OP-ED: NDP will have to choose between union and Indigenous priorities

The following op-ed, written by ICBA VP-Communications Jordan Bateman, was first published by Business in Vancouver on Dec. 8, 2022. The unstoppable force of Indigenous rights has crashed into the immovable object of the NDP Government’s sweetheart deal with its union...

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TRAINING THURSDAY: Applied Quantity Surveying/Material Take-offsKerry and Jordan talk about a new ICBA Training course.Applied Quantity Surveying/Material Take-offs (Live webinar)Four mornings | 15 BC Housing CPD PointsDecember 19-22, 2022 (or Feb 21-24, or May 9-12)icbatraining.arlo.co/w/courses/202-applied-quantity-surveying-material-takeoffsMissed this? Check out icbatraining.caQuantity surveying starts with determining the construction materials required to meet the job requirements by performing a materials take-off, which is a skill set in and of itself. This course will teach you how to apply the processes and procedures required to complete accurate and consistent material take-offs for pricing or even ordering purposes. Using the example of a small commercial structure, attendees will complete a detailed and comprehensive quantity survey/material takeoff for items of work including earthwork, substructure, and superstructure.This isn’t a course where attendees sit back and listen – you’ll be expected to actively participate, and ‘learn by doing’ under the guidance of your course instructor. Your instructor will provide direction and examples of the various material take-offs, and then you’ll get to practice! Equipping learners with takeaway reference material, including practice files and a reference workbook to use beyond the classroom.Who should attend? New construction estimators, staff who assist with take-offs, field engineering staff or supervisors required to order materials as part of their responsibilities, industry professionals who want to learn how a quantity survey is completed, or those considering a career as a quantity surveyor will all benefit from this course. ... See MoreSee Less
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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY #78: Natural to Reflect in DecemberAs we reach the end of 2022, it’s only natural to think back on the year that was – the joys, the sorrows, the challenges, the wins, the relationships built and broken, all of it. ICBA Wellness recognizes this seasonal pattern of life and this month’s curriculum is on reflection.Reflecting doesn’t have to be formal or rigid, but it does take intention. It rarely happens by accident.I find my best reflection time in the car, driving home from work. This month, I’m trying to read a reflection question just before I leave, in order to launch a train of thought in my mind. Notejoy.com has some simple questions to use as a starting point:• What is the most important goal I achieved this year?• What was the most enjoyable part of my work (both professionally and at home)?• In what area do I feel I've made my biggest improvements?• What was the most challenging part of this year for me?• Who were my most valuable relationships with?• What was the best way I used my time this past year?• What was my single biggest time waster in life this past year?• What was the biggest surprise of the year?• What's the biggest mistake of the year, and the lesson learned as a result?• What was the most fun I had this year?• What was my best memory of the year?• What are three words to describe the past year, and why?• If I could travel back to the beginning of the year, what advice would I give myself?Take a few minutes this December to think about your year – it may provide important, unexpected insight for 2023. 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 80 companies and 8,000+ construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details. ... See MoreSee Less
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NFL Legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana to Headline ICBA 2023 GalaTerry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, two NFL legends who have combined to win eight Super Bowl championships, will be the guest speakers at the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) Gala Dinner in Vancouver next spring, ICBA president Chris Gardner announced today.“Bradshaw and Montana are two of the most exciting players in NFL history, with Super Bowl success matched only by Tom Brady,” said Gardner. “To have them together on our stage will be an outstanding experience – we can’t wait to hear their stories of success and perseverance.”The ICBA Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel in Vancouver. Combined, the two NFL Hall of Famers have won 8 Super Bowls, 3 season MVPs, and 5 Super Bowl MVP awards. They each authored a signature throw that lives on in football lore: for Bradshaw’s 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, it was the Immaculate Reception; and for Montana’s 1980s San Francisco 49ers, it was The Catch.Bradshaw has been a host on FOX NFL Sunday for two decades and acted in several movies. In recent years, he has also shared openly about his struggles with mental health and has recently overcome two different types of cancer.Montana, nicknamed Joe Cool for the clinical way he carved up opposing defences, has generally stayed out of the public eye since retiring, while doing significant charity work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Since 2017, the ICBA Gala has become the can’t-miss networking event and celebration of what the men and women working in construction do every day to build B.C., with nearly 1,000 people attending.Bradshaw and Montana join an impressive list of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks to speak at the event, following Hall of Famers Peyton Manning (2017), Brett Favre (2018) and Troy Aikman (2019), and former Seahawk Russell Wilson (2022).Visit icba.ca/legends to get tickets. ... See MoreSee Less
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ICBA's Jordan Bateman looks at the NDP's union monopoly in @BIVnews -- and how David Eby is cutting Indigenous workers & 85% of construction professionals out of government work, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.


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