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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 57: Ontario labour and training, open vs closed tendering, reprisal clauses and technology permeates the industry

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This week on the Construction Record podcast, national managing editor Vince Versace gives an update on the continued labour unrest in Ontario as ICI sector plumbers and steamfitters and sheet metal workers recently went on strike ending 30 years of labour peace with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario. 

Vince also looks at how the provincial government will handle skilled trades training in Ontario with the elimination of the Ontario College of Trades. Vince also discusses open vs. closed tendering in Toronto and how the time for a decision is drawing near.

He also requests listeners and readers vote for the podcast in’s “Best Construction Podcast of 2019” contest. You can vote here.

Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson and digital media editor Warren Frey take a deep dive into the recently concluded case between J. Cote and Son Excavating and the City of Burnaby which resulted in “reprisal clauses” being upheld, which Russell said could have a chilling effect as companies opt not to do business with municipalities for fear of being put on a blacklist if they take that municipality to court.

Warren discussed a recent panel he attended put on by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. and Procore on construction and technology, and we also have a post-panel roundtable with Procore CEO Tooey Courtemanche, Scott Construction president Darin Hughes and Pitt Meadows Plumbing owner Steve Robinson.

Ontario’s ‘portable skill sets’ plan: will it help or hurt construction’s future?

30 years of labour harmony lost because of hardline approach: pipe trade officials

Blacklist clause upheld by B.C. court

Technology pushes change across industry and demographics: panel  

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