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ICBA AGM 2018: Announcing our Keynote Speaker – NFL Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE 🏈🧀

Following the smash success of our 2017 event with NFL legend Peyton Manning, we continue our ICBA Quarterback Series at our AGM Gala Dinner Nov. 20 with special guest, NFL legend Brett Favre.

Tickets on sale now at www.icba.ca/agm

Brett is a three-time NFL MVP, a first ballot Hall of Famer, and a Super Bowl champion. Known as football’s “Iron Man,” Brett started every game for more than 18 seasons, a league record. Thanks to his story of perseverance, leadership, courage and risk-taking, “The Gunslinger” has earned a permanent place in NFL history.

Construction employs 250,000 men and women in B.C. and contributes 10% of our provincial economy. Join us Nov. 20 as we celebrate our incredible industry.

This event supports ICBA’s Building Stronger Futures charitable initiative and our creation of the Philip Hochstein Fellowship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. To sponsor our AGM gala, please contact Vanessa at vanessa@icba.ca for sponsorship details.

Tickets on sale now at www.icba.ca/agm

TRAINING THURSDAY: Introduction to Blueprint Reading

With our head office in Burnaby, we offer a lot of courses close to home. But Victoria, Prince George, Fort St John and Abbotsford, we haven’t forgotten about you!

We are bringing our Introduction to Blueprint Reading course to Victoria on October 24, Prince George on November 8, Fort St John on November 15, and Abbotsford on December 12. Our training team knows that we have members and non-members alike who are looking for high-quality, reliable, relevant training in their area, and we want to make sure you have everything you need to succeed in construction.

We’ve talked about our Blueprint reading course many times on Training Thursday, but it’s one we like to keep in the forefront because it’s an extremely important course for many people in the course of their day-to-day work in construction. Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn:

  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals
  • Understand how Building Codes and Bylaws impact blueprints
  • Understand specifications and the contractual hierarchy
  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials
  • Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints you are using 
  • Be familiar with architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical drawings, and how they fit together
  • Understand how to convert engineering dimensions to architectural
  • Understand symbols, notation, abbreviations and material schedules
  • Be able to work with the drawings to obtain basic information on dimension, finishes, details, area calculations, and the ability to do simple material take offs.

You’ll also earn 1 Gold Seal Credit and 8 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing.

You can register for these sessions or any of our other upcoming courses at www.icba.ca/courses. While you’re there, subscribe to our training newsletter at www.icba.ca/trainingnewsletter.

Tales of Prop Rep Horror #8 – “How Swede it Isn’t”

In B.C., most of us feel warm and fuzzy when we think of Swedes. It’s the Canuck effect: Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Markus Naslund, Alex Edler, Matthias Ohlund, Thomas Gradin, Patrick Sundstrom, Lars Lindgren and now Elias Petterson and Jonathan Dahlen.

But while our hockey community welcomes Swedish imports, our political system should not.

Swedish governance is a mess right now, and it’s because of its proportional representation electoral system.

The far-right, anti-immigration Swedish Democrats – a party that has more than flirted with outright Nazism – won 17.6% of the vote in this month’s Swedish elections. This puts them in position to determine who gets power in Sweden, where two other parties essentially tied at 40% each.

Think the broader parties should cut them out? Good luck. “This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson said on election night.

This is a quirk of prop rep, and one we see in democracies all over Europe: fringe parties growing in power. Do you really want that in B.C.?

We don’t. Send us more hockey stars, Sweden. But keep your crazy fringe parties and dangerous prop rep system away from us.

Yet another reason to Stop Prop Rep! www.icba.ca/stopproprep

Pass this post on to your friends and family – David Eby’s draconian, anti-free speech rules won’t allow us to advertise it, but individuals can spread it as much as they like. Let’s make sure every British Columbian sees it.

And stay tuned for more “Tales of Prop Rep Horror”…

Tales of Prop Rep Horror #7 – “Rise of the Dictators”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #6 – “Indonesian Indecency”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #5 – “Beware the Greeks!”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #4 – “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! NO! NO! NO!”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #3 – “From Russia With Blood”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #2 – “The Pain in Spain”
Tales of Prop Rep Horror #1 – “The Puzzle of Brussels”

NEWS: ICBA Releases Backgrounder on NDP’s Union Monopoly

BURNABY – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) released its fall edition of The Construction Monitor today, focusing on the monopoly on large-scale public construction projects given by the NDP to their Building Trades Unions donors.

