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March 27, 2014

Pan Am Games build an opportunity to enter the trades

A few months ago Tyrone Solomon, 24, was scrambling to pay his bills by taking on menial labor jobs through temporary hiring agencies. It was a world of poor-paying jobs with no future.

March 26, 2014

Carpenters’ Campbell honoured by BBPA

Chris Campbell may be surprised that he is one of this year’s winners of the Black Business and Professional Association’s (BBPA) Distinguished Men of Honour award handed out at the Toronto Region Board of Trade recently but anyone who knows Campbell well sees the business representative of the Carpenters’ Local 27 as deserving of the award.

March 14, 2014

Ontario economy on the rise this year: OCS

Ontario’s economic fortunes look better this year than last and builders — particularly in the Greater Toronto Area — are optimistic that there will be more work in 2014 than 2013.

March 5, 2014

U.S. Carpenters’ centre hosts first-ever scaffolding conference

members of Carpenters’ unions and affiliated contractors across Ontario, a winter getaway to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America centre (UBC) in Las Vegas in mid-February was rewarding for more than the sunny, warm weather.

March 3, 2014

Carpenters’ training centre continues its expansion

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Center (UBC) in Las Vegas, which serves union members throughout Canada and the U.S., has gone through several expansions since it first opened in 2001.

February 13, 2014

Quebec probe looks at allegations of intimidation on construction sites

Quebec's corruption inquiry has begun examining union intimidation and extortion on construction sites around the province, with an investigator sharing anecdotes he gathered from workers.

February 10, 2014

Carpenters’ build massive bridge model for training

A recently constructed model of a concrete and steel girder highway bridge is nothing like the one you might expect to see perched on an engineer’s office desk. This model is big. Really big.

January 27, 2014

Quebec premier denies husband's involvement in protecting union interests

Premier Pauline Marois says her husband never had a deal with the Quebec Federation of Labour to protect that union's interests and thwart a potential corruption inquiry.

January 23, 2014

Electrical contractors help weather paralyzing ice storm

When a crippling ice storm slammed southern Ontario just before Christmas, electrical contractors stepped up to the plate, assisting utilities and municipalities with power and traffic signal restoration.

January 20, 2014

Fuel cell innovation can power onsite electricity

With the ability to produce clean electricity for onsite generation or to sell it back to the utility grid, opportunities for fuel cells are growing throughout the world.

May 14, 2010

CFB Trenton fire hall build a logistics challenge

With 10-metre-high shear walls, 30-metre-long span trusses, and seven double bays, a new $12.1-million fire hall under construction at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton is not a standard fire station. Neither are the logistics of building it.

May 14, 2010

A one-year tour of skilled trades at George Brown

In many cases, a person committed to the idea of a construction career faces an additional hurdle — the choice of a specific trade. A George Brown College program has been aiming to help construction students make informed choices by exposing them to a broad range of trades over a single year.

May 14, 2010

OETIO training prepares operators of the future

It’s a long way from a remote First Nations community on Moose Factory Island in James Bay to the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) in Oakville. For 25-year-old Colin Wapachee the journey and cultural readjustment was worth it.

May 14, 2010

St. Joseph’s construction requires careful planning

With more than 680 tradespeople and office support staff on site at St. Joseph’s Healthcare West 5th Campus in Hamilton, construction manager PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has its hands full.

May 14, 2010

Diefenbunker construction design-build forerunner

Ottawa-area property available. 350 rooms. No view.

May 14, 2010

Kitchener Auditorium retrofit a journey into the unforeseen

Many old buildings undergoing renovations have something in common — the element of surprise.

May 14, 2010

What is the W.R.A.P. in Hamilton for skills training?

Riding on the success of its first year, the Work Ready Aboriginal People (W.R.A.P.)program is placing another crop of young adults from the Six Nations into introductory training at 12 different union-certified trades training centres in the Hamilton and Brantford area this fall.

May 14, 2010

You’re never too old to learn a new trade

At a time when workers in construction — and in the general workforce — are considering retirement, Murray Wicks is embarking on a new career. In August, Wicks who turns 60 this November, received his electrician: construction and maintenance licence.


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