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SUBMISSION: ICBA Opposes Federal Liberals’ Tanker Ban

ICBA has sent a letter to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities opposing Bill C-48, a moratorium on oil tankers near B.C.’s north coast.

“The federal government’s proposed tanker moratorium on British Columbia’s north coast will significantly constrain the export of British Columbia and Alberta-produced energy products,” the ICBA submission says. “Our review of the proposal offers no discernable public policy rationale for the tanker moratorium.”

In addition:

  • The federal government has committed on many occasions to get Canada’s natural resources to tidewater. The oil tanker moratorium contradicts this commitment.
  • The federal government has a comprehensive $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. If this plan is going to be effective, then why is the moratorium on tankers on B.C.’s north coast necessary?
  • About 1,400 tankers of Alaskan produced oil destined for refineries in Washington state is shipped through B.C. coastal waters every year. What, then, does the tanker moratorium effectively accomplish other than to preclude B.C.’s strategically located ports at Kitimat and Prince Rupert, from working with B.C. and Alberta energy producers and building new markets and supply chain routes for energy exports?
  • The federal government has failed to provide industry with any evidence of environmental or safety gaps – rooted in scientific fact – that the moratorium is aimed at mitigating.
  • Oil has been shipped in tankers off the British Columbia coast since the 1930’s and there has not been a major oil spill involving one of those tankers.
  • There is no corresponding tanker moratorium proposed for any other coastal area of Canada, including the artic and east coasts. This unnecessarily pits “east” against “west” and is an inherently unfair application of federal law.
  • Though the Northern Gateway pipeline is no longer proceeding, the federal government should not erect arbitrary barriers in the marketplace preventing other proponents from pursuing alternative proposals in northern B.C. which appropriately balance economic, environmental, community, and indigenous considerations. This is profoundly regrettable, given the economic benefits which could accrue throughout the energy value chain, including for our members who are small and medium-sized providers of construction services to many facets of the energy industry.

The full submission can be found HERE.

TRAINING THURSDAY: We come to you!

Did you know that ICBA offers training on your job site? Our training department would be pleased to set it up for you!

Interested in one of our courses for your staff but you’re not able to send them all to one of our public courses? Contact us at training@icba.ca with the course that you’re looking for and some potential dates, and the team will handle all of the logistics for you.

Our full list of courses can be found at www.icba.ca/training; check it out today! We can bring the trainer to you, anywhere in BC. We can also facilitate mobile equipment operator training, online courses, and customized training for your employees.

Our training team is already booking courses into 2018; make sure you don’t miss out by subscribing to our training newsletter at www.icba.ca/trainingnewsletter. And don’t forget, most of our courses qualify for Gold Seal and BC Housing CPD Points!

LETTER: B.C. Can Be Proud of Its Construction Industry

Last week, Tom Sigurdson of the Building Trades Unions ripped B.C.’s construction record in an op-ed in The Province. He was bent out of shape because ICBA had pointed out how successful the evolution of the industry has been since the NDP were last in power in the 1990s. Today, The Province published this short letter to the editor from ICBA President Chris Gardner:

No shame in construction industry

It is amazing that Tom Sigurdson and the B.C. Building Trades have such a negative view of the B.C. construction sector. Nearly 250,000 men and women go to job sites every day building B.C. They are highly skilled and hard-working.

Sigurdson’s view that for the past 20 years, B.C. “has one of the most shameful records on construction” is simply not true. B.C.’s construction sector built Olympic venues, the Canada Line, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Port Mann Bridge, the William R. Bennett bridge and many other major projects.

Sigurdson wants to return to a bygone era that denied opportunities for workers and where conflict was the order of the day. B.C.’s construction sector is safer than it has ever been and is training a new generation of workers. No one working in construction in B.C. has anything to be ashamed of.

Chris Gardner, president, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

POLICY: ICBA Makes Formal Submission to B.C. Minimum Wage Review

Last week, ICBA made a submission to the Fair Wage Commission. The Commission was established by the B.C. NDP Government to move the minimum wage from its current rate of $11.35 to $15.00 per hour in 2019. ICBA recommended that:

  1. The Commission be mindful of the inevitable unintended consequences of any precipitous increases to the minimum wage;
  2. The John Horgan government adopt an orderly, predictable, incremental, and certain process which will take B.C.’s minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2022; and,
  3. Increases thereafter be indexed annually to the prevailing B.C. CPI rate.

 To read our full submission, click HERE.

ICBA CAST: Peyton, Dianne, Site C & the BTU

In this week’s ICBA Cast, Chris and Jordan bask in the success of our AGM dinner featuring Peyton Manning, recap our new life members, ponder the titanic trajectory of the Dianne Watts leadership campaign, read some Site C tea leaves, rant about the latest nonsense from the Building Trades Unions, and more:

TRAINING THURSDAY: Occupational First Aid Level 1

Every workplace needs someone trained in First Aid. In fact, there are WorkSafeBC regulations mandating the number of First Aid attendants necessary depending on the size of the workplace. Do you have enough?

If not, our training department is here to help! We regularly offer Occupational First Aid Level 1 courses in the Lower Mainland, and can even provide a private course for your staff!

Our eight-hour course is designed to cover all medical techniques considered to be within the responsibility of the Occupational First Aid Level 1 Attendant as required by WorkSafeBC. The next session takes place December 1, followed by multiple courses already scheduled for 2018. Visit www.icba.ca/training for more information or to register.

Interested in training multiple people on your job site? Email our training team at training@icba.ca and they will be pleased to assist you.

You don’t have to be a member of ICBA to take our courses, but now is the perfect time to become a member as we head into 2018! Check out www.icba.ca/become-a-member for more information.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Time Management Workshop

How’s your time management? Are you a procrastinator? Don’t put it off for another day; register now for our Time Management Workshop on December 13 in Burnaby!

You will gain a new mindset, skillset and toolset that will optimize your personal productivity, and learn how to produce greater results in less time. Improved time management skills mean increased productivity, met deadlines, and a positive impact on all aspects of your business. You’ll also earn 7 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing and 1 Gold Seal Credit!

Here are some of the benefits of attending:

  • Participants learn how to gain and keep control of competing priorities, concurrent projects and critical deadlines.
  • Participants will learn powerful lessons about themselves, enhancing self-understanding so they can leverage their personal strengths and develop strategies to minimize the impact of their weakness.
  • The focus on practicality means that people walk out with ideas and techniques they can apply the next day.

Register now at www.icba.ca/training. You don’t have to be a member to register for our courses, but members do save on registration fees. Learn more about becoming a member at www.icba.ca/become-a-member.

FACT CHECK: Busting the Myths Around Site C

Tough times for the anti-Site C crowd. Ten days ago, they jumped out in front of the BC Utilities Commission’s report (without even taking the time to read and digest its 300 pages) and claimed victory.

But the Site C Dam must be built. And over the past ten days, we have seen the negative nellies’ arguments all fall by the wayside:

Every argument these professional protestors have lobbed against Site C has been debunked. Hopefully the NDP cabinet is smart enough to see through the anti-Site C lies.