This backgrounder builds on an ICBA Construction Monitor released in June, also on the flaws of the NDP’s PLA model.

For the Fall 2018 Construction Monitor, click HERE. For the Summer 2018 edition, click HERE.

New Union-Only Reality for Public Construction Even Worse Than Feared

Chris Gardner, President, ICBA
Chris Gardner, President, ICBA

John Horgan is shamelessly using tens of billions in public construction and infrastructure spending to settle political debts to his allies in the old-school building trades unions, giving these few unions a monopoly on taxpayer-funded work.

A wide cross section of the province’s business and labour community has called on him to back down, and ICBA is leading a large coalition standing up for fairness.

Horgan’s sweetheart ‘deal’ will deliver a cash infusion to the unions, create massive job-site inefficiencies, and deliver far less value for tax dollars than fair procurement practices would.

His so-called ‘Community Benefits Agreement’ will narrow the range of bidders on public projects and, even more troublingly, force member-ship in the highly partisan building trades unions.

The new reality for public construction is this: Successful bidders will have to borrow their workforces from a new government agency that will act as the centrally planned employer. This discriminates against the 85 per cent of B.C. construction workers not represented by the building trades.

Complex and productivity-killing rules about which union has “jurisdiction” over each task – largely abandoned elsewhere in the construction industry – will be in full force. And individual workers will be forced to join an NDP-approved union, with no regard to individual choice and rights.

Horgan’s gift-to-the-building- trades is copied out of the flawed Glen Clark playbook from the 1990s – which drove up labour costs on the Island Highway project by close to 40 per cent.

It’s nearly a quarter-of-a-century later, and the building trades rep-resent even less of the construction industry today than they did then. It simply defies belief that the NDP has nevertheless put us back on that same ruinous road, where worker rights and taxpayer value get thoroughly trampled.

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Call for Nominations for 2018 Gord Stewart Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) and WorkSafeBC are pleased to announce the 2018 Gord Stewart Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award is now open for entries from eligible ICBA members and their employees.

About the Award

The Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award is presented annually to acknowledge individuals and companies for their efforts in the prevention of workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses. By honouring safety leaders and sharing their ideas ICBA and WorkSafeBC hope to encourage new programs, policies, and projects that improve the health and safety of workers.

The award recognizes the employee or team of employees who come up with an innovative program, policy, tool or project that demonstrates a proven accomplishment in the area of health and safety for the construction industry sector.

There is a $5,000 prize for the best submission and will be presented at the ICBA AGM Dinner on Tuesday, November 20 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.


All employees of ICBA member companies are eligible for the Annual Awards for Innovation in Workplace Health and Safety for Construction.

Click HERE for a full list of award guidelines and HERE for a submission form.

Nominations must be received by Nov. 1, 2018.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Responsibilities of Joint Health and Safety Committees

Do you serve on a joint health and safety committee in your workplace? Our Responsibilities of Joint Health and Safety Committees course is here for you!
As of April 2017, all new committee members must receive eight hours of training. This course will help you fulfill that requirement.
Participants will:
– Know how to use the OHS Regulation and WC Act to access health & safety requirements;
– Explain the roles and functions of the Joint Committee and the Worker Representatives;
– Learn how to perform an incident investigation;
– Learn how to perform a formal site inspection; and
– Develop a foundation in knowledge to promote workplace health and safety; assist in ensuring the health and safety program elements are implemented; conduct and participate in Joint Committee Meetings; and work cooperatively to address workers’ health and safety concerns.
Topics covered:
– Use of WorkSafe OHS Regulation;
– Joint Health and Safety committee and workers representatives;
– OHS Program;
– Safety Inspections;
– Incident investigations;
– Refusal of unsafe work;
– How to work as a committee;
– Different types of recommendations; and
– Hazard management.
Our next session is September 21 in Burnaby. We are also holding one on October 26 in Burnaby, and October 30 in Fort St John. Register at www.icba.ca/courses. You can also earn 8 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing!