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The Construction Record Podcast: Episode 74 – The Iran plane crash’s effect on the Canadian construction community, a UN report on major resource projects, and the Bentall memorial

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In this episode of the Construction Record podcast, Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace speaks about only one story, the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8. 176 people were on board the flight including 63 Canadians. As passenger names have come out over the past few days it has come to light that at least six or more members of the Canadian construction community were lost. The podcast, Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce all extend our condolences to the victims’ families and colleagues.

Journal of Commerce digital media editor Warren Frey and staff writer Russell Hixson take a look at a couple of Russell’s recent stories, including skyrocketing development cost charges in Saanich. B.C. which could lead to a decline in rental housing construction. Russell also looks at industry reaction to a recent United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination report which recommended work stop on major Canadian resource projects.

We also have an audio documentary put together by Warren Frey from the Bentall memorial event held in Vancouver on Jan 7, which remembers the four construction workers who fell to their deaths on Jan 7, 1981 from the then under construction Bentall IV tower. Warren spoke to BC Building Trades executive director Andrew Mercier, Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MP Jenny Kwan and Diane Stevenson, the sister-in-law of Brian John Stevenson, one of the four accident victims.

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