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Is your website ready for the Jan. 1 AODA deadline?

The Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will require websites for non-profit, public and private companies with over 50 employees to meet a wide-ranging set of requirements for accessibility or face fines of up to $100,000 per day for corporations and $50,000 per day for directors and owners.

Serious Labs, GPRC announce partnership for virtual reality technical training

Serious Labs and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring innovative training solutions to the students of GPRC.

Geoff Smith brings deep thinking in a fun package

Building Week, the online version of The Buildings Show, kicked off in style with Geoff Smith, CEO of EllisDon, delivering a really outstanding keynote talk. Smith’s style is almost amazingly down-to-earth for the leader of a $5 billion-a-year international contractor – right down to jokes about edibles – but the funny delivery couldn’t disguise some truly deep thought and novel insights about the Canadian construction industry.
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Refer to the law when asking for deposits

In response to “Why does a contractor need a deposit at all?”, Frank makes the good point that many provinces have laws about how much deposit a supplier can ask for. However, the section of law he references here appears to apply only to “direct sales contracts” where a single service or product is bought on the spot. » Read more

A choice between two systems

Ken sees a fundamental choice in our politics between capitalism and communism as part of our debate about unions. » Read more

What trades shortage?

Is there a skilled trades shortage or not? Depends what you call a “skilled tradesperson.” » Read more