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In my previous life as the editor of a magazine about woodworking I was at a trade show in Las Vegas where I struck up a conversation with a bored-looking person at a booth advertising emissions testing for volatile organic chemicals (VOC). Manufacturers of wood products have to prove their products emit less than the permitted threshold levels of VOCs before they are allowed to sell them in various jurisdictions, and the VOC limits imposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are North America’s strictest.  
April 9, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, down 11.6% from January. This decrease followed an 8.1% gain the previous month and was mainly driven by lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in all provinces.
March 13, 2014 - Statistics Canada says public and private organizations and the housing sector intend to invest $404.5 billion in construction and machinery and equipment in 2014, up 1.4 per cent from 2013.
Feb. 25, 2014 - In his 2014 Federal Budget, Finance Minister Flaherty announced one payroll-related measure that would ease some administration burden for Canadian employers.
Feb. 13, 2014 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities declined 4.1% to $6.5 billion in December, following a 6.6% decrease in November.
Feb. 10, 2014 - Today the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is pleased to announce that it is one of the recipients of funding from the Government of Canada through Status of Women Canada to promote women into leadership roles within the Canadian construction industry.
Feb. 6, 2014 - FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear spoke to Ontario economic developers this morning to outline new federal funding opportunities available to help position the province's businesses to compete in the global marketplace.
Jan. 17, 2014 - One can agonize over the poor results from the labor force surveys in both the U.S. and Canada for December 2013, but there were some fascinating wrinkles nonetheless. After net gains averaging nearly 200,000 during the first 11 months of the year, the December U.S. figure was only +78,000 jobs. Just the same, that far outstripped Canada, where the total employment count fell by 46,000 jobs.
Jan. 13, 2014 - The gap between the levels of labour productivity in Canada and the United States is due primarily to the larger share of employment in small firms in Canada and their comparatively lower labour productivity vis-a-vis large firms. Labour productivity is defined as gross domestic product (GDP) per hour worked.
Dec. 11, 2013 - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today launched the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPIs), a new suite of initiatives designed to support and develop a stronger, more vibrant southern Ontario economy. The Minister made the announcement at the Innovation 2013 Conference presented by the Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies (ACCT), accompanied by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre.
Dec. 9, 2013 - Ontario’s manufacturers welcomed a major economic boost today as the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex–London, announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund in London, Ontario.
Nov. 11, 2013 - Contractors took out $6.5 billion worth of building permits in September, up 1.7 per cent from August and the seventh monthly advance since the beginning of the year. However, there has only been a slight upward trend in the total value of building permits over the nine-month period. The September increase came from the residential sector, mainly in Alberta and Quebec.
I heard a disturbing story recently from the editor of this magazine. He told me he invited over 100 Win-Door exhibitors to submit product information for this Win-Door preview issue. You know how many companies sent submissions? Seven. Out of over 100 exhibitors. That’s under seven per cent.
Oct. 10, 2013 - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.3 billion in August, down 21.2 per cent from July, according to Statistics Canada. This decline followed a 21.4 per cent increase the previous month and was the result of lower construction intentions in both non-residential and residential sectors.
Sept. 21, 2013 - The Ontario legislature voted down Bill 73, The Fair and Open Tendering Act, on Friday. The Act would have amended the Labour Relations Act to prevent municipalities and school boards from being bound by provincially negotiated contracts with construction unions. Whether you agree with the proposed bill or not, the debate in the legislature makes interesting reading for anyone in the construction sector in Ontario:

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