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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 60: Remembering David Caplan, government and industry clash in B.C., and looking to the stars in Hawaii

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This week on The Construction Record podcast, national managing editor Vince Versace reflects on the death of former Ontario infrastructure minister David Caplan, who passed away recently, by way of citing industry stakeholders and their memories of the man and his work, as well as his own interactions with Caplan. Vince also looks into a large-scale Hawaii telescope project which has a Canadian connection in terms of construction. The telescope is controversial amongst native Hawaiian leaders and the site has seen ongoing protests.

We also have an interview between Daily Commercial News staff writer Don Wall and Astronomer Luc Simard, the director general of the National Research Council’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. Simard is in charge of delivering Canada’s three contributions including a large dome enclosure to the $1.4 billion project.

Journal of Commerce digital media editor Warren Frey and staff writer Russell Hixson are also on hand to talk about some of the stories they’ve been working on, including Russell’s recent article about WorkSafeBC’s review which is encountering pushback from the industry for vagueness and transparency concerns. Warren has a story about a new Passive House tower in Vancouver’s West End which when built will be the tallest in the world, and Warren also has an update on a B.C. Supreme Court decision to hear a petition by ICBA and many other construction associations, businesses and other stakeholders in opposition to the B.C. governments community benefits agreement framework on major public works projects. 

B.C. construction associations challenge timing, vagueness of WorkSafeBC review

Tallest Passive House tower in world planned for Vancouver’s West End

Hawaii protestors vow ‘prolonged struggle’ against telescope



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