, who will be attending Buildex Calgary Nov. 5 and 6. "It is a candidate-led market right now. There are lots and lots of jobs and not en...

Test drives available at Buildex Calgary

Construction companies looking for information on North America's first aluminium body truck – the 2015 Ford F-150 – can stop by the Maclin Ford Sales booth at Buildex Calgary Nov. 5-6.   Maclin fleet sales manager Steve Sirr said that while he was not able to get a new 2015 Ford F-150 series truck...

Restoration artist calls on the past to restore for the future

When developers, museums and restoration contractors require specialized painting, they often contact decorative painter and restoration artist Lori Le Mare. The Hamilton resident has been a decorative painter for 27 years, but has placed an increased focus on the restoration side for the past decad...

Conestoga College gets "heavy" with operator program

Less than six months ago, Melissa Anderson was dressed in business clothes in her position as an executive assistant at the University of Waterloo. Now she is wearing a hard hat and safety boots and learning how to operate heavy equipment. "I was in administration for 25 years and liked my job. But ...

Brick and stonemason apprentices build experience

Restoring heritage buildings is more than just a job for third-year brick and stonemason apprentices Nate Lyons-Fisher and Brian Shepherd. Both work for Toronto-based Historic Restoration Inc. and it may be safe to suggest their fellow employees and colleagues in other restoration firms share their ...

Wheels get rolling on new Sunnyside Bike Park

September 20th marked the official opening of Sunnyside Bike Park, Toronto’s first official off-road bike park, located near the shore of Lake Ontario, west of High Park. It was also the 50th park either built or designed by Jay Hoots, considered the most experienced bike park designer in North Amer...

Ready for my close-up… EarthCam transforms construction projects

Live on the web via EarthCam, it’s Times Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown Tokyo and... Toronto’s Canary District construction project? New Jersey-based EarthCam has come a long way since 1996, when it primarily provided world city webcam feeds as Internet entertainment. Today, it provides a ...

Building terror — a guide to construction-themed horror films

On Halloween, why settle for generic horror movies when we’ve selected a slate of frightening films dedicated specifically to the construction industry? While the noble construction workers featured in these films often strike heroic poses and vanquish evil, the tables are sometimes turned as constr...

3-D sea: Setting sail with state-of-the-art maritime simulator building

With vessels routinely plying the rough waters around Newfoundland’s offshore oil platforms, energy companies are relying on simulators to train a ship’s crews. Currently, they're encountering considerable expense in sending students to facilities outside Canada. Some of those training needs will ...

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