Chris and Jordan react to the troubling weekend news that Kinder Morgan has set a May 31st drop-dead date for the province to get out of the way of their Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.
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ICBA President Chris Gardner was in Calgary today, taking part in Black Diamond Group’s Onward - a Visionary Summit.Hosted by Black Diamond’s CEO, Trevor Haynes, the annual event gathers experts and professionals in construction, technology, economics and business to identify trends, opportunities, and potential challenges in Alberta, across Canada and around the globe.Chris spoke on panel with Jean-Francois Perrault, Senior VP and Chief Economist of Scotiabank and Laurie Robert, modular construction industry expert, about the challenges businesses are facing related to the shortage of people, project approvals, affordability, housing supply and the energy transition. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the keynote guest and gave attendees his sense of where Canada is headed economically and the looming macro-global threats.Great catching up with the Black Diamond team - we learned a lot! ... See MoreSee Less
Another day, another horror story about the BC NDP's "Speculation and Vacancy Tax" that has nothing to do with either speculators or vacancies.From a legal expert on this tax: “Vacancy taxes often include harsh, unjustified rules that can ultimately cause more harm that good." ... See MoreSee Less
Another family comes forward to say they, too, were stung by B.C. vacancy tax"Harsh" rules may lead to occupied homes being taxed under B.C.'s speculation and vacancy tax law, with narrow avenue for appeal.
Our Jordan Bateman shares a story Joe Montana told at our ICBA Gala, praises Amar Doman, and gets stoked for the BC Lions kickoff! ... See MoreSee Less
Jordan Bateman: It feels good to be a football fan againIt has been a long time since I was this excited for a Canadian Football League season.
Fascinating (and worrying) piece of work by our friends at the CFIB -- 13%of construction small and medium businesses who took the $60,000 CEBA COVID-19 loan are at risk of not being able to pay it back by Dec. 31. This would mean they would lose out on the one-third forgivable portion, and put some at risk of closing their doors all together. ... See MoreSee Less
Back in Business? Spring Update on Small Business Debt and CEBAThis report provides an analysis of the current debt situation and the various implications of the December 31, 2023 CEBA repayment deadline.
Thrilled to support Homebuilders Association Vancouver - HAVAN in their efforts to break the stigma around mental health in construction!Look after and protect your most valuable resource, your employees.If you are a business owner, manager, supervisor, site superintendent, project manager, or team member in any segment of the homebuilding industry, this is an important seminar you can't afford to miss.✅ Register here: ow.ly/Q1k950OIpkhMental health affects everyone, so for the first time ever, HAVAN is presenting Let's Talk about Mental Health in Construction on June 13 -- a full morning event with a focus on supporting members and their employees around mental health in the workplace.Starting with keynote speaker, Corey Hirsch, former NHL Vancouver Canucks player, this session brings together a line-up of engaging speakers who will have a real conversation about mental health in the construction industry, its commonality, understanding perspectives and responsibilities for both employers and employees, and sharing resources to ensure members have the tools and strategies to support mental wellness in the workplace.Thank you to our sponsors, who have shown leadership as supporters of the industry and the mental wellness of our most important asset - the people:Presenting Sponsor: FortisBC Keynote Speaker Sponsor: ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association Breakfast Sponsor: RBCTake a Break Sponsor: Bellrock Benchmarking Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
One of ICBA’s amazing Builders’ Circle partners, Crystal Consulting Inc, is doing absolutely incredible work in the world of mental health. Their CCI Mental Health Society raises tens of thousands of dollars through their annual golf tournament and other fundraisers to help BC Children’s Hospital and the Foundry Langley.ICBA is a proud sponsor of the tournament and contributing 100 signed copies of ICBA Wellness Ambassador Corey Hirsch Official's book, The Save of My Life, which chronicles the former Canuck goaltender’s journey toward mental health.For more on the June 20th tournament, visit crystal.golfreg.com/a8207c9/regPages/pages/?p=ab13edab ... See MoreSee Less
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People opposed to the pipeline should pay extra tax to make up for the tax we would have got from the pipeline. Or they should have their gov’t benefits reduced, such as pension and health care. In other words, put your money where your mouth is.