Our Jordan Bateman and TheOrca.ca‘s Maclean Kay discuss the atmospheric river and flooding it brought; the province’s response or lack thereof; the NDP’s plans to cut out private childcare operators and clawback funding for children with autism, and more.
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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY #129: Mental Health Trending DownwardAnother month, and more worrying stats from the TELUS Mental Health Index:Overall mental health declined for Canadian workers, nearly reaching levels of distress comparable to the pandemic period. More than of workers reported a high mental health risk, with anxiety and isolation being the lowest mental health sub-scores for 18 consecutive months.Not surprisingly, workers with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and sleep issues, reported significant productivity losses. For instance, workers with diagnosed depression lose 56 working days in productivity per year, while those with diagnosed anxiety lose 53 days. This highlights a direct link between mental health and work productivity.For construction company leaders in B.C. and Alberta, these findings underscore the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace. If you can help your workers be mentally healthy, productivity and morale will improve on site. We must keep pushing to have open discussions on mental health and implementing supportive policies to enhance our people’s wellbeing.-----Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details. ... See MoreSee Less
ICBA Chief Economist Jock Finlayson dug deep into B.C.'s new Labour Outlook, to see where construction and other industries are headed. He thinks the government is undercounting construction:"The report notes that the projections for employment levels and job vacancies in the construction industry do not consider the impact of the NDP government’s 'Homes for People' program announced in April 2023 – or other, more recent initiatives that will see the province allocate more money to build additional rental and non-market housing. Given persistent shortfalls in the construction of new housing relative to demand as well as the housing affordability crisis gripping much of the province, it is possible to imagine a future in which homebuilding expands significantly in British Columbia. If so, then the demand for construction workers will exceed the forecasts in the 2023 Labour Market Outlook report."Read his full analysis at: www.icbaindependent.ca/2023/12/04/icba-economics-analyzing-b-c-s-10-year-labour-outlook/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Jordan Bateman gives you the heads-up on Canada’s economy shrinking, old B.C. politicians taking on their NDP successors, and Alberta rolling in money. For links to sources, visit www.icbaindependent.ca. We can't post media links here because of the Trudeau Government's foolish Online News Act. 🙄📉 For months, economists have been warning the Trudeau Government and Canadians that – on a per-person basis -- our economy is shrinking. The politicians ignored those warnings, using record levels of immigration to make it appear that our GDP was still health and growing. Well, guess what? Even by that politically-spun metric, Canada hit the skids in Q3. The economy shrank by 1.1%. 🏠 In British Columbia, the NDP Government was lashed by former NDP Premier Mike Harcourt and former NDP Municipal Affairs Minister Darlene Marzari for not having any nuance or ability for cities to deal with their orders to turn single family zoning into 4-6 units per lot, or put high rises near every bus loop. 💰 While wildfires in B.C. are blamed by the BC NDP for their wild overspending and massive budget deficit, Alberta absorbed their wildfire costs and are still on pace for a $5.5 billion surplus. ... See MoreSee Less
TRAINING THURSDAY: Asbestos Abatement Certification Kicking InKerry and Jordan talk about our latest featured course and impending WorkSafeBC asbestos abatement requirements. Plus Christmas!Asbestos Abatement Certification: Level 3 - Asbestos Safety LeaderDecember 14-15, 2023 | Live OnlineWorkSafe BC Approved, 2 CCA Gold Seal Credits, 15 BC Housing CPD Pointsicbatraining.arlo.co/w/courses/311-asbestos-abatement-certification-level-3-asbestos-safety-leade...Missed this one? Check out www.icba.ca/coursesAll workers in British Columbia covered by the regulation must obtain their asbestos abatement certification by January 1, 2024, to continue working on any site where asbestos is present. Any worker conducting asbestos abatement work in relation to a building must be certified, even in situations where a company license is not required. To find out more about who needs a certificate please click here. This course equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to become competent Asbestos Safety Leaders in the field of asbestos abatement. Participants will learn to identify various asbestos-containing materials, associated hazards, and health risks. Additionally, they will develop safe work procedures, understand regulatory requirements, and effectively plan and oversee asbestos abatement projects. ... See MoreSee Less
During our visit to the Gitxsan Huwilp Government and Gitxsan Development Corporation in Hazelton yesterday, ICBA Wellness Ambassador Corey Hirsch was given a beautiful piece of art by Arlene Ness, who had done a lot of research into Corey’s story, his mask preferences, and how it connected to the Gitxsan.Corey was incredibly honoured and humbled by the gift, the talent, and the thought that went into it. Thank you, Arlene and Gitxsan for your warm welcome into your community! ... See MoreSee Less
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TRAINING THURSDAY: Kerry and Jordan take a break from US Thanksgiving football to talk about ICBA’s latest featured course -- a free webinar on Inclusive Holidays.
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