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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 62: new Ontario think tank, Women in Trades via Aecon and LIUNA, Calgary office to residence conversions, and steel and labour controversies in B.C.

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This week on The Construction Record Podcast, Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace takes a look at Grant Cameron’s recent article about a new think tank called the Ontario Construction Consortium, as well as DCN staff writer Angela Gismondi’s story about a new skilled trades initiative from the federal government. DCN staff writer Don Wall has a story about a Women In Trades program run by Aecon and LIUNA.

Vince also has a tease about a new podcasting partnership we’ll be talking about more in a couple of weeks, so watch this space!

Journal of Commerce digital media editor Warren Frey and staff writer Russell Hixson also take a look at some of the news out of western Canada, including Russell’s story about a Calgary company converting unused office space into residence and ongoing controversy as employers withdraw from the workers’ compensation review process in B.C. Warren also has some stories on the go including Canadian Institute of Steel Construction CEO Ed Whalen’s rebuke of the Canadian government for granting full duty remissions on fabricated steel destined for B.C. liquified natural gas (LNG) projects.

We also have an interview with Valiant America CEO Eamonn O’Kane discussing the differences in building and retrofitting cannabis facilities in the northeastern United States compared to Canada’s landscape, where cannabis is legal on a federal level.

JOC News Service

New advisory committee to promote skilled trades

Aecon, LIUNA join forces on Women in Trades program

The OCC — Ontario construction’s new think-tank

Workers’ compensation review an opportunity to restore benefits: Unions

Strategic Group finds opportunity in empty offices

CISC rails against LNG steel component duty relief

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