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July 24, 2014 - Starting July 1, your ability to use email as a marketing or fundraising tool was significantly restricted. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect and with it some of the world’s strictest anti-spam rules. For a better idea of how these new rules will affect your email marketing campaigns to both consumers and other businesses, download the Anti-Spam Toolkit or a checklist for CASL-compliant email marketing here.
July 10, 2014 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.9 billion in May, up 13.8 per cent from April. This followed a 2.2 per cent rise in the previous month. The increase in May resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Ontario and Manitoba, as well as multi-family dwellings in British Columbia. The total value of permits has been on a slight upward trend since the beginning of 2014.
May 21, 2014 - Come this July, your ability to use email as a marketing or fundraising tool will be significantly restricted. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect July 1 and with it some of the world’s strictest anti-spam rules. For a better idea of how these new rules will affect your email marketing campaigns to both consumers and other businesses, download the Anti-Spam Toolkit or a checklist for CASL-compliant email marketing here.
May 21, 2014 - Contractors took out $6.0 billion worth of building permits in March, down 3.0% from February. The March decline followed an 11.3% decrease the previous month. Lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.
May 6, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This annual report delivers timely information on residential and nonresidential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts.
April 23, 2014 - Putting the wrong address on a $15 shipment of synthetic rubber rings has cost an Alberta company $90,000 for violating legislation which prohibits sending certain products to Iran. Lee Specialties of Red Deer pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Special Economic Measures Act in a Calgary courtroom April 14. The court withdrew two other charges under the Customs Act and the United Nations Act.
My name is Rich and I’m a professional troublemaker. I make a living by challenging the status quo. I have high expectations and push my partners to do the best they can and expect the same in return.
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.

